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justoldbits

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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 11:22:58 PM

I am in Manhattan Kansas. There are roughly 20 stations in the town. Today using web search (not the mobile interface) returns the lowest price. This is fairly useless for knowing what the gas prices are doing in town.

It's good to see that the lowest posted price is 3.35 at two of the stations. I know from driving around that a number of stations are 3.39. Even more are at 3.45.

As gas prices go up I won't see that trend by using a search. Also, there are a few stations which stay low as prices increase but I don't want to drive to the other side of town when there may be some within a few cents much closer to where I am.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2013 11:36:44 PM

I don't think he said anything about a ZIP code, but since you bring it up, the reason you get stations out of the ZIP is that the full-site ZIP converts the ZIP to the city name and then does a search using that name. Mobile apps seem to have something more like an actual ZIP code search, but I haven't done enough testing to nail down the parameters.
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Jayburt
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2013 12:22:49 PM

Understand what he is asking for, put in a zipcode and show the lowest 5 or at least 4 stations showing in that area, Instead you get a list that includes stations 20 miles away at least in our area.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:55:28 PM

Thank you for following up.
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justoldbits
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2013 11:07:09 PM

My post was misguided and the thread may be deleted.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2013 6:45:43 PM

Reading between the lines (waaaay between), it seems he is asking for trend arrows for his area (vs. the state site as a whole). Then in the last paragraph, he seems to be asking for per-station stats, so that he can analyze the behavior of individual stations.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:10:46 PM

Based on what was posted, I'm thinking there is no issue.
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justoldbits
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:57:25 PM

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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:29:38 AM

“Today using web search (not the mobile interface) returns the lowest price. This is fairly useless for knowing what the gas prices are doing in town…As gas prices go up I won't see that trend by using a search…I don't want to drive to the other side of town when there may be some within a few cents much closer to where I am.”

Forgetting what the suggestion might be, what’s the issue?

There were, as of a few minutes ago, only three gas prices posted for Manhattan Kansas; two prices were posted by KSUKarla 9 hours ago, and the other price posted by you 22 hours ago. It seems that the issue is less a search returning the lowest price, but that there simply aren’t very many price posts for Manhattan gas stations, let alone the lowest price being listed and comparison prices (at stations closer to you). Unless I misunderstand your concern, the problem/solution is that if there were more price posts for Manhattan, you would see more prices listed, and thereby enabling you to shop at stations much closer to where you are, “within a few cents”.

The bottom line seems, from what you’re saying and from the number of price posts for Manhattan, Kansas (and assuming the number of prices currently posted for Manhattan, Kansas is the approximate norm), is that you need to have a more active Gas Buddy participation for Manhattan. A search is only as good as the number of prices available to be searched. For reference, this is what shows for a Manhattan, Kansas search:
Manhattan, Kansas
versus what shows for a Manhattan, New York search:
Manhattan, New York

and versus what shows for a Rockville, Maryland search:
Rockville, Maryland

Or, am I misunderstanding the issue?

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 6:49:40 AM

So what improvement are you suggesting?
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