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    I recently stopped at the gas station and really felt like I was being taken advantage of. I wanted to post my story here and see if anyone else has ever experience this before because it did not seem fair.

    Upon pulling up to the station (a national chain, i won't mention) I notice the price per gallon is the average price at the time 2.99 per gallon, the same as all the other stations i passed by. After I began pumping, I noticed the price per gallon on the pump and it was 3.09, thinking maybe i choose the wrong grade of gas or there was an error with the pump. I reread the sign out front and in smaller print it reads 2.99 cash customers only 3.09 debit or credit customers (and it was the same for all 3 grades of gas).

    First of all we all have a hard enough time with the increased gas prices, but how does the increasing cost of gas affect the cost of processing credit card transactions per gallon no less. What it cost the company to run any card is not much at all, so why do they get to charge 10 cents extra per gallon, per customer. Just a few years ago when nearly every station in the country upgraded their pumps to allow customers the convience to pay at the pump, electronic payments were the preferred method. So why now gouge those very customers for that convience. Electronic payments are actually less work and risk for them too, it minimizes the risk of cash theft by employees and in hold up situation, less work for the cashier when they cash out the register and eliminates the potential for customers taking off without paying.

    Even before this most recent hike in gas prices this location did not have separate prices for cash and credit customer so why all of a sudden. Also I am not talking about all the stations in the area or even other stations owned buy this same chain, this is just one particular location. I am considering reporting this to the BBB but don't know if it will do any good.
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    I saw this to a few months back at a sinclair station. I was furious since I filled up and I was charged the higher price because I used my card darn them!!!

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    • #3
      Re: Paying at the pump!

      Wow... never seen a gas station do that before.

      Usually, the most you need to fear is if you pay with debit. If you do credit, they only charge $1 to make sure the card is valid, the rest after you fill up (adjusting the difference later). When doing debit, they can take as much as $70 out of your account sometimes, without telling you, plus the gas, and that $70 won't show back in your account for another 3 days or so.
      -Tim

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      • #4
        Re: Paying at the pump!

        Gas stations have been doing this for years. I always make sure I fuel up at ones that say "Same price cash or credit".

        $2.99? Current lowerst price down here is $2.69. Of course I gassed up a couple days beforehand when it was $2.72.

        :: grumble ::

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        • #5
          Re: Paying at the pump!

          2.85 over here i think....

          The gast stations want you to use their cards.. or pay cash... that way they dont have that charge placed on them... it's part of the price... (some stations out here have the price.. then a smaller sign thst says the cash price...or if you use our card price)

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          • #6
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            i am soooo jealous. 3.49-cash 3.59-credit here
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            • #7
              Re: Paying at the pump!

              The gas stations do have to pay a fee when you use your credit card. 10 cents a gallon is a little steep, though. Time to find another station or get a gas card.

              BTW: when gas gets under $3.50 here, I'm buying myself a Hummer!
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              • #8
                Re: Paying at the pump!

                I WISH I could complain about $2.99! Lovely Long Beach prices are around $3.39 for the cheapest grade.
                MCDADMCA

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                • #9
                  Re: Paying at the pump!

                  Lucky you - here in San Francisco at my local 76 station its $3.47 for self-serve regular, $3.87 for premium at 10.45 pm as I drove by.

                  They don't even HAVE the option to have someone pump it for us. My mind boggles at the $4 something it would be.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Paying at the pump!

                    $0.70 USD in Venezuela.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Paying at the pump!

                      Originally posted by lazyboy97O
                      $0.70 USD in Venezuela.
                      ....Alright. That's it. I'm going to Venezuela for my gas. Who's with me?! FIELD TRIP!!!!
                      MCDADMCA

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                      • #12
                        Re: Paying at the pump!

                        No kidding!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Paying at the pump!

                          Originally posted by MissChristine
                          ....Alright. That's it. I'm going to Venezuela for my gas. Who's with me?! FIELD TRIP!!!!
                          I'm so down for that! Gas is 3.29 for regular here.
                          Originally posted by drunkmom
                          this is my first buzzed post in the DMCA -- I'm really in this club because I'm a bitch more than anything. I've only had to hit the backspace 4 (oops, make that 5) times in (now 7) in this (now 9) (now 15) in this post! Damn, now I'm up to 18! Our neighbors were (19) (20) making tequilla sunrises. I thought I couldn't do tequilla (22) anymore but (24) this stuff (26) was good! It started (27) with an s


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                          • #14
                            Re: Paying at the pump!

                            Originally posted by lazyboy97O
                            $0.70 USD in Venezuela.
                            Per litre?
                            -Tim

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                            • #15
                              Re: Paying at the pump!

                              Originally posted by FrumiousBoojum
                              Per litre?
                              Nope, per gallon. Cheapest gas in the world. So either Citgo is up to something regarding us or them.

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