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The Questions:
How do I earn rewards for being a spotter?
I am new to GPW - what is its purpose??
Where are the prices?
What about the 9/10 in the price?
How do I search for prices?
The prices are old on the first page. How do I see the current prices?
Are the prices listed guaranteed?
When I see a "spotter" name by a station does that mean that only that spotter can update the prices at that station?
Why do I want to become a spotter?
What do you consider regular, plus and premium gas?
Is it auto diesel or truck diesel you are pricing?
What is the GasPriceWatch.com Privacy Policy?
How do I sign up to be a spotter?
I forgot my password and or login name.
How do I change my password?
What are the points for?
How do I check my points?
How do I add stations to My Account
How do I add a station that is not in the GPW yet?
If I add a station: when should I see it appear as a selection?
Do I need to know the "brand" of gas or the name of the station
What do I do if I post an incorrect price?
How do I contact GPW?
I would like to contact someone from GPW for an interview.
I would like to volunteer to be a spokesperson for GPW
I would like to have a link on my website for GasPriceWatch.com.
How do I advertise?
Is there a forum or chat area where I can share ideas and information?
Can I get GPW on my cell phone?

The Answers

  1. I am new to GPW - what is its purpose?
    • GasPriceWatch.com was created in April of 1999 with the goal of saving the average consumer money. The idea was simple; give the consumers the information required to help them make cost-saving decisions.
    • Sometimes even the same fuel company will charge different prices in different parts of town to remain a low-cost leader in that neighborhood.
    • GasPriceWatch.com has no affiliation with any of the fuel vendors or other advocacy groups listed in this site.
    • Our mission is to become a voice for the consumer and we plan to continue to improve our value to you, the consumer.
    • By providing the consumers the ability to search their local gas stations for the lowest prices, their hard-earned dollars can be spent more wisely.

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  2. Where are the prices?
    • If you see no prices listed for a station that you are searching for... this means that while the station may indeed exist, there simply has not been a recent update of the prices.
      It would be very much appreciated by your fellow drivers if you would submit updated prices (see "How do I sign up to be a spotter?")
    • Some of our prices are updated from an electronic source, although these prices are typically correct they can be inaccurate on occasion.
    • If you are unsure about a price or if the price seems "too good to be true" be sure to call the station ahead of time. (Phone numbers if available are listed under "Station Info" on the price results pages.
    • If you notice a spotter that is consistently entering inaccurate data, please notify us so we may take action.
    • If there is a station in your area that consistently has wrong prices, we urge you to become a spotter and help keep those prices correct!

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  3. What about the 9/10 in the price?
    To round or not to round? The answer: Do NOT Round up the price.
    It is assumed that all prices have (an additional) 9/10 on the end.
    If the price on the big sign (and on the pump) is 2.66 9/10 or 2.669, then please enter only 2.66
    Likewise, if you see 2.73 on our site, that means the price is 2.73 and nine tenths

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  4. How do I search for prices?
    There are several ways to find prices:
    Select a method of search: Zip Code Search
    Intersection Search
    Advanced Search
    Lat/Long Search
    Fill in some info on the left side of the page, and press the Submit button. It's as easy as that.
    The fields marked * are required.
    In the Advanced search, no fields are marked like that, but you must fill in at least one field.
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  5. The prices are old on the first page. How do I see the current prices?
    By default the prices are listed on the results pages from low to high. (Prices listed are dependent upon timely postings by the spotters... to have the most current postings become a spotter and help keep the listings up-to-date.)
    • You can resort the listings by; Station Name, Street Address, Fuel Grade, or other options
    • You can also choose to Show ALL Results or ONLY prices newer than 4, 8, 12, 24 or 48 hours.

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  6. Are the prices listed guaranteed?
    Sorry but because we rely upon volunteer spotters to supply the pricing and due to the fact that it can be several hours between the time the price was "spotted" and time it is put into the database. There is no guarantee of pricing. If we were to receive prices directly from the stations... the prices even then would only be able to be accurate at the time they were posted. By the time you drive into the station to fill-up... prices could change again.
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  7. When I see a "spotter" name by a station does that mean that only that spotter can update the prices at that station?
    Certainly not... when you see the spotter name it means that particular spotter was the last one to enter data (at least one price) for that station. Once you become a spotter your name will appear for any station that you post updated price for.
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  8. Why do I want to become a spotter?
    • Help yourself; friends and family enjoy the benefits of saving money.
    • Have fun "challenging" others to see who can find the lowest price in a given day.
    • Compare your efforts to others across country.
    • Spotters are rewarded by point accumulation. (Just for signing up to be a spotter, you will earn 100 points.)
    • Every time you update a fuel price with an accurate price, you will earn 10 points.
    • Each time you add a station or supplier, you will earn 50 points once the information is accepted.
    • For each inaccurate or false price you enter, your account will be deducted 20 points.
    • Recruit your friends to become spotters! For each active spotter that you refer, you earn 100 points.
    • Points are used to track our Top Spotters.

    Click HERE to see how apotters can win CASH every month!
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  9. What do you consider regular, plus and premium gas?
    In most of the U.S., regular gas has an octane rating of 87, midgrade gas is 89, and premium is 91 or 92. (Octane ratings are lower in the mountain west due to the effects of thin air on internal combustion.) Contrary to widespread belief, the octane rating doesn't indicate how much power the fuel delivers; all grades of gasoline contain roughly the same amount of heat energy. Rather, a higher octane rating means the fuel is less likely to cause your engine to knock or ping. The majority of cars are designed to run on regular gas, and that's what the manuals tell the owners to use. If your car needs high-octane gas, the manual will say so. Using high-octane gas in a car designed for regular accomplishes little except more rapid combustion of your money. From "The Straight Dope".

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  10. Is it auto diesel or truck diesel you are pricing?
    As our focus is the average driver, the diesel prices you see listed are for auto diesel. (As the site and participation grow we hope to be able to also list truck diesel pricing.) BioDiesel does not count as not all drivers are qualified to use it in their cars.
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  11. What is the GasPriceWatch.com Privacy Policy?
    • GPW (that's us) may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our Web site. Your IP address is used to gather general statistical information.
    • GPW uses cookies so you don't have to enter your user name and password over and over.
    • Visitors to the web site are NOT required to register.
    • The web site's registration form is required when people decide they would like to become spotters and enter prices, and then we only ask for a minimal amount of contact information.
    • We uses customer contact information from the registration form for three purposes.
      1. To send the user information about GPW.
      2. To contact the user when necessary, such as if they win one of our cash drawings. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below.
      3. To verify that the person spotting fuel prices is actually a real person. If a spotter is found to be putting in incorrect prices or misusing the GPW web site, we can block their access to inputting information.
    • This site contains links to other sites. GasPriceWatch.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.
    • We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies MAY use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and all other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

    Security
    This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.

    Choice/Opt-Out
    Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us and our partners at the point where we request information about the visitor.

    Contacting the Web Site
    If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, please contact: contact@tinbu.com
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  12. How do I sign up to be a spotter?
    • It's free to join, takes just a moment and admits you to the ranks of thousands of others just like you who know how to find the best price on fuel.
    • You must be registered to update prices. You can sign up to be a spotter using this form.
    • First create a login name. (Pick any name that you like, just make sure that it's easy for you to remember.)
    • Give a valid email address (An email will be sent to the email address you register under with your password. It will contain your spotter name and password. Keep it in a safe place.)
    • We ask you to furnish address, phone number and some additional information we use it to know where our family of spotters are located.
    • Valid Zip code is necessary though.

    Your data will never be used or distributed for any purposes outside of GasPriceWatch.com.

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  13. I forgot my password and/or login name. How do I find out what it is?
    Click on the Spotter Login tab at the top of any page and then enter the email address that you have associated with your spotter account into the Forgot Password section. Your information will be emailed to you.
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  14. How do I change my password?
    Log into your account
    Click on the My Account/points link in the right column, and update your info using the form.
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  15. What are the points for?
    See also "Why do I want to become a spotter?"
    Points are used to track our Top Spotters.
    In the past, we have rewarded our Top Spotters with products from our sponsors.
    Starting in April 2012, spotter points will be accumulated for entries into the monthly raffles for cash prizes.  The more points you earn, the more chances you get to win.  Details are Here.
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  16. How do I check my points?
    Log into your account and click on the My Account/points link in the right column.
    Your points are listed toward the top of the page in the Spotter Points section..
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  17. How do I add stations to My Account?
    Logged into your account, click the Search/Add Gas Stations link in the right column. Search for a station using the Find Gas Stations to Add... section of the page. Select the checkbox to the left of each resulting station that you would like to add and then click Add to My Update List.
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  18. How do I add a station that is not in the GPW yet?
    Log into your spotter account and click on the .
    The more information you include, the faster we can confirm the location and add it to our live data.
    Correct address and cross-street are VERY important.
    Include your login name and password at the bottom.
    Click on "Submit"
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  19. If I add a station: when should I see it appear as a selection?
    That would depend upon the accuracy and completeness of the information supplied. We need the correct address and zip code in order for the station to be geo-coded (mapped). Phone numbers and cross-streets (nearest intersection) help to establish additional search criteria. If all items are correct and no additional detective work is needed a new station could appear in rather short order... if not it could take several days.
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  20. Do I need to know the "brand" of gas or the name of the station or its owner (affiliate) offered at a station, when searching for a price or posting a new station?
    When searching, no. You can specify that in the advanced search, or you can leave it empty.
    When adding a new station, we do want to know that information, so people will be able to search for it, if they want to.
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  21. What do I do if I post an incorrect price?
    You can either re-enter the correct price immediately (you will not receive any additional points for these prices)
    or contact GasPriceWatch via email to explain the problem
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  22. How do I contact GPW?
    Use any of the following:
    email: contact@tinbu.com or sales@tinbu.com
    US mail: GasPriceWatch.com
    c/o TinBu, LLC.
    121 S. Palafox Place Suite B
    Pensacola, FL 32502
    Phone: (850) 637-1158

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  23. I would like to contact someone from GPW for an interview. How do I do that?
    email: contact@tinbu.com
    or Phone: (850) 637-1158
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  24. I would like to volunteer to be a spokesperson for GPW in my town. Where do I sign up and what is required of me?
    First of all become a spotter and learn to use the GPW web site.
    Send any inquiries to: contact@tinbu.com
    or: GasPriceWatch.com
    care of TinBu, LLC.
    121 S. Palafox Place Suite B
    Pensacola, FL 32502

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  25. I would like to have a link on my website for GasPriceWatch.com. How do I do it?
    Yes... You can create a link to GasPriceWatch.com with a search box. Please contact us, and be sure to us tell something about your site.
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  26. How do I advertise?
    For advertising opportunities and to learn more about targeted ad sales, please email our sales staff
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  27. Is there a forum or chat area where I can share ideas and information?
    Yes there is a live chat area available. We call it GPW-ville Live Chat!! We only ask that (as this is a public site) you maintain a certain decorum when replying to others and posting messages. This site is monitored and if necessary you can be banned or prohibited and your postings will be removed at our discretion.
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  28. Can I get GPW on my cell phone?
    At present we do not have a mobile solution in place... but we hope to make an announcement about this in the very near future.
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