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dyrymywy

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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 9:41:39 PM

How about the option to get a text notification of gas price hikes. Would be faster than mail for me and also for those without a smartphone.
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garynga
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Message Posted: Jun 8, 2013 12:01:10 PM

gr8 suggestion!!!
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kona763
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Message Posted: May 31, 2013 12:04:08 AM

I'm just happy for the GB site at all; anything else is gravy.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: May 18, 2013 3:49:29 PM

dyrymywy: Suppose you find a local stay-at-home volunteer that would agree to look at the home page price list every hour and send out text msgs to those who sign up if anything changes? Wouldn't that do it?

I am not a texter. Can you send a text to multiple addressees? Is there an app to do that?

[Edited by: CampKohler at 5/18/2013 3:50:06 PM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: May 18, 2013 10:49:48 AM

Just be happy you get any sort of notification.
Most areas don't even get the notifications via email.
You can look at the full/mobile website even on most of today's feature phones with a small feature phone data plan. And, many of them can be set up for push email.

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: May 18, 2013 7:40:46 AM

Everyone wants everything for free. If you want to know when prices are going to rise pay attention to the wholesale price. This is an excellent site for that.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: May 17, 2013 9:18:33 PM

I don't particularly like the idea of paying, but I remember a moderator writing about what a bother text messages was from their point of view. Perhaps some money would overcome their objections.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 17, 2013 7:46:00 PM

Like it or not, one method of informing people about gas price hikes is their ability to see current prices on either the website or on their mobile app. Most members, in my opinion, open the app and review the local price listings. Not telling anyone what to do, but with a year of membership, you may want to help set an example for others to post prices.

As for this being a "for-fee option", I doubt that very members would be willing to pay for the service. After all, multitudes of members complain about having to put up with advertising on the website (which "pays the bills"), and ask for more and esoteric oil/energy industry information as part of Gas Buddy (complaining when suggestions are made that such information is available for a fee from Gas Buddy and other organizations; I don't see there being an acceptance to pay for Gas Buddy text notification of gas prices. And yes, I realize that advertising/paying for information is different than CampKohler's suggestion.

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CampKohler
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Message Posted: May 17, 2013 5:50:05 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on an existing subject.

This one asks for notification of hikes, but others have asked for changes, which amounts to nearly the same thing. It would be useful for users to set their own parameters for notification.

Perhaps GB could add this as for-fee option.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 5/17/2013 5:53:12 PM EST]
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