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DrFill

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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 2:43:30 PM

Have you noticed the sudden increase in Gas prices near the end of Summer? Well, this stuff usually happens with regularity each year just before the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. This is the time when most people will be traveling up and down the roads and buying gas. The big oil companies and refineries know it and so up goes the price at the pump. The best way to deal with this situation would be a boycott at the pump on those weekends. AAA says that more Americans will be traveling this Labor Day since 2008, but the average price per gallon at the pump is now $3.72 per gallon, which is the highest it has ever been on record for this time of year. If we keep sending this kind of message to Big OIL, then don't look for any slow down on their increases in the future. People, let's break with tradition, and take your trips on other days, and quit pumping all that GAS on those holiday weekends!

The AAA article about Labor Day travel for 2012
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2013 6:01:53 PM

We should do this around every Holiday!!!!!!
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skidsteer85xt
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:03:05 PM

it takes everyone working together to make it work.
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13Octane
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 5:16:26 PM

ok
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13Octane
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 7:58:07 PM

sure, if it makes you feel better.
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 6:54:10 PM

Here's the problem DrFill. Not once has anyone who has expressed support for any of these silly one day/weekend boycotts made a case of how they would actually affect the retail market in favor of the consumer. You yourself admitted that people should just "take your trips on other days." That means YOU ARE STILL USING THE GAS! A boycott means doing without the product you are boycotting. Don't believe me? Look it up. So tell me how you are going to boycott a product when you are still using that product, and how that will lower the price. The ball's in your court, Doctor. Curious members are waiting...
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 3:14:49 PM

But if they took it out many of us would miss our daily laugh of the day comment(s).
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DrFill
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 2:28:15 PM

Well, from all the comments that I have seen on the subject it sounds like most people are against boycotts or gasouts. I would say to Gas Buddy that you should just take this Category (Boycott/Gasout Talk) out of the Message Forum. Seems like everyone is content and satisified with higher prices. Reminds me of a contented herd of dairy cows waiting to be milked everyday. The oil companies and refiners just love to read this kind of stuff, so they can raise prices anytime they want and for whatever the reason. Go ahead boys and raise them all you want as the consumers don't seem to be too much concerned and seem to be willing to pay anything that you demand. What ever happened to the good old days when people used to stand up and say "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore"
Well, I've said my piece and I'm outta here ... DrFill
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pricewar
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:36:49 AM

what will one day boycott really achieve?
they will recover that in an hours time
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 4:54:49 PM

DrFill:

Can you provide us an update on the holiday boycott?
Was it effective? Significantly or mildly?

I ask because I still haven't seen any news stories reporting the story, and I thought that as you started this thread you'd at least give us a periodic update. That's not asking too much of the person starting the thread, is it?
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2012 9:12:48 AM

Dr. Fill came up empty.
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2012 3:19:37 AM

?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 7:15:07 PM

DrFill"

Are you still with us? Still with us in the thread YOU started?

How did your suggested "let's break with tradition, and take your trips ohn other days and quit pumping all that GAS on those holiday weekends" go?

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ricebike
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 12:10:26 AM

stayed at home... so no gas on that weekend!
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 12:42:04 AM

The Boycott/Gasout Forum Motel: Where posters check out but never check back in.
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2amy
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 12:27:26 AM

I bought no gas this weekend because i didnt travel. i did take the pwc to the lake but it had half a tank and I said we can go until its out of fuel. Late in the day anyways.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2012 3:06:06 PM

Just wondering, DrFill, now that the Labor Day weekend is over.

Did you drive this weekend?
Did you notice if there was reduced gas station customers compared to other Labor Day weekends?
Have you heard anything about other people across the nation taking up your suggestion and what were the results in those areas regarding less travelling.

One of the reasons I ask is because the media, newspapers radio and television, haven't said anything about any dramatic drop in the number of Labor Day weekend drivers compared to previous years, or in comparison to the number of drivers that were expected to be on the road this Labor Day weekend. And, there doesn't appear to be any local or national drop in gas sales.

Maybe you didn't get the word out to enough people?

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danny999
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2012 8:22:25 AM

I bought NO GAS tis weekend,and will look for cheaper stations like Walmart.Opened Walmart card for that purpose.
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d_clark
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 7:52:59 PM

Not going to work.
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2012 9:32:23 AM

Government intervention distorts markets. This leads to inefficiencies and higher costs. No way around it, sportsster.
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2012 12:00:59 AM

Sporttster: You made the statement: "See the topic name? 'Should we boycott stations on Labor day' etc. This is what the threads about." Yet your first post in this thread was rather dismissive of the topic and instead pushed the idea of lobbying your representative. It is one thing to let your representative know how you feel, but it is quite another to "bug" them. Perhaps you respond positively to someone hounding you but that I know would not take kindly to it.

Your other statement, "Made my point for me GB. 'As long as I got MINE, who cares about anyone else.'" Does not make sense to me.
GB did not make your point. Rather it looks like you missed the point. If KansasGunman worked hard, earned a decent living, put his kids through college (on his own dime) and saved his money to purchase an RV for his retirement, more power to him.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2012 9:48:51 PM

"See the topic name? 'Should we boycott stations on Labor day' etc. This is what the threads about."

I know what the topic's titled but I don't understand how boycotting stations on Labor Day and Memorial Day Weekends accomplishes anything. What does boycotting stations two weekends a year do? Besides, you haven't said anything about not driving on those two days, just (apparently) not buying gas on those two days, and taking what's the current Labor Day and Memorial Day weekend trips some other time.

How does that accomplish anything in bringing prices down?

Said another way, you're suggesting boycotting gas stations on two weekends a year; what you're saying is that for two weekends gas stations can close for the weekend, and people will simply be filling up before and again after the weekend. For that matter, why not everyone boycott buying gas on Sundays, and gas stations could operate (at less cost because there'd be less operating expenses, obviously) six days a week. What you're suggesting, not buying gas on...sorry, boycotting gas stations two weekends is no different than people not buying gas on Christmas and New Year's Day, two traditionally slow gas buying days; people not buying gas on those two days doesn't impact the price of fuel at the pump, let alone cause prices to drop, just as not buying on a weekend or two throughout the year won't impact prices.

If you want to accomplish something, then take back your "People, let's break with tradition, and take your trips on other days, and quit pumping all that GAS on those holiday weekends!" Instead, say "People, let's break with tradition and don't take trips; don't drive; don't put any miles on your car or truck because that means you're using gas. Stop driving, stop using gas, so that you don't have to buy the product now or later." Then you're making an impact; you're not giving them money for the postponed trip, not giving them money at all.

Or is that asking too much of a sacrifice, because you actually have to feel an impact, not just postponement.
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Sporttster
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2012 11:44:54 PM

Made my point for me GB. 'As long as I got MINE, who cares about anyone else.' I'll continue calling and writing my Reps fighting to get gas prices down. See the topic name? 'Should we boycott stations on Labor day' etc. This is what the threads about. About high gas prices. About how it may affect people. About ways to bring the price down. Aren't there threads about how the rich don't care about gas prices? If not, make one and glory in your Benjamin's.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2012 1:43:34 PM

How do you lose your retirement? Did it run away from home? Or did someone make stupid investments like GM or clean energy? Or did they just assume the guvment will take care of them? Or did they never set aside a few bucks along the way and instead lived for the day?
In any case it should not be others people money that should bail them out. Help the helpless but there is nothing that should be done for the clueless. If they can not plan for a month how can they plan for the future? Big difference between stupid and ignorant. Most of these people are just ignorant (& selfish) and that is their own fault.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2012 12:21:25 PM

Sporttster:

You wrote, regarding KansasGunman, "Wonder how many other retirees could fill a tank that big a few times at the prices we're seeing now."

It's irrelevant how many others could afford to fill a tank that big. KansasGunman apparently decided to invest in a large sized motor home and he is apparently able to and willing to pay what it costs to operate it, including the cost of fuel.

His investment is no different than if you (or others) decided to have a personal small engine airplane or a summer home. It's his personal - and apparently affordable - choice.
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Sporttster
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 11:39:15 PM

Wonder how many other retirees could fill a tank that big a few times at the prices we're seeing now. Many folks have lost their retirement due to so many factors, the main one being a sunken economy. Think some of the differences of opinion I'm seeing on this site are from those who don't blink twice with high gas prices and those who are having a hard time filling a 20gal car to just get to work. I make pretty good money. Thankful for that but I haven't forgotten the folks who don't, who are suffering and see no respite in the face of absurdly high prices. I could be like some here, hey WHO CARES, I got MINE! I'm gonna enjoy it, to he-- with the others. I don't think that way. I feel sorry for the mom trying to make ends meet working two/three jobs having to pay out the nose for gas which is eating her budget alive. Or the retiree on a fixed income who doesn't have room in the budget to pay ever more increasing gas costs so some speculator can have another McMansion or a Oil Co. can once again post record profit after record profit. That inflames me, makes my blood boil!!!
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 6:11:30 PM

Know all about kids entering college 1OM as both our Son and Daughter were put through 100% on us...none of the freebie stuff the Govt doles out for votes or scholarship funds as we were politely informed that we were in a position to pay our own way which suited us anyway since we're never asked for or expected a handout.

Our Son is one of the Senior Managers in the Aircraft Design Engineering Division at Boeing-McDonnell Douglas in St Louis and our daughter is a Physician practicing Internal Medicine in Denver at one of the major hospitals...degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Pre-Med, followed by four year of Medical School at KU Med Ctr are not cheap even back 20 plus years ago when they received their education!

So yeah I hear ya on college expenses and Boy two daughters yet...they can be very expensive especially when it comes time to getting married but we were lucky in that our daughter wanted a small wedding much like our wedding 46 years ago and worked hard to keep the costs down.

So good luck with the upcoming college for your daughters!

Our kids paid us back in spades by growing up good and becoming responsible successful people and best of all gave us a wonderful Grandson and Granddaughter and now a beautiful little Great Granddaughter!

Gotta run...keeping an eye on the BBQ, slow cooking a nice pork shoulder roast between dips in the pool and laying about in the shade surfing the GB site on the laptop...love that WIFI!

[Edited by: KansasGunman at 8/29/2012 6:14:16 PM EST]
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 5:40:20 PM

Kansas: God love you brother....maybe one day I can do the same but with two girls just starting college it may be about 5 years out. It is also first weekend of college football. Roll Tide Roll! With a NFL caliber offensive line, experienced QB and a stable of quick & fast young receivers the opponents better have their jocks on tight or the will see nothing but a crimson blurrrr go by. Then when they throw in the prevent defense they will come eye to eye with a couple of 250 lb tailbacks and a freshman back that looks like Eric Dickerson at SMU back in the day.
If they are hitting on all cylinders I truly feel sorry for anyone who gets in their way. I don't know if I have ever seen this much talent on the offensive side of the ball. Even the pundits don't seem to realize what Saban is about to Roll out. Just remember, you heard it here first.
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 3:44:45 PM

Certainly not boycotting any services this coming weekend albeit we're staying home through the weekend as our Son and his family are driving in from St Louis Friday morning for the weekend to hunt Doves with me as this is opening weekend of Dove Season...there's hundreds flocking in the trees on our property!

Topped off the 200 gallon tank on the RV this morning with 138 gallons of ULSD at $3.95 a gallon at the Pilot Travel Center on Front St in KC in preparation for the wife and I heading for the East coast and on up to Nova Scotia in two weeks for our annual 30 day Fall color trip.

The price of ULSD in KC is actually down from $3.99 three weeks back when we returned back home from the three week trip to Glacier while attending the Sturgis Rally the first week in August.

Well, back to the pool for another lap or so as it's approaching 94° right now...tough job this retirement but I suppose some one's gotta do it!





[Edited by: KansasGunman at 8/29/2012 3:48:54 PM EST]
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 1:40:36 PM

How about we regulate how much of a raise any one person can get? Everyone starts at say $5.00/hr and each year you can only get a $0.20/hr raise no matter what job you do.
I am sure our country would thrive don't you?
If you wish to carry ideas to an extreme that is fine with me, I Aint going to bite you. Otherwise pick up your lunch bucket and go seek your fortune. Aint nobody standing in your way.
All this talk is worth diddly!
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 6:17:06 AM

"Nah, here's what I want...I want you all to continue to ignore the fact we're being eaten alive by gas prices and to believe it's all inevitable and hopeless and we'll never have any improvement or fixes and we can continue to expect this going forward. That's all."

I trust that was supposed to be sarcastic. If not, I think you left a word or two out somewhere.

"How about pushing to get battery tech improved so we can have a VIABLE electric vehicle market?"

How? Make the heads of the auto makers go "hunting" with Dick Cheney? Or is this something that the government should mandate that will make the neocons have a collective stroke and increase their claims of socialism/communism/whatever-ism?

"How about regulations on how much gas can increase in one shot?"

Price controls have been tried before. The result was shortages and long gas lines.

"It's open season right now and getting worse. How bout making speculators take delivery if they're gonna be screwing around in the oil markets, where they don't belong?"

There has been talk of this before but there are plenty of big players in the speculation market that aren't subject to US law. Oil is an international commodity. If we clamped down on speculation in our country, sellers would simply sell to buyers outside US jurisdiction, leaving us with shortages and even higher prices.

"How bout pushing for and supporting more development of alternative fuel sources including NG for cars and Hydrogen. How about MANDATING that EVERY vehicle sold hereout be E85 ready?! How about mandating that E85 be actually CHEAPER than gas and not it's bedfellow price wise? How about helping E85 become a VIABLE cheaper alternative to gasoline by giving funds to those researching how to make it from non food sources?"

I refer you back to the Cheney solution and government mandate issues. This is a matter that will have to be solved in the free market. Energy markets are very complicated. There are no easy solutions to their complex problems.

"Should I go on? .....I haven't even begun to fight yet!!!!!!!!!! "

It would be nice if you could post prices more often. That would actually help people in your area find the lowest gas prices near them.
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Sporttster
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 5:50:12 AM

Nah, here's what I want...I want you all to continue to ignore the fact we're being eaten alive by gas prices and to believe it's all inevitable and hopeless and we'll never have any improvement or fixes and we can continue to expect this going forward. That's all. How about pushing to get battery tech improved so we can have a VIABLE electric vehicle market? How about regulations on how much gas can increase in one shot? It's open season right now and getting worse. How bout making speculators take delivery if they're gonna be screwing around in the oil markets, where they don't belong? How bout pushing for and supporting more development of alternative fuel sources including NG for cars and Hydrogen. How about MANDATING that EVERY vehicle sold hereout be E85 ready?! How about mandating that E85 be actually CHEAPER than gas and not it's bedfellow price wise? How about helping E85 become a VIABLE cheaper alternative to gasoline by giving funds to those researching how to make it from non food sources? Should I go on? .....I haven't even begun to fight yet!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 1:40:44 PM

Sporttster:

You wrote: "Boy, see there's lots of people on here defending Big Oil. They must have sent moles to help defend themselves on these boards."

First, no one here is defending "big oil", whatever you mean by defending or by "big oil". What people are saying is that if you have something constructive that could work, then fine, but boycotting doesn't work unless you actually commit to boycotting, and don't use the product. Don't buy from the people you're boycotting.

As for, bugging your Congressmen and women, what good does that do if you're not offering solutions for them to consider? If you want prices to drop, and your Congressman to help, are you willing to pay higher taxes so that Federal money can be used to pay for fuel to be sold at the retail level? Are you willing to pay for subsidies so others can buy less expensive (a(t the retail level) gas?

As for moles being used by the industry, do you really believe that the oil industry, or anyone for that matter, will pay to have people monitor these anonymously posted comments and then try to "defend" the industry?
This thread has been around for about a week, and there have been about ten anonymous people posting to it, mostly one or two sentence comments. Do you really think it's worth the time and effort of the oil industry (or the ethanol industry, or Congress) to monitor this thread? You cannot be so naive as to think it's being monitored for anonymous comments such as any that have been posted here.
Second, do you really think Whether or not boycotts would work I don't personally care. I DO care that something meaningful be done to knock out Big Oil's stranglehold on our wallets and economy. Contact your Reps and hound em constantly. Bug them incessantly about the price of gas and tell them we're sending you packing if you don't listen! Make them sick of hearing from you.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 1:30:03 PM

Sporttster is going to blow a gasket over prices within the next couple a days. Just watch what happens to price...trust me.
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:21:32 AM

"I DO care that something meaningful be done to knock out Big Oil's stranglehold on our wallets and economy. Contact your Reps and hound em constantly. Bug them incessantly about the price of gas and tell them we're sending you packing if you don't listen! Make them sick of hearing from you."

OK, I'll play along. Just what are we to expect them to do? I don't see where calling them repetitively and simply saying "I'm upset about the price of gasoline!" is going to inspire them to do much, not that there's much they could do.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 7:18:33 AM

Sporttster, are you not aware that gasoline is traded on the markets worldwide? Are you not aware that oil is traded on the markets worldwide?
It is the buying and selling that creates the price, just like it creates the price of grains, currency, stocks, etc.
You really think it is possible for the US government to control the trading markets for the whole world?
It isn't a defence of the oil industry, just reality.
And by the way, you think the oil companies make a lot of money, but they have thousands of billions of dollars in investments, and when you look at the ROI, it is really not very high in comparison to many other business ventures.

[Edited by: rumbleseat at 8/28/2012 7:21:04 AM EST]
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Sporttster
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 1:23:50 AM

Boy, see there's lots of people on here defending Big Oil. They must have sent moles to help defend themselves on these boards. Whether or not boycotts would work I don't personally care. I DO care that something meaningful be done to knock out Big Oil's stranglehold on our wallets and economy. Contact your Reps and hound em constantly. Bug them incessantly about the price of gas and tell them we're sending you packing if you don't listen! Make them sick of hearing from you.
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:34:14 PM

Prices fell this year prior to and through Memorial Day, so I guess there goes your theory. I'm surprised someone who has been a member for 4+ years would still fall for this (non)boycott nonsense.
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 8:15:31 PM

Do you seriously think this would make any difference at all?
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 4:27:17 PM

That would be fine. Would not have to pay time and a half.
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HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:52:29 PM

Why? What is boycotting stations on Labor Day and Memorial Day going to do?

Is it going to hurt oil companies? NO.

Is it going to send a message to the oil companies? NO.

Is it going to hurt the owners of the station? YES.

The trend is usually that prices go down a little around a major holiday.

[Edited by: HeavyDuty_cache at 8/24/2012 4:55:17 PM EST]
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 2:34:20 PM

You do that Pilgrim...
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 1:08:02 AM

jdhelm: I'll raise my glass to Leinenkugle.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:18:15 AM

This topic is giving me gas. <flatulence sound> Oops! sorry
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CptSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 9:18:43 AM

Only way a boycot works is if you stop using a product completely. Waiting a day to buy it makes no difference.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 11:17:01 PM

googles inane . . . bet it has to do with beerthirty, speaking of, i'm buy'n - but at a BP station with sandwiches and beer, that way we can sit and watch the people who don't come to buy gas - and thereby watch the prices drop on those holiday weekendswalks off snicker'n and go'n for another Leinenkugle - come on - you guys know who ya are, i'm buy'n
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 7:33:32 AM

Wow, what stirred up the uninformed all of a sudden?
A couple of responses to the original poster, and to his first commenter
1. The original poster made false statements by claiming gas prices rise going into labor day and Memorial day. If he/she has taken just 30 seconds to use the gas prices chart on this site, this thread would not exist. Gas prices fell going into Memorial Day in 2012, 2011 and 2010. Labor day prices were flat in 2009 and 2010, and rose in 2011.
2. As everyone knows, if you purchase the same amount of a product, just on different days, you don't "send a message". You might even lower wholesale costs as fewer truckers will earn holiday rates for deliveries
3.Re futures, as has been explained many times before, oil and fuel futures lower all kinds of costs you never see. Amazon can sell Prime memberships because they contract a price with UPS, who uses futures to lock in their costs. Heating oil customers can get locked in pricing because of futures. You can get cheaper airplane tickets because the airline locks in fuel costs with futures.
Please, people,do a little research before embarrassing yourselves here.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 7:09:59 AM

Totally inane.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 5:41:43 AM

"...let's break with tradition, and take your trips on other days, and quit pumping all that GAS on those holiday weekends!"

Do you not see the stupidity and futility of what you have said? That is not a boycott. So if everybody still buys EXACTLY the same amount of gas, just on different days, the net effect on the market will, at best, be ZERO.
And it isn't tradition as such, it is the opportunity to have a long weekend trip with family and friends. Until I am King, and outlaw Monday workdays, there will only be so many long weekend opportunities.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 11:25:14 PM

If you boycott one day you will just have to buy more the next.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 10:01:39 PM

I'm not even going to go into the discussion about how futile it is to not buy gas on one given day (or several independent days) if you're not cutting back on your fuel usage, but DrFill, you wrote:

"...let's break with tradition, and take your trips on other days, and quit pumping all that GAS on those holiday weekends!"

The long weekends are the reason people can take trips, isn't it? Isn't the long weekends the reason that people take longer trips than they do on shorter weekends?

I'm sorry, but I would have expected a post like the original post (regarding "don't buy gas on these specific days...") possibly from a new member, or an inexperienced driver, but not from a long time member.
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