It's legal, in a roundabout way. The local Valero gas stations have decided to modify their signs so that the $2.87 that's posted at the highway is a cash price. When you get to the pump, you see that the credit price is an extra six cents per gallon.Well, Valero has just lost me as a customer. There are gas stations within sight of these Valero stations that don't charge extra for credit cards, so I'll patronize them instead.If it were an actual discount, I could understand, but they're charging the same price as their competitors, and they take credit cards for the same price.- Lan
Most of our local gas stations (Chicago suburbs) are now posting a discount price first (with the purchase of a car wash). Some even post "price with rebate" first, if you pay with their company's credit card. It's getting tough to tell at a glance what the real price is, as the fine print is, well, very small.Wow!! $2.87. I'd take that price in a minute. $3.59 here, at the cheap stations. Close to $4.00 for super..
I wish places around here gave cash discounts!By the way, accepting credit cards is a courtesy (IMO) and costs the retailer a percentage. I don't see anything wrong with them offereing a discount for cash, although they could tell you that before you get to the pump.LoveLoving
Almost all stations here (in CA) charge more for credit. It's the norm. But they all POST the two prices. No surprises at the pump.
If the gas stations that charge different prices DON'T require cash customers to pre-pay, heck, I wouldn't mind. I'd rather just pump, go in, and pay cash for my gas. It's potentially having to stand in line twice (once to pay, once to get change if I overestimated) that ticks me off.
I'm in MA and I've only seen one station that charged a different amount for credit than cash, and I didn't noticed until after I put my card in. It was also when I was driving a rental Dodge Nitro (DO NOT GET NITRO, THIS IS COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO LEARNED TO DRIVE ON AN EXPLORER) which sucked down the gas.WRJ
Loving,I have seen a couple of places that would advertise one price in the big numbers you can see from the road, and a second sign that said there was a 5 or 6 cent discount for cash, or using their proprietary card.I guess I find this method more palatable, rather than pull up the pump and have to double-check the sign at the pump because that's where the fine print is buried. By then, we've pretty much committed to getting the gas.I also think it should be a real discount. Why should I pay $2.93 to use my credit card when the station across the street will let me use my credit card for $2.87 that Valero claims is a "cash discount".I understand it's legal, and will let these stations know how I feel about their decision by going elsewhere.- Lan
By then, we've pretty much committed to getting the gas.??I think you are only committed to buying it once you have pumped it!
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