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jtock133

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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 3:16:30 PM

What happened to the notifications that I used to receive before a price hike? I found them very useful.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 4:38:53 PM


Forgetting that it would be an unreasonable expectation for gas stations to contact all potential shoppers of "spikes", a difficult logistical process to begin with, and time-consuming at best, gas stations would rather have you come in and shop when prices are lower (rather than after they "spike") for the simple reason that they make less money for every gallon bought by credit card when the price increases. (They pay the financial institution a percentage of the price at the pump, not a fixed price per gallon, meaning that their paying of 3 percent for $4 a gallon gas costs them more than their paying 3 percent of $3.50 a gallon gas.)

Add to that that gas stations are trying to be as low priced as possible in order to attract potential customers from competing gas stations, and to keep customers from going to competing gas stations, at the same time trying to cover operating expenses.

Sorry, but I just don't see gas stations trying to keep up e-mail and text messaging lists of "customers" that might want to receive updates when the gas station itself generally doesn't know in advance what the price will be (unless there's a "fixed price" stipulation in their delivery contract). Good idea, just not feasible or realistic. In my opinion.
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DiannaFan
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2013 10:53:06 PM

Thanks for the info TB.

It would be nice if all gas stations could give us a heads-up when there's going to be a spike. That would be an amazing feature that the GB_Direct program could theoretically do. I'm pretty sure no operator is going to go for it though. :)
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unclesnipe
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 8:29:44 PM

we are now getting a banner notification of spikes in our area. I like this idea. looks a little like a weather advisory though LOL now, if we could get a GB spy at speedway H.Q. that could give us a heads-up 12 hours before they push the button, that would be heavenly ;)
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TB
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 9:08:15 AM

I don't think we have sent out a price spike for Utah before. Also yes we do stop the emails after a while because by then the spike has already happened and most of the stations have already moved to the higher price.
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DiannaFan
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2013 11:15:12 PM

Is the email so slow to get out that it's stopped before all the emails get sent? I'm signed up for those notifications and I've never gotten one. Or maybe my area just doesn't have spikes. :)
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TB
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2013 5:48:34 PM

Email notifications still go out but email is very very slow when trying to send to thousands of members especially with urgent news like gas price hikes that seem to happen very fast. We are now using push notifications through the iPhone and Android applications. These let you know a price hike is happening and when you click on them they open the GasBuddy app which will show you more information.

You will need to have notifications enabled which can be set within the app. The price hikes also run off of your last known location so you will need to use your gps when using the GasBuddy app. We do this so that we are not sending notifications to people who are not in the price hike area.

We actually have price hikes on the web site right now. If you check out http://www.stlouisgasprices.com/ you will see a big red bar showing the hike. (Active only until tomorrow)
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riosyler
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 11:27:01 AM

I still receive 'price hike' notifications on my old phone, but not on my new phone for some reason. You could vastly improve the app by sending text notifications instead of email. I, like most people, don't check my email often enough, so it doesn't help me cuz the hike is always already in effect by the time I've read the message.
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