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bigtruck94

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Message Posted: May 4, 2010 12:29:02 PM

My question is boycots are good, but when you have to get to work and live 25-30 minutes away and public transportation doesn't run how can you be effective?
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maxstar
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Abuse reported.
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tiny1oh
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 10:15:46 AM

ride a bike. walk. Use a bus
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BCERB
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2010 2:02:55 AM

Share a ride with a coworker - Sell your house or give up your rental & move closer to your place of employment. Cycle the distance. Hitch-hike & meet interesting characters! Quit your current job and work from home stuffing envelopes for big $$$$ (joking)
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JohnofGB
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2010 4:41:02 AM

You buy a horse. Anyone else know of a way?
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BCERB
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2010 2:11:44 AM

Yes - but for those that feel it is useless - if they dont respond- then they dont- bump - or perpetuate -what they consider a useless thread!
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2010 9:55:30 AM

One of the reasons we respond is because none of us knows that the person will be a one-post member and we all have the hope that our responses will entice the member to keep posting. And, we all assume that they want to get a point across before they even started posting gas prices.

It's been repeatedly brought up (though I haven't seen the posts in a long time) that members shouldn't be able to create new topics until they've reached certain levels (be it points, responding to other threads, etc.) and a majority feel that that's unfair to the new members, that they're being treated as lesser members. Thus, they post new threads, we respond, and we have somewhat of an interesting dialogue without them ever returning.
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BCERB
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2010 1:28:48 AM

Why respond?!
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2010 10:40:35 AM

Why do we perpetuate these threads by one time posters? We end up having the same discussion over and over in multiple threads! It's useless! We should let these die!
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2010 10:10:18 AM

Sorry Bob, but bigtruck94 (who's never come back to this thread) said there's no public transportation available. Biking may not be a realistic option. Conservation is an entirely different issue; that simply means no unnecessary driving. But bigtruck94 said he has to get to work and work is apparently a 25-30 minute trip; hard to conserve there, but you're correct, you can conserve if you reduce non-essential driving. Unfortunately bigtruck94 (again, he hasn't returned to the thread to provide any more input) didn't say anything about his other driving.

Regarding Logansport; if you have that many gas stations, 10-12, that doesn't sound like gouging; it sounds more like charging what the market will bear. Or, not knowing how much the stations are charged for delivery or their operating expenses, they might not be charging much more than they're being charged (i.e., 10 or so cents per gallon mark-up). And I don't know if McClures has to pay spot market prices for unscheduled delivery or their buying on the excess market. But you do have choices, and apparently one choice is lower prices outside town. I did note, however, that the Logansport gas stations aren't allthe same price, there's a 10 cent per gallon difference between the high and low priced stations posted on Gas Buddy.
Gouging is asking an unreasonable price because of circumstances. That's not what you seem to have. For that matter, your high price is 20 or more cents lower than the prices of stations near me. And they're not gouging.

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BobD2009
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2010 9:00:06 AM

Public Transportation, Bikes, and overall conservation.
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LoganAlwaysHIGH
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2010 3:57:17 PM

My towns gas stations(logansport) all stick together and screw the community. All there gas prices go up/down at once and they are all the same. We probably have approx 10-12 stations. McClures is the main culprit of these actions, they seem to run the town....

Last winter when neighboring towns prices where 20-30ยข lower than ours I wrote to our local papers forum and filed a complaint with the Gov. on gas gouging.

I say file gas gouging claims against them, boycotting does nothing.

PLUS....I never fill up in Logan, I only buy enough to keep me going. Then when out of town I FILLUP...

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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2010 3:29:22 PM

quit work, stop going out, or if you can arrange it, just die! That will show those oil companies! if you can't arrange it, just do the first two and get on the government payroll, that will be less $$ that the gov can give to the oil companies!
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2010 10:46:50 AM

Another "post to incite" poster Gas Buddy.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2010 9:01:20 AM

Should I assume wild3bill isn't reading to see what people said in response to his post?
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BCERB
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2010 1:34:48 AM

Share a ride with a co-worker - bike it to work - etcetera.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 22, 2010 12:53:00 PM

I'm missing something. Or I don't quite understand something.

wild3bill: The last time you filled up your VW and your pickup was last summer? Meaning you went almost a year without filling up?

How much do you drive your pick-up and your VW?
Or did you not drive your pick-up and transferred the diesel from the truck to the VW?

Assuming that you're getting 50 mpg in the VW, and transferred all the diesel in the auxillary tank to the VW (meaning that you didn't use the truck very much), that would mean you could drive 5,000 miles on the diesel from the auxilliary tank. All you drove in the past year was 5,000 miles?

If 5,000 miles was the combined mileage I drove in a year with two vehicles, I don't know that I would particularly worry about boycotting gas until it dropped #2 a gallon; I'd be more concerned about other things I was spending money on over the course of a year.

But like I said, maybe I'm missing something or there's something I simply don't understand.
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wild3bill
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Message Posted: May 21, 2010 11:20:46 AM

I have a 50 MPG VW Torbo Diesel and a big Pickup with a 100 gallon Auxilliary tank.I filled up last Summer when Diesel was under $2.40 When Diesel went to $5, I boycoitteed any price over $3 until a local station dropped to $2.99!
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wild3bill
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Message Posted: May 21, 2010 10:36:13 AM

This week gas is DOWN. Fill upat the cheapest station, fill a can or two.
MEMORIAL weekend don't buy gas before Tuesday or Wednesday
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boatcrazyinme
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Message Posted: May 13, 2010 12:24:58 AM

i dont know, i have the same problem.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 11, 2010 8:05:27 PM

And what happens when you boycott a single brand? You're not boycotting the other stations that the refinery delivers to? And you put in "just enough gas to make that trip." And then you go back and get a little more, maybe another gallon or so to make the next trip, and then you go back again to make another trip or to get somewhere such as work the next day? And how many "just enoughs" do you get a day?

You haven't said anything about reducing your driving, meaning reducing the amount of gas you're using, meaning the amount of gas you're buying. All you're doing is making multiple trips and multiple fill-up. Since you're using the same amount of gas as always, can you explain how receipts are low for the day? And how "the big boys" will feel the pinch?

So what if receipts are low for the day? What about the next day?

Think of it this way. Let's say you have a 10 or 12 gallon gas tank and let's say you use a gallon of gas to get to work every day, and a gallon of gas to get back home. You work five days a week, and on Saturday and Sunday you rest; no driving other than to the tennis court and the neighborhood pub and then back. And your significant other doesn't use the car.

So Monday you "just put enough gas to make that trip to work." And then when you're leaving work, you "just put enough gas to make that trip back home. Then Tuesday you "just put enough gas to make that trip to work." And then when you're leaving work, you "just put enough gas to make that trip back home. Then Wednesday you "just put enough gas to make that trip to work." And then when you're leaving work, you "just put enough gas to make that trip back home. Then Thursday you "just put enough gas to make that trip to work." And then when you're leaving work, you "just put enough gas to make that trip back home. And then Friday you "just put enough gas to make that trip to work." And then when you're leaving work, you "just put enough gas to make that trip back home.

You've just made 10 stops at the gas station that week, putting in just putting enough gas in your car to make that trip. Or, you could have put in 10 gallons on Monday, and then drover to work and back five times without having to stop at the gas station again until the end of the week. But...But let's say you did that, "just put enough gas to make that trip", or in this case, all five trips to work and all five trips back home. Can you tell me how the "big boys" will feel the pinch?

It may be something very obvious, but I'm obviously missing it. How are the "big boys" feeling the pinch?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2010 4:34:24 PM

I think the most effective way to to show you are frd up with high gas prices is to boycott a single brand, ie: Shell Esso BP etc. another way is to just put enough gas to make that trip.When the receipts are low for the day,the big boys will feel the pinch.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 10, 2010 6:56:07 PM

Maybe the question should be, if you have to get to work and live 25-30 minutes away and public transportation doesn't run, what can you do instead of "boycots"?

One thing is you can start by posting gas prices to help your colleagues and neighbors find gas at lower prices. And by returning to the discussion.
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: May 7, 2010 6:45:12 AM

Boycott and conserve. Driving habits can save a lot of gas.
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Sneakers
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Message Posted: May 5, 2010 11:30:23 PM

Bring a bagged lunch to work.

The only way not to buy gas at all is to steal it. Might work once or twice, but I don't recommend it.

You could brew ethanol in the backyard until the neighbors complain about it or the ATF folks arrive.
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SiRMatt
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Message Posted: May 5, 2010 10:36:17 PM

boycots of gasoline will NEVER work. All us North Americans have a love affair with our vehicles. What may work is.. all you ignorant people stop driving those big gas powered SUVS if your going to spend money on buying something to make up for your insecurities.. At least drop a diesel motor in it so you save on fuel costs. Do people really need a vehicle that spends 14 to 16 litres every 100 city kms to get from point a to b? and occasionally point c
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Message Posted: May 5, 2010 8:23:57 AM

1st boycotts don't work.

The key is smarter driving. Consolidate trips, walk when you can, use public transportation when you can.
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: May 5, 2010 8:04:14 AM

Conserve as much as you could. Increase your gas mileage, walk, care pool, use public transportation. Consolidating my errands into one planned trip has save me many gallons. Coasting to red lights and stop sign is a big help. You can save a lot if when you think about it and you try.
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ricebike
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Message Posted: May 5, 2010 6:53:33 AM

geez, cat

1,2,3

you move close enough to public transportation or withing walking distance/bicycling distance, then you're set!
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catfish99
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Message Posted: May 5, 2010 5:54:35 AM

Which of the Steve Seattle options involve buying NO gas?
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SteveSeattle
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Message Posted: May 5, 2010 12:41:21 AM

Try these:

1. Move/rent closer to work
2. Move/rent closer to a bus stop
3. Bicycle
4. Motorcycle
5. Van pool
6. Car pool
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