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DiesBeam335D

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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2014 4:39:49 AM

I've been very frustrated with GasBuddy and the prices users are posting.

Most users post prices for cash discount. 1) I don't carry that much cash around to fill up a tank. 2) I use plastic for points or cash back.

So, please have a check box for CASH v CREDIT pricing.
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LarryMarg
Champion Author New York

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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2014 12:17:28 AM

rjoeh wrote:
> how to identify stations that do not dispense a fuel.

Having been burned a couple of times in the same way, I now check the MSL to verify that the station has "Diesel" checked before I go there.

> I put in the comments area NO DIESEL when applicable.

If there's a diesel price listed and the station doesn't carry diesel, it would be nice if you'd zero out the price, as described below. (Your comment will disappear next time else someone updates a price.)

Here are the instructions on how to zero a price, in case you are unfamiliar with them:

"From the home page, use the Search Gas Prices feature to locate the station of interest. Select the appropriate fuel grade i.e. diesel so that the price appears at the left. Select this and enter zero in the next window. The change takes place immediately"

If the station exists in one of your Favorites lists, and therefore appears near the bottom of the home page of the full site online, you can zero the price here as well."

Enter the reason (e.g., "No diesel") in the comments field.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 6:27:37 PM

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

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 7:52:34 PM

RC, it is not so much displaying at the pump - I think most dual priced stations will show both prices at the pump before you start pumping. The problem is displaying at the Street Sign - heck, they don't even display all grades around here.

And, since a large percentage (probably the majority) of prices get posted from the big sign, having both cash and credit fields will still not totally solve the problem. And, if they only sort on the CASH price, you will still have to search for the credit and if they allow searching for credit price, you will find a lot of missing prices. Therefore, I had requested the first step of putting a durable flag tied to the MSL for the price board so even if you are looking at the CASH price, you know that they are a dual priced station (and vice versa).

To post a pic, use PB or imgur or imageshack or such a site, and then post the link...

[Edited by: TxJeans at 1/8/2014 7:52:42 PM EST]
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Retired-Coastie
Champion Author Arkansas

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 9:45:46 AM

Our Valero station in Fort Smith has eight(8) buttons and price displays on each pump, it clearly shows the cash and credit price for each product sold. To bad not all stations are this forward thinking.

I'd post the picture if I knew how to.
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rjoeh
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2014 4:16:24 PM

I agree with the issues noted below on cash v cridit... but an equally big problem is assumption posting of fuel types at stations that do not handle the fuel. I drive diesel vehicles and as usual... it is priced a bit higher. What is disheartening is to find a price and then to go to the station for a fill up... to find they don't eveh sell diesel. I have posesed this question to GB, but have not had a reply on how to identify stations that do not dispense a fuel. For now, when I post, I put in the comments area NO DIESEL when applicable.
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TxJeans
Champion Author Tampa

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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2014 5:49:17 AM

Hello DiesBeam,

Currently, the PTB at GBO are supposedly working on this issue with HOPES of it being the next big update. It involves UI for both the Website, mobile website and all the apps.

They have added a check box to the MSL (Master Station List) and have been doing some notification checking and verifying in preparation.

I requested a long time ago that they throw a visible durable flag out there for the "buyer beware" warning as a stop gap, but apparently that idea didn't fly either.

Even once we get dual cash/credit pricing windows, yours/my problems with pricing at these dual stations will not disappear (which is why I asked for the stop gap of the durable flag). The problem is, in most places (I hear less of a problem where you are) the stations are not mandated by law to post both cash and credit at the street sign.

Around me, many stations post only regular, or regular and diesel --- CASH price. I don't know if it is a local or state law, but most dual priced stations I have seen in my travels w/in my state have small hang tag off the side of the street price board. However, it is not lit and easy to miss when driving buy.

So, in many areas, you will only see the CASH price being updated frequently as the majority of prices are probably entered from the street side sign and not from the pump faces.

Additionally, I don't know what their plans are for sorting by price. Will the leader boards only sort by cash but show the credit pricing, or will you be able to sort by credit? Sorting by credit will also cause one to possibly miss a good price where the credit price has aged off but not the cash.

So, it really is not just a simple fix, and that is the reason why I would like to see the DURABLE flag regardless and be able to sort by either cash or credit and see ALL prices or just the selected prices. Around here, I would need to sort by cash price and show all prices and hope I know what the spread is normally for that cash station that hasn't had the credit price updated.

For the most part, around me I can beat any cash discount price by good shopping and use of my 5% cash back card* at a single priced station (usually I can find one with single price that matches the cash price of a dual price station within 1-5 cents. Add in my cash back 5% and at today's prices I am better off at the single price station at higher base price.

*PenFed or Salliemae-Barclays: Pay no annual fee and since I pay on time and full balance, no interest so the cash back is real.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 1/4/2014 5:50:32 AM EST]
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