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GM

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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2008 5:04:00 PM

Please be advised that until we've created a field or function to handle discounts and cash prices, that we've revised the current FAQ to somewhat handle these situations.

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Please refer to the new FAQ entry

"Most consumers use debit or credit cards when making purchases. We've had far too many complaints from people stating they've gone to a station only to find out they had to pay more than what was quoted on our site. That said, please post the price before the cash discount when possible. You can still provide the cash discount information, but please enter that information in the Comments field.

However, if the station does not accept credit cards and ONLY has a cash price - or the cash price is the ONLY price listed on the sign - please post that price but make sure you add a note stating "cash price" or "credit cards not accepted", in the Comments field."

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That said, as long as the cash price is the only price listed on the sign when driving by, it is OK to list that price. What are your thoughts on this?
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jim5489
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2008 6:06:59 PM

redblue, the Raceway around here is 10 cents difference on all grades. Today cash was 3.35, 3.55, 3.65 and credit was 3.45, 3.65, 3.75.
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westover
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2008 11:17:01 PM

I use Cash It saves me 10 cents per gallon
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Newport5003
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2008 6:16:01 PM

It's happened to me twice in the past week where I pulled into a gas station and had to pull out. One at a Hess station and another at an Exxon. When I was at the Exxon I was actually pulled up at the pump when I noticed a small little sign that said the credit price. I said to the attendant that I decided to not fuel up there because of the outrageous 10 cent increase for using credit. Filling up about 20 gallons, 10 cents a gallon really adds up...

So that being said, remember to put the CASH price in the comment box, and submit the credit price as the main price.

And these stations that say "cash discounts," they should be advertising their credit price as the main price then...
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curlypooh
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2008 8:51:12 AM

No Credit Cards accepted at the local Wawa this am. 75% of the people left because of no cash to pay! Kind of makes you wonder who carries cash.
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SuperChip64
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2008 6:24:33 PM

I'm bumping this up toward the top, not as a post-whoring thing or for points...

This topic should be stickied at the top.
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jtt5254
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2008 10:25:52 PM

DaBreez,
The problem with that is if I'm looking at the map, and there is credit prices with some stations showing cash discounts in the comments, I don't know who offers Cash and who doesn't without clicking on the station and then clicking on the grade. Sure I know that the Valero in Monroe does, but if the Gulf in Wall suddenly changes I won't know to check it and it will display $3.49 which is the credit price, I'll look at Valero which is $3.42 for cash and won't know to check the Gulf which is $3.39 for cash

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DaBreez
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2008 9:23:02 PM

jtt5254 - I use PLUS whenever I can, because my car "recommends" premium (91 octane) but doesn't require it. Premium is 93/94 octane and WAY overpriced, so for now settling for 89 octane PLUS makes sense - and besides, most modern cars can make the adjustment without sacrificing too much performance or gas mileage. As for how "cash discounts" should be posted, I think posting the credit price and using a comment of a "cash discount of x cents" should be satisfactory. I'm finding (as the prices creep lower each day) that more stations are starting to charge the same price, cash or credit. I bet if the prices fall below $3.00 most stations will cease the practice.
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jtt5254
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2008 8:56:27 PM

WE NEED A CASH FIELD!!! If I'm willing to pay cash I need to know where the cheapest station is, I can't be clicking on stations guessing who might be cash and who might be cash/credit same price. Plus should be renamed "Regular-Cash Price". No one uses plus anymore.
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redblue
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2008 10:16:43 AM

it seems like the only grade that they have the 10 cent cash/credit difference is for regular. has anyone seen discounts for premium?
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ssurfer
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2008 11:29:28 AM

BJ in Linden takes CC, I don' think I ever seen anyone using cash there. Lukoil in Hackettstown had cash\credit at different prices, I guess the choices could be depending on if it's a dealer, distributor or company owned and the type of contract that was signed.

I hope the update to the fields would get implemented soon, and also the proper signage laws. I don't mind the price differance as long as I can comapre apples to apples. I hate Raceway with their sign where cash is either not there or in so small of a type.
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csstatbd
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2008 10:52:23 AM

i can't believe there are members who would "take down" a posted, properly identified, cash price. we are in the year 2008, not in the "eighties", cash prices are not a gimmick! i venture to say, that most people who care enough about what price they pay, enough, to check out prices on this site, want to know the lowest available prices, because that is what they want to pay. please don't stop the free flow of this valuable information.
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DaBreez
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2008 2:08:41 PM

Following up my own recent post, I found a Getty station in Metuchen, right on Route 27 ... and low and behold, they charge the same price, cash or credit. It's refreshing to see that unlike other industries - like the airlines, for instance - not all competitors have to subscribe to the same "monkey-see-monkey-do" philosophy of charging extra just because the guy down the street happens to be doing it.
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2008 7:21:05 PM

PS: in the trentongasprices.com, they want you to post the credit price, w/ a notation in the comments section saying "cheaper cash price"
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2008 7:19:09 PM

i'm glad that some stations are now back to "same price= cash or credit" in the cherry hill 08034 section... citgo, gulf, USA gas
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DaBreez
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2008 11:58:01 AM

Might be my first post, but not the first time I've seen this cash-vs. credit practice.

I can remember back in the '80s when Getty proudly touted "Same Price Cash or Credit" at their pumps, and had radio ads (with their familiar music score) attacking competitors who charged extra for using credit cards. Shell was one practicing this disguised as "Pay Cash and Save" - while they didn't even have to post the credit prices! The ad compared the practice to a restaurant charging extra for a customer using a credit card to pay for a meal. The outrage practically made this iNJustice disappear by the end of the 80's, but with merchants losing profits with today's gas prices, it has crept back into play. Given $4+/gal, who's really going to have $75 or more in cash on them when they fill up ... unless they run to the ATM beforehand. What also bothers me is that there is no law nationwide to force stations to clearly post both cash and credit prices, should they choose to do this (here in NJ the lawmakers just started to address this issue last month.) And those stations who force customers to pay "cash only" better be fully insured - as they will become obvious targets for robberies (as will consumers both at the pump and at ATMs.) I don't have a Getty station in my area, but if they are still around (they're being rebranded as Lukoil nationwide) I'd like to know if they are continuing their practice of charging the same price, cash or credit - and if they are, perhaps rolling out those old ads from the '80s would help curb this iNJustice once again.
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DeLo
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2008 12:35:24 PM

these cash and credit price differences are ridiculous...$.10 cent difference for using a credit card. Another scam at the gas pumps
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smudge0199
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2008 1:47:24 PM

I have NEVER been to a station that takes "only" credit or debit cards, but I have been to some that take cash only. I think the posted prices here, should always be the cash price with notations of what the credit price would be. Just the opposite of the way it is now. Just my opinion.

[Edited by: smudge0199 at 7/11/2008 1:48:03 PM EST]
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SuperChip64
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2008 10:05:33 PM

GM, You should make this a Stickie at the top.

I believe that if a station does not accept credit cards, it should be noted in the comments, as you stated. I also believe that if a station DOES accept credit, but the poster post a cash price, that listing should be deleted.

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