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kirrasurf

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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 8:10:15 PM

If you can, just buy one gallon of gas at a time, that will send a message. I heard that the oil companies want to make it so you buy at least 5 gallons of gas at each visit. Hmm, so what's next, we have to buy 5 gallons of milk or we can't buy milk?
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rrtruck
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 6:46:23 PM

It won't tell the oil companies anything. Your local gas station will get hit hard with extra traffic which, in turn, will hit us all.

It's not so much how much gas you buy at once but how much gas you use.
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 4:30:21 PM

Just for my lawn mower.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 1:56:30 PM

Well Gasbuddy beat me to the reasoning....never mind.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 1:54:42 PM

That idea came from the friendly folks at the EPA with respect to E-15.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 1:28:23 PM

If you buy ome gallon at a time you will still use the same amount of gas so what's the point? I'm going to continue buying 10-15 gallons at a time....whatever it takes for a fill-up.
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jono0143
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 12:00:37 PM

PithyOpiner We need your input.
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MIT05
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 10:14:40 AM

Can not do this.
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kevrob1972
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 9:46:19 AM

can't do it because of time.
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R209
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 6:10:45 PM

I don't see this happening...
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 2:06:10 PM

kirrasurf:

I'm probably naive, but yes, I can buy one gallon of gas at a time, it's just that I'm not sure what message you expect me to be sending.

Maybe you can explain what message you want me to send, or what message you expect me to be sending, by buying one gallon of gas at a time?

Is the message that I, and others, have so little money that we can only afford one gallon of gas at a time?

Is it that we're trying to teach the gas stations a lesson by making them work harder and I'm making them work harder by using their automated credit or debit card processer in the fuel dispenser? Or am I supposed to go inside the station and make the cashier work harder because he or she has to process my transaction?

Somehow I don't see the making a minimal credit or debit card transaction to be doing very much in the way of sending a message, nor do I see making the cashier process my transaction doing anything other than maybe getting the customer in back of me upset.

Are you suggesting that if I need more than one gallon of gas that I buy one gallon of gas at one gas station and then drive to the next station and buy another gallon, and then drive to the next station and buy another gallon?

Or, if I find the lowest priced station, should I buy one gallon of gas, get my receipt to end the transaction, and then start another transaction for one more gallon? And if I need a 10 or 15 gallon fill-up, I should simply make 10 or 15 individual transactions? Should I assume that the customer in back of me won't mind what I'm doing and will understand that I'm sending a message? And if he or she asks what message I'm sending, what do I say?

Or are you talking about something entirely different than what I can figure out from your original post?

The reason I ask is because Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA) has mandated that all consumers in the United States must purchase at least 4 gallons of gasoline when they go to the gas station, if they are getting fuel from a pump that also offers a new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend. And I do know that the reasoning for that is, because the Administration wants consumers to use more of the E15 fuel – a blend that contains 15 percent ethanol (and many gas stations use blender pumps, which offer several types of fuel and, after pumping, there always is a residual amount of fuel in the hose. E15 fuel can potentially damage engines made prior to 2000 and it cannot be used in motorcycles, ATVs, and many other engines, such as lawn mowers and boat engines), so to circumvent the potential problems, the EPA is requiring a 4-gallon minimum from blender pumps to ensure that any E15 fuel residue is diluted. (Stations that provide a completely separate, single hose for E15 only are exempt from the rule, but that's another issue).

But you wrote "oil companies want to make it so you buy at least 5 gallons of gas at each visit," so that can't be the issue I wrote about above.

As I said, I'm probably naive, but can you explain to me what message I'm supposed to be sending by buying one gallon of gas at a time, or what message you want me to be sending? Is the message that I don't mind buying gas from multiple stations, with multiple prices, rather than at the low cost station? Is the message that I have the time and patience to drive from station to station to get gas and that no one gas station deserves to or should get all of my business?

I'm sorry, but I simply don't understand your post.

But, as others noted, I probably should be suggesting that you post gas prices for the benefit of your fellow San Diego Gas Buddy members, rather than you ask them to spend time and money (in my opinion) needlessly, but maybe you're onto something. Maybe sending a message, even I don't know to who the message is going to or what the message is, is more important than posting gas prices.
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eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 1:14:33 PM

And yes I've bought 1 gallon of gas before, to fill up a can for the mower...
Also sort of annoyed the gas station, as I fill my car up with 91 (turbo!) and the mower gets 85... so two separate transactions...
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 12:45:39 PM

Not that it matters Kirrasurf, but you missed the main point of this post in its original format. So.......
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GustheCat2
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 11:08:48 AM

I don't have that kind of time
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TMartin7101
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 10:50:00 AM

Yeah right, buying just a gallon at a time will do nothing but get you from one station to the next...
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pacecar68
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 10:42:06 AM

this seems like a bad idea. what is your time worth? i for one would hate to stop and buy gas two or three times per day.

good luck with your campaign.
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HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 10:12:35 AM

San Diego seems to have failed the "no child left behind" program.

How far would someone get on one gallon of gas? The only message buying one gallon of gas at a time will be how stupid we are.



[Edited by: HeavyDuty_cache at 11/15/2012 10:14:25 AM EST]
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BUSSY
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 9:47:45 AM

What a great idea!! Please continue with your helpful posts.
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 9:08:56 AM

The message being sent is that somebody doing this is an idiot.
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ranger2k
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 8:36:21 AM

dont bring in your lawnmower
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MIT05
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 7:57:51 AM

Can't do that but I put $10.00 at a time, just short of 3 gallons.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 5:35:47 AM

This is a typical rookie answer to everything. Now who in their right mind wants to run to a gas station everyday to buy one gallon of gasoline, I don't and won't. This is asinine and it won't solve anything, period. They can't and won't make it mandatory that you buy at least 5 gallons of gas per visit.
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jes
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 5:13:39 AM

Unlikely. Makes it a little hard to buy gas for my lawn mower.
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eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:57:39 AM

Yes the 5 gallon minimum is to prevent having to upgrade pumps due to E10/E15 hose residual fuel mixture errors.
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olympusman2004
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 1:40:48 AM

WAHAT
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deporresd
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 12:09:47 AM

Seems like a lot of trips to the station which would burn more gas than it saved.
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sp364TN
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 11:39:33 PM

sure
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PhilT08
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 11:25:46 PM

TxJeans posted the correct information, it has nothing to do with oil companies.
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 11:08:26 PM

Too much trouble for me.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 10:38:05 PM

I suspect E-15 will go nowhere fast, thereby negating the need for the proposed fueling rule.

Nobody will take liability for the product and that's the reason I think it's a non-starter.
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Teslukbla
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 10:28:24 PM

"If you can, just buy one gallon of gas at a time, that will send a message."

I can't buy one gallon at a time. If I did, I would have days where I would be making several stops at gas stations. I don't have time for that.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 10:24:44 PM

What message are we trying to get out/across ???
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nycztony85
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 9:59:59 PM

ok
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 8:52:12 PM

I'll bite.

Gas_Buddy will say the user should consider posting more prices to help all gas buddies. It appears this rookie author has been a member since some time in October and posted just 6 prices.

I suspect the rookie is talking about this: EPA minimum gas purchaseBuying 1 gallon at a time will not send a message, and will just waste extra fuel and time. No thanks.
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AFOS
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 8:44:28 PM

Gas_Buddy, what say ye?
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13Octane
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 8:36:19 PM

yep i am running out right now.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 8:18:02 PM

Not sure what kind of message you are trying to send. Can you explain more?
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