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JT

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2006 1:31:55 AM

When reporting prices, what duration of time elapses on average from the time you see the price to the time that it is reported?
Less than 1 Hr
1 - 2 Hours
3 - 4 hours
More than 4 Hours
Not Sure

Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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bocfus
Rookie Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2008 12:02:22 PM

Most of the time it is 1.5 hrs. 45mins to work and the having to walk the floor to ensure production is running good.
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kissmefla
Champion Author Orlando

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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2008 10:21:09 AM

usually about 15 or 30 minutes..even less now that I've been using the mobile version more
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SadCubsFan
Sophomore Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2008 10:15:20 AM

Less than 1 hour is optimal for all of us!
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BravoGolf
Rookie Author Boise

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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2008 10:54:11 PM

If I cannot post within 1 hour I will not update station unless I verify my sighting is different than an out-dated post.
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priceranger
Rookie Author New York

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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2008 10:36:58 AM

Normally I check the prices on my way into work and then post them as soon as I boot my computer up.
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Samatva
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2008 10:25:44 PM

I'd get more posted if the mobile site worked better.

One example - why does the mobile site always log me out after a short while? Why can't it just keep me logged in???

The "favorites" is a great idea, but there seems to be no other way to use the Master Station List on the mobile site... why not a search function? Google maps? Could even be a series of ever-more-zoomed-in image maps...

P.S. I'm a web developer (with a day job!) and would be willing to consult, gratis.


[Edited by: Samatva at 10/7/2008 10:26:43 PM EST]
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totallyforgiven
Rookie Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2008 7:26:47 PM

I usually get the prices posted within an hour, when I first get home from work, I get a shower and get comfortable, then I get online and enter the prices. Although if I am out shopping and get gas on the way home, I don't always get it done that quick, because I am unloading my car, and scanning purchases, etc.

[Edited by: totallyforgiven at 9/30/2008 7:27:10 PM EST]
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hfmagna
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2008 2:30:06 PM

Usually 1-2hrs. Could do it faster with the blackberry, but the site doesn't read my submission.
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tanny24
Rookie Author Tennessee

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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2008 3:58:25 AM

it depends. usually when I am at the gas station I will write it down and then sometimes I go home and put it on as soon as I get home and sometimes depending on what else is going on I wait.
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kitkat1313
Rookie Author California

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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2008 9:30:35 PM

usually within a few minutes... I have the new I-phone, so as I'm driving about town I post the current Gas Prices... NOT while Driving, of course!!!
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bareilly
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2008 10:39:35 AM

24 hours usually AM
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DaveC
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2008 3:25:40 PM

Varies- from 1 to 4-5 hours but dropdown used to select estimated time.
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chemist74
Champion Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2008 10:02:29 AM

If it is more than an hour, I use the drop down menu at the bottom to select the actual time instead of the default.
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bareilly
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2008 7:01:23 AM

less then 1 hour
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TexasManiac
Rookie Author Texas

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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2008 3:55:36 PM

Since it takes me 45 minutes to get to work (I pass by this gas station daily) and another 1/2 hour before I can get to my computer, that would mean it's at least an 1 1/4 hours before I post the price.
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Bill313
Champion Author Kansas City

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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2008 4:13:38 PM

not sure
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mainmama
Rookie Author Houston

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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2008 3:56:29 PM

The elapsed time is no more than a few seconds.
I am pleased with the way GasBuddy.com runs their site.
I usually am not login at peak times though~

[Edited by: mainmama at 8/27/2008 4:01:45 PM EST]
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MnSwede
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2008 1:29:26 PM

Less than 1 Hr
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foth
Rookie Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2008 12:23:14 PM

anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours - depends on what I am walking into at work - empty IN box or 16 emails, 4 phone messages & a stack of ASAP To-Do's.
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TLK2008
Champion Author Allentown

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2008 10:23:51 AM

Really depends on whether I'm posting the report from home or from work. Generally when I report from work it's less than 2 hours but when I report from home it's at least 4 hours before I get to the computer.
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dongo50
Champion Author West Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2008 8:52:59 AM

varies. i live over 10 miles from town.
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jbmartinez
Rookie Author Miami

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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2008 8:48:19 AM

If you want a more accurate price reporting - you might consider enhancing the site to allow an optional date/time input rather than simply defaulting the submission with the time of input.
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in_orbit
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2008 9:36:00 AM

Less than 1 Hr
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scott_wallace55
Rookie Author Texas

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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2008 2:06:41 PM

15 to 30 minutes
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economicspiral
Rookie Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2008 3:47:06 PM

I will only post price if it is with in the hour.
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Goth
Champion Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2008 3:52:18 AM

I usually see the price on the way home from work. I get off from work anytime from 11pm to 3am and, the stations are all closed so it won't change any time soon.
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Skipr2
Sophomore Author Arizona

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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2008 4:41:00 PM

I guess for us where we live it depends on if a big weekend like the fourth is coming up prices can change within hours and for sure from start of long weekend till its over.
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Mutter
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2008 1:24:20 PM

I post the prices as soon as possible but we live 30 minutes out of town so unfortunately it is at least an hour between spotting prices and posting them. I've put a handheld PDA with wireless internet on my "wishlist" so that I can post instantaneously! Hopefully Santa is a member of GasBuddy and understands my addiction! LOL
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roadkillGA
Champion Author Georgia

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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2008 2:56:57 PM

1-2 hours
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michael3602009
Sophomore Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2008 11:53:32 PM

it all depends on the time i spot them and the time i get home and put them on
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fastfreddy38
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2008 3:04:30 PM

It doesn,t really matter to much as the prices don,t change that much.
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mobile_actor
Rookie Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2008 5:27:18 PM

I don't think it makes sense to report a price later than 2 hours after it has been spotted.
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YoungMotorMouth
Rookie Author Georgia

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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2008 3:20:53 PM

Some times it takes me up a day or more.
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lindamay
Champion Author Minnesota

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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2008 1:51:22 AM

I try to do it immediately, but sometimes it will get to be longer, depending on how long it takes me to get to a computer.
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beachbumCA
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2008 12:10:51 AM

In the hour. Some days will post same station two times as they up price. In the past week it has been 10 cents at a time.
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ptcruiser62
Rookie Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2008 3:21:39 PM

I usualy get them in in about 2 hours, some times it may be up to 4 hours
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bobjeep
Champion Author Las Vegas

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Message Posted: May 25, 2008 6:26:01 PM

3 or 4 hours
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grandmastaxi
Rookie Author California

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Message Posted: May 25, 2008 5:46:29 PM

One hour seems fast to me. I check prices on the way to work and home settle in for the evening and do my report work. So the 2 to 4 hours I what it will be for me and most working people .
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PNF
Champion Author Tennessee

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Message Posted: May 22, 2008 3:20:10 PM

I know that sometimes when I get home or to the office, I can get the prices in quickly. Other times, work or other chores get in the way and when I can get to it...I post the prices.
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kegga_99
All-Star Author Maryland

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Message Posted: May 18, 2008 2:54:32 AM

Depends, at least 1 - 2 hrs.
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Sneakers55
Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: May 18, 2008 1:12:29 AM

I post them either when I get to a computer.

If a while passes (typically eating out on the way home) I log the nearest time point to when I drive by.

Most of the time, I'm the last to have seen the numbers but then again somebody else may have seen them later.

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dell466
Champion Author London

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Message Posted: May 18, 2008 12:50:43 AM

usually within 5 to 6 minute, I pass about 10 different stations when coming home
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bobjeep
Champion Author Las Vegas

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Message Posted: May 16, 2008 10:34:00 AM

1 to 2 hours
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pdxman2008
Rookie Author Portland

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Message Posted: May 8, 2008 9:07:13 PM

I'm a new contributor and sometimes record prices from numerous stations on my commute then usually enter them within the hour at home or work depending on the direction of the commute. Interestingly on my "Member Favorites" input interface each station has unique fields for reg, mid, prem, diesel, and doing this mass data entry helps data entry speed. However there's only one "time spotted" field for the whole list which assumes I could simultaneously spot the prices at many different gas stations. In fact the spottings can be 10-30 minutes different or greater. So I usually estimate an average and use it for the group instead of doing multiple individual submissions. A "time spotted" field *for each station* in the Favorites group could improve timing accuracy (if that's desired) but might put more work on the user, due to more data entry. The extra work could be mitigated by a copy-down control or some other measure like pre-populating all "time spotted" fields based on the first user-selected "time spotted" value. User could then adjust the rest as needed. Food for thought.
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michael360
All-Star Author Missouri

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Message Posted: May 5, 2008 1:16:32 PM

as soon as i write down the price of gas on paper and i get home i get online and post it as soon as i can
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kerryllr
Veteran Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2008 7:31:52 AM

My quotes are on my way into work, about 10-15 minutes.
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ekelly7
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2008 11:05:07 AM

1-2, sometimes less
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mattressman13
Champion Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2008 9:53:03 PM

It varies as to which way I am going. If I am leaving home it takes 1-2 hours. If I am on my way home it is just a matter of minutes...

Mattressman13
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steveMI
Champion Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2008 4:01:53 PM

I have internet on my phone, so I'm putting my price in as I sit in front of the station
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Buppa45
Rookie Author Iowa

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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2008 1:48:10 PM

My daily reports are within 15-20 minutes of checking the 5 In-Town Anamosa gas stations. My 1-2 time round trips each week between Anamosa and Marion IA (Springville IA is between the 2) may have a 30-40 minutes O/A time element from the time I view the prices and can log on to report. I enjoy reporting hoping it may help even just one traveler!
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