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urpostman

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Calgary

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Message Posted: May 31, 2012 7:17:01 PM

The world Economy is on its ass...the price of gas is to the moon..absolutely no reason but GREED...now the oil companies are using Brent crude as a yardstick...there is very little Brent coming to this side of the Pond...all BS...North American gas prices have always been based on West Texas Crude...yet both American and Canadian Governments are tight lipped grabbing all the Taxes the can....we have 2 vehicles and one has been parked since mid January...next step its up for sale...looking more and more like public transit is becoming the choice of getting around...walking is healthy too...what are the oil Companies going to do when the EU collapes and eventually spreads here poor babies...insteadd of making Billions they will have to settle for Millions as of this date gas prices in Calgary should be around .80 cents a litre....now the other vehicle moves when it is absolutely necessary
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 1:01:03 PM

urpostman: Before you go postal on us why don't you build or buy a station? I mean why live on a postmans salary and benefits when you could be making all that money as a station owner? Just ask your local banker, they will throw money at you all day long. It costs virtually nothing to operate it too. You need a machine to count all the money. And those credit card fees, no worry mate, your customers will gladly pay for them.
What could be more lucrative with less work? You know, it is pure greed.
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chrissy1971
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 12:29:38 PM

I live in a city where the public transit system is pathetic, there is one bus and if you need to get anywhere, you either have to walk or take a cab. And the bus stays on one route, and is done by 6pm, so if you work anywhere off the main route, you are out of luck. It makes it impossible for anyone here to go anywhere other than the mall. Sad, but true.
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13Octane
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 7:59:32 PM

gas prices are decreasing here in northwest tucson. so... not sure what to do
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rumbleseat
Champion Author Winnipeg

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Message Posted: Jun 8, 2012 5:49:45 AM

"grandiose closing of Shell Service Stations ..Do you really think they are not profitable."

If you had been lurking on the site, which is recommended by pretty much every forum on the internet, you would realize you have not only missed the point, but the facts as well.
Retail gasoline sales profits are extremely small, so oil companies have been shedding the retail operations. Most stations are now franchises, or owned by chain stores such as Safeway, or Co-Ops, plus a smaller number of stations attached to car washes.
They make their money off snacks, cigarettes, milk, lottery, accessories, car washes, etc, all things oil companies aren't interested in operating.
Know why a bunch of Esso stations closed? They were franchises on land leased by Esso (Exxon in the US). Know why some other Esso franchises are still open? They are on land leased by the franchise holder, or, in some cases, owned by the franchise holder.
Some of the stations being closed by Shell have tanks over 20 years old. Current environmental regulations make replacing those tanks VERY expensive, so if a station isn't doing at least 5 million litres of gasoline annually, replacing them would take longer to pay off than the life of the new tanks.
We have lost stations of ALL brands, including independents, annually, for some years, as it becomes economically impossible for some of the smaller dealers to keep it up. That is why every new station, whether it is a Co-Op, a Flying J, a Shell, or whatever, has a nice new store the size of a 7-Eleven, selling snacks, frozen foods, milk and bread, party supplies including ice, and lotteries, often a touchless car wash, and/or a restaurant, usually of the fast food variety, like A&W or Tim Horton's.

[Edited by: rumbleseat at 6/8/2012 5:59:48 AM EST]
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Michael29644
Champion Author Greenville

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Message Posted: Jun 8, 2012 12:00:39 AM

"Thanks for the feedback ..so far most of you have missed the point"

No, I think you missed the point. You posted an off-topic rant in the wrong forum about something you obviously don't understand. And on top of that, you've been a member for almost 21 months and have, by my calculations, only posted ONE price in that time. What are you doing to help your fellow Canadians find the lowest fuel prices in your area? Your complaining here isn't helping anyone. Your post is what's ridiculous.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2012 7:49:40 PM

urpostman: you have been a member since September of 2010 and so far (2/290) this is the extent of contributions to this sight? Contribute something of value that other members can use by posting some gas prices.
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urpostman
All-Star Author Calgary

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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2012 1:34:22 PM

Thanks for the feedback ..so far most of you have missed the point..GREED..who in their right mind can swallow the crap thats being offered by the oil Companies as supposed justifiable reasons for maintaining artificially high prices..check out the grandiose closing of Shell Service Stations ..Do you really think they are not profitable...or is there a more sinister attempt at having us line up for gas with half the stations we had 25 years ago...
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2012 6:28:43 AM

Good for (ahem) progressive thinking.
Down in the Lower 48, any time a political type suggests putting a small portion of the funds into investments instead of just spending it, they get smashed for "attacking the elderly" and "shutting down Social Security".
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2012 7:16:31 AM

Yes, I was a little disappointed when I found out payments into Social Security weren't segregated into escrow accounts.
Our CPP has wide ranging investments from stocks and bonds to a retail chain and shopping malls.
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catfish99
Champion Author Wilmington

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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2012 6:32:52 AM

rumble, you surely have the better pension system. Down here the whores in Washington DC use the SS money for general funding, which means they can pass more projects to benefit their contributors, who in turn make the congressmen rich.
nNice deal if you are one of the chosen few.
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rumbleseat
Champion Author Winnipeg

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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2012 8:14:08 PM

Yes, our fuel taxes are higher, but we have a larger country than the US with 1/10the taxpayers. We also have guaranteed access to health care insurance, higher wages in many low wage sectors such as pump attendants and waiters/waitresses.
Unrelated to gas tax, we also have a Canada Pension Plan that is actually securely funded, as premiums paid do NOT go into general revenue and pension payments don't have to be paid ongoing from taxes collected.
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inventorymaster
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2012 9:33:13 AM

Canadian taxes on gasoline is ridiculous. But nothing can be done with the price fixing corruption between government and gas refining companies.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2012 3:01:21 PM

Rumbleseat: Just seems like the real "off the wall comments" are more prevalent with these rookies from Canada. Just good natured ribbing you know? Like women jokes or redneck jokes or yankee jokes.
How do you set the time on a womans watch? You don't, there is a clock on the stove.
How many men does it take to open a beer? None. It should be open when she brings it to me.
What is the last thing you hear before a redneck has a terrible accident?
Watch this!!!
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rumbleseat
Champion Author Winnipeg

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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2012 5:19:34 AM

Come on 1OILMAN, what the heck is it about you that you have to make such ignorant comments about Canada?
You want to rip on the poster of a post you find ridiculous, fine. Many posters ask for a rip.
I can find lots of stupid posts by Americans too, but I would NEVER make a reply like "USA. You guys crack me up", because I didn't like the post.
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1OILMAN
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2012 1:10:36 PM

Canada, hehehehehe. You guys really crack me up. Keep it up and you will be mentioned in the same breath as Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. Although they need some company I would really hate that kind of comparison.
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ihategoldmansac
Rookie Author San Francisco

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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2012 1:03:39 PM

why does gas cost more in sf than honolulu????
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HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2012 8:48:44 AM

Fuel prices around here have been going down, down, down.....

Every day they drop a few ยข's.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2012 6:46:29 AM

Yet more evidence why new members (based on point total) should not be allowed to start new topics.
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2012 6:45:59 AM

Gee, I wonder what the effect of the 3rd largest refinery in the west being offline due to fire has on prices?
I see gas supplies are at a 20-year low in the the Northwest. Nah. Couldn't be supply and demand. Has to be greedy BIG OIL.
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2012 1:11:33 AM

It's kind of hard to take someone seriously when they obviously have no interest in the main intent of this site. Learn something about the energy markets, post some gas prices, then check back with us. Maybe by then we'll be in a mood to listen to your silly rants.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 31, 2012 9:05:30 PM

As this is a category to discuss boycotts, etc., am I missing something? Is there a suggestion or comment regarding boycotting?

I have to agree with maxstar. After nearly two years membership ll you can contribute to the website, to your fellow members, is one gas price and an rambling diatribe?
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maxstar
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Message Posted: May 31, 2012 8:38:15 PM

urpostman: you have been a member since September of 2010 and so far (1/270) this is the extent of contributions to this sight? Contribute something of value that other members can use by posting some gas prices.
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