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willp09

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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 1:24:19 PM

I've noticed that GasBuddy doesn't show any prices from SAM'S Clubs nor COSTCO. This is unfortunate because without these, we aren't getting the entire picture of gas prices mearby.

The WEB version DOES include these.

Amybody know why this is so?
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nvn8v
Sophomore Author Nevada

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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 8:04:25 PM

You may want to delete and reinstall your app as well given that I have never had an issue with Sam's or Costco.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2013 11:40:33 PM

If you have evidence that a station has a certain fuel/grade feature in the MSL and that the full site shows a current price, yet it doesn't show on the mobile app, I would report that to GB.
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mwjones
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2013 11:26:52 PM

willp09 -

I know for a fact Sam's Clubs in the Houston market should be showing prices. I created most of the original MSL entries for them (which also includes the GPS coordinates that the map on the mobile apps use), and until I moved to a suburb of Dallas in November 2011 was posting prices from several of them each week.

I was not a member of Costco, so I never reported prices for those stations.
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Bruce1224
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2013 8:26:29 PM

On the list view of stations on the mobile app (android) and the website, you have the option to select the type of fuel you're looking for. If you select 'diesel', and Sam's and Costco don't sell diesel in your area (and there's not a false price in the system), those stations won't show up in a search. Could that be it willp09?
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2013 1:30:16 PM

I would be interested in knowing where in the iPhone the selection to not show stations with blank prices is located.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:35:57 AM

They are there! If you have your defaults on your phone to show only stations with posted prices then you won't see ANY station that doesn't have a price posted. Change you default to show all stations.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 6:14:01 PM

willp09:

Are you saying that local Sam's Club Warehouse and Costco Warehouse gas stations aren't shown on the Gas Buddy app , or that no prices are shown for those stations.

As Scrapheap correctly said, Sam's Club Warehouse and Costco Warehouse gas stations show for the same length of time that prices show for other gas stations. Once the duration for price visibility has passed (it varies from 12 to about 72 hours, depending on locale), the price is automatically removed if no one has updated or changed the price.

Said another way, you ARE getting the entire picture of gas prices nearby; it's just that it's a moving picture, not a still picture, the picture is constantly changing, and the picture is only as complete as members' price posting enables it to be complete.

Also, not sure about your area, but it's possible that some Sam's Club Warehouse gas prices are listed under the Murphy brand (and not as Sam's Club).
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 3:05:35 PM

You can see from this that I can see both Costco and Sam's Club on both the mobile app (iPhone) and the full site. I don't recall any difficulty when using the list view in the past, either. These examples were selected from the maps. (Note the difference between app and full on the Costco; there are two prices too many for some reason.)

I did notice that I had to wait a minute or so and zoom down on the app's map to find the Sam's Club, so there was some delay. Could your difficulty be due to a delay rather than simply not showing up at all?

PS: Selecting All Stations on the full site's MGP map will overcome any lack of reporting ("OLD" stations). Lack of reporting does not affect the app map; they simply show with blank prices.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 4/17/2013 3:11:05 PM EST]
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 2:39:15 PM

GasBuddy does show prices for SAM'S Club and COSTCO. If you are not seeing them, then nobody has reported prices for those particular stores recently.
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