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jony
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Message Posted: May 16, 2012 3:04:19 PM

do you ever suspect others of copying gas prices off the site to get their points?
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 10:31:06 PM

Yes
drgeeforce
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 5:58:53 PM

@CrackedLCD, there are at least two reasons why false prices appear on GB. 1)is increased traffic to their station. and 2) is for the points to get the free gas card.
I used to go a little out of my way to get the lowest price on GB but soon learned that some station owners posted fake prices to get more traffic to their stations. They figure that since the driver is there, they will get some gas anyways, especially if they're low on fuel. GB has a contest/raffle where posting prices earns you points to get tickets to enter the gas card giveaway. The more points you get, the more tickets you can get.
rando991
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 5:47:22 PM

maybe
46chief
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 12:50:33 PM

yes
estroh
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 12:03:35 AM

yup
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 2:14:03 PM

nope, it comes to me in a dream. Like, Duh!
47pickup
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 9:14:17 AM

I always post only the prices I see, either on the pump or sign. I've seen posts that are so wrong, you know they didn't see it, like more than 50 cents different than the average.
bhWY
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 8:59:29 AM

yes
SAButton
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 8:58:58 AM

Really?
hjl17
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 8:25:44 AM

Yes
mohrorless
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 5:55:49 AM

of course
CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 1:40:29 PM

lyons_coop, that's pretty funny. I'd probably do the same thing to just to annoy the narcissist!

I almost exclusively buy diesel, and since it's not reported as often as regular unleaded, I've pretty much learned which prices are likely to be right and which aren't in my area, so Gas Buddy doesn't really help me that much because the information's often old or made up. But I do like to correct and update stuff even well past the 5 stations that earn points.

It just boggles my mind why someone would make up stuff for dozens of places when it does them no real good.
mawtaow
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 6:03:18 AM

yes
estroh
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 12:51:19 AM

yup
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 3:14:08 PM

yup
SGLuz
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 2:47:38 PM

Yes
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 2:41:51 PM

Yes
NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 2:39:09 PM

Yahhhh.
lyons_coop
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 11:35:39 AM

LOL, 'price parrots' I'm going to have to remember that one.

Some of it is certainly for the points but, five prices and you are done with points for reporting. I know of one in my area that I swear suffers from narcissism. He likes making sure that his name, and his name alone, is the only showing up in our geographical area. He posts, reposts, and continues to repost about 20 stations or so and appears to do without ever leaving his house. That is one thing I do like about the new leaderboard part of mobile app. It's pretty easy to tell when someone is nowhere near the stations they are "reporting". Now, I have to admit, I'm a bad man... I will intentionally update one or two of the stations the narcissist keeps checking on to make sure his name is still there; randomly through the day; but only if I know the price is correct. Yup, I'm probably going to hell for that... oh well.
chrisd552
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 10:52:02 AM

Yep!
xbAG
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 10:38:37 AM

Yes
No see, no report.
CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:06:17 AM

I'll have to remember that term, "price parrots". Lovely!

The person who was making up prices in my area was naturally atop the hyperlocal leader board, by about 6x the nearest competitor. I didn't like doing it, but I reported them and supposedly they've been contacted. I'll keep an eye out for more false reports. I would not have resorted to tattling if there was still some way to zero-out false prices on the website, but either that feature was removed or I've forgotten how to do it properly.

Unless I'm 100% certain of pricing that's not on the sign, I just don't post prices I don't know or believe to be accurate at the time I'm submitting them. And even when I've been 100% certain of pricing I've still been caught by pricing changes at the pump. One Shell near me for the longest had 20¢ a gallon differences between the three grades of gas. Then one fine day they jumped to 30¢ a gallon difference between regular and midgrade while keeping the premium 20¢ a gallon higher than midgrade. It took one or two erroneous posts on my part getting corrected by others before I wised up, pulled in and verified the change. So even that "I think it's right" method can still go wrong!



[Edited by: CrackedLCD at 2/20/2015 9:07:09 AM EST]
mawtaow
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 5:44:07 AM

yes
billycar
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 2:13:44 AM

Yes
OceansidePoms
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 11:27:03 PM

yes...
xbAG
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 10:20:51 PM

yes
BANZAI56
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 5:09:09 PM

The new "Hyperlocal Leaderboards" on the mobile app makes it fairly easy to spot price parrots.

Well, that and when you see all prices updated in a geographical area updated, by the same user, at near the exact same time.

Call it sad that some of the info found on the site can't be trusted as valid.
redfish67
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 1:33:05 PM

yup
MustangGas1964
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 1:03:17 PM

yes
Mininana
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 1:00:15 PM

not only the sign in the street, but if it doesn't seem right, will drive by the pumps to check
SGLuz
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 11:32:24 AM

Yes
lyons_coop
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 8:12:32 PM

Yes, unlike some posters I know of.
Foolingurself
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 3:25:00 PM

Yes.
SAButton
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 3:17:49 PM

yes
twt
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 2:51:17 PM

Yes I do
WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 1:45:18 PM

There is a few that all they do is copy. I could make up almost any price and some will just copy that price.
CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 2:27:22 AM

I did, because some dillweed from Oklahoma came through and made up prices for about a half dozen stations in my town. One of the stations wasn't even open for business anymore! Morons, I swear.

It was easier to pull in and report all the right prices (and close that one station) than it was to try to zero out prices on this website.
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 11:56:19 PM

Yes
dieseldemon
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 10:29:05 AM

Yes
hjl17
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 10:21:29 AM

Yes
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 12:54:18 AM

yes
estroh
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 12:16:07 AM

yup
46chief
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2015 5:41:01 PM

yes
contiki
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2015 6:52:24 AM

yes.........
mohrorless
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2015 6:52:16 AM

Of course I saw the price!
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2015 11:25:26 AM

yeah
PhilnTX
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2015 11:15:20 AM

Post when I drive by the stations.
k7lvo
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2015 10:55:37 AM

I've passed this thread for a long time, but curiosity overwhelms me. Does anyone REALLY think that somebody's going to say, "No, I make all my posts from the comfort of my living room!"
mohrorless
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2015 6:29:38 AM

yes I did!
Foolingurself
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2015 3:32:07 PM

Hmmmm
Mininana
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2015 3:06:56 PM

being a bit of a luddite, I have only a dumbphone, completely appless (and hapless), so have designed a little columned scratchpad for notes... only problem is, may sometimes not correctly interpret own writing, but feel that comes within the margin of error...
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