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Author Topic: Boycott dosent work? How about Shop only at lowest cost. ONLY. Back to Topics
Wabbitryan

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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2013 3:45:10 PM

Ok, if everyone leaving their cars in the driveway for as long as it takes is only a pipe dream, then let us boycott the overpriced stations. Let us celebrate the lowest offer by exclusively purchasing from them. For example, Stop buying at Shell, go to the guy down the street with the one car bay and two pumps who's gas is 10-20+ cents lower.(He may be a crappy machanic but his gas is cheap) Don't even get coffee at the place that is still scraping $4.00PG--(CT peoples)--
I still support a nation wide walk out on gas till the tide turns, but too many still are too lazy to take a train or are "above" taking a bus or just don't give a s&!%....
It will never happen. So lets do what we can, Support smaller Stations who give us the best price. Simple right?
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RS101
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 7:48:45 PM

Hmmmmmmmm
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2013 4:12:54 AM

boycotting all christmas candy yet
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2013 6:31:17 PM

boycott $5 gas
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2013 7:44:01 AM

It si not just a "morally compelling reason", borsht. If the boycotters can replace the product, a boycott can work. People replaced grapes with other fruits during Chavez' call for a grape boycott, and the table grape industry felt the effect. While I disagree with your example of colonial boycotts (too simple a statement of a complex issue) the colonists replaced the goods with smuggled versions and substitutes for the items.
Gas is a commodity, and one for which there is not an easy substitute. Different kettle of fish altogether.
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borsht
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:27:51 AM

There has to be a morally compelling reason for a boycott to work.
A few that have worked.

1769, in opposition of "taxation without representation," Colonial boycott of British trade goods.

1830 - boycott of slave-produced goods.
the boycott of Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott, an English land agent in Ireland who was subject to a boycott organized by the Irish Land League, 1880

the boycott of British goods in December 1921 by Mahatma Gandhi know as the swadeshi policy. Gandhi also urged people to boycott British educational institutions and law courts, to resign from government employment, and to forsake British titles and honours.

but for frivolous things like the price is too high. Just economics and market force work well.
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cv
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 5:51:14 AM

I check out GasBuddy when I am out on errands and need gas, buy the cheapest along my route.
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22ryd
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 2:29:18 PM

That's why were on Gas Buddy site
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dakar232
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 8:13:36 AM

don't overpay
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2013 7:47:08 AM

i use this site to look for the lowest price along my commute area
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2013 4:02:06 PM

67Leafs,

Is there some reason you decided to spew the same rehashed and debunked junk in the boycott forum today?
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67Leafs
All-Star Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2013 11:52:41 AM

I agree with "Mikey". There is a way to lower prices but people will not try. Give your head a shake. People don't care, they just pay the price at their favourite station.
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phat14u
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2013 3:55:39 AM

Duh...
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Mikeyl
Champion Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:19:25 PM

Uh... we've all been preaching this for years.

Shop where the price is lowest.

The problem is people are stupid. People want convenience. They won't put five minutes into using this site or five extra minutes to drive to a different station that has a lower price.

Thus, why stations along the highways are always higher and always are busy.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 7:53:45 PM

"How about Shop only at lowest cost".

That is brilliant. Pure genius.
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reefer01
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 7:44:24 PM

First...you have to decide what and why your are "boycotting" anything! What you are doing is saying, "I will not pay high prices." BINGO...boycott the high prices...buy the cheapest gas. Even THIS has to be moderated. For instance you cannot travel 3 or 4 miles out of your way to save 5 cents a gallon. Even if you get 20 miles per gallon, 8 total miles out of your way amounts to about $1.50 with gas prices what they are right now. And even if you bought 30 gallons, at a savings of 5 cents per gallon...you just break even. The gas stations don't really care WHAT or WHOM you boycott. Their volume sales remain constant...until people ALL start driving less.
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LgoodA
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2013 3:21:23 AM

I usually only buy the amount of gas I'll need for the next day or 2. I don't like to fill up because I'm afraid the prices will fall the day after I fill up and I would regret it...and because I like visiting my friends at the gas stations.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 4:19:34 PM

Boycotts don't work in any form...........
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2013 6:23:06 AM

I've been boycotting since Tuesday, but it has not driven down the price. I may have to give this strenuous effort up next week. Or in about 200 miles, whichever comes first.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:00:29 PM

I boycotted yesterday and gas fell $0.06 per gallon for today. Imagine that!
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FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:07:47 AM

I did a "short term" boycott when MN gas went over $4... vowed not to buy any $4+ gas... so last time before the spike I filled at $3.48; then I made an extra effort to not drive until the spike went away; the next time I filled at $3.92. Now it's $3.74 and slowly falling...
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dieharder
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 11:43:15 AM

Where do you think the independents get their gas from?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 8, 2013 6:29:10 PM

urpostman:

You wrote: "I agree stay away from the majors support the independant...."

I suppose you're going to start posting prices for independents in order that your fellow Gas Buddy members will know where to shop?

Posting considerably less than a price a week, something like 100 prices in well more than two and a half years, isn't helping get the word out very much about how the "independents" are competitive.

Of course reviving an old discussion isn't helpful, especially when you're agreeing with the member who started this topic two months ago and still has only one gas price to his credit.



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urpostman
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Message Posted: Jun 8, 2013 5:04:00 PM

I agree stay away from the majors support the independant....
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 6:12:15 PM

Don't be so hard on yourself R209. Did you try reading the OP?
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R209
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 4:45:05 AM

This post was NOT well thought out at all.
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Bill0925
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2013 10:17:07 PM

Unfortuately, most cities are not mass transit friendly enough to allow many people to stop driving. Going for the lowest price at least rewards those stations
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ripoff1
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2013 8:52:19 AM

Jokers
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ripoff1
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2013 8:52:04 AM

it's all B S
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2013 6:44:50 AM

Wabbit, please let us know when you find a station where the gas price is legally 20 cents lower than all the competition on a consistent basis. Because human nature will have everyone go to that cheap station and avoid the high prices, which in turn will force the high prices down.
As has been suggested here many times before, why not open a station if there is such a huge profit margin? Free money, right?
Here is a better idea - go talk to a real live station owner about his costs.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 8:58:47 AM

First and probably only post! More evidence new members should not be allowed to start topics.
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 8:51:55 AM

"I still support a nation wide walk out on gas till the tide turns, but too many still are too lazy to take a train or are "above" taking a bus or just don't give a s&!%...."

Another newbie who found the Boycott forum and decided to make their first post here, with some of the same rehashed, misguided ideas. Please understand that the Boycott forum has become a collection point for unworkable schemes and gimmicks. I would suggest you browse through the many pages of threads in this forum to see that boycott calls have been suggested many times before. I wish they'd just delete the entire Boycott forum, as it's become nothing but a wasteland of bad ideas. But let's address a couple of your points.

First, you are suggesting buying gas at lower priced stations. I'm pretty sure that's why this site was created.

Second, it's rather naive to think that most people live where train or bus service is available. And it's pretty condescending to call those people who don't live where mass transit is available "lazy" or "above" using something that doesn't exist, or that they, put more politely, just don't care. So, just how are people without mass transit available supposed to participate in your proposed nationwide walk out on gas?

And to my first point, the ability for people to find the lowest priced stations in their area depends almost exclusively on members posting accurate prices for the stations in their area. I realize you've only been a member for a day, but I trust you'll be frequently posting prices in your area so your fellow members will know where the lower prices are, right? We've had far too many people post boycott ideas here and never post a single gas price. Please don't be one of those people.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2013 6:18:07 PM

It's one thing to buy gas from "the guy down the street with the one car bay", but chances are the guy down the street isn't 10-20+ cents lower, as you say he is. And, most of us on Gas Buddy are buying from the the lowest priced station, or at no worse than buying from a competitor that's within cents of "the guy down the street with the one car bay", whether it's for believed quality issues, or simple convenience (whether it's in-out/pump access, or in-store facilities). Most Gas Buddy members don't deliberately or intentionally buy from the higher priced station.

That said, buying "exclusively" from the lowest priced station doesn't always make sense. If you're buying gas that sells for about $3.60 a gallon, and you're honestly getting 20 miles to the gallon, each mile you drive, whether or not it's out of your way, costs you 18 cents worth of gas. So let me give you a scenario.

You need about 10 gallons of gas for your weekly fill up. You can buy gas at the gas station next to you, selling for $3.60 a gallon, or you can buy gas just two miles out of your way (not very far) for $3.50. You're suggesting, if I understand correctly, that you would buy from the $3.50 a gallon station. So instead of spending $36.00 for 10 gallons of gas, you'll buy it for $35.00, saving a dollar on a 10-gallon fill-up. Is that right?

Of course you haven't deducted the cost of fuel to drive the two miles to the lower priced station, and the two miles from the lower priced station to your home. Those two miles miles each way, 20 miles to the gallon at $3.50 a gallon, costs you $0.175 per mile, meaning you spent, just driving that short a distance, $0.70, meaning by driving out of your way, you saved $0.30. And, if you drive further than two miles, or if you get lower fuel economy, or if the price difference isn't that large (10 cents), then you're savings is even less, and may, in fact, end up costing your more in driving fuel than you saved at the pump.

Further, if that 30 cents savings a week on a 10 gallon fill-up is that significant, I hope and/or assume that you're equally as price conscious on everything else you buy, not wasting a penny on anything else. For example, buying a 99 cent bottle of water will use more than what you save on three fill-ups. And chances are your cell phone bill, or your cable TV bill, or your unlimited texting and/or internet bill cost a lot more than if you had the absolute minimum of plans. And, chances are you bought a little more car than you absolutely need, and paid a considerable amount for your car, and the financing, all of which cost a lot more than the few cents price difference at gas pumps. And, I'm just guessing, but chances are you, your spouse, a son or daughter, drives somewhere every day, and doesn't take the most direct route possible, driving just a little bit more than absolutely necessary or required, using gas, which means using money.

Sorry, but I'm not saying don't support the smaller stations, the guy down the street, or the unbranded station. Nor am I saying that people are lazy, as you said. I'm just putting things in perspective.

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MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2013 3:54:22 PM

Is this not what we all try to do?
This is called shopping for the best price and why I use Gasbuddy.
Not everyone lives and works where alternate forms of transportation are available or can afford to be lazy and not go to work. Simple Wrong!
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