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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2009 5:30:47 PM

Many stations have installed units on their pumps to take credit cards at the pump. The question is, was it a good or bad idea?

While it's nice and convenient for motorists to pay without having to go inside the gas station, has pay at the pump been a success since stations starting installing them?

There are two groups of people- the motorists, and station owners. While motorists (such as myself) love pay at the pump for its simple and easy way to pay, station owners likely wish it had never been invented, and here's why.


Gasoline stations aren't making much money these days. It's no secret that competition is fierce, and stations are trying to make every penny- offering clubs, credit cards, just about ...



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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 1:10:25 AM

good
Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 1:09:52 AM

good
toadOR
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 4:27:16 AM

ok
Farquon
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 12:17:12 AM

I pay at the pump, always. Have been doing it for years. Works for me.
baddog58
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2014 3:01:34 AM

This has been dicussed before.
outdoortechie
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 5:27:42 PM

More convenient for consumers but stores have lower revenues as a result, which has to be made up in higher prices at the pump.
goldmonk
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 8:51:25 AM

good
tklsr
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 7:57:15 AM

good
Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 2:07:22 AM

sams club
fonz08wrx
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 1:30:32 PM

everytime i use a credit card it ask me whats the billing zip code if you get it wrong it will tell you to see attendant
rocknvox
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 12:41:42 AM

always prefer
mbfd302
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 9:56:46 AM

Want me to buy your gas? Let me pay at the pump.
bklynse
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 9:00:07 AM

The only place I pay at the pump is when I get gas at costco
KyPerson
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 7:40:32 AM

I've been paying at the pump for years and I like it fine.
Madridjoe
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 8:01:27 AM

always pay at the pump, but I do worry about card scanners
JOHNJOEYJOE
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 1:36:28 AM

Pay at the pump always. Don't like the slow cashiers, lines, and customers who are not ready to pay when they get to the counter. Furthermore, everyone has to start going in to pay the cashier the problem will get worse.
agrico
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 10:05:40 PM

only reason I go inside is to go to the bathroom
deant99
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 6:58:15 PM

We have had Pay-At-The-Pump here for years. Most companies have an added incentive such as collecting points, bonus dollars, etc. Makes for entry and exit.
twotanksaweek
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 9:37:46 PM

At those rare times I do go inside for an additional purchase, I inevitably get behind someone cashing in lottery tickets and undecided on choosing their next game. arrrrgggghhh.

ps I did happen to notice that during this past harsh winter some remote card readers were sluggish and at times unusable.

[Edited by: twotanksaweek at 3/21/2014 9:39:35 PM EST]
bazportalice
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 1:38:39 PM

pay at the pump ,great idea,no lineups.
macike
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 3:57:53 PM

If I HAVE to pre-pay, then pay at poump. However, most stations around here I can pump and then go in like a civilized person.
gasmask78
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 10:54:44 AM

paying at the pump would be convenient if we didn't have to go inside to get a rect. 85-90% of the time.
JOHNJOEYJOE
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 7:17:24 AM

Pay at the pump. Cashiers are too slow. Lines are to long. Customers are rarely organized and don't have their money out ready to pay whne they get to the counter.
Farquon
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 1:06:58 AM

I like pay at the pump. I don't go in if I don't have to.
GasPasserAB
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2010 2:46:51 AM

Paying at the pump is not a convenience for me. When i drive up to the pump to make a purchase, I keep on driving to the next gas bar if I see that I will be required to pay at the pump.

It annoys me immensely when I see a cup on the counter soliciting a tip for the cashier. I do the work and they arrogantly expect a tip. From my perspective, a tip is recognition of exceptional service provided.
nyuknyuk49
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Message Posted: May 31, 2010 6:24:32 AM

competition is good
walt2k
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Message Posted: May 30, 2010 1:35:35 PM

I like "pay at the pump" in Northern California but only use it at some of our lowest price stations which charge the same for cash or credit.
If traveling out of town I pay at the pump and just assume any added card price is just part of traveling.

A few stations have added the cash machine in the pump line just a few steps away and I consider that also "pay at the pump".
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Message Posted: May 30, 2010 8:16:13 AM

good
califcamper
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Message Posted: May 2, 2010 1:08:51 PM

it is good- I only go to a station for Fuel and I do not want to stand in line inside to pay and then go back in to retreive my receipt or change
hambone2009
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2010 8:52:35 PM

It has been good for me when I have been in a hurry and also when I have been in areas where the stations are closed.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2010 2:20:08 PM

Not good for anyone but the credit card companies who make a profit. If you are stranded somewhere with no gas stations open is the only time it is good for the consumer or the station.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2010 8:49:18 AM

its good if you are in a hurry
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2010 2:15:16 AM

pay at the pump is fast.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2010 11:01:37 PM

Oh well.....thats progress.
albert2008
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2010 8:33:07 AM

take the good with the bad
3Winks
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2010 9:46:37 PM

Most stations in the St. Louis area don't offer a discount for paying cash.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2010 8:48:55 PM

if u pay at the pump with credit cards then its at least 10 cents more per gallon.

paying inside with cash is 10 cents cheaper.

a lot of gas stations here advertise cash price per gallon.
bladecutter
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2010 2:35:28 PM

I think pay at the pump is just fine, you can still go inside if you need anything else>
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2010 12:31:44 PM

I doubt if pay at the pump hurts them. People will go in if they need something. Consumers seldom "shot" at convience store. They know what they want and will run in and get it. It's convient.
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2010 11:00:26 AM

IMHO--Not secure enough for me. Cash inside works.
gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2010 9:45:09 AM

airduct: So do I.

GTH
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2010 6:37:02 PM

I like it because when we're traveling I pump the fuel & my wife goes in & gets us coffee & we're on our way, no hassle
airduct
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2010 5:18:28 PM

gth ..... I stand with what I said.
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2010 3:34:19 PM

Good news for the ID thiefs..........As c/cards can be used at most pumps until a stop payment is enabled on stolen c/card.
gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2010 3:56:22 PM

airduct: "Now if you cannot figure out how to use a card at the pump you are a little dense."

A polite person would be slow to make that assumption. If the matter were important enough (which I really doubt in this case), he would seek additional information.

Polite people do not question the intelligence or good faith of others without good reason.

Since you have chosen to do so anyway, that makes you (if not arrogant) rude.

GTH
airduct
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2010 2:15:54 PM

gth->So I'm afraid my observation of arrogance, stands.

You are confusing a person with being arrogant when they are right. Using a credit card (I don't have a debit card) is safe even if it vulnerable to fraud. Follow instructions and you are out nothing..... and no money is missing from your bank account.

Now if you cannot figure out how to use a card at the pump you are a little dense.
gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2010 1:28:59 PM

airduct: What got this "stupid" discussion started was you responding to this statement by derKraut:

'I will not use "Pay at the Pump" for at lot of reasons - including ID theft and the hassle of having to figure out some the stupid systems.'

Without more explanation from him, we can't know what he meant by "figuring out" but you leapt to a conclusion that he was wrong or "stupid". Also, ID theft (more properly credit/debit card fraud) is a valid concern, and part of why I have advocated not overusing credit cards.

But in your zeal to promote all things plastic, you utterly brushed all those aside.

So I'm afraid my observation of arrogance, stands.

GTH
sweeteddy
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2010 4:23:28 PM

good less drive offs
airduct
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2010 12:12:13 PM

>People can choose not to use credit cards, at pay-at-the-pump readers or anywhere else, for reasons that have nothing to do with a lack of intelligence or lack of financial responsibility. But you seem not to be able to accept that. You consistently look down on such people, as your statements here indicate.

I was responding to your stupid post. It does not take a very smart person to use a card reader at the pump or pay cash inside..

I don't care how you pay, the C/Store cares that you pay that is all.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2010 11:59:05 AM

Pay at the pump is good for me, It is fast.
As far as them losing money because we not buying things,
Drop your gas and you will get people to buy from you.
gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2010 11:10:27 AM

airduct: "Stupid is as stupid does."

Pretty arrogant of you, to call anyone who can't plow through all the fine print of a credit card's terms and conditions and competely understand them, "stupid".

But then, the rest of us aren't perfect like you are...

"It might be best if you are able to count if you use cash. "

More arrogance.

People can choose not to use credit cards, at pay-at-the-pump readers or anywhere else, for reasons that have nothing to do with a lack of intelligence or lack of financial responsibility. But you seem not to be able to accept that. You consistently look down on such people, as your statements here indicate.

GTH
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