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MrDeath666

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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 7:54:28 PM

There is a gas station near me that only sells regular & midgrade gas. And yet GasBuddy members are often posting prices at that station for premium & sometimes diesel gas. Very strange. Is this happening all over the country?
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_Sparty_
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 10:33:47 AM

Blame the app points program
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jacksonmeow
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:10:49 PM

It is probably mistake by the person who is posting.
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EvPv
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 7:43:11 PM

I was seeing diesel posted for my wife's station. Been there 13 years and never had diesel. GB said to watch and see who posts it next time then inform the poster they have the wrong station. People see Gb and stop at her station looking for diesel. It is a customer service issue.
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cifuentesab
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 6:56:00 PM

sometimes..but i do not use gasbuddy reports for my personal fueling.
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Plebe123
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 10:38:27 PM

I havent noticed any fake postings
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:54:49 PM

I don't notice that going on here.
Pismo Bch to Arroyo Grande, Central coastal California.
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valby
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 4:32:16 PM

Stuff happens
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13Octane
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:54:24 PM

hey.. i wouldnt really worry about it.
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Cottagegirl727
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 8:27:15 AM

there was one station being built here and someone posted prices -drove past to see if I missed something - but they were still poring concrete with work trucks all over - it is open now -
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JimBlake56
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 6:16:07 PM

Around my area, it's not about the price changing quickly. There's a number of stations that keep getting posted with the correct regular price (visible on the sign) but incorrect prices for mid & premium (only visible on the pump itself). It's clear that someone drives by & reads the regular price. These stations NEVER have a 10-cent spread between grades but that's what keeps getting posted.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 5:20:52 AM

Prices change quickly at a lot of these stations. We have one near us that has changed as much as three times in one day.
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:41:30 AM

They may have the wrong station.
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JasTheAce
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:28:15 PM

sounds like the GOP is at it again
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:15:02 PM

On Nov 26, 2012 12:47:38 PM, GrumpyCat wrote:

>Not all entry modes on this site allow zeroing.

I know the iOS mobile app won't let you enter a zero.

>Plus I am told one has to have a lot of points before a zero is accepted.

Probably 10,000 - that seems to be the cutoff for a lot of functions.
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MOREDLEG
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:01:15 PM

I dont see this happening much around here, I have hit the wrong station on the mobile app before, and typed in the wrong price before, ususlly the high/low price warning catches the error...
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AFOS
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 6:54:18 PM

We have one local member who posts prices with a 10 cent spread every time at a station. As it happens this is the only station around that still has prices for all 3 grades on their sign, with a 12 cent spread all the time. And said poster routinely posts diesel prices, but the station has no diesel pumps. Also recently had a visitor post a diesel price for this station with a comments about outrageous diesel prices.

[Edited by: AFOS at 11/29/2012 6:55:45 PM EST]
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DI
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 5:38:04 PM

Here's another situation that I find difficult to believe is anything but a deliberate misposting. While traveling across Kansas earlier in the week, I went to post some local prices. Since I frequently stay in that town, I've got a saved search for its stations.

I was a bit surprised to see a price (actually prices for all three grades) for a Shell next door to where I was staying. Surprised because I could look out my window and see not only were there no prices on the sign but also that the neighboring Starbucks' employees cars were parked under the canopy, blocking access to the pumps — both as they had been for the last several years.

So I walked over to get a closer look. None of the pumps had power (i.e., no prices were displayed) and some were in various states of disassembly. Peering into the c-store, I could see the empty shelves and cases and noticed the sign on the door "You must be born on or before this date in 1991 ..." indicating that the station was last open in 2009 (1991+18).

So is the repeated posting of prices for this station just an "error"?

[Edited by: DI at 11/29/2012 5:40:16 PM EST]
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twt
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 4:40:05 AM

Anybody can make a mistake, sometimes. Some folks though, just play the system . No reason behind it, except that they are numbskulls.
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MaggieMae07
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 3:53:41 AM

This has been an ongoing problem on our local site for a couple of years. One former member, banned for posting under multiple names... warned many times, now posts under dozens if not hundreds of fake names/accounts. By using a proxy server he can't be tracked by his IP or e-mail. I have complained numerous times, but, they tell me they can't find any "evidence". I have given up and will continue to post my prices.
If they don't want to do anything about the abuse I certainly can't force them.
He posts prices in the wrong grades, posts diesel at non-diesel stations, etc. He has pretty much ruined our local site. He was one of the state's top ranked members... now just a jerk.. too bad. You can't fix stupid :(
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 4:51:40 PM

".. Most are prolly merely human error... but a while back, a poster posted stations with prices way higher or lower than the real prices range... I reported the incident and had the poster banned..."

There was one running around my area posting a dozen random prices a couple cents higher/lower than that posted by an honest person. For some stations it is painfully obvious because there is a pattern to their real prices. One is always $xx9.9, +0.20 for mid, and +0.20 over mid for premium. Another station's midgrade is always +0.17 over regular, and premium is +0.20 higher than mid. And another always prices grades in 0.18 steps. Very obvious when fakers don't know the station's pattern.
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JimBlake56
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:11:22 PM

No, there's a thread about "gas station myths" with lots of posts from people who own or run gas stations.

Apparently, mid-grade can be created at the terminal. Some stations have only 2 tanks & those stations blend at the pump. Some stations have enough tanks that they don't blend at the pump.
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 5:43:13 AM

simple

enter 0.00 and update

and in the master station listing, note that they only sell regular & midgrade only

but, a station can't make midgrade unless they have premium in their storage tanks...
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DI
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:20:36 PM

Those that are claiming that it's ignorance on the poster's part, please explain how posting a price for a fuel type that a station doesn't sell (e.g., mid-grade, premium, diesel) is ignorance.
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BuzzLOL
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 6:03:52 PM

.. Most are prolly merely human error... but a while back, a poster posted stations with prices way higher or lower than the real prices range... I reported the incident and had the poster banned...
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chie
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:19:56 PM

Some stations get reported correctly and it's been consistently correct. I have seen other stations and their prices are off by cent. Sometimes I just assume oh the gas change but like some said they don't fluctuate that often. I guess some people drive by and they try to memorize what they see and when they post they are off. I appreciate those who do take their time to report stuff correctly. Thank you to those.
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jnr2010
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:41:11 AM

I thinks its more ignorance of the poster rather than error. There's a select few stations I drive by every day, and it seems, just about every day that I'm changing someone's price from an earlier post. The prices here are pretty stable, so its not hard to just repost what's already punched in.
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JimBlake56
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:24:48 AM

I've seen it around here much too often to be an "error".

One particular BP station, the mid-grade is ALWAYS 20 cents or more higher than regular. That station regularly has GB prices (posted by the same user at the same time) that are 10-cents apart.

I think people look at the sign for regular, as they drive by, and then post all 3 without actually seeing the 3 individual prices.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:54:35 AM

Probably an error on the part of the poster ...
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DYSKYPILOT
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:22:23 PM

Maybe they are posting the wrong station.
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DI
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:08:40 PM

GrumpyCat writes "Its also a deficiency of this site that one can enter prices for products not offered."

AMEN!!! For several years, I've been lobbying for them to link the information in the MSL (Master Station List) with the price posting. The addresses, etc. are already linked (if you select a brand and an area the site gives you a list of stations in the MSL that match those two).

Why not go a step further and match the fuel types — if diesel's not checked in the MSL and you're trying to post a diesel price — sorry, update the MSL or your price doesn't get posted. I recognize that not all stations have the fuel types in the MSL but those that do also have a much higher probability that prices are actively been posting for the station. If there are no fuel types selected, then the poster gets a pass and can get away with posting bogus prices.

One station I post doesn't sell midgrade. Several years ago they converted their midgrade nozzles to diesel. And to add insult to injury, they display the regular, premium, and diesel price on their sign. But still, some decided to post a midgrade price.

Another doesn't sell diesel but a diesel price gets posts.

And yet another station just reopened and only sells regular and midgrade (both at the same price). And, yes, some have posted a premium grade price.

Each of those wouldn't happen if the station's MSL features were linked to the price reporting mechanism
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:48:53 PM

Its also a deficiency of this site that one can enter prices for products not offered.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:47:38 PM

"I correct them or zero them out. I also contact the member posting wrong numbers."

Moderators have asked when zeroing a price that one add a comment to the effect, "this product not available here."

Not all entry modes on this site allow zeroing. Plus I am told one has to have a lot of points before a zero is accepted. Not just anyone can do it.
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_Sparty_
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 12:35:14 PM

Happens here every day. Do the mods care? I report people all the time.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:41:04 AM

I correct them or zero them out. I also contact the member posting wrong numbers.
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EdPG
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:04:50 AM

I just zero out prices like that.
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:46:58 AM

Thanks to AFOS who taught me how to zero out a bogus price. I was unable to do this on my mobile app. Now I can go to the website and zero out these fakers.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 7:52:27 AM

Contact the poster and tell them their error
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MIT05
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 7:02:10 AM

Here too.
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eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:17:21 PM

I think anyone could post a fake price and get away with it
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teddytrow
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:14:37 PM

Gas_Buddy: That would be a question better asked to the hundreds of Caseys and Kum n Go's here in Iowa that only have the 2 grades.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:41:12 PM

Just wondering, but how can a gas station sell only regular and midgrade gasoline when midgrade gasoline is a blend of regular and premium octane gasolines?

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lissyking
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:38:47 PM

I think so.
Even though the gas price might be +- $1 or so
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teddytrow
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:24:57 PM

It is happening in my area. A couple of users do it on a regular basis. I am betting it is to get the "Perfection" award in the mobile app. Which is funny, since the awards on it do nothing but give you bragging rights. Posting grades not sold at a station can only frustrate the people using the app and go to that station for that priced fuel only to find it isn't there. And these users are not new either. One has been a member for almost 2 years.
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AFOS
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:13:49 PM

It's a problem near me and likely everywhere I imagine. Not a big one thank goodness, but it happens by error or by stupidity. If you KNOW a post is bogus, zero it out, or better yet replace it with the correct current price if that fuel is actually sold.
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