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Joined:Dec 2010
Message Posted: May 5, 2014 12:15:20 AM

There are three Citgo stations in the local area that have shut down recently. All three of them have the newer designs on their signs and elsewhere that can be seen from off the road.

Now you can argue that other things may have closed the Citgo stations down, and considering two of the locations, I'm sure they can be considered true. What CAN'T be doubted, though, is that the boycott has gone from being talked about to being a long-term change in brand choice, with the Citgo brand losing out.

Now, you can't boycott on prices – I agree that it's one singular market. However the Citgo boycott (and the BP boycott) has nothing to do with prices – it has to do with justice. People boycotting Citgo don't want any part of their money going to Venezuela to support their non-capitalist-exploitation brand of government, and that has an effect on Citgo stations. Stations that may have stayed open without the boycott.

Boycotts work – you just got to ask what you're boycotting for. (and if it's just price, it ain't going to work).
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Champion Author Greenville

Joined:Jan 2011
Message Posted: May 10, 2014 11:28:42 PM

"What CAN'T be doubted"

Actually, it very much can be. If people didn't want their money going to "non-capitalist-exploitation" governments, we wouldn't be importing a drop of oil from a long list of countries. You seem to be confusing coincidence with cause and effect.

Meanwhile, enjoy some reading material.

Snopes article on misguided Citgo boycotting
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