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Old 03-22-2004, 01:11 PM   #1
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Please read this... It'* up to people like us to make a difference... This really makes sense!

Having some control over gas prices...

I hear we are going to hit close to $1.00 a litre by the summer. (CANADIAN RESIDENCE) Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action.

Phillip Hollsworth, offered this good idea: This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas.

It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work. Please read it and join with us!

By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about 69.9 cents a litre is super cheap. Me too! It is currently 76.9 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a Litre of gas is CHEAP at 69.9, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace....not sellers.

With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing THEIR gas! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices If we all act together to force a price war.

Here'* the idea: For the rest of this year:
DON"T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are PETRO CANADA & SHELL).

If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact we need to reach literally millions of Shell and Petro Canada gas buyers. It'* really simple to do!!

Now, don't wimp out on me at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people! I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you sends it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000). and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That'* all. How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!! I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you? Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.

PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES AND KEEP THEM DOWN.

THIS CAN REALLY WORK. YOU KNOW THEY LOVE HOLIDAYS AND SUMMER TRAVELERS.

We must give it our best shot!!!!!!!



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Old 03-22-2004, 01:16 PM   #2
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Seen this before Pauly...think it really makes a difference tho?

The way the industry works is not dictated by the auto market. Its prices are driven by mass consumers like the airline industry, shipping and rail.

Octane fuel for cars is basically the crap that is left over, not the highly refined methanol and other fuels required for MASS fuel comsumption.

Its the way it is

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This one will work. The US version calls out for Exxon/Mobil. I'm doing this.

This strategy uses basic economics against them. Laws of supply and demand work very well.
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It will only work if the majority of the auto market does it. It won't the enthusiast market we're reaching right now with this is insignificant to the rest.

US gas prices are LOW. They're artificially low to promote longer commutes, and suburbs. Which isn't a good thing.
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Honestly if you could get enough people to do it, it would work. Basicly forcing there to be more supply than demand=lower prices. Bah! and I need to get gas today.
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Sorry guys, any strategy like this is bound to fail.

If you want a real solution then the real answer is to curtail your demand, even by something like a 5% reduction in demand will help keep a lid on prices. In Montréal at the moment regular gas is $0.884/litre or $2.49 US for a US gallon.

Americans are consuming record amounts of gasoline for this time year, still 2 months before what is considered peak demand period. While Americans either fly less or travel less out of the US, and they're driving begger vehicles (SUVs), the whole problem is exasperated by state regulations and additives. The US has become a boutique market for different formulations of gas depending on where you live.

There is only one possible solution at this juncture to affect pricing - to change either the supply or the demand. Since not buying from gas station or another will not change to overall demand - it'* important to do your part to reduce your overall demand.

Also, I'm not sure many of you realise that often gas stations get their gasoline from the same refinery or distributor. The additives for company X or Y are added while the tankers are being filled to meet each retailer'* formualtion requirements. This is of course only possible in areas where state regulations concerning additives like MTBE are similar.

Good luck!!!

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The larger companies have more sway with OPEC. If you don't buy gas from them, they will have to lower their prices. The other companies will have to follow suit to keep competition even.

Many of you don't remember the 'gas crunch' of the 70'*. I do. This is one idea that will work.
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Some of us are business majors In theory it'll work, but you can't get everyone to do it.

Prices for gas in this country are nothing compared to anywhere else in the world. Making less trips, being more efficient is what you really need to be concerned about.
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Jason, I'm going to have to disagree with you. Our local gas station (a Marathon) played with prices a LIIIITLE too much for our liking...so we boycotted, and prices came down.

Just think what we can do if we do this on a national level. The trick is getting this out to enough people.

Being close friends with the owner of someone who owns a gas station, i hear about the things that cause gas price fluctuation within the COMPANY, not just the station...and one reason is a boycott due to customer dissatisfaction.

--Christine
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I'm not arguing on whether the plan would work. It does work. But getting people to do it over a long enough time, and in enough areas is my point.

Economically it'* a very sound plan, but it'd cost a lot just to get everyone going on it
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