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New gas price alerts, oil identity crisis

GasBuddy Blog -- Just in time for rising gas prices in the Midwest, GasBuddy unleashed a new tool- price hike alerts. It was predicted that prices would rise in a few major areas- Minneapolis, Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Some of you members located in those areas received e-mails (as seen in this post) that warned you to fill up as prices were likely to rise today.

Prices did end up rising in all markets as GasBuddy expected, hopefully saving our members and readers money. The alerts system is being improved as well, and in the future, we hope to send alerts to those who wish in supported areas. For now, only the Midwest will be supported, as prices there are very predictable. Outside the Midwest, prices typically rise slower and are more difficult...


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Submitted Mar 04, 2010 By: PD
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moody4u
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:51:13 AM

I LOVE THIS FEATURE !!! THANKS GB!!!
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kkkaz13
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:50:02 AM

Prices up in Chicago area yesterday 8 cents minimum
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MUSTANGSRUS
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:49:00 AM

Hope you expand this service to Canada.
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PhilMils
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:48:56 AM

After holding very steady for a long time while oil prices dropped, one station here has recently lowered prices a couple of cents.
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judgemobile
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:48:00 AM

good job Gas Buddy--keep coming up with new ideas that help every member. They predicted huge price increases in Ohio and I filled up 2 days ago. I actually paid $ 2.30.9 per gallon in Tiffin, Ohio. It may be September (end of summer) before I see price like that again. The big spike they predicted came true over 2 days instead of one, but I saved enough to pay for a meal at Burger King.
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hooky
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:47:39 AM

Good work, keep it up!
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sdhuper
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:47:30 AM

Good
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LocalSpyGuy
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:47:06 AM

Saw gas up 2 cents a gallon yesterday.
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rvn4me
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:46:03 AM

It is good to see someone is trying to look out for the consumer.
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Lukus
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:45:16 AM

Prices are holding this week here but are high to begin with.
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matman01
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:44:35 AM

I did appreciate the heads up that was sent to me...got gas yesterday at $2.49 a gallon.
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FXSpringer01
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:43:44 AM

Great work!
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tankneverfull
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:43:21 AM

Can't make the prices lower and I can't make the prices higher. Just a victim like everyone else these days.
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netman044
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:41:13 AM

In the Texas panhandle, prices vary according to your distance from the fuel racks in Amarillo for the most part. Some towns are consistently higher than others but generally the farther you are from Amarillo, the higher fuel is.
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rowing
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:41:02 AM

jumped 6 cents here
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Skipper52
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:39:34 AM

The alert system sounds great. Just put it in place everywhere and we will tell you how it works.
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outlaw49
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:39:25 AM

Jump up 27 cent here
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FocusGuy
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:39:00 AM

How about not driving anywhere for the next 3 days.
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BigdaddyMA
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:37:47 AM

Good Job Gas Buddy,
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TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:37:11 AM

I think it will have value.
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Vera2010
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:36:22 AM

just do it
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AvantiMick
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:34:31 AM

So, is Gasbuddies taking credit for the price rising? The media can do that as well as speculators.
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Marson
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:34:29 AM

Just continue conserving the money you save is yours to keep!
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bumpygas
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:34:04 AM

The way it has been going, we'll be getting alerts every day. GasBuddy has no controll over the oil industry. Their game is called GREED.
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ENORMS
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:33:04 AM

The speculators keep pushing up the price of oil until it kills the economy and puts more people out of work.
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SpruceGuse2
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:33:02 AM

I hope it works.
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ky_commuter75
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:32:34 AM

I got an email and it was true.
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Beau2140
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:29:53 AM

Our prices raised yesterday.
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Zuman
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:28:56 AM

Lets see how useful this is.
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rsm315
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:28:38 AM

It saved me money kkep them comming
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NatureBoyKY
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:25:18 AM

Emails telling people to fill up now adds to the histeria created by speculation and is part of the problem, not part of the solution.
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RoadhogMA
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:25:17 AM

Good going GB .
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gasandgoAL
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:25:08 AM

great idea keep the south in mind
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Bou
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:24:53 AM

Keep them coming.
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TeachR06
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:23:53 AM

Will be $3 by the summer!
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TheSnowstorm
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:21:52 AM

With the "like clockwork" gas spikes in Montreal and surrounding area, the emails being sent out on a weekly basis would probably crash mail servers! However, the I do like the idea.
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Cuzilla
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:20:49 AM

You can save money by careful timing of gas purchases. Savings can certainly add up over a years time!
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jppezz
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:20:27 AM

Good idea.
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neptune2008
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:19:38 AM

seems almost like speculating...and was TOO late to do anything about it
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PartsStore
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:19:14 AM

Our gas prices jumped 13 cents yesterday.
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Masercal
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:17:57 AM

This tool proved very useful to me. It saved me 16 cents a gallon on a 23 gallon fill-up. Add that up over a year and my response to Gas Buddy is a big "THANK YOU".
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rocket_ron
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:16:34 AM

I got the message but it was too late :>(
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PurduePete86
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:16:17 AM

If you predict them they will come. Prices up $0.15 in southwest Michigan. What could have happened for such a drastic increase?

[Edited by: PurduePete86 at 3/5/2010 7:17:11 AM EST]
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HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:15:59 AM

Has it ever occurred to you that the retailers may use this "tool" as a self-fulfilling prophecy?
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Don1222
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:15:58 AM

Jumped up yesterday.
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Italianman
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:15:03 AM

It worked for me, I just wonder if all of us topping off may have helped spark the jump.
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Valricoslash
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:14:45 AM

PRICES UP 2 CNETS OVER NIGHT IN MY PART OF TAMPA.
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weenerdog
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:12:55 AM

Jumped up yesterday
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turbosaab
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:12:16 AM

The e-mail was a pleasant surprise. I would have taken advantage of the warning but I had just filled up.
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DJRIO
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:12:08 AM

good alert and article
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CSharpGuy
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:11:55 AM

That would be helpful.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2010 4:09:52 AM

It didn't save me anything because at the present time I don't need gas. I buy gas very sparingly anymore since I am retired.
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