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mamaj7

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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2011 9:51:57 AM

Just saying I get txt messages to my phone saying that they are picking one day where no one will buy gas.... ok so first will it even make any kind of impact and will anyone actually do it besides me the last day that It was scheduled for I didn't buy gas but The all the filling stations where packed everyplace I passed I think we should find a way to really get word out to do it for real. A lot of people don't get txts maybe start a national email.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 4:00:22 PM

Wow mamaj7 is a prolific contributor, lol
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:17:36 AM

Even worse than the original bad idea was bumping this topic. Please let dead ideas lie.
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Rainy1
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 8:24:21 PM

They would get back by raising prices double, ot triple!!!
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brickie074
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 6:37:25 PM

Truckers tried to ban together and go on strike. I did not happen. Not enough people get together. It is just talk.
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:37:06 PM

We Americans - me included - love our cars and won't give them up.

Since 98% of cars run on gas, we've got to get it from somewhere. If we choose to boycott BP this week, we'll only be buying from Shell and Sunoco (or the stations near you). The next week we'll boycott Shell and we'll only buy from Sunoco and BP (this BP begins to make their money back from the week without income). The final week rotates again, and everyone comes out even in the end.

We still bought gas, just at different places.

The ONLY way to stop this is to stop driving. Ride mass transit. Carpool. Take a train (or get your legislators to think seriously about funding trains... they're HUGE in Europe!). Bike or walk. That's the only way to have an impact... use less.
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:37:06 PM

We Americans - me included - love our cars and won't give them up.

Since 98% of cars run on gas, we've got to get it from somewhere. If we choose to boycott BP this week, we'll only be buying from Shell and Sunoco (or the stations near you). The next week we'll boycott Shell and we'll only buy from Sunoco and BP (this BP begins to make their money back from the week without income). The final week rotates again, and everyone comes out even in the end.

We still bought gas, just at different places.

The ONLY way to stop this is to stop driving. Ride mass transit. Carpool. Take a train (or get your legislators to think seriously about funding trains... they're HUGE in Europe!). Bike or walk. That's the only way to have an impact... use less.
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ITravelCA
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2011 2:22:07 PM

I think in general people complain about gas prices however, do little to take action (i.e.: boycott). If more people were organized and did not stop for gas at a particular station for several days, they would feel the impact.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2011 8:25:56 AM

ok, is 'strike' a bowling term or baseball term? i forget, please enlighten me.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2011 5:17:23 PM

I guess mamai7 is either too busy reading txt messages to her phone or...or I don't know what. Too bad she can't say what day they're picking to not buy gas. I wonder if it will be the same day, March 14, March 15, April 1, May 1, May 15, 14 or 15 (one thread creator wasn't exactly sure which it was but thought we should do it on one of those two days), or some Wednesday, or if it will be another day that they txt her about.

But it's only been two weeks; I'm sure mamai7 will get back to us sooner or later about going on strike. Though I'm not sure what she means by our going on strike.
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HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2011 10:24:29 PM

You think we should go on strike? Most strikes are undertaken by labor unions during collective bargaining.

You want to enter collective barganing with oil companies?

I think what you want to do is have a national boycott where people don't buy gas, which won't work because our world runs on oil and gas and it would either be bought the day before or the day after. It would not hurt oil companies or change gas prices. It could put station owners out of work and add to the unemployment problems in the country.

On a side note, If I was receiving text messages on my phone like that I would contact my cell phone company since I would want SPAM to be sent to my phone trying to put stupid ideas in my head.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2011 7:35:14 AM

my wife has exercised 'executive powers', hereafter, my strikes shall last no longer then 3 seconds. she says that all the longer i can concentrate.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2011 10:41:47 PM

i'm gonna boycot texting
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2011 3:35:46 PM

BCERB:

I disagree with your suggestion "Ignore your texts - filter your emails & dont habitually visit the boycott threads on a daily basis if boycott posts bother you!"

You (or I) may disagree with rumbleseat, but he's adding sanity to these threads, just as you and I try to do...as well as several others. What is frustrating, isn't that the ideas aren't rational, or logical, or interesting, or intriguingand, but in line with what scoutmaster said below; people seem to join Gas Buddy not to find and post gas prices for the benefit of their fellow Gas Buddy members, but rather to make one or several message thread posts, such as "Boycott Sunoco three weeks from Tuesday and show the gougers we're serious" and never explain how their idea will, never respond to anyone's comments - pro or con, and, obviously, never come back to give the results of what happened (in the way of their boycott, etc.) Interesting how so many new members feel they need to start new threads immediately upon joining, rathe rather than spending a few minutes to see what threads were already started on the issue, and contributing their valuable insight to those threads.

Personally I'd much rather have the comments and opinions of rumbleseat, and you, providing either reasoning or background, even if I did disagree with rumbleseat or you. At least the two of you (and others) are trying to add value to the discussion.


[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 3/17/2011 3:39:45 PM EST]
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gasguru882
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2011 9:08:20 AM

dumbest idea i've ever heard. if we get a large enough group of people to boycott gas stations, the gas stations will freak out because they are no longer making such of a large profit. therefore making the gas prices rise even more. and after this whole boycotting fad fades away, the gas prices will be disgusting. i like the idea of boycotting, but its just wicked dumb.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2011 6:43:41 AM

Yes we do rumbleseat and most are started by one time posters!
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2011 6:25:42 AM

I don't think boycott posts bother most of us. However, ignorance is a different story.
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BCERB
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2011 4:20:46 AM

Ignore your texts - filter your emails & dont habitually visit the boycott threads on a daily basis if boycott posts bother you!
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2011 2:28:28 AM

SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAMITTY , SPAMSPAM!!
We have several trillion of these posts (or at least it feels like it), and 100 times as many debunking this ineffective scheme.
If the plan doesn't include actually reducing consumption, it will make no difference. You are just buying on a different day, shuffling dollars around, it doesn't affect the books at the end of the week/month/year, it would just give staff a day to read the paper if people actually followed the scheme.
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2011 12:05:19 AM

That's one reason I had text messaging turned off on my phones.
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RetiredD3
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2011 1:13:25 PM

A grass-roots strike will not get off the ground. This idea, sending a message to the oil companies and the government, will only work if you get some big name celeb. to start touting the idea in the national media.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2011 7:45:46 AM

Based on the OP, nope.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2011 6:53:30 AM

well, 1 hit is batting 1000, right? lol

laughing still
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2011 5:26:09 AM

Still a one hit wonder!
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2011 9:21:09 PM

i went on strike once - then my wife explained the rules
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2011 6:39:59 PM

>>mamaj7's post is in the Boycott/Gasout Talk category as you suggested it should be.

This topic was originally posted on ohiogasprices this morning. PD moved it here sometime after 2:50 PM this afternoon according to the PM I received from him.
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mtnrambo
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2011 6:10:15 PM

lol...
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2011 6:07:20 PM

No; he's 1/860. That means he's post gas prices too. Most one-hit wonders don't do that.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2011 5:34:00 PM

Another one hit wonder!
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2011 4:33:37 PM

sticker_shock:

mamaj7's post is in the Boycott/Gasout Talk category as you suggested it should be.

mamaj7:
What do you mean by "we should go on strike"? What are you striking for? Or do you mean we should boycott? It might help a little if you used punctuation to make your post a little more coherent.

Are you asking will a one-day "don't buy gas day" work?
No; becuae you're not changing your use of the product; it's no different than if you don't buy a pack of cigarettes today but you buy them tomorrow when you actually run out. They're still selling you the same amount of cigarettes, meaning they're still getting your money, just on a a different day. Said another way, if no one bought gas on Sunday, the gas stations and the industry could take the day off, knowing they'd sell the same amount of gas but only have to be open six days a week, thus saving money, and actually making money because they'd have less expenses.

They should find a way to get the word out?
Well, if it's important enough for you, then you get the word out, you start "a national email". But make sure you don't tell them to just "don't buy gas" on a certain day. Come up with something serious, realistic, and workable as to how to cut down using the product, because you only hurt someone by boycotting them if you don't give them revenue.

Old story. The reason the lettuce and grape boycotts worked? The reason milk company boycotts worked? Because people didn't buy lettuce or grapes; they didn't use lettuce and grapes in meals or as snacks. And people didn't boycott one day and the next day buy twice as much as they usually do. They didn't, if they had no milk on the boycott day, go out the day after the boycott and buy an extra container. But for gas, if you're driving on the boycott day, you're using the product; and if you normally buy gas on the boycott day (say, on Wednesday), and you either buy a day early (fill up on Tuesday) or buy a day later (when you're a little closer to empty), you haven't changed anything. Back to cigarettes:

If you usually buy cigarettes when you're down to a half pack, what's the difference if you buy tomorrow when you're down to three or four cigarettes? You're still smoking - and buying - the same number of cigarettes.

Now, considering how many other gas boycott topics there are already, do you really think we need another one? Why not simply go to the threads already started, read what other people have said, and then add your valuable insight to the discussion already started?

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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2011 12:53:30 PM

Welcome mamaj7. Please join us in posting on other topics here.

Sorry, but I've reported abuse. This topic is in the wrong forum. It belongs in Boycott/Gasout Talk.

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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2011 10:32:47 AM

no impact
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