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Joined:Feb 2012
Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 10:03:18 AM

Yes I have seen it work when we boycotted the Citgo station in Danville, Il when Chavez bad mouthed the US a few years ago. That station had to close due to lack of business. I will not buy Venezuela's gas even today. Their new President doesn't like the US either, just our money.
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Champion Author North Carolina

Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: May 4, 2014 1:07:04 AM

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Champion Author Kansas

Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 8:57:10 AM

We don't boycott squat as it would be akin to shooting ourselves in the foot with three pumpheads on our 180 acre property fully operational and each one bringing in nearly 100 barrels per month.

The 12% per barrel rate royalty the Oklahoma company pays us makes up a healthy percentage of our retirement.

[Edited by: KansasGunman at 4/9/2014 8:59:34 AM EST]
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Champion Author Wilmington

Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 7:10:26 AM

Let's be clear about boycotts "working". If the goal is to remove a single freestanding business, then a large enough group can, over time, have an effect. After all, a gas station is a very low profit margin business. However, the sales from that station went to another station, and did nothing for the price of gas.
I'd even argue that in a way it RAISED the price of gas. With one less competitor, the other area stations could possibly add a tiny amount to their price. And some customers had to detour out of their way to purchase fuel or convenience items, meaning net fuel burned increased, which always leads to higher prices.
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Champion Author Gary

Joined:Dec 2010
Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 11:32:26 PM

I've seen Citgo Truck stops change to Road Ranger truck stops, then find themselves forced to defend their new brand when the rumors morphed to call Road Ranger Stops another name for Citgo.

I've also seen BP stations change their brand name or soft-pedal their BP connections after the BP boycott. I also saw a letter from a company that apologized for having picked BP, saying that it appeared to be the best choice years ago and that it would be expensive to change brands at that time.

I've also seen the advertisements these two companies (Citgo and BP) put up in the years after the boycotts started. Citgo now consistently hits on the local angle, and BP advertises heavily for the Gulf Coast.

So yes, boycotts work. They'd work better if people were willing to stick by them longer – South Africa succumbed mainly because people boycotted them and companies that were related to them for decades. Cries for one-day boycotts only make people laugh, dedicated boycotts make people wonder, then change.
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