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eccerr0r

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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:35:30 PM

Just a rant about these. I'm sure it's been discussed in the past.

Not only these can be changed very quickly (i.e., someone doesn't need to be outside to swap the numbers) they can be hard to read. One segment off and I admit, sometimes I end up posting the wrong price because I *thought* I read it correctly. The low intensity colored solid bar are the easiest to misread. The "dot matrix" bright white on black ones are a bit easier I think. Having serifs sometimes makes it easier.

It's also a bit easier if they put other grades of the same gas so one could do error correction but if it's only posting regular and diesel, no such luck.

What I mean...

1 and 7, 6/9 and 8, 9 and 3, 5 and 6, are all off by one segment. Darn those 6's and 9's. Miss the segment and you're off by a little or a lot...
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ynpmoose
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 4:49:56 PM

I haven't had trouble reading signs, but I have fallen for a digital sign that toggled between cash and credit price every few seconds. I only saw the cash price on the sign, but did credit pay-at-the-pump, then realized the difference.
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 4:05:41 PM

Holy cow. The gas stations here in Stockton are still writing the prices on a black board with chalk. When it rains, you can hardly see the numbers. Dot matrix? What will they think of next?
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 3:41:58 PM

Add to that, some gas stations posting cigarette prices along with gas prices makes it harder
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catladyNM
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 3:26:16 PM

Sometimes I have noticed the same thing.
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2013 2:39:44 PM

Are you off your meds again?
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gvan
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 10:43:46 AM

I find some digital signs harder to read on a bright, sunny day. Of course, then we have the deceitful "with wash" prices. A local Shell station has the "with wash" price in large numbers and the w/o wash price in small numbers.
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chrisd552
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 10:21:42 AM

LASIK surgery seems like a good option...
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 9:50:48 AM

Well, thunder road, I've now heard it all!
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alphanyr
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:37:47 PM

ok
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Glasman
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:37:08 PM

bummer
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grim_farva
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 10:22:50 AM

I've never had that problem
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cnygas
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 10:17:27 AM

Don't try to enter prices while driving. Stop the car, take your time and look at the sign.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 9:45:30 AM

Not a problem here.
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rrtruck
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 8:53:48 AM

The red on black, used for gasoline, is a bit difficult to read simply because of the lack of contrast. The diesel signs using bright green are very easy to read.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 8:07:15 AM

I haven't had that problem, one station here has a tree in the way of the sign so in summer you can't read the price
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 7:11:23 PM

First, I agree with ZZZoop that the digital signs in the D.C. area are much easier to read. Obviously it's easier to post price changes (higher AND lower), and many of the new digital signs provide more information than the old "plastic number" signs; many provide both the cash and credit price for all three grades of gasoline as well as for diesel (many of the signs have different colored number or a different colored background for diesel).

eccerr0r:

If you can't read the signs or you misread them, it doesn't help to "rant" here. What you should do is tell the gas station operator (not the station attendant, but the franchise operator or manager), maybe by letter or e-mail, that the sign could be better adjusted for visibility and/or viewing. That might be an easy fix and one that's beneficial to the gas station in attracting customers. Posting your rant here doesn't let the gas station know they have or that you think they have a problem.

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ZZZoop
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 3:09:34 PM

I've found the digital 2-price signs that are popping up in the DC area to be much easier to read than the mechanical signs.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 1:56:43 PM

Welcome to the 21st century .........
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