when you pump gas do you check price first?

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  1. profile image0
    woolman60posted 13 years ago

    When you pump gas do you check the price when you pay cash versus credit card, I have found that at times the price stays on the credit price which is higher than paying cash. I have gone in to tell them to change the price before I pump.

    This one place in town were I buy gas,I happened to look at the price one day and noticed I was paying credit price when I was paying cash, and I wondered how long they have been doing this because I never looked at the price on the pump, so now I check every time before I start pumping the gas, just a little heads up for everyone.

    1. leeberttea profile image57
      leebertteaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      No I don't bother. Here in the USA bottled water many of which is no different than what you get out of the tap, costs way more then gasoline. My car holds 10 gallons, I'm not going to shop around to save 4 or 5 cents on a gallon.

    2. ChimPhungHoang profile image60
      ChimPhungHoangposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It doesn't hurt BUT having been employed by Conoco-Phillips I can assure you that in general prices on the pumps are generally accurate with the advertising.  There are BIG fines and so forth if they are not. 
      As to those of you boycotting BP, I have to let you know that sometimes these big companies sell to each other so you could be pumping BP whether you think you are or not.
      I try to use gas that has a reputation of NOT being dirty because dirty gas is obviously not good for your car.

    3. waynet profile image70
      waynetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      When I pump gas, I never pay I just let the wind go free......hahahahaha!

      1. blondepoet profile image67
        blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this



  2. wyanjen profile image71
    wyanjenposted 13 years ago

    yup. Happened to me yesterday.

    I couldn't complain though because I actually was using a credit card. Make sense? lol

    He rang up my gas at the credit price instead of the cash price, before I even had my wallet out.
    Just as I started to say "HEY!!"... I charged it anyway. tongue

    Yeah, this whole "two different prices for the same product" scheme is a pain. I don't like to think how many people have been ripped off like this.

  3. Ohma profile image59
    Ohmaposted 13 years ago

    Most banks charge processing fees on credit cards. There is a reason for the 2 different prices. Most times you do not actually see it as a price difference on the product the way gas stations show it but it is there almost every time you use your credit card.

  4. earnestshub profile image82
    earnestshubposted 13 years ago

    As far as I know, we are charges the same price for petrol in Australia cash or credit.

    1. wyanjen profile image71
      wyanjenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It's called a "cash discount".
      If you consider that the discount is really just the regular price.

      Credit card users are charged more per gallon, to compensate for the merchant fees that the credit card companies charge the gas station owners.


  5. blondepoet profile image67
    blondepoetposted 13 years ago

    I haven't started pumping yet but will be in 6 months time smile
    Normally someone pumps it for me.

    1. Shadesbreath profile image79
      Shadesbreathposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I wish I was a hot chick.  <sigh>

      I don't look.  I go to Chevron because I know what gets added to fuels, my vehicles are paid for, and I have no intention of running that other crap in my truck.

      1. wyanjen profile image71
        wyanjenposted 13 years agoin reply to this


        Does your truck have the Chevron Smile? hee hee
        I loved those commercials!

  6. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    I thought from the thread title that you had at last found gas to be expensive and that it as worth shopping around!
    When I was a taxi driver, we (there were over 2000 of us) used to shop around to find the gas station (petrol station in the UK) that sold it the cheapest. Even 1p a litre difference was a lot for us high users!

    We always paid cash sorry, so don't know about any different prices for credit card users, but don't think there was.

  7. earnestshub profile image82
    earnestshubposted 13 years ago

    We have variable rates for credit. When I had my businesses they charges me 4% initially for the facility. I had lots of margin, so absorbed the fee.

    Later I was able to negotiate the fee down to 1.75%
    Most businesses here charge a fee if you don't meet the minimum spend, which is only about $10.00, although some will accept any amount without fees to get the business and the customer loyalty. smile

    1. wyanjen profile image71
      wyanjenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      to get the business and customer loyalty?

      Yeah, the oil companies are not willing to absorb much of anything these days.
      Whoops, did I say that out loud? Well, I wasn't referring to that giant oil slick floating around the Gulf of Mexico.

      OK you got me. That's exactly what I was referring to.
      But I'm sure they would absorb it if they knew how. roll

  8. earnestshub profile image82
    earnestshubposted 13 years ago

    I wish they would "absorb" the bloody oil slick! lol
    It is the poor old operator who pays the fee here, not the oil companies out of their huge cut.
    The average operator is lucky to see a few cents a litre! lol

    1. wyanjen profile image71
      wyanjenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      You're absolutely right about that!
      I don't begrudge the extra charge anyway (shhhh... let's keep that quiet lol)
      I could write a check just as easily as I could swipe a card.

      Personally, I don't use enough to worry about it. I got all upset when they started with the extra charge, so I grabbed a calculator. Turns out the additional expense is less than the fee I would pay to get the cash from an ATM.

      *shrug* So, I charge away. I get up to 5% cash back with my credit card plan, and I never pay fees on the card anyway.

      1. earnestshub profile image82
        earnestshubposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I use a very small amount of gas, only about $80 a month, so it would not affect me much either.

        I can use my bank's ATM for free, just have to pay if the funds are withdrawn from another bank's ATM.
        Then the thieving bast*rds charge a $2.00 minimum fee, which is absolute theft! lol

  9. Ralph Deeds profile image69
    Ralph Deedsposted 13 years ago

    I've quit buying from BP whatever the price.

    1. leeberttea profile image57
      leebertteaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Really? How do you expect them to pay for the clean up?

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image69
        Ralph Deedsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I don't really expect them to pay for much of the cleanup. There is a cap of $75 million or so which will be a drop in the bucket, counting all the likely losses.

        1. Doug Hughes profile image60
          Doug Hughesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          No Ralph, the $75 million is a cap on DAMAGES - the losses to the fishing and tourism industries. There's a move on in Congress (opposed by guess-which-party) to raise the cap on damages to 10 Billion. But BP will pay the full tab on cleanup.

          1. Ralph Deeds profile image69
            Ralph Deedsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Not sure I get the distinction. And, isn't there an issue over whether making an increase in the cap retroactive IF the bill passes. I still say, aside from an increased cap, BP doesn't have enough money to pay for all the likely costs of the spill including losses to tourism and fishery.

            1. Doug Hughes profile image60
              Doug Hughesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              The cost of cleanup - they are fully on the hook for. They may fight the fairness in court as Exxon did. But they are liable for ALL the costs of cleanup. That's getting it off the beaches and wetlands, trying to save wildlife, etc.

              Dmages are what's been capped at $75 mil.  Say you own a hotel on the beach in FL and oil starts to wash up. People cancel reservations and you have a 75% drop in rentals - not just for the time the oil is there, but until the tourists feel comfortable about returning - maybe 6 months or more. That's damages. Likewise a shrimper who can't work because there's a ban. Coastal industries are heavily affected now, we are way past $75 M in damages, and the fun may not have started...

              10 Bil as the total cap on Dmages is appropriate since we now know how much mahem a deep-water accident can wreak on the Gulf.

            2. blondepoet profile image67
              blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              I enter a weekly lotto draw. I am always hopeful. smile

    2. blondepoet profile image67
      blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Ralph do not fear in 6months when I have my license I shall be pumping it as well.

      1. wyanjen profile image71
        wyanjenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        In 6 months you will be so excited, you'll just pump away

        hee hee

        1. blondepoet profile image67
          blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Yes exactly ROFL I intend to make up for lost time. smile

  10. katiem2 profile image60
    katiem2posted 13 years ago

    I don't pay much attention to the price EVER, gotta have it. I sold my gas guzzling SUV and got a crossover fuel saver and have saved ohhhh about $200.00 per month on gas, since then I don't concern myself with the cost.

    Peace smile

  11. tdarby profile image60
    tdarbyposted 13 years ago

    I never check the price--it just gets me riled.  How can gas change price that much over two days?  It isn't like they fill up the gas station tanks every day.  I see the trucks come once a week or so.  How can what is already in the ground change price?  It is all a fast moving game that we need to find a way to quit playing.

  12. Sally's Trove profile image79
    Sally's Troveposted 13 years ago

    In my state, Pennsylvania, for the most part the cost posted at the pump holds whether you pay by cash or credit card. If it doesn't, then that difference is made clear at the pump.

    BP is one of the few suppliers that charge different prices for cash or credit here. So, if I go to a BP station, I can expect to pay about 8% more if I use a credit card or even a debit card.

    Needless to say, I don't buy BP gas for my car, and yes, I do check the the cash vs. credit card price wherever I buy fuel.

    Almost all major retailers, including major grocery chains that operate on a 2% or less profit margin, absorb the cost of credit card transactions into the cost of doing business.

    This is not always so with gas stations. I'm not sure why that is. Their profit margin is about the same as that for grocery retailers, yet, when I pay for groceries, I'm never charged a penalty for paying with a debit or credit card.

    Hmmmmm...maybe that's a different forum thread.

  13. Origin profile image61
    Originposted 13 years ago

    I don't look at the price, because if I'm there for gas I'll need it either way.

  14. Rafini profile image70
    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    I don't think they charge a 'credit' price or 'cash' price here...if they do I haven't ever seen it.  But I do check the prices of different stations and go to the lowest - As long as it isn't at the 'watered down' stations!

  15. ediggity profile image60
    ediggityposted 13 years ago

    Never check, either way I have to buy it.  I just click the super wash and pay the pump.


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