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kona763

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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 9:26:19 PM

As I've said before - I don't use GasBuddy to save money although I may save a little bit. I use it as a consumer to vote with my $ and send a message to the marketplace that I will not patronize merchants that are price gouging.
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olympusman2004
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2013 1:15:03 AM

true
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: May 19, 2013 2:57:38 PM

Around the south Mississippi area, BP is usually among the lowest priced
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rocknvox
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Message Posted: May 19, 2013 11:26:08 AM

GAS PRICES HERE CAN VARY ON AVERAGE 30 CENTS A GALLON. I WON'T DRIVE 20 MINUTES TO SAVE A DOLLAR OR TWO. IT'S NOT WORTH IT AND THEY KNOW IT SO THE PRICES KEEP GOING UP. THE F'ERS.
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smugutu1234
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Message Posted: May 19, 2013 9:49:37 AM

I will use whatever I can to save money on gas.
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catfish99
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Message Posted: May 19, 2013 8:35:00 AM

Sorry, Pat, but you are dead wrong.
BP and Shell do not own any stations. The branded stations are (usually) owned by small business people. They have no control over the wholesale price of gas, and if they get driven out of business then BP simply sells another person a franchise.
Further, many of those BP and Shell stations get their gas from other refiners. Our locals get it from Sunoco and Valero. The only thing BP or Shell in the gas is a tiny amount of additive they pour in the tanks.
So, your plan would do nothing except waste everyone's time, including your own.
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PatVV
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 10:27:08 AM

If as few as 15% of BP and Shells customers bought gas elsewhere BP and Shell would reduce prices to bring those customers back! And as the gas prices at BP and Shell drop their competition would also drop prices to remain competitive!
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kona763
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 3:47:40 PM

Thanks Mikeyl - now can we start a website called "TaxBuddy"
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 7:45:50 AM

Kona763 - You're one of the "smart ones" on this site.

You understand that's why this site was created. The GasBuddy motto is Find Cheap Gas.

It's really not about saving money. It's about rewarding stations that are willing to take a lower price point to gain customers. I reward businesses like that, too.

Welcome to GasBuddy!

Mikeyl from Cleveland, OH
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smugutu1234
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 11:56:02 AM

Too much greed!
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sks1586
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 4:27:07 AM

Awesome wisdom exists in the comments.
Thanks a million to everyone, for distributing their wisdom.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 7:45:36 AM

Greed is everywhere
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TrixieNY
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 2:39:33 PM

It's not gouging if you have a choice... it's called a free market!
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Mover
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 1:54:47 PM

Agree
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Mover
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 1:53:51 PM

Yep
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kona763
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 11:36:24 PM

@catfish99 - my definition of gouging as regards to gas prices is when most stations in the area are 3.50-ish and one is 3.99. I don't know how they stay in business doing this, but I certainly won't buy gas there and it's not about the money I will save. But everyone has their own choice to make. And yes every consumer transaction is a vote, I am using GasBuddy to vote for the stations that have the lower prices.
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 6:57:28 AM

Isn't every consumer transaction a "vote with my $"? The choice between steak or lobster; a Hershey bar or 3 Musketeers; Iron Man 3 or a comedy?
Some people will pay more for convenience, others will spend more of one commodity (time) to spend less of another (cash).
On a side note, I'm curious about your definition of gouging. If a retailer prices his product to make a dollar on a $50 transaction, is that gouging? $2?
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