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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:33:13 AM

Why do you think a boycott will work against a millionaire?
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borsht
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 11:27:06 AM

It seemed to have worked in Boston in 1773.

The Colonists were livid, and reacted in what passed for ‘immediately’ in Colonial times. New York and Boston boycotted all British goods in August 1768. Philadelphia joined in March 1769, and by that October the boycott spread to New Jersey, Rhode Island and North Carolina. Seeing the Colonists united in their opposition to the Townshend Acts, King George III sent more troops into the Colonies, insisting that you can put a fire out with gasoline, if you just throw it hard enough.

1955: In 1955, Rosa Parks was riding a bus home from work and was ordered to yield her seat to a white passenger. This was Alabama law at the time, and some black men had already started toward the back to make room for her in the ‘Colored’ section. But Ms. Parks refused out of principle, and authorities arrested her.
News spread fast, and community organizer Jo Ann Robinson distributed a pamphlet stressing an overlooked economic point: blacks were ¾ of the Montgomery bus clientele. Blacks had more power than they thought, if they had the courage to wield it.

In 1980 The U.S. and several other nations boycotted the Olympic games.
NOTE: Besides the athletes, do you know who the real loser of the 1980 boycott was? Broadcaster NBC, which paid $85 million for the TV rights. That price tag included $61 million to the Russians, who saw no need to give it back. Fortunately, some finance whiz at NBC thought to insure the project with Lloyd’s of London, and NBC only ate about $4 mil.)
The Soviets returned the favor in 1984, and passed on the summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. They issued a statement saying that the Soviet Union would boycott the 1984 summer games due to ‘chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria being whipped up in the United States.” Thirteen Soviet allies joined the boycott.

NOTE: The real loser of the 1984 boycott was McDonald’s, which held an American promotion promising a free Big Mac for every gold medal the US won. With no ‘roided out’ East Germans or Russians around, the US breezed to over 90 gold medals, triple the amount McDonald’s budgeted for. (Guess they didn’t have a finance whiz –or a sports fan– in the Promotions department).

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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 6:57:03 PM

Yes!:)
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ericmok
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 9:30:31 PM

Nope
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luvmyburgi
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:36:21 PM

No
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hyewiz
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 1:48:48 PM

For one reason only! "DON'T TOUCH THEIR POCKET"
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killer43338
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:50:59 PM

will never work unless you target a specific chain. and the boycott needs to be longer then just a few days too. boycott lasting a month or two and possibly longer would be required to start seeing any kind of result
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mom2mutts
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 6:27:51 PM

I don't think enough people will band together to make one work, although I wish it would.
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dieselpower2014
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 10:07:52 PM

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05FLHRI
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2014 8:36:39 AM

Nope
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 5:12:00 PM

Yes, when people stick together.
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jscargo411
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:29:04 PM

Not that I have seen
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karl13
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 12:32:43 PM

not really
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:16:46 AM

Not on gasoline.
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2013 5:46:32 PM

We had s strike at Briggs & Stratton it worked but it did take Time and we all stuck together.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 1:02:49 AM

never after 2-3 days.
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thebrohta167
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2013 12:30:27 PM

no
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2013 6:48:33 PM

Gas boycotts do not work so the effort would be a waste of time but for arguments sake lets say you were able to run a brand out of business. Do you really think that with less competition prices would drop?
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shalom7784
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2013 6:45:14 PM

The key is to boycott united. Pick one brand then boycott it for 6 months. One day, one week or even a month will not work. Make sure the protest is legal then convince motorist driving in to seek a smaller mom and pop alternative. Many on the gas stations are owned by franchisee who pay a fee to display the corporate logo.

If they see particular brand is not profitable they will switch to another. All they do is switch the branding everything else remains the same.

So in short term nothing will make a change only brand change. you can probably run one brand out of business, but not the entire industry. The demand is so high. The product will be bought at one point.
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sirreal1984
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2013 11:26:26 AM

No
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mincemeat26
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2013 9:59:25 AM

no
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mojo803
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2013 12:37:20 AM

Rarely
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bikemannc
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 4:04:51 PM

actually the gas is just to motivate you to buy the higher margin priced food items and cigs / beer.
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bikemannc
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 4:03:58 PM

never
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Gidzmo
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:24:03 PM

Sometimes a boycott will work. If nothing else, it gets the opposing sides to talk to each other.

I do notice that there aren't as many gas stations here in CA as there used to be. As I remember, Gulf and Esso used to be in CA, as well as Texaco. Haven't seen the first two in years, and I think there might be one or two Texacos left.
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ggg452
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 9:25:32 AM

Not practical.
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mincemeat26
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 5:24:42 AM

no
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 5:56:50 AM

Boycotts don't work, period.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 11:16:30 PM

So the evidence of a successful boycott is some franchisees switching brands? Beyond the local business, how has this "boycott" impacted BP?
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Godozo
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 7:43:32 PM

Does anyone remember when Citgo had its hand in Truck Stops?

Well, there was a sudden rumor that Citgo, being owned by Venezuela (a truth), was subsidizing Hugo Chavez's wild socialist agenda. The right stood right up and declared "Time For A Boycott."

After a few weeks all the Citgo Stations (and a few other companies) changed over to Road Ranger. And when the rumor mill morphed to say "Road Ranger is Citgo," there were signs up on the Road Ranger stations that said "WE ARE NOT CITGO. WE ARE OUR OWN BRAND."

A few weeks later you suddenly got ads on the car side talking about independent dealers selling their brand of gasoline.

So yeah, Boycotts work. At the least, they have their effects.

[Edited by: Godozo at 12/8/2013 7:49:00 PM EST]
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Godozo
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 7:39:18 PM

Some incomplete evidence in favor of boycotts working:

I remember a group of left-leaning people talking about boycotting BP for their Gulf spill. Needless to say, the paid flack shouted back, as did many who gleefully moaned that boycotting BP was less than useless.

Well, since that time I've seen BP stations become Shell stations (or some other brand). A couple other stations I knew that were full Green-and-Yellow BP station went instead to Luke Blue for their facade and identification, identifying as BP only at the pumps and price signs.

I also remember stickers on the BP station doors thanking their customers for sticking by them, something that would never had happened if the pressure wasn't there. There was also a letter from Fair Oaks Farms talking about their decision to go BP years ago and how expensive it was to break from that lease – they actually felt a need to apologize for having put up a BP station, a decision they had made with pride when the station got put in a few years before.

So I would say yes, a boycott can work. It has to be focused, willing to keep advocating for its own cause and willing to stay with the long run, but it can work.

(Whether it did harm BP can be debated, as their refining business went along as normal, with but a small drop from their additive business and (sizable for its size) drop off in income from BP branded stations. But still, I saw the effect, Boycotts properly done can work.)

[Edited by: Godozo at 12/8/2013 7:48:14 PM EST]
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SigIslander
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 7:26:46 PM

Yes, boycotts work. You can not boycott a monopoly if you depend on it
for you livelihood other then do without it. Just because we can not see
the changes doesn't mean there isn't anything happening. When you look
across a wide meadow, you also don't see the 20,000 ants talking off with
a picnic lunch, you just see the picnic lunch.

Not using it has the same impact as boycott. Reducing your need, using an
alternative and the like has an impact you can see right away, your wallet.

This and a boycott doesn't start to roll down a hill like a avalanche,
it begins with a single pebble rolling.
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mincemeat26
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 5:30:24 PM

Agree that boycotting does not work, Very few people will sacrifice convenience of using a nearby station for a period of time in order to make a statement. We;ve gotten too lazy, Mincemeat 26 is in intensive care. posted by wife. Thanks to all who sent kind msgs.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 4:23:18 PM

How about some examples of gas boycotts working RS101?
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RS101
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 9:59:41 AM

Of course....think back to the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
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minookaband
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 10:54:31 AM

no
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 11:42:24 AM

No and often it has had the opposite effect.
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bubbavrs99
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 9:54:26 AM

Boycotts do not work, all it does is delay people putting gas in their tank by a day.
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probedjg2013
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 7:53:49 AM

no
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karl13
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 4:30:32 PM

no
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minookaband
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:27:32 AM

no
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mohrorless
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 6:20:18 AM

The only way a boycott would actually work is if its totally against a specific station or brand (Mobil, BP, etc). It would not work against the industry, we are too dependant on gas for it to last.
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justinemt14
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2013 2:50:19 PM

Nope.
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WTYeti
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 8:37:41 AM

No everyone fills up right before and right after the boycott, face it we are addicted to fuel.
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TrailriderMO
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2013 12:53:21 PM

No, never seen one work.
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thebrohta167
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 11:04:47 AM

no
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DaveyB230
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2013 2:58:44 PM

Once upon a time boycotts could have an effect. Through mergers and price cooperative price control and trading that are technically illegal boycotts can no longer be an effective tool to force price drops. Free trade is dead in the oil industry.
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leo3614
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2013 9:01:38 AM

I have seen text messages being sent around/forward wanting to boycott but never seems to be successful.
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2013 6:43:18 AM

"YES...70's & 80's!"

Your boycott of the 70s and 80s didn't make them go away, they were always going to be replaced by the 90s, and then the 21st century!
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atdes
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2013 10:40:06 PM

no
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No
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