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I don't recall ever seeing a gas station where you could insert bills/coins into the pump, why is that?

What's the difference between that and a vending machine?

Greater crime risks maybe?

Unless someone has seen a gas station that has this feature. Let us know! I think it would be convenient. I always have cash in my pocket.



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Fuddbender wrote:


I've never run into a gas pump bill & change "acceptor" in real life (U.S. resident, fyi). Did some searching and found a few examples:

- Lufkin gas stations experimenting with rare cash acceptors (story from 2013)
- http://www.kltv.com/story/21771827/lufkin-gas-stations-experimenting-with-rare-cash-acceptors

One East Texas fuel company is trying out a new feature at gas pumps. Instead of using your card at the pump or going inside to wait in line to pay for gas, you can now use cash at the pump.

It's simple; just place your one, five, 10, or 20 dollar bills face up in the bill acceptor machine and start pumping.


Here's an "Ask Reddit" thread with comments on the same question you have:

- Why haven't they installed bill acceptors on gas pumps? (submitted 2 years ago by McWeimey)
- http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1btpat/why_havent_they_installed_bill_acceptors_on_gas/

I would be willing to bet that one aspect of it, beyond the cost of conversion, is to draw you inside the store to pay. Half the battle of running a business is to get people to walk into your door and look around inside, therefore being enticed by your merchandise. Almost all gas station owners don't make much on the gas, their profits are on the convenience store end.
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That would be cool but its really not needed, since you have gas stations where you can pay with your credit card. I don't like having too much cash on my at any time, then when people ask me for money, I can honestly say I don't have it lol. In your case, you will always have money to spare, I mean you can always say then, but then you come off as a douche.
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Posted 5/13/15

Hairbelly wrote:


Fuddbender wrote:


I've never run into a gas pump bill & change "acceptor" in real life (U.S. resident, fyi). Did some searching and found a few examples:

- Lufkin gas stations experimenting with rare cash acceptors (story from 2013)
- http://www.kltv.com/story/21771827/lufkin-gas-stations-experimenting-with-rare-cash-acceptors

One East Texas fuel company is trying out a new feature at gas pumps. Instead of using your card at the pump or going inside to wait in line to pay for gas, you can now use cash at the pump.

It's simple; just place your one, five, 10, or 20 dollar bills face up in the bill acceptor machine and start pumping.


Here's an "Ask Reddit" thread with comments on the same question you have:

- Why haven't they installed bill acceptors on gas pumps? (submitted 2 years ago by McWeimey)
- http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1btpat/why_havent_they_installed_bill_acceptors_on_gas/

I would be willing to bet that one aspect of it, beyond the cost of conversion, is to draw you inside the store to pay. Half the battle of running a business is to get people to walk into your door and look around inside, therefore being enticed by your merchandise. Almost all gas station owners don't make much on the gas, their profits are on the convenience store end.


I suppose this makes good sense to me. Having to go into the store so your eyes wander and most likely buy something else. Thanks, think this answers my question.
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Don't drive, don't have a car, don't need petrol, so I have no idea
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All of the early self-serve gas pumps took cash only (1980s), before gas stations became convenience stores. Back then gas was 30 cents a gallon.
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Yeah I get it, kinda like how some theaters sell tickets at concession. They don't make much, if anything, from ticket sales.

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Arco-AM/PM stores take cash at the pump.... BUT this is Washington State...
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Posted 5/14/15
Don't know,haven't carried cash in years.
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I believe there's a gas station right near my apartment building that accepts cash as a form of payment, in fact their gas is cheaper WHEN you pay cash, but I don't know if they have a bill slot on their machines or not.
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Posted 5/15/15
I don't know of any that take cash but a lot will let you pay with a credit or debit card. Only thing wrong with that is it "reserves" $50 whether you actually buy $50 worth or not - some sort of thing where that way they are sure you have enough to pay. Takes anywhere for a day or two to an hour or two for your "change" to go back on your card. Bit of a PITA if you don't know that - run your card, buy $10 worth of gas, go on to the store and find out you didn't have as much on your card as you thought when you get to the cash register
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