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Travelocity

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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 11:32:33 AM

I think posting pump prices after hours - IMO is a bad way to inform others of the pump prices for that prior open business day. If you want to know the prices for yourself that is fine. But one should wait til they open to post the most current prices so others can find the right prices and or post before they close for the business day so others can see what the daily pump prices were. What you post during closed hours prices can change when they open pump for that next business day. Some are open 24/7 that one can do that for but for local pump that have business open/close hours they shouldn't post for those unless they the poster knows for fact it will be the same at opening next business day. So what do you think of this?
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 8:17:54 AM

What do you mean by after hours, most stations in this area are open 24 hours per day.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 7:33:47 AM

I post when I see them, but I am not usually out when the stations close.
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Godozo
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 12:26:08 AM

Travelocity makes a good point – if a station isn't selling gas at the time because it's closed it doesn't make sense to post prices.

Having said that, I've done that myself. Since prices tend to change mainly during the business day, the prices done during closing time are usually up the next day.
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estroh
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 12:14:58 AM

Post as you see them.... Not making a special trip to round up prices...
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 8:12:33 AM

Post through out the day
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runnerpaul
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 8:06:24 AM

I post them as I see them most of the time.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 7:50:34 AM

even during the day the price might change after it is posted.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 7:45:13 AM

Still useful.
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estroh
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 12:12:30 AM

Post as you see them.... Not making a special trip to round up prices...
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46chief
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 3:13:59 PM

I say post the prices when you see them.
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buickentury
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 1:42:45 PM

If they have pay at the pump, you can (generally) get gas even if the station is technically closed. So I see no problem with updates even if closed.
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 1:37:12 PM

I agree with you. That is why I call the owner of the station when it is closed to see if he will be changing the prices the next morning. Sometimes they will tell you after they calm down and stop their screaming into the phone. What he and his wife were doing when I called at midnight is not as important as posting gas prices. Right?
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Jetta_Pilot
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 1:34:22 PM

Post them when YOU have access to a computer. Not everyone has a data plan on a cellphone to do so!
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kdanish
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 10:37:40 AM

Anytime you can update a price it's valid
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 10:34:52 AM

Doesn't matter if the station is closed or not. If you have a more current price than currently posted then by all means post your price even if its the same.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 8:54:28 AM

In my experience, changing prices first thing after opening seldom occurs
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VZRetiree
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 8:48:18 AM

Viewer can see time of posting and adjust accordingly if they think it's a problem. No different than posting errors.
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deant99
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 8:35:19 PM

It's personal, there is nothing stating one way or the other.
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coffeerage
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 10:08:38 PM

whateva....
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csh7586
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 8:54:42 PM

doesn't matter to me.
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dagmarlena
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 11:58:40 AM

I don't think it matters much.
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sirreal1984
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 11:10:27 AM

If I see a price, I'm going to post it without checking whether the station is open or not.
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chrisd552
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 10:55:49 AM

Post it when you see it.
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SpeedyGonzoMD
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 10:39:56 AM

I only post open stations, besides most the I post locally are open 24hrs.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 9:47:01 AM

Post them when ever you can.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 5:21:52 AM

You can post prices anytime you wish.
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twt
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 3:13:56 AM

All the stations that I post here, are open 24 hours.
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 1:36:51 AM

I only post 24 hrs stations
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EvPv
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 8:47:27 PM

never changed prices before open for at least 1 hour....ever. In the business for 17 of last 24 years.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 8:36:29 PM

Personally I don't think much of the suggestion. First, prices remain visible (and it varies by Gas Buddy area) for about 36 hours, which means prices are visible when stations may be closed, even if they're not updated during "closed hours".

That said, yes, it could be a problem if a member wanted to get gas when the station was closed but the alternative would be to stop a station's prices from being viewed during closed hours.

Second, you're discouraging members from keeping prices updated; not everyone who passes a station (and posts prices), depending on where the "overhead price sign is", will know if a station is do so when the station is open or closed, and may (depending on commute) update a price post a very short time before the station is reopened.

If what you want is that no members can see a station's prices when the station is closed, you're creating a lot of computer code work for Gas Buddy, and then expecting the membership to consistently keep up with each gas station's hours as the hours of operation can change by season or even by day of week or holiday.

So, to go back to what you asked in the original post, "So what do you think of this?", as I said earlier, I don't think much of the idea. At least not as presented.

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rrtruck
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 7:20:13 PM

OP, if this is a concern to you, filter your prices to not show from the previous day. After all, someone could post a price at 9PM while the station is open and it can still increase over night. Just post the price on the sign and people can see how old the price is and decide for themselves if that price is too old.
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PhilnTX
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 6:37:00 PM

Doesn't matter. Shouldn't even change more than a couple cents anyway.
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ZZZoop
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 6:33:55 PM

>>I think posting pump prices after hours - IMO is a bad way to inform others of the pump prices for that prior open business day.<<

That's why posted prices have a time stamp. If I can see the price, I post.
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