Well, I thought I had seen what I would call the worst of fuel transaction shenanigans when Mobil would pre-authorize my Debit card for $75, requiring me to go in, withdrawl cash from the ATM (if it didn't put a hold on the card), and stand in line for $20 worth of fuel. Needless to say, I don't buy gas from Mobil anymore. However, while I was down at the local Subway/Shell getting myself some lunch on my break, I noticed they were putting up signs on the pumps denoting a $.07 discount for cash only.
Typically I hate using cash, especially for fuel, because I always fill it up to the top, so I don't know the exact amount, but it is usually around $35-40, then you have to go back inside and get change, which includes waiting in line a second time.
I typically use QuickTrip which doesn't put much of a Pre-Auth on their charges and they usually have the least-expensive gas in my area.
I was wondering if others are seeing similar trends? Do tyou bypass high pre-authorization places, or do you just use cash to pay for fuel?
More articles on the subject:
USAToday: Paper or Plastic?
NPNWeb: Pre-authorizations explained.