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123a1234

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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 4:47:40 PM

It would be useful if users could post things about prices at a specific station. For instance, in our area Shell dealers are doing a 20 cent off premium gas on Tuesday. The catch is the 20 cents is already put in the posted price and there are few ways to actually know if you got that 20 cents or if the station is cheating on the promotion. Because of this I tend to drive by my local station on Monday, late in the evening (after 8:00PM) check the price on premium and come back in the morning. Well guess what when I checked this week Monday night the price posted was $4.19 per gallon. So 20 cents off is $3.99. Guess what - on Tuesday morning the posted price was $4.05 only 14 cents off. Who wins this battle if you argue especially if you did not stop and get a date stamped picture? Sure 14 cents is still better than 5 cents off Thursday but it would be nice if you could let people know somebody either needs to learn how to use a calculator or they could just be called out for manipulating prices. If you could comment on Gas Buddy for a specific station then if you know some dealer is not playing straight you could choose another.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2013 1:22:24 PM

Two simple things that aren't generally considered, and it's not limited to my area of Maryland (or the DC metro area in general, which many of us transit daily, Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia).

First, not all gas stations participate in the program, and even if they do, few of us know if a participating gas station has had its priced up (either for wholesale or other reasons) and the "14 cents discount' (noted in the original post) doesn't in fact represent a larger discount.

It's always interesting that members will quickly say "The gas station is ripping us off...", or variations, but never say that they asked the gas station about it's pricing or policies or changes; they simply anonymously post their question or complaint to random members hoping that the random members will provide them an accurate explanation.

What 123a1234 needs to do is post comments along with his expected gas price posting, and suggest (in the Maryland discussions) that others do the same.
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TxJeans
Champion Author Tampa

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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2013 6:50:02 AM

123a1234
First, it appears you have 120 points --- 100 for joining, and 20 for the post starting this thread.
Is there some reason you didn't post the prices as you saw them?
What do you expect Gasbuddy to do about the prices for this station? You do realize they are posted almost entirely by members?
And, this appears to be a LOCAL issue that would apply to your LOCAL forum... the Maryland forum.

Yep another 120/20
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2013 6:20:28 AM

I have a feeling we have another 1/120 member.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2013 2:21:22 AM

123a1234, it would help if you could clarify what you mean by "the posted price". More specifically: What's the price actually charged? What's displayed at the pump? What's displayed on the sign that you can read from the street? And what's displayed here at the GasBuddy site?

Note that the prices here at GasBuddy are normally posted by members of the site like you and me -- not a feed from the station owners. And usually the best we can do is to copy what we see on the sign as we go past the station. If there's an automatic 20c discount every Tuesday, and that discount is *not* reflected in the signage, then perhaps the best way to document it is to include that info in the comment field: "-20c premium every Tuesday", say (regardless of whether the comment is being posted on a Tuesday or not).

Also, you could find or create a topic in your local forum, specifically for discussing stations with such discounts. If you do this, please use the initial message to describe the general intent of the topic, and post your specific example as the first follow-up message.
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 8:06:54 PM

Comments can be station specific, CampKohler. Those who spend time learning the site understand that, CampKohler.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 8:02:12 PM

The author used the phrase "specific station" twice. From that I infer he is desiring a comment that would apply to the station itself vs. the prices individually or collectively. But perhaps not; only the author knows for sure.
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Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 6:01:31 PM

As noted below, you can include "comments" in the comments section for gas stations.

Or, when you have earned 10,000 points (and are considered a "senior" member) you can update the Master Station List to indicate station features, options, etc.

(Side note: This should not be added to the Suggested Topic List as there already is a comments section; suggesting that users post comments, isn't a suggestion in itself any more than "people should accurately post fuel prices.")
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 5:01:48 PM

Put this information in the comments.
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