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Editorial: ‘ No more free gas? Whaddya mean?! ’

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High gas prices are a hot-button item for most Americans, as politicians and car dealers know fully well. Schenectady-based Price Chopper Supermarkets knows it, too, having launched a discount gas promotion for loyal customers three years ago that now is being cut back so the company can stay competitive in a heated-up grocery war. Not surprisingly, consumers reacted angrily to last week’s news that instead of having to buy only $50 worth of groceries to ...

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DougPeek
April 30, 2012
12:10 a.m.

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it was never really that great unless you had a vehicle with a huge gas tank. most cars have a tank under 20 gallons. spending 100 dollars to save two dollars is not worth it. And it is limited to Sunoco gas which is not the cheapest around. Price Chopper's problem is it got complacent and service declined. You can get faster check outs at Shop Rite and Hannaford with more courteous cashiers!

Starman
April 30, 2012
7:05 a.m.

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Price Choppers Gas program was a scam to the consumer. All they did was to shift saving from the groceries to the gas pump. So in the end, you were NOT saving any money.
A trip RIP-OFF!

justapto
April 30, 2012
8:21 a.m.

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Give me a flyer with real savings inside. Keep your 'free' gimmicks for the fool who is easily conned!

cfield
April 30, 2012
9:37 a.m.

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Maybe the Gazette should give out free gas, in return for reading their crappy paper

biwemple
April 30, 2012
5:33 p.m.

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Calling it a scam is absurd and makes it sound illegal. If you bought a $50 gift card from PC (for some other store), you received a card worth exactly $50 in goods\services and still got the gas discount for purchasing that card. How would PC be scamming a customer then? Sure they raised costs on some items to cover it. Every big grocer has deals to get you in the store to buy something on sale and then, while you're there, get you to buy other things that have a slightly higher cost to cover these 'Loss-leaders'. The gas discount is just a variation of this tactic. Don't shop at PC solely to get a gas discount - that's just foolish.

catherine9966
May 1, 2012
1:18 p.m.

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Today's consumer is spoiled and expects everything for nothing. Businesses like Price Chopper are in business for a reason - they hope they'll make money. Bad consumers bad!

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