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pricewar
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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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davidvlee
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 2:53:46 PM

I have NEVER seen a gas boycott work.
john382
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 12:00:51 AM

No
Yvon2014
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 8:20:55 AM

Not for gas
Xue891
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 3:42:19 PM

Yes, but with a lot of effort.
mtnrambo
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 2:59:14 PM

it wont even put a dent
mmakuta
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 8:28:52 AM

Yes
SGLuz
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 3:36:18 PM

No
Kataman
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 9:59:43 AM

The bus boycotts by blacks in the south in the 1960s also worked.
pandora257
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 8:09:13 PM

Nope
Timons
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 12:38:17 AM


No.

The overall price of a gallon of gasoline is dependent upon the refiner's wholesale price and federal and state. taxes. A lot of gas stations are owned by individuals who make an average of a cent or two profit from each gallon.

In order to boycott a gas station - don't shop (buy food, drinks, etc.) inside the service station. (That's where the profit is made.)
ricks327
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2014 4:06:30 PM

No
cv
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 6:40:37 AM

Not in the long run.
SGLuz
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 7:46:49 PM

No
Tucsonhomes
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 11:09:40 AM

Donald Sterling
cwwilliams1978
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 11:21:51 AM

no
Treasurehuntxxx
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 1:04:01 AM

no
jdhelm
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 10:45:59 AM

no, ask my wife
pilotdlh
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 10:16:23 AM

no
dlat50
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 11:56:45 AM

no
packerfan14
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 8:55:43 PM

no
Godozo
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 11:21:51 PM

You know, I think the people who say "boycotts don't work" are just justifying their laziness.

The simple fact of people announcing that they're boycotting stuff gets corporations in action. Like I said, I've seen it with Citgo, I've seen it with B(ritish)P(etroleum) (both incomplete, admittedly, but the effects are out there) I've seen it work with Coke and other programs. It takes time and dedication – something that the "No, Boycotts don't work" crowd are lacking in.

Ask yourself, if people weren't still boycotting Citgo, would Venezuela by considering selling the company? I think not.
BPT
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 6:32:30 PM

No never,but that is because people are not tough enough to penalise the high price stations
pvdray
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 7:12:57 AM

never in my lifetime
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).

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

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

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

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

For one reason only! "DON'T TOUCH THEIR POCKET"
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
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.
dieselpower2014
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 10:07:52 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Not on gasoline.
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.
poetdog73
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 1:02:49 AM

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

no
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?
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.
sirreal1984
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2013 11:26:26 AM

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

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

Rarely
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.
bikemannc
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 4:03:58 PM

never
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.
ggg452
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 9:25:32 AM

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

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

Boycotts don't work, period.
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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