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Old 08-29-2005, 05:51 PM
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I got this email today from one of the largest construction related business in the midwest. PLEASE READ this. It makes sense to me.
I am sorry if anyone thinks this shouldn't be on the General Discussion page, but I think it should. Gas prices matter to all of us.
I am also sorry if you work for Exxon/Mobil or are a stock holder.

Everyone should know that I don't forward this kind of stuff, but I
>> really like this idea. The only comment I would add it this..... Do
> you
>> think the oil companies were making fat cash when the price of gas
> was
>> $1.50 per gallon? You bet. From my business experience, price isn't
>
>> determined by what the product costs to produce, it is determined
> by
>>what
>> the market will bear..... and currently our market is bearing
> $2.50+ per
>> gallon. With no action the cost will only go up. For those of you
> who
>> were with me in Kuwait, have you seen more Mercedes, Porsches,
>>Ferrari's,
>> BMW's, etc any where else? Not even in LA.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> I hear we are going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the end of
> summer.
>> Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some
> intelligent,
>> united action. Phillip Hollsworth, offered this good idea: This
> makes
>> MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign
> that
>> was going around last April or May!
>>
>>
>> The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we
> wouldn't
>> continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was more of
> an
>> inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever
> thought
>> of this idea has come up with a plan that can really work.
>>
>>
>> Please read it and join with us!
>>
>>
>> By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is
> super
>> cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.75 for regular unleaded in my
> town.
>>Now
>> that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to
> think
>> that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50-$175, we need to
> take
>> aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the
> marketplace....
>> not sellers.
>>
>>
>> With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers
> need to
>> take action. The only way we are going to see the price of gas come
> down
>> is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas!
> And
>> we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on
> our
>> cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on
> gas
>> prices if we all act together to force a price war. Here's the
> idea: For
>> the rest of this year, DON"T purchase ANY gasoline from the two
> biggest
>> companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not
> selling
>> any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they
> reduce
>> their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit.
>>
>>
>> But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon
> and
>> Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do!! Now, don't whimp (sic)
> out
>> on me at this point... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it
> is to
>> reach millions of people!! I am sending this note to about thirty
>>people.
>> If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and
> those
>> 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) .. and so on,
> by the
>> time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will
> have
>> reached over THREE MILLION consumers!If those three million get
> excited
>> and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will
> have
>> been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it.....
> THREE
>> HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!! Again, all you have to do is send this to
> 10
>> people and DON"T purchase ANY gasoline from EXXON and MOBIL. That's
> all.
>> (If you don! 't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you
> have
>> to do is send this to 10 people.... well, let's face it, you just
> aren't
>> a mathematician. But I am... so trust me on this one.)
>>
>>
>> How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email out to
> ten
>> more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could
>
>> conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!! I'll bet you
> didn't
>> think you and I had that much potential, did you! Acting together
> we can
>> make a difference.
>>
>>
>> If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.
>>
>>
>> PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE
> AND
>>KEEP
>> THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK
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Old 08-29-2005, 06:08 PM
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snopes.com has the dirt on this one as well as the "don't buy gas for one day" chain e-mail. Nice ideas, but unfortunately the laws of economics will always apply in a free market economy.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/gasout.htm

http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/nogas.asp
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Old 08-29-2005, 06:24 PM
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if people managed to somehow completly boycot one brand of gas all they would do is put that company out of vuissnes prices elsewhere were unaffacted. The only way to change the price of fuel is to reduce the amount we use long term. OPEC could care less wich company they sell their crude to and that is what affects fuel prices the most, yes the american oil companys are getting rich on their markup, but their markup per gallon isn't that much. they only make so much becuase they sell alot of fuel. Even if you did manage to get an american oil company to lower their prices by boycoting them it would be a tiny reduction, like 2-5 cents a gallon.
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That rant about gas prices and boycotts has been around for a couple years.
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Old 08-29-2005, 06:33 PM
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Most of the companies buy gas from the big companies like 76, Exxon, etc.....they just don't add in the additives like injection cleaners and stuff. That's why big companies like 76 actually have better, cleaner gas. The "no name" gas companies out there probably bought from the big guys, they just don't add the good additives in ther fuel, hence their lower prices but inferior quality product.
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Old 08-29-2005, 07:59 PM
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hey instead of arguing about why don't we just try it can't hurt and it might help and it does not cost a thing to try it
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hey instead of arguing about why don't we just try it can't hurt and it might help and it does not cost a thing to try it
I wasn't arguing anything...just telling the facts, my friend owns a few gas stations, so he is in "the know" if you know what I mean.
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Old 08-29-2005, 08:06 PM
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Mike, I agree. What's the down side? Nothing. Maybe it will work.
I undestand profit margins and all that, but these oil companies are showing record profits.
Any other solutions are going to take years to implement. This one may be felt next week.
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Old 08-29-2005, 08:23 PM
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Guys,
I totally agree with you, this is out of hand. What I am saying is that if you want to "boycott" the big guys, (like Exxon, Mobil, 76 etc.....) to hurt them by not buying their gas/ fuels it is hard because the little guys usually buy their gas from the big guys.
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Lets just say we boycotted one of the big gas chains enough for them to notice and lower there price 10 cents temporarily,spineless people would FLOCK there in droves and price would soon go back up. People like to talk but not follow thru or take action,Smitty
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