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papaof5boys

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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2012 5:14:07 PM

Would a well organize boycott of all gas for a week work to drive down gas prices?
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wldhrs1
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:25:34 PM

No, but I would be willing to bet there would be a lot more people without jobs because they didn't show up for work.
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wldhrs1
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:55:10 PM

NO
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feldagast
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:35:57 AM

After the first no gas for 1 day boycott a while back we got the random price raises. Before that time you could count on gas to go up for the weekend but be lowered back down during the week, you just had to buy your gas during the week to get best bang for your buck. After the so called boycott they randomized the weekly price increase, now you never know when the price will fluctuate up.
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:23:24 AM

And yet another typical one time "Post and Run" FNG with with some lamebrain idea that's been beat to death.
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bruin19MD
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 8:09:44 PM

no, a we could not boycott long enough
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LTCBILL
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 3:04:43 PM

No, it would just cause lines when it ended
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seabrz7
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:34:50 PM

You would never get the majority of people to act in one accord.
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fire025
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 3:36:39 PM

If it would work, I would be all for it
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PaulaRed
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 11:23:37 AM

Too many people need to get to work.
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GoDukeWF
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:54:06 AM

no
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KnullaMej
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 1:01:30 AM

nope
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tasha88CA
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 10:48:54 PM

nope
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 10:46:50 AM

No way could you form a well organized boycott.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2012 3:17:35 PM

Nope...inventory is already in the tanks. All you have to do is wait it out. I would lose less money waiting than selling at a loss.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2012 1:19:58 PM

also, i wanna know, if habits include drinkin & drive'n, and text'n n drive'n?

if so, i'm in, i'll boycott that for the next 20 years - if i live that long
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2012 12:55:52 PM

W5IEM: Do you mean habbits like driving to work, school or buying food? Or habbits like providing transportation for police, firemen and medical personnel.
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W5IEM
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2012 10:53:51 AM

It would be an interesting experiment, but I don't think that American's could change their habits enough to make it work.
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Edpap
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2012 9:55:40 AM

Boycotts will not work on gasoline as long as the Big Oil companies can continue to export.
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sharoturf
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2012 5:51:44 PM

Nope
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jackster111
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2012 10:39:36 PM

The only way that prices would most likley go down is if everything from churches to walmart, fast foods, parks, work, and overall everything was shutdown and no one went nowhere during that whole week.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2012 7:52:12 PM

GB and Max, this is for you (an old joke, but - - - )

Young Chuck moved to Montana and bought a horse from a farmer for $100.00. The farmer agreed to deliver the horse the next day. The next Day he drove up and said, "Sorry, Son, but I have some bad news, The horse died."

Chuck replied, "Well, then just give me my money back."

The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."

Chuck said, "Ok, then, just bring me the dead horse."

The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do with him?"

Chuck said, "I'm going to raffle him off."

The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead horse!"

Chuck said, "Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."

A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, "What happened With that dead horse?"

Chuck said, "I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a Piece and made a net profit of $898.00."

The farmer said, "Didn't anyone complain?"

Chuck said, "Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back."

Chuck grew up and now works for the government.
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RickyBee
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2012 7:33:30 PM

No. You must understand that there will be thousands of someone's somewhere that will need to gas up sometime during the week.
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brerrabbitTX
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2012 2:22:51 PM

The idocy of the Coca Cola executives boycotte idea is that Exxon would merely sell all their gas at the wholesale level to the brand that was the benificiary of all the increased business from everyone not buying Exxon gas on the street. Overall demand would stay constant and buyers would merely shift over to a different brand. Net effect to Exxon, Nada, zip, zilch, zero! Net effect on price, nada, zip, zilch, zero.

Have fun with that now ya here!
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disciple2012
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2012 10:12:11 AM

my opinion
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disciple2012
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2012 10:11:47 AM

it might be more effective to boycott one brand of gas like Shell for a week to get them to lower their price. the problem with gas prices is that someone chooses to sell the cheapest and then the other prices are all slightly above the one who is lowest - in our area its usually Walmart that has the cheapest gas and everyone is slightly above them.
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gumper1
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 9:45:31 AM

No, some of us still have jobs, and the railroad gets pissed off if I try to jump on a box car to get to town.
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Moonechilde
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 12:08:20 AM

Unfortunately, I do not really believe that a gas boycott would work. Honestly, most Americans are too complacent to stand up for much of anything unless it would directly effect them and their lifestyles.

Do not get me wrong, I am not knocking Americans, but come on, would you follow a boycott if it meant you could not buy gas to get to work, to make the money to pay the bills or buy food for you and your family? No, you would not do it.

Really, some us live far from our jobs and have to drive long distances. Riding bicycles, walking or even trying to find some form of alternate public transportation would not really be feasible to most of us who live in rural areas. If everyone lived in a city, then it might be possible, but we do not.

What we need to do is look at ways of finding alternate fuel.

[Edited by: Moonechilde at 3/5/2012 12:11:56 AM EST]
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 1:47:52 PM

tattoo666TX: Boycotts do not work. Your idea is hardly unique. It has been proposed many times in these threads. Trying to reduce gasoline prices by taking on "Big Beer", "Big Soda and "Big Bread" does not make sense to me. It will only hurt that local businessman and will not effect gas prices. Gasoline prices will not drop because the sales of beer are down at a station.
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 1:05:44 PM

Oh I'm sure there are at least a few dipsticks out there without any form of life whatsoever who would find this hairball scheme something they'd entertain and willing to give it a try.
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tattoo666TX
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 9:32:54 AM

Not just a "don't buy gas" to get their attention. Most gas stations are now convenience stores that make more profit off of everything else they sell, like beer, soda and bread then they make on gas. They have a low mark up on gas, but if they are spending money to be open and not selling anything at all then they may put some pressure on the suppliers.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 12:37:42 AM

I agree to leaving this horse to others. The Leinies and steak sounds like a great idea.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 9:29:49 PM

jdhelm:

A similar dead horse was raised in a new thread in this category.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 7:25:04 PM

let's get a backhoe and bury this dead horse

Leinenkugles and Iowa corn fed beef steaks, after - at my house
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 4:23:27 PM

No ,most people wouldn't join a boycott and you will just buy the gas next week anyway.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 4:18:27 PM

patelsyam: Congratulations, I believe you are the first to fall for "Coca Cola executive" spam this year. Looks like you are well versed on how to copy and paste text. Perhaps now you can turn your attention to updating gas prices more frequently so that you and other members can use the information to shop for lower priced gas.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 3:05:23 PM

uffda, holy crap edith, come on over for a beer and some brats, i'm grill'n tonite
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 2:53:47 PM

patelsyam:

I'm assuming that, since you wrote "This was sent by a retired Coca Cola executive..." that the Coca Cola executive is a friend of yours who forwarded the information to you. Just asking, but the Coca Cola executive is a good friend of yours? One of the reasons I ask is because he apparently knows some other Gas Buddy members, one of who posted a similar suggestion several years ago in a different thread.

Coca Cola Executive

And, patelsyam, just for reference:

Another e-mail on Gas Buddy
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 1:56:51 PM

patelsyam,

You might want to do some research before you copy and paste forwarded spam email here again. You're just embarrassing yourself.

Snope's debunking of the Gas Out spam e-mail that gets posted here every year
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 12:17:15 PM

patelsyam - fyi, this is a very old circulated email that's been around since - ummmmmm, dust almost.

It seems old emails like this, that circulate, make their appearance about every 1.5 - 2 years as a new idea unheard of by bunches of folks.

Anyhow, when ya get time, some time, google it or Snopes it and take a gander at what ya find.

As I recall, this was first noted by Snopes around 2006 or earlier, and possibly earlier.Snopes on Coke exec
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patelsyam
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 11:52:55 AM

****THIS IS NOT THE 'DON'T BUY' GAS FOR ONE DAY, BUT IT WILL SHOW YOU HOW WE CAN GET GAS BACK DOWN TO $1.30 PER GALLON.

This was sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. If you are tired of the gas prices going up AND they will continue to rise this summer, take time to read this please.

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!

It's worth your consideration. Join the resistance!!!!

I hear we are going to hit close to $ 5.00 a gallon by next summer, and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down?

We need to take some intelligent, united action. 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 $2.00 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $3.79 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 - $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 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 wimp 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 30 people. If each of us send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x10 = 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 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 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.******

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Rubie84
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2012 6:55:36 PM

I dont know if it would work but we need something the gas prices make it hard for a college student to get back and forth to school
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Bito764
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 9:12:15 PM

I do not think it would work. The money BIG OIL makes.....one week means nothing to them. We would only hurt ourselves in the long run because any nation depends on transportation.
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 8:31:40 PM

The ONLY way to get prices to go down it so do one or both of these things:

1. stop the oil speculators from running the show on Wall Street. Take them out of the mix altogether and let the oil companies purchase oil directly from the suppliers here and around the world.

2. stop using gas. Stopping for one day or even a week won't do anything. Let's say we choose to all not get gas from Sunday to Saturday. Well, then everyone will fill up on Saturday just before the week of no gas purchases. Then, we'll all fill up on Sunday after the week is over. Sales those two days would even out the lack of sales for the week. Since we Americans CAN'T live without our cars (me included!), this is never going to change!
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 7:33:09 PM

Lightower,

"The better solution would be to not fill up, just put in $20 bucks"

OK, I give up. Why would that be any better? If prices are going up at every station in an area, wouldn't it benefit people most to "lock in" the price for a full tank by filling up at the lowest price station they could find? I could see why your suggestion would benefit people if prices were falling, but prices are going up in most places. How did you arrive at your conclusion?
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Lightower
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 5:37:05 PM

The better solution would be to not fill up, just put in $20 bucks
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 4:04:46 PM

"Sorry, but you also wrote the above in other threads, saying prices dropped within 24 hours of this "boycott" or "gas out". Can you provide any information or point of reference that shows that there was any boycott or gas out that caused a price drop? Even for a protracted or lengthy boycott of even one individual gas station?"

GB, I don't think think the Long Time Rookie(tm) Tsalagiman will be able to answer the question honestly, because we all know what he claims simply didn't happen.

And to Suzcoates, if no one bought gas for a week, how would they get to work? Are you suggesting everyone essentially go on strike for week to prove some point to oil companies and thereby, cut themselves off from the money which they would normally earn to buy not only gas, but also food, housing, clothing, etc? My head is certainly spinning, but it's from the lack of logic in your proposal. Please explain (preferably backed up with facts).
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 4:01:05 PM

IF, you ever pull it off please let me know so I can have a weeks vacation. How nice would that be? Wouldn't know, have not had one in 20 years.
I will be waiting with baited breath to find out when to be ready. Thank you soo much.

[Edited by: 1OILMAN at 2/27/2012 4:01:51 PM EST]
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suzcoates
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 12:52:55 PM

If nobody at all bought gas for a week, it would come down so fast our heads would spin. But...the problem is....people will not do it. I know I would.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 12:34:10 PM

Tsalagiman:

You wrote: " I saw prices drop five to ten cents per gallon about ten years ago during a national gas out. The gas out was publicized on the news networks, and I think that's why it worked."

Sorry, but you also wrote the above in other threads, saying prices dropped within 24 hours of this "boycott" or "gas out". Can you provide any information or point of reference that shows that there was any boycott or gas out that caused a price drop? Even for a protracted or lengthy boycott of even one individual gas station? I mean information other than "I saw..."
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Edpap
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:53:21 AM

If you had enough people that shopped at one station, it might work if you did it for a week.
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