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maxstar

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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2011 3:29:49 PM

There are many calls to boycott this or that. I have stated many times that boycotts will not work. Who knows maybe I am missing something. Whether you are calling for a boycott or not I thought this topic would provide place a list of reasons why you think a boycott would work. Be prepared for others to refute your ideas.

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maxstar
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 11:08:34 PM

Sure T3605. I have requested that this old topic be closed.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2011 8:47:44 AM

Domer2011: I read you other reply. Your arguing it works so you provide an example a successful gas boycott. Apparently you can not.
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Domer2011
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2011 3:01:03 AM

As in the Montgomery bus boycott?
maxstar see posts under Bring oil companies to their knees to see my oil reference.
BOYCOTT ONE COMPANY METHOD!
EXXON USA!
PETRO-CANADA CANADA!
BP EUROPE!
JUST DO IT!!!!!!!!
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2011 11:25:44 PM

Domer2011: Still waiting for your example of a successful gas boycott.
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Domer2011
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2011 11:29:48 AM

As in the Just do it! boycott.
Boycott one company!
EXXON USA!
PETRO-CANADA CANADA!
BP EUROPE!
JUST DO IT!!!!!!!
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LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2011 1:15:51 AM

The only boycott that will work is an ongoing effort to use less, use a more fuel efficient vehicle, making your driving habits and vehicles more fuel efficient, making your own fuel preferably from waste products, using public transportation, walking, using a bike, etc.

A one day, one week, or one week event type of boycott will not work. Use less fuel every which way! Join those of us in the ongoing boycott that helped to bring prices down from their highs in 2008. Some are doing so as they see the necessity to save their money. Using less equates to saving more meaning more in your pockets, wallets, bank accounts, more to invest with, etc.
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chicosamom
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2011 7:41:32 AM

stop buying !
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2011 6:54:14 AM

There was an alternative to the Montgomery bus system. There is no other fuel commonly available in massive amounts to serve as an alternative to oil. The example does not work.
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hnofer17
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2011 12:59:51 AM

Remember back in the day of Rosa Parks when people boycotted the bus system? I think a lot of people think that's why a boycott will work now.

I don't organize boycotts but there are places I never buy from (such as Valero). I just don't like their prices and so I never buy their gas.
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rgpiccone
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2011 6:27:11 PM

And it never will! I think that these people sincerely believe that gas prices are too high, as do I. They just have to realize that there is no painless way to get the message across, (just as there is no painless way to reduce the federal deficit) they have to make a sacrifice and use less gas. I'm certain that the oil company execs laugh at these pointless boycotts, if they even are aware of them. If these boycotts don't reduce the usage of gasoline, they won't have any impact on the oil companies.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2011 2:05:39 PM

Thanks for my "laugh of the day". This category almost never fails.
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rgpiccone
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2011 8:06:34 AM

Unlike in many other industries, boycotting a single company simply will not work with oil companies. Oil is not like other industries!

Does Pepsi sell cola to Coke? Does GM sell cars to Ford? Does Apple sell computers to Dell? Does L'Oreal sell makeup to Avon? No, they do not!! They are fierce competitors, and if you can organize a large boycott against one of these companies, they WILL feel it (while their competitors benefit). However, most of the profit in oil comes from extracting the oil from the ground,and the oil companies sell it to each other, depending on who has available refineries in the area. Then the refineries sell the gasoline to any gas stations in the area. In one area, BP, Exxon, Shell gas stations may all get gas from the same refinery! Even if a company owns some of their gas stations (many are independently owned), it is a drop in the bucket to them.

Once again, the ONLY way to have an impact is to reduce usage, not by boycotting individual companies, and certainly not by a single day "gas-out".
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2011 7:33:12 AM

Domer - it will have zero effect -none at all except a waste of people's time and energy. See the why boycotts don't work thread. And follow the links, reading about how the economics of the industry work.
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Domer2011
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2011 2:43:35 AM

Definition: BOYCOTT-"A concerted economical or social ostracism of an individual group or nation to express disapproval and/or coerce change". The oil industry needs this action. Like in so many other industries that have been the justifiable victims of boycotts that changed their industries (sweat shops producing footwear, clothing, etc, cosmetic industry stopping the use of animals in product testing as well as the pharmaceutical industry, the fur industry, governments stopping businesses from doing business with countries whom they consider hostile this is itself a boycott) and on and on I can go with examples of successful boycotts. They work because as in these other industries by focusing on one company and by boycotting them the whole industries takes notice and changes. The same can be done to any industry using the same tried and true method as always. Focus on one part of the industry in this case a retailer/supplier and the whole industry WILL take notice as has happened numerous times before and in the future to other industries. Good for you Barndoggy and you are not alone in your stand to get this industry to be more accountable as it should/needs to be in every aspect of it's business. A boycott is NOT a reduction in product usage. It is "LOOK AT THE DEFINITION" an action to get the industry to CHANGE! Pick a company, ANY, and it WILL WORK. The reasons are every where you look. JUST DO IT!!!!!!!
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2011 8:36:07 PM

You were right in the first place, they don't work for gas or oil companies.
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Barndoggy
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2011 7:52:53 PM

I haven't scoured the topics too carefully, but those I have read about boycotts haven't addressed how and why I boycott gas companies and producers. I boycott certain producers (Chevron/Texaco, ExxonMobil, Shell, BP/ARCO, at this point) because of their poor environmental and humanitarian records, not to get them to lower prices. Granted, it's all a matter of choosing the lesser of evils, and the highest rated producer, Sunoco, isn't in my area, but the worst ones have done some really terrible things over the years and I don't want my gas money funding them. Otherwise, I would have to agree with the boycott nay-sayers, in that not buying gas on a certain day does little or nothing. Unless you switch fuels or ride a bike, you'll just be buying a little more gas in the days before or after the boycott date. Just my humble opinion.
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sumfingwhite
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2011 5:07:46 PM

A gas boycott will work if you switch your fuel type which could save you money anyway.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2011 6:12:59 PM

pantale:
No apology necessary. Glad to have you here. And glad to have you as one of the "Don't buy gas on this day..." doesn't work proponents.

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ckygasspy
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2011 5:54:54 PM

The only way to truly boycott is to switch to riding a bicycle to work (and everywhere else, for that matter). I don't know about your neighborhood, but most of my neighbors can't even drive a care without hitting stationary objects. I'll be damned if I provide them a -moving- target to hit while they jabber away on their cell phone while checking their makeup, eating a sandwich, fiddling with the radio AND yelling at their kids in the back seat...
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pantale
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2011 5:35:46 PM

geez, my bad
I misread Gas_Buddy on TWO posts now.

I need to stay out of Boycott/Gasout Forum all together. It just pisses me off & makes me type wacky shit.

My apologies Gas_Buddy. Later, y'all.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2011 5:30:53 PM

pantale: I think going down memory lane recalling all of the previous failed called for boycotts is a great way to illustrate that they do not work. Much of your "here's the deal" message has been captured by Gas_Buddy many times in the past. Take some time to read some of them you will see what I mean.

[Edited by: maxstar at 6/27/2011 5:32:17 PM EST]
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pantale
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2011 5:07:32 PM

Nothing that Gas_Buddy regurges actually indicates how/why a gas-out would work... most of the posts just say "do it this day" or "do it that day" or "do it these TWO days"
And any poster who says anything about HOW it will work is, simply, wrong.

Here's the deal.
A commuter buys gas & commutes 10 miles a day, each day, all week. You say "don't buy gas on *insert date here*"
The commuter decides to support this and on *repeat date here* he/she doesn't buy any gas.

This does not change in ANY way the amount of gas that person consumes during a week. So maybe they gas up the day before, maybe the day after. Either way, they are still driving, still using the resource they have stored in their tank, and still consuming the same amount of fuel. So instead of buying it on *again, repeat date here* they buy it *insert date before/after other date here*

It has ZERO impact.
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VDubBill
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2011 9:13:14 PM

Thanks for the rehash, Gas_Buddy. Rebuttals, anyone? Now I have some questions about some of their arguments.

Pi55ed_off (240 points): You stated that you fill up on the days that match the number on your "liscence plat." Mine is IX, Roman numeral 9. Do I fill up on 9 or X (10)? And how do you get a license if you can't spell license? Good thing you don't need a chauffeur's license.

The others, stating there a 73 million "members" on the Internet. I think after Cong. Weiner, the count count is up at least one more.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2011 11:33:46 AM

Why a boycott would work?

Not my reasons but below are some reasons from fellow Gas Buddy members why boycotts would work or how boycotts should be implemented so they'd have an effect. And, I've given them the credit for their suggestions.

One of my favorites is the following:

gashogMO
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Joined:Jan 2009 Message Posted: Mar 5, 2009 7:57:43 PM

Boycott all weekend and they will have to lower price

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edub65
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Joined:Apr 2007 Message Posted: Apr 27, 2007 9:05:37 PM

As consumers we should not buy gas from one or two oil manufacturers for one month and see if the law of supply and demand drives the price down!!!

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seanminer726
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Joined:Mar 2007 Message Posted: Apr 11, 2007 1:49:07 PM

A BULLETIN HAS BEEN POSTED AROUND MYSPACE THAT THERE WILL BE A GAS STRIKE ON MAY 15TH 2007. WE CAN AT LEAST TRY TO UNITE TOGETHER AND STRIKE AGAINST THE GAS COMPANIES. MANY SAY THIS CANNOT WORK, BUT WHY NOT AT LEAST GIVE IT A TRY??? LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE ALREADY GETTING INVOLVED, AND I AM MAKING FLYERS, SO WHY NOT WRITE MAY 15TH DOWN ON YOUR CALENDAR AND NOT BUY GAS THAT DAY!! THANKS FOR UNITING AND SUPPORTING THE GAS STRIKE!

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buddy16
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Joined:Apr 2007 Message Posted: May 8, 2007 10:25:27 AM

I got a email saying do not pump gas on may 15th its time to take a stand and show the oil company we have had it with the gas price. they can lose almost 3 billon dollars if we dont pump gas that day hope you all will not pump gas that day

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chefher
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Joined:Oct 2006 Message Posted: Apr 30, 2007 11:35:55 PM

On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in
protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most
places.

There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet
network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.

If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take
$2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies
pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May
15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for
at least one day.

If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldn't) resend this to all your
contact list. With it saying, ''Don't pump gas on May 15th"

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Madcatsgirl
Toledo
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Joined:May 2007 Message Posted: May 11, 2007 1:56:20 PM

If we are going to try this why not for 2 whole days? If everyone would just cut down on driving for 2 days maybe it would help?

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Joined:May 2007 Message Posted: May 8, 2007 3:47:10 PM

I received the following e-mail from a friend of mine.......

Don't pump gas on MAY 15th

In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest
of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all Internet users are to not go to a gas station in
protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.

There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the Internet
network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.

If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take
$2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies
pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on
May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry
for at least one day.

If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldn't) resend this to all
your contact list. With it saying, "Don't pump gas on May 15th"

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4gogojuice
Akron
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Joined:Nov 2004 Message Posted: May 2, 2007 9:09:57 PM

It would be nice if everybody would pick a day not to buy gas and constantley do this.It might take the petroleum companies out of la-la-land.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - cskjjk
Florida
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Joined:Aug 2005 Message Posted: Apr 17, 2007 12:33:36 PM

Would it have any impact on the gas stations prices if we boycott all of them on May 1st? Just fill up before that date and then noone buy from any of them on May 1st and see what happens. #1 Would you do it Yes or no?
My answer is yes I will do it and see if it works.

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Joined:May 2007 Message Posted: May 15, 2007 9:11:42 AMDon't pump gas on May 15th
...in April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.

There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.

If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.

If you agree (which I can’t see why you wouldn’t) resend this to all in your contact list. With it saying, ''Don't pump gas on May 15th

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Kickingas82
Twin Cities
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Joined:May 2007 Message Posted: May 16, 2007 4:53:11 PM

This is a copy of an email I recieved. I have no opinion on it one way or the other. All I know is the oil companies keep recording record profits and my truck sits in my drive way while I drive a compact. Make of this e-mail want you will.

Subject: Don't Pump In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices.
Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all myspace members are asked to not go to a gas station in protest of
high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.

There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the myspace network, and the
average car takes about 20 to 30 dollars to fill up.

If all myspace members did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take
$2,200,000,000.00 (that's BILLION) out of the oil companys pockets for just one day,
so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the
Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.

If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldnt) repost this bulletin repost it with
'Don't pump gas on May 15th

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Canadian
Winnipeg
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Joined:Nov 2002 Message Posted: May 11, 2007 9:02:25 AM

boy-cott Shell Gas stations until the end of June 2007

And at that time select another foreign station to boy-cott.

As a consumer, there is nothing else you can do except try to start a gas war and use ONLY private gas stations.

Pay up suckers!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - sandman0_0
Las Vegas
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Joined:Mar 2005 Message Posted: May 1, 2007 6:20:40 PM

This is a copy of an email I recieved. I have no opinion on it one way or the other. All I know is the oil companies keep recording record profits and my truck sits in my drive way while I drive a compact. Make of this e-mail want you will.

Subject: Don't Pump In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices.
Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all myspace members are asked to not go to a gas station in protest of
high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.

There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the myspace network, and the
average car takes about 20 to 30 dollars to fill up.

If all myspace members did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take
$2,200,000,000.00 (that's BILLION) out of the oil companys pockets for just one day,
so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the
Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.

If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldnt) repost this bulletin repost it with
'Don't pump gas on May 15th

- - - - - - - - - - - - - FRANCES478WEST2
Pennsylvania
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Joined:Jun 2005 Message Posted: May 12, 2007 6:42:30 PM

WE CHOULD HAVE A NAT. GAS OUT FOR ONE DAY
I WAS TOLD THAT ONE TIME LAST YEAR AND GAS PRICES DROPED $0.30 THE NEXT DAY

IF ALL INTERTNET USERS WERE TO NOT BUY GAS ON MAY 15TH NOR ANY SERVICES FROM THEM IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERANTS I PROMIOS YOU !

In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of
gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in
protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.
There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet
network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.
If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take
$2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May
15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry forat least one day.

If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldn't) resend this to all your friend as well as any one you talk to!!!!!!

Don't pump gas on MAY 15th

- - - - - - - - - - - - - fightforfreedom
California
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Joined:Apr 2007 Message Posted: May 18, 2007 1:06:37 PM

WE NEED MORE GAS WARS LIKE THERE WERE IN THE 70S
This was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. It's worthy of your consideration.

I hear we are going to hit close to $4.00 a gallon by summer and it might possibly go higher! 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 earlier! 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.

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 - $1.75, 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 2007, 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!
I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us sends it to at least ten more (30 x 10 =3D 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 =3D 3,000)...and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group 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. How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail 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. I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES.
THIS IS WHAT THEY WORRY ABOUT

[Edited by: fightforfreedom at 5/18/2007 1:08:51 PM EST]

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Salt Lake City
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Joined:May 2007 Message Posted: May 21, 2007 2:18:55 AM

I have had conversations with gas station managers/owners concerning the prices at the pumps. It seems that all of them say the only way they make money is from the merchandise inside the store NOT the gas. I believe the most effective way to hit the gas companies is to make it so the owners won't buy their gas. How do we do this? During the months of June, July and August ONLY buy gas! DO NOT buy ANY merchandise from the store...no smokes, no coffee, no candy, no food. Maybe if the owners are not making money on the merchandise because we are not buying anything, they will tell the gas companies to lower the price on gas. It might work.

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Omaha
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Joined:May 2007 Message Posted: May 18, 2007 7:20:48 PM

Gas is up another 20 cents today! It's time that we, the consumer, send a message that we've had enough! If gas goes up more, I am seriously considering starting to drive less, and maybe even sending a strongly worded email to the Government!

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Arkansas
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Joined:May 2007 Message Posted: May 29, 2007 5:46:26 PM

There is only one way to bring gas prices down. A one day, or even one week gas out will never work! We must all ban together, tell everyone we know, and stick to a simple plan.

Each month we choose a gas company, and ban that company for a whole month. (unless they stay at the top of the stock market) Take a moment of your time, visit the finance site of your choice, and don't buy gas from the company with the highest stock.

To make it simple, we will start the months of June, and July of 07, and ban Exxon Mobil (XOM). On the 1st day of Aug, whoever is on top of the stockmarket, they win that month's gas ban!

Simple, Huh?! So, tell everyone you know that from now until Aug 1st to not purchase ANY gas from Exxon Mobil stations! If they still remain on top on Aug 1st, the ban continues for them, if not we move on to the next Top Dog!

You'll see, VERY SOON (probably before July) that the gas prices will begin to drop! Together we WILL make a difference! Email, call, fax, or yell from your car!!! Make sure everyone you know has heard our plan. If we follow the plan, we'll soon be back to the good 'ol days of 99 cents a gallon!

We may all HAVE to get gas, but we can CHOOSE WHERE we buy it!!!

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Cleveland
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Joined:Jun 2007 Message Posted: Jun 5, 2007 11:08:07 PMu cant just stop buying gas for one day and then get gas the next day...The only way to get gas down right now is to get the demand for gas lower which means if everyone stopped driving for a whole 24 hours(or longer) thats a lot of gas not used which means lower demand

Now what we should all do is set a day a sunday or saturday and have NOBODY at all drive any where. This should be a holiday!! think about and somebody with the will power will put this together and do it...

what if we did it for a whole week thats alot of unused oil and saved cash!

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Kentucky
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Joined:Jan 2006 Message Posted: Jan 5, 2006 4:58:51 PM

Lets create a National monthly or weekly do not purchase gas day. Either every friday or the 15th of each month.

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Richmond
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Joined:Oct 2006 Message Posted: May 23, 2007 11:43:25 PM

Dont buy gas but once a week.

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San Jose
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Joined:Jun 2007 Message Posted: Jun 19, 2007 2:35:06 PM

Everybody stop filling up your tanks!!

Put in 5 bucks of gas at a time, yes you will need to go to the gas station more, but if everybody just put in a few bucks a day, then the gas stations would have to stock gas for longer.

See, most people fill up the tank when they get gas, you are actually stocking your own fuel, let the gas stations stock the fuel. You would probably get better gas mileage with a 1/4 tank or 1/2 tank than a full tank??

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Toronto
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Joined:Aug 2006 Message Posted: Jun 30, 2007 8:53:20 PM

Every body just buy a dollars worth of gas, Pay by credit card at the counter- Not at the pump, & get a receipt every time... It takes a lot of work but their profits & sales will go down- Their processing costs for all the extra transactions may make a dent in their profits & maybe make them soften their prices... Trouble is it requires more of our own consumers time & effort- We tend to just bend & follow the big oil companies like sheep.

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Trenton
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Joined:Mar 2007 Message Posted: Mar 24, 2007 1:04:59 AM

I heard through the 'grapevine'-- the next Gas Boycott will be on July 6, 2007. I, like many others are spreading the word via internet-chat rooms, news media, and word of mouth...Not to buy gas/deisel on July 6, 2007. I get so tired year after year--of the so-called reasons for raising the price of gas/deisel....only to hear months later--how much of a profit the oil companies had made.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - BrownRod
Michigan
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Joined:Apr 2005 Message Posted: Jul 11, 2007 2:03:17 AM

Don't buy gas in the U.P. for 2-3 days next week.. July 15, 16 & 17,
Sunday , Monday and Tuesday. Go and get your gas in Wisconsin or
Minnesota, or find a cheaper price in Alpena ( at this time). Go
to Wisconsin or Minnesota and buy your stuff and get your gas before
coming back to this rotten , price gouging, gas hole of a state. Starve
the suppliers up here of any income. Give the taxes to another state.
If this state can't stop this gouging I will get my stuff elsewhere.
Maybe, then, will the state step in and stop this economic hardship.
Then on Wednesday of next week, I will go back to Wisconsin and get my
gas, shunning again the U.P. of any of my dollars. If 50% of the motorists
in the U.P. did this, the gas station owners would be throwing crap at
their suppliers.

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Iowa
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Joined:May 2007 Message Posted: May 30, 2007 9:32:15 AM

Clearly boycotts don't work. The only way to change regular Americans behavior is my hitting their pocket book. So here is my idea:

1. On the day, we all fill up our tanks.
2. If you need fuel before that, only put in a gallon or two.
3. The short-term spike in price will make Joe public think twice about the new SUV.
4. The spike in demand will make the oil companies store more fuel (which is good for REAL emergencies)
5. We get to smile at the short-term price spike because we have full tanks.

Does that sound like an interesting idea?

- - - - - - - - - - - - - lyndee
Milwaukee
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Joined:Apr 2002 Message Posted: Jun 4, 2007 8:56:00 PM

Go to your high price gas station owned by an oil company! Put $5.00 in using credit card A.
Put another $5.00 in using credit card B! Put another $5.00 of gas in using credit card C. Do the same thing with credit cards D, E and F!
There are credit card fees that must be paid every time a credit
card is used! This will drive up the fees that have to be paid!
DO THIS AT AN OIL COMPANY OWNED GAS STATION ONLY! THE OIL COMPANY
WILL BE STUCK PAYING ALL THESE FEES! THEY WILL THEN LOWER THEIR PRICES-
SO PEOPLE WILL STOP DOING THIS! GAS PRICES GO DOWN AND ALL THE OTHER
OIL COMPANIES LOWER THEIR PRICE TO MEET THE COMPETITION! A GOOD WAY
TO LOWER GAS PRICES!

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Twin Cities
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Joined:May 2007 Message Posted: May 25, 2007 4:28:54 PM

To my knowledge this has never been tried. Effective immediately, people whose liscence plat number ending 0-3 will boycot Exon. Numbers 4-6 will boycott Shell. The remainder will boycott Citgo. It has been shown that within one week prices will drop to $1.65 per gallon or less! You have your assignments, that is all for now!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Ladystrange
Ontario
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Joined:Apr 2006 Message Posted: May 9, 2006 2:50:33 PM

*This was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It
came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from
Halliburton. It's worth your consideration.*

Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to
$1.50 per liter by next summer and it might go higher!! Want
gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent,
united action. Phillip Hol lsworth 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 on and join with us! By now you're
probably thinking gasoline priced at about $.*80 is super cheap.
Me too! It is currently $1.08 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 liter of gas is CHEAP at $.90 -
$1.00, 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 , PETRO CANADA and ESSO. 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 wimp out at this point.... keep reading and I'll explain
how simple it is to reach millions of people.

I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us sends i t to
at least ten more (30 x 10 =3D 300) ... and those 300 send it to
at least ten more (300 x 10 =3D 3,000)...and so on, by the time
the message reaches the sixth group 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. That's all.
(If you don't understand how we can reach 300 million,all you
have to do is send this to 10 people.... I'm a mathematician, so
trust me on this one.)

How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail
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 potenti al,
did you?

Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to
you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we not buy from
PETRO CANADA/ESSO UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $.60
RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN.*

*THIS CAN REALLY WORK.*

- - - - - - - - - - - - - lupo
San Jose
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Joined:Mar 2005 Message Posted: Mar 10, 2008 3:15:25 PM

This one should be a serious one. Everybody try to start boycott gas from Apr 3rd, the longer the better, the target is 10 days. For people who cannot do it for 10 days, just cut your refills in the 10 day period. For example, if you need refill every 5 days, then just fill on Apr 2nd, 7th and 13th, instead of on Apr 5th and 10th.

If possible, try to cut driving to make your boycott period longer. Myself can do it for about 3 weeks.

If a lot of people can do it for the 10 days, we will be able to see significant gas stock increase in the DOE weekly inventory report (comparing Apr 11th to Apr 4th). A 5 Million barrel(210M gallon) increase in the stock will have significant effect on the price.

If we can have enough

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Riverside
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Joined:Apr 2008 Message Posted: Apr 26, 2008 2:19:35 PM

I have started a Group of Commuters who have to work outside Riverside County in order to earn enough money to live on, because wages here are so low. We have determined that we want to keep our homes, and pay our bills, and not be slaves to gas companies making billions of dollars in profit.

To begin small, we have started a No Gas Saturday Pledge. We have pledged to buy no gas or fuel for our vehicles on the the second Saturday of every month. We have heard all the arguments, but the point is this. If no cars show up to put gas in their tank on Saturday, a lot of station owners are going to feel that squeeze and report it to the oil companies. Starting small is the only way to beat this group of thieves.

Exxon Mobile made a $1.8 BILLION profit in the month of March. Are you willing to continue giving these greedy thieves that kind of money, while your family suffers the consequences. We aren't.

Join us and pledge to not visit a gas station on the 2d Saturday of every month. Be a 2d Saturday Freedom Fighter.

Also, write Senators Boxer and Feinstein, and Congressman Issa and tell them how unhappy you are about this situation and demand action.

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Ohio
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Points:3,860
Joined:Apr 2008 Message Posted: Apr 30, 2008 4:00:34 PM

DONT BUY GAS FRIDAY MAY 2 2008!!!!

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Atlanta
Posts:2
Points:140
Joined:May 2008 Message Posted: May 19, 2008 2:10:21 PM

Ok we have 700m barrels of oil in our reserve, what if we didnt buy oil from opec for one month and used our reserve.. wouldnt this in turn crush there economy, my calculations are 20m a day x $125 a barrell = a huge loss to them

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Michigan
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Points:120
Joined:May 2008 Message Posted: May 8, 2008 8:22:01 AM

******HAY EVERY ONE LETS SET A NATIONAL GAS BOYCOTT GAS DAY*************

LETS SET A BOYCOTT DAY FOR GAS WE NEED TO GET EVERY ONE ON BOARD!!!! THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN TELL THE GAS PEOPLE WE HAD ENOUGH
IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING IT WONT STOP!!! lets set a date! sometime in may how about right before memorial day. This will mean that every single person needs to fill up the day before and not go to get gas the day of the boycott it means we have to be pro active. how about it

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Providence
Posts:13
Points:1,065
Joined:May 2008 Message Posted: May 22, 2008 6:34:11 PM

What everyone needs to do it to pick a Friday and a Monday that everyone will not purchase any gas on those two days. Then sit back and see how they like it! Also if we the consumers stop buying excessive amounts of gas, the supply will back up

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Colorado Springs
Posts:2
Points:165
Joined:May 2008 Message Posted: May 17, 2008 2:30:19 PM

If the price of gas gets too high for us daily workers to and from and the people who drive for a living. We could just stop for a day or two and see how the goverment handles that problem . Food for thought.

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Fort Worth
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Points:1,795
Joined:Apr 2008 Message Posted: May 5, 2008 7:34:31 PM

Just wondering if we were to Target one company per Month and not buy there gas and companies they supply to can that bring gas price down since they can really store too much gas therefore they will reduce the price.

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Honolulu
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Points:3,985
Joined:Oct 2008 Message Posted: Oct 15, 2008 4:48:07 PM

Yesterday morning gas at the Pearl Harbor NEX was $3.76 a gallon. According to this web site and a couple of people I know gas at Cosco was $3.24 or $3.17 {depending on the location}.

I called the NEX to ask about the HUGE gap. I was told the NEX does not match prices with Cosco. *blah blah blah* ~ The guy I spoke with told me to have people call him when they spot gas lower than the NEX.

I disagreed with him saying they don't match Cosco....so I posted a thread on a couple of message boards, myspace, emails to call this guy.

The result at 3pm the NEX dropped their gas to $3.25 a gallon. That is a 51 cent drop based on phone calls. It did not match or exceed Cosco but that's pretty darn close.

When I spoke to the guy {about 4pm} he was amazed so many people called.

Proof that we all can make a difference.

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Oregon
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Points:740
Joined:May 2009 Message Posted: May 10, 2009 12:08:55 AM

I wish, I wish.
I wish that some gas companies really thought about us, customers.
But no, that will never happen. Of course, we are doomed if we continue driving our cars more than we can walk to the store, exercise and save money by driving less our cars, helping the environment and making petroleum companies less profitable.

For some time I have thought, which is the best way to boycott gasoline retailers? Really, I've only browsed some of the postings and I was thinking. "Not buy from some 'states'???"' how is that gonna happen if I decide not to buy in the state I live in? I would have to go to a different state to buy my gasoline, isn't it?

I've considered this other suggestion somebody else posted. "Do not but from certain gas companies...(Chevron, Arco, etc.)" Maybe I needed to read more, but while I was considering those ideas, something came to my mind.
Why not boycott many of them weekly?

How is that gonna happen, you'd ask.
This is my idea. Choose the gas station you'd like to boycott. Use your imagination to tell 'EVERYONE' not to shop from that particular gas station for only one day. Go to the next gas station when you need to fill your gas tank. Only ONE DAY. Do not buy gas for just one day at that gas station. One day only. Simply, NOBODY GOES to that gas station. For just a day. That day The gas station will have ZERO sales. $00.00 for just that day. It can be a Monday, or Tuesday, Or Sunday. It can be any day. As long that this can be accomplished, One day zero sales for just one gas station.
The next day, it will be the nearest gas station turn. For just one day ANOTHER GAS STATION GETS ZERO SALES. Just the very next day. The first gas station that sold NOTHING the prior day, will now have a 'normal' day.

Normal day??? Of course not!, this particular gas station you chose will change their price when they see NOTHING in their profits. Zero sales for a day. And the next day, another gas station will also have a VERY BAD DAY.
Zero dollars for that other gas station. Will this other gas station lower their price? I bet they will.
And so on. If we can make this, they will get confused, they will think, 'what happenned....?... Zero dollars for a day?', surprise!, isn't it?
We can do this on everyone of them. Anyhow, we don't need gas everyday, so we can do this of course.

Example:

On Mondays we don't but from Shell. NO WAY!
On Tuesdays, we don't buy gas from Chevron. If we need gas on Tuesday, we go to Shell, but on Wednesday, we buy gas from any other gas station except from the one we already specified with anticipation.,(Arco, Texaco, 76...etc.)

Could we do this? Let me know how it goes.

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Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2011 12:25:19 AM

How, LGBtex2, would you boycott for month? Stock up five gallon fuel cans in advance or do you have some other suggestion?
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LGBtex2
Rookie Author San Antonio

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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2011 6:51:55 PM

It would only work if we could boycott for longer than a month or two. A one day boycott doesn't even register on a monthly income statement.
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SophiaCA
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2011 11:21:41 AM

off course
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pantale
Rookie Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2011 10:56:01 AM

Thanks Mikeyl
probably the best balance of accuracy, insightfulness, & brevity I've seen posted on this topic.

I agree completely
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maxstar
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2011 6:04:24 PM

I agree catfish99, for such a popular category I thought that there would be all kinds if takers jumping at the chance to tell us the reasons that a boycott would work. Very quiet so far.
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CRAZYKAYFREAK
All-Star Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2011 9:27:38 AM

I can't believe it's even still a topic.....
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catfish99
Champion Author Wilmington

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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2011 6:40:13 AM

Still waiting for someone to step up and say why boycotting specific suppliers of a low-margin worldwide commodity will have any effect.
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MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2011 8:09:25 PM

only reason, We all bought a vehicle that did not require gas, and converted all means of transportation, heating and electricity to this and quit being dependant on fossil fuel.
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mcclouds66
Rookie Author Columbus

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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2011 4:21:51 PM

Problem is that most people do not ride public trans, either it is inconvenient, unsafe or not available. I would love someone to drive me to work, but I need the access to my vehicle during the day. I have errands that I must do for work as well.
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2011 3:39:53 PM

Oh. Max...

Here we go.

Boycotts will not work. Never. Can't. Not possible.

Think about it. Even if we could get every person in the United States to not purchase gas next Friday, they still will purchase gas at some point, right? So, they'll think ahead and get gas on Thursday or they'll have enough to slide until Saturday. So, instead of spending their money on Friday, they will spend the SAME MONEY the day before or the day after.

The only way to stop this is to use less. Either get rid of your car (not likely), ride public transportation (even less likely), get an electric or natural gas-powered car (too expensive and not able to refilled easily yet), or walk (HA!).

Need I say more?

The basic law of supply and demand dictates that if we use less, the price will go down. But, Americans are ADDICTED to their cars (like me, too!). We won't stop even when the price gets to $8-$10 / gallon. We want to GO!
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