Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

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Re: Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby jasonh300 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:56 am

shage13 wrote:you would almost need to sep by state then since some states only use one price i think its state regulated, ohio is one i know for sure is one price


Some states don't allow for a higher price for credit, but they're getting fewer and fewer as badly as the merchants are getting screwed by the processing charges for credit cards.

The standard is to post the cash price on Gasbuddy and other sites. If you're using a credit card, you should expect to pay a premium, and if you don't get charged more, SURPRISE!
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Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby jasonh300 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:14 am

There should be a way to indicate that a station sells real gas.

Don't get me started on E10. 10% ethanol and your mileage suffers by 15%. Pure gasoline costs about 2% more. The numbers don't make sense.

To save our precious natural resources, I'm doing my part by putting a couple of bricks in the bottom of my tank to displace a couple of gallons. Then I fill up with pure gas. Saves money and the environment!


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Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby jasonh300 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:24 am

My only argument for cash prices is that the cash price is what you see on the signs, the billboards, and even the pump until you initiate a credit card transaction.

And that's how GasBuddy does it.
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Re: Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby kbirger » Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:37 am

It should be the higher of the two prices. Posting the lower (cash, usually) price could mislead some people. If you go based on the higher price, then you're at least no worse off.
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Re: Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby kentsmith9 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:48 am

(Hopefully better late than never) Based on gettingthere's repeated clarification that the Waze development team suggested entering the cash price and other similar applications also using the cash price, I have updated the Wiki to reflect that recommendation.

Of course who knows if anyone actually reads all my updates from the forums into the Wiki. :roll:

For myself personally, I only use a credit card, but I am very aware that I pay for that convenience. If I compare the price at two stations, I just need to know which is cheaper using the same base measurement system (cash). Once I get there, I am less concerned that what I actually pay is $0.05-0.10 more per gallon because at the other station with a higher cash price, their credit price is going to be higher by the same amount. In that case I went to the cheapest station I could have selected. Objective achieved.

When you really think about it entering only the cash price as the base entered amount is simple, fast, and works the best for the most people (even when most people use a credit card).
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Re: Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby kentsmith9 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:57 am

failsafe wrote:I will continue to enter in the credit prices...By where I live, cash and credit are the same anyway.

If true then you are actually entering the cash price which is what Waze is asking you to do.
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Re: Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby kentsmith9 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:29 am

daknife wrote:Again I ask you all to think about it for a second. What is better, to show up at a station thinking you will be paying $3.499 a gallon and finding out that because you happen to have sufficient cash and are willing to go into the store to the cashier you get an additional discount; or to show up at the station thinking you will be able to fill up at $3.499 a gallon and instead because you have entered the modern economy and use plastic you will have to pay an additional 10 cents a gallon. What is better? To be surprised by an additional savings or to be surprised by a higher price per gallon, particularly if you passed up a station a little closer and supposedly 5 cents more expensive, only to realize that instead of saving money it cost you as the 5 cents higher price is the credit price.

I've followed this thread, I've participated in the thread and I have yet to see a single cognizant argument for cash prices other than "That's what GB does".

daknife, I believe I posted two cognizant arguments for cash prices other than GB. If you don't think they are cognizant, I am sorry. :)
kentsmith9 wrote:For myself personally, I only use a credit card, but I am very aware that I pay for that convenience. If I compare the price at two stations, I just need to know which is cheaper using the same base measurement system (cash). Once I get there, I am less concerned that what I actually pay is $0.05-0.10 more per gallon because at the other station with a higher cash price, their credit price is going to be higher by the same amount. In that case I went to the cheapest station I could have selected. Objective achieved.

When you really think about it entering only the cash price as the base entered amount is simple, fast, and works the best for the most people (even when most people use a credit card).

Gas prices change so much every week, I am not sure why so many people are so concerned about which one is tracked. Everyone needs to understand that a '''common''' one must be used between us for it to work for anyone. Frankly EITHER one would work for all of us as long as all of us entered the same one. If we all pick cash, the credit people know to add their $0.10. If we all pick credit, the cash people know to expect about $0.10 less.

Now that Waze has picked one for us, maybe we can move on.
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Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby maantje76 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:33 am

For ROTW we provided all sorts of fuel per country. We also indicated to add an option for chargepoints for electrical cars...
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Re: Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby mapcat » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:23 pm

xteejx wrote:Drunk gas wtf? :-!

Has alcohol in it. A political favor to US senators from corn-producing states.
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Re: Reporting Gas prices - cash or credit?

Postby mapcat » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:16 pm

xteejx wrote:If the cash price is displayed on the matrix boards, and the cash price is your standard, stick it in the wiki and stop arguing. Standards are standards, please follow them for the sake of the community.

Standards are standards, as long as everyone's following them. Unfortunately, not all gas stations follow a standard.

Some display the cash price.
Some display the cash price and the credit price.
Some display the price you pay if you use their proprietary credit card.
Some display the price for anyone with a store discount card.
Some display the price you pay if you buy a car wash too.
Etc.

And naturally, practices vary state by state, city by city.
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