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Somefatkid

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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:30:09 AM

Is it possible to include the reported price for last year on this date?
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:43:43 AM

I agree with Rich. I may not agree with your proposal, SFK, but I still appreciate that you took the time to make it.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 5:06:35 PM

Somefatkid said: "You make it sound like the cost to put a few key strokes in a server will bankrupt this site."

Not many keystrokes to modify or improve this web site have taken place since I've been here. Unfortunately, many far better ideas have been put forth, hashed out and argued for without substantive response from the so-called "development team".

While your idea makes sense to you, and perhaps others as well, don't expect any movement on it anytime soon. More likely you'll just get more argument here against it.

Stick around. You seem to be interested enough to offer constructive input. Don't let the contrarians discourage you.

RG
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 4:53:58 PM

"What does CampKohler's link example provide that's not already available (though, perhaps, with less impressive graphics and colors)?"

Absolutely nothing.

I still don't see the value in this suggestion. Who cares what a station was charging last year. You are going to pay what they are charging now!
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Somefatkid
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 3:56:44 PM

Do you work for this site gas_buddy? I am not asking for anything several other sites already offer for free. I was just a suggesting an idea to help improve the information provided from this site. Just like the forum header said. You make it sound like the cost to put a few key strokes in a server will bankrupt this site. I was only looking for a single line that said “last year on this day the price was XX” if it’s too big a deal don’t worry about it, apparently I should do market research and cost /benefit analysis like I work for gas buddy before suggesting an idea. It was just a suggestion so relax, don’t like it don’t use it.
Gouging: taking extra profit at the customer’s expense when the market dictates a lower price.
As for station pricing I run a gas station and know more than most when it comes to pricing here in Canada. Not saying I know every aspect of pricing but have a good grasp on it. All stations here will pay the same base cost for fuel for the week no matter where they are. We only have 5 refineries for all of western Canada and they all price for the week off the rack price of oil not the barrel. The individual retailer’s then price based on local markets trying to maintain a margin of 5-6c/L. Some retails will take extra margin if located closer to the highways or if they are in a market with minimal competition. Most will stay competitive to the overall market. Our station has a policy to never lead the market in price. We monitor near by stations and adjust when they do.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 9:26:55 PM

So you're saying, in essence, that Gas Buddy should provide the prices for each and every gas station for at least the past year, in case someone doesn't remember what it cost a year ago? Because, I assume, some people then won't be interested in what was a year prices, but might also want to see what it was, say a week ago, and three or six months ago, or maybe two or three years ago? So all this should be there at no cost to anyone except Gas Buddy? Sorry, but it seems like you're asking for a lot, some of which, as we've said, is already there, just not station specific.'

Also, "It also lets people see if there is a particular gas station in their area gouging customers on a regular basis. I.E. always 2-3 cents higher then other stations near by."

You're saying that, without knowing why a station prices as it does, not knowing it's operating costs, what it may be paying wholesale, or it's business plan, a station that charges 2-3 cents higher is "gouging"? Really? Can you, perhaps, because I have a different definition of the word, explain what you mean by gouging?
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Somefatkid
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 7:06:25 PM

also the price in my province can be as much as 20 to 30c/L differnt depending if you drive for a hour. so the aveage price for the entire province can be pulled up or down due to one area.
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Somefatkid
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 7:00:45 PM

when it comes to finding cheap gas near by it is of little to no use. How ever the average consumer has no idea if they are paying more for fuel now vs last year. Seeing last years price on this day helps them see that the price is not dictated solely by the price of the barrel of oil with out having to search for the informaiton. It also lets people see if there is a particular gas station in their area gouging customers on a regular basis. I.E. always 2-3 cents higher then other stations near by.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 3:09:44 PM

Somefatkid:

What does CampKohler's link example provide that's not already available (though, perhaps, with less impressive graphics and colors)?

Or, to follow-up Scrapheap, as the information is available through other means, are you willing to pay for more (and perhaps more detailed or better displayed) information, or is it not really worth paying for?

47-920S

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 11:31:53 AM

I wondering what value this has?

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 2/6/2013 11:32:07 AM EST]
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Somefatkid
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 11:04:29 AM

CampKohler; that is what i was thinking.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 8:28:53 AM

It looks like that data is available here, but since GasBuddy charges a fee for the data, it is unlikely to be implemented for free.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 7:47:22 AM

Seems like it could be done, but my guess is that it's not useful enough to bother implementing.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 5:10:18 AM

I wondering what the value is of the price a station was charging a year ago?
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 2:11:58 AM

So what you are asking for is something like this?

If the year-ago prices were easily pulled up, it wouldn't take very long to implement this.



[Edited by: CampKohler at 2/6/2013 2:14:47 AM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 6:51:43 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the home page of website you're referencing is only listing two prices, the price for the city this year, and the price for the city last year. On Gas Buddy's home page, you have approximately 20 gas prices for each city. Wouldn't that be taking up a lot of space with information that most people probably don't need in order to make intelligent shopping decisions (about where to get fuel)?

And, considering how many gas price posts there are across the United States and Canada, wouldn't that be a lot of computer programming, for what seems to be of limited value, considering that you essentially already have that information (just not station or city specific, but rather Gas Buddy "area" specific).

Maybe I'm naive about the most recent post, but do you really think that everyone posting or reviewing a gas price (for an upcoming fuel purchase) really needs to have last year's price available more prominently than it is already (on Gas Buddy)?
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Somefatkid
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 10:49:07 AM

Having it available to compare last year to this year on the same page is very handy. so many people cant remember last year and having it available next to the current price makes comparison easy.
example,
http://tomorrowsgaspricetoday.com/gas-prices/?city=119&Calgary-Gas-Prices
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:42:51 PM

This feature is already available.
Place your cursor over the Gas Prices link at the top of the page and it will open a link-line. Click on the Gas Price Charts link and it will open a page that will allow you see average prices for Alberta as far back as 11 years. You can also do this for other Gas Buddy areas across the United States and Canada.

It will show you the average gas price, not gas prices for specific gas stations. Also, the larger the range of prices you're looking for, (i.e., you're looking at the chart for the past 1 month, 3 months, 6 Months, etc, up to the 11 year chart, the smaller accuracy for a specific time is.

Does that answer your question or are you looking for something else?
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Scrapheap
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:01:52 PM

Are the Gas Price Charts under Gas Prices sufficient?
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