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tommygun715

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Wisconsin

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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 12:53:03 PM

I use the smart app everytime to find the lowest price. Today here in MPLS, I drove 4.5mi out of my way to buy gas at what I thought was $3.30/gal when the ave prices everywhere else was $3.46-3.55; didn't seem too out of the ordinary. The $3.30 price was just newly posted (15min ago) before I drove to this station. When I got there, it was $3.51. I updated the price immediately as I was ticked that I drove out of my way to save $ that was now wasted. What do you do about people posting incorrect prices? Thanks!
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Overland1
All-Star Author New York

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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 2:18:12 AM

There is a poster who frequently posts wrong prices in my area. I post the correct prices when I see them, but I have learned to not take this web site (nor any others) as "gospel".
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cogas1
Champion Author Colorado

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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 8:27:20 PM

I see a rare few members consistently posting wrong (way wrong, not just the occasional typo) prices at stations, or consistently post diesel prices on stations that don't sell diesel. Why they do this, I don't know. I just correct what I can and keep on truckin'.
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playtimeCLE
Champion Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 8:21:40 PM

I have a few stations that don't use the 10 cents up for each grade of gas. Plenty of the guys that post around here just don't get it. Not to mention the signs only show a regular gas price so I know they never drive through the station to get the plus & premium prices right. The other one that gets me is when a station doesn't offer plus, but they post a price anyway. Sometimes you have to drive through the stations and get used to their patterns.
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krazkar
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 2:33:09 PM

We all can make a mistake and put the wrong price sometimes. So wrong prices is not a big deal. Fix it.
There are some who will put wrong prices day after day. I will write on their wall. if it continues, I will write on their wall again and I will report them if it doesn't stop.
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kiatoindos
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 1:01:24 PM

Relax!
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:51:15 PM

Someone suggested a firing squad. But, the mods rejected that idea as too harsh.
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tommygun715
Rookie Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 10:19:25 AM

Thanks for all the feedback; much appreciated, points well taken! Regarding "driving out of my way" to save .16/gal +/-. Since I drive a lot of miles annually, all it takes is some quick math and understanding your driving habits to justify it or not. When you are about to pump 20 gal in your vehicle, you better believe I'll do what I can to save a few $, within reason. It adds up by the end of the year. In MN (twin cities), I take advantage of the double coupon days on Tues. Depending on my usage and trends of gas prices, I'll try to fill up again before prices suddenly rise for whatever reason. The problem in this area is that prices will jump .12-.15 Monday evenings, or even .25 due to double coupon Tues (IMO), then trickle down a few cents over the next few days. It's not uncommon to see a few stations that are .10 or even .15 lower than all the other stations metro wide. That's why I like and use this app and this site :)
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eyegotgas2
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 8:11:51 PM

Before accusing posters of misleading or questionable prices use some common sense.

I posted a premium price in the mid grade box at Costco and was told there were several complaints about it.

Costco only sells reg and Premium gas as anyone that buys gas there knows.

If they saw my mid grade post they would have seen my regular post at the same station and would have realized I just entered the mid grade post in the wrong box.

Instead of accusing me of suspicious activities they should have just put their brain in gear.

I see that kind of mistake all the time and simply post the correct price if someone hasn't already figured it out.

I certainly don't try to make a federal case out of it.



[Edited by: eyegotgas2 at 5/5/2013 8:13:14 PM EST]
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 7:52:55 PM

I drive a diesel and it irritates me when people post diesel prices for stations I know do not have diesel.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 4:43:18 PM

What do you do about people posting incorrect prices?

Several things.

First, realize that there could be an honest typing error.
Second, realize that some people may be confusing stations they're reporting prices for.
Third, you correct the price (or, if you're able to, zero out the erroneous price).
Fourth, if you know that prices have been intentionally misreported, you contact the moderators via the Help link (above) and provide as much information as you can about the misreporting (the reporting member's name, date of the error, the station, etc.) so that the moderators can follow-up on the erroneous price posting.

That said, price posting is only as good as members updating prices regularly.

As for owners "who wants to draw in customers", that's a distinct minority of posters. Few members (especially gas station owners/operators that post prices under the Gas Buddy Direct program) want to be reported for false price posting, gas station owners know that most people won't drive out of their way unnecessarily just to save a few cents on buying a tank of gas, and the it's not worth getting the very few Gas Buddy members that drove out of their way upset; it's not as if they'd be attracting a lot of repeat customers for the gas station.
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fishmaniac
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 4:33:09 PM

Fake prices suck of course and I don't see any way around it other than reposting the correct price. I also wish there was an automatic feature that could tell us if the price is "cash" only. I already know most arcos are cash only but the other stations are a roll of dice.
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davisadm
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 4:06:59 PM

Or a gas station owner who wants to draw in customers. As I found out. Got the bastard banned from GB! :-)
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DuramaxPower
Champion Author Toronto

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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 2:33:09 PM

I drove to a station for cheap Diesel. When I got there they don't carry Diesel. People posting just to get the points.
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DI
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 1:46:56 PM

tommygun715 - I'm sorry for your experience with the Twin Cities site. We've got a pretty active group of regulars and a topic dedicated to "poop" (incorrect prices, either wrong or posting a fuel that the station doesn't have) that members have to scoop up (zero out).

Undoubtedly, the fact that the bogus price was just reported contributed to the problem because it would have zeroed out shortly by a member who would have recognized it as bogus.

In general, you should be skeptical about a price that's "too good to be true". While there's typically a wide variation in prices across the Twin Cities metro (currently $3.459/gal to $3.799/gal), any time you spot a station that's 15ยข/gal. cheaper than _anyone else_, you should be extremely cautious about going too far out of your way to get to.

And thanks for correcting the price!

[Edited by: DI at 5/5/2013 1:47:50 PM EST]
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 1:23:34 PM

No I don't post bogus prices. But stations change their prices sometime more than once a day.
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_Sparty_
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 9:31:49 AM

Report to mods but it might fall on def ears. The app is to blame for a lot of false prices, because of the points system they've set up for achievements. The app achievements need to be reconfigured, especially the diesel tracking that encourages people to report when the station doesn't offer it.
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delgadobb
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 10:39:23 PM

I'd like to see a solution for this as well. As someone who frequently travels cross-country, I rely on this site for gas prices. FAR too often I'll adjust my travel to exit where a price has been 'recently' reported, only to find it's incorrect. There are times I notice the price for multiple stations of the same brand in proximity are posted within 1-2 minutes by the same person - my first impression is it's either the owner of a group of stations or a shill of the owner trying to attract business. I've made the effort to find each station & of course, each is a higher price than posted. When I find a station(s) like this, I update the prices immediately & deliberately avoid giving them any business. I'll either keep traveling or if I'm low enough on gas, I'll go across the street to their competitor.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 10:16:44 PM

You did the right thing --> correct the price, and move on ....
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tckayaker
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 9:29:52 PM

I haven't seen any bogus posting in my area that I know of. I would hope gasbuddy users would be honest enough to post correctly. I only post the prices I can see on the sign.
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sks1586
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 4:02:24 PM

Never experienced. IMHO Bogus prices can not be posted but I am a Newbie with less experience.
2manyfords - Thanks a million for the information
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 5:39:24 PM

TrixieNY, you may not save much in the short run but if everyone spent a little time to go to the cheaper places it may help bring down the general price. That is the idea of Gas Buddy. If we just went to the same place to fuel up no matter what this site would not be necessary.

tommygun, I have seen this happen here also. I don't know if the poster is purposely being deceitful or just posting in error.

PithyOpiner, I do like your idea. Getting an electrical zap every time you did something wrong would certainly speed up the learning curve.
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grim_farva
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 5:18:25 PM

I hate when that happens
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TrixieNY
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 5:11:37 PM

You drove 4.5 miles out of your way to save .16 cents a gallon? Why? How many gallons did you buy? You likely saved less than $2! Isn't your time more valuable than that?
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PithyOpiner
Champion Author Stockton

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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 4:34:17 PM

Not a thing you can do to them. I suggested to the mods that they write something into the program that would allow us to shock them when they touched their mouse. But, they turned down the suggestion as a bit draconian and harsh. Now, to me it didn't seem at all harsh.
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alphanyr
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 1:33:09 PM

agree hate it
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