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kcfFL

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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:54:58 AM

Really important to post both cash and credit for the price.
i went to a station the other day and discovered the credit price was 10 cents higher. Not good.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 11:13:10 AM

Assuming that gVan posted the GasBuddy FAQ correctly, that should end the discussion ...
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cogas1
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 9:20:30 AM

I think you are supposed to post the cash price vs. the credit price.
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jason54915
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:46:20 AM

I do not give these places business.
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kjSC
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:42:10 AM

Great suggestion.
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inventorymaster
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:17:24 AM

credit no difference in Canada
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dawgcrzy
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:47:43 AM

i post cash with comment.
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pt88
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:23:48 AM

i post cash price and label it as such in comments on the station
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gvan
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:15:58 AM

From GasBuddy's FAQ:

Differences in Cash/credit prices are common in some areas as a result of stations needing to offset the additional costs of these transactions.

GasBuddy's goal is to help everyone make wise fueling decisions.

When reporting prices for stations in areas that have different prices based on method of payment, we ask that you post the cash price where it exists. If the station does not offer a cash price, the standard price should be reported.

The Comments field may be used to include a note about cash/credit prices, but this is not required.
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:06:42 AM

I post if cash or credit
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 7:53:27 AM

they are same here
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sharansri
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 2:40:59 AM

credit
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olympusman2004
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:05:53 AM

credit
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sjhman
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:44:50 AM

I can't believe this hasn't come up sooner
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stlhawk
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 8:32:53 PM

very few cash discounts by me so I do not see that problem
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 5:24:42 PM

I don't see what the issue is ... look at the poll running here on GasBuddy this week. 80% of the people see "none" or "little differences" between cash and credit prices on the pumps they report ........
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_Sparty_
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 3:18:58 PM

Always cash
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MIT05
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 5:30:31 AM

Cash.
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olympusman2004
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 12:38:24 AM

credit
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emtrob2012
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 12:37:28 AM

credit
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 12:06:51 AM

Not everybody uses a credit card ....
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TXBruin
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:29:40 AM

cash
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 9:46:32 AM

cash
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 2:46:14 PM

kcfFL:

Regardless of whether you post cash or credit prices, the key is to post prices in order to help your fellow Florida Gas Buddy members. Not being cynical, but it's really hard to take your comment seriously that it's "Really import to post both cash and credit for the price" when, you've averaged less than one gas price post a month after more than a year of being a Gas Buddy member. Setting an example might carry a little more weight to your suggestion. Even posting just one more gas price post a month, just one, will more than double the amount of information you're providing your fellow Florida Gas Buddy members.

As for valby's comment "I had someone leave ...telling me that posting the higher price was wrong. I diagree, and have now stopped reporting that station's prices as I refuse to reward someone's gas station by posting a cash price 3-10 cents per gallon lower making theem look good."

Whether it's time to revamp the price posting procedures is irrelevant, although the website operators are working on changes. Regardless of what you think, the website operators decided that the cash price, because it's the lowest price available to all members, is the correct way to post prices, noting if you want that the credit price is different.

Whether you agree or disagree with a gas station charging a lower price for cash payment in order to not have to pay credit card fees (which, depending on the fee the station is charged, could negate any mark-up, meaning that the station is providing it's products and services with no return on it's investment other than your convenience. And, by not posting prices for a station that might be lower priced than other stations means you're not providing your fellow members with information to enable them to be more knowledgeable shoppers.

Credit card processing fees may be a cost of doing business, but in a business with a very low mark-up, a station trying to reduce or eliminate those fees only helps a gas station stay in business. If you want to reduce the fees, convince the credit card company to not charge the gas station a fee for processing your credit card transaction. Two things could happen if you tried; the credit card company could pass on the charge to you as part of your monthly billing, or the less likely option that they would do so and not expect to make a return for their services.
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JasTheAce
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:08:54 PM

cash. credit is way too sketchy right now with a constant array of security breaches etc.
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 11:58:25 AM

No, rookie, it's not. It's not broke, so don't try to fix it.
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valby
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:53:10 AM

Ya I had someone leave me a love letter on my whiteboard last month telling me that posting the higher price was wrong. I diagree, and have now stopped reporting that station's prices as I refuse to reward someone's gas station by posting a cash price 3-10 cents per gallon lower making theem look good.

Maybe it is time to revamp the gas price reporting tool to add cash and credit card prices.
I agree with with the other posts on this that maybe they should have the rule changed to allow the highest price, so people don't see the lower price posted, use a card and get nailed.

If enough people stop buying at these places due to this, they may change the way they do business, after all it is a cost of doing business in the modern day as well as paying taxes, electricity, heating, permits, etc.
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MIT05
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:41:37 AM

Cash.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:54:45 AM

As HeavyDuty_cache points out the posting guidelines ask that the cash price is used.
That said perhaps you could help out by posting prices more often rather than just complain about how others have done it.
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HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:00:22 AM

Posting guidelines say that the poster can note the credit price in the comments section but it is not required.

Yes, it is not good to go to a station that is listed as the cheapest and find out it is the cash price but the owners of the site decided that they wanted the cash price posted.

I post my prices here but don't use the site to find the cheapest price anymore.



[Edited by: HeavyDuty_cache at 12/13/2012 9:01:35 AM EST]
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