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manaknight14

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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 11:12:08 AM

The other day I passed a station in northeast PA that listed regular gas for $2.79. My eyes nearly fell out of my skull. However, the station didn't show up in the MSL, and with a price that low and how run down the place looked, I had to assume that the station must have been closed (even though there was at least one car there). Sadly I could not pull over and check to make sure because I was on a bus taking some kids to a soccer game at the time.

Has this ever happened to you, where you see a really good price and then realize it's a closed station? It sure is frustrating.
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 9:22:34 PM

I have seen closed stations with cheap gas.
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 12:25:02 PM

No. Here in California there are no closed gas stations. Why would they close? They are a license to steal.
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chemist74
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 1:35:01 PM

If the price is really that low, the station would be very busy.

When I use to visit family in southwest PA, there was a closed station right at the end of the interstate exit ramp. It had obviously been closed for years but all of the prices on the sign were undisturbed.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 8:34:55 AM

On my everyday commute I know specifically which stations are closed and which are not.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 3:48:37 PM

"The ultimate price tease. My eyes nearly fell out of my skull. Sadly I could not pull over and check... It sure is frustrating."

All very dramatic, but I am with TrixieNY and Gas_Buddy on this one. Use this site enough and it is fairly easy to see a price that simply makes no sense.
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DI
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 3:24:19 PM

Recently in southern Minnesota, a city was taking legal action against the out-of-state owner of a closed station adjacent to I-35 whose still-posted price was low but possibly believable. This resulted in considerable traffic exiting and reentering the interstate.
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olympusman2004
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 1:39:28 AM

lol
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 1:08:41 AM

a gas station is closed in my local area due to the tanks being changed out... a few try to post what's on the outdated road sign

i'll correct it by 0.00 and UPDATE
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 7:29:34 PM

I have to agree with TrixieNY; if you see a gas price of $2.79 a gallon, and you know that all the other gas stations around you are selling for nearly a dollar per gallon higher, then common sense should tell you that the price is an error. It's no different than seeing a price posted on Gas Buddy that's absurdly low for the area; wouldn't common sense make you think that it was a mistake?

But can you explain how it's a "price tease", let alone the "ultimate price tease". If the station's closed, it's not a tease; it's only a tease if the station's open and there's small print regarding the price.
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TrixieNY
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:44:11 PM

No, I'm smart enough to know that a price of $2.79 is obviously not correct.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:37:22 PM

Got one like that about 18 miles away. The station itself is closed, but some wise salesperson has opened up the little store there, and has left the numbers displayed outside. Gotta be really close to see the "no gas" sign across the bottom ......
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 12:35:04 PM

If it is to good to be true, it is.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 11:20:55 AM

Only for a millisecond.
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