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I got this in an email. Figured I would share it with the 10,000+ members here. If you can, pass it on.

>Join the resistance!
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>I hear we are going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the summer. 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.
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>Please read it and join with us!
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>By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super
>cheap. Me too! It is currently $1.97 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 gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50- $1.75, 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!
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>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! 's the idea: For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY
>gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and
>MOBIL. 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 Exxon and Mobil gas buyers.
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>It's 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!!
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>I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send 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!!!
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>Again, all You have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all. (If you
>don't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to do is
>send this to 10 people.... Well, let's face it, you just aren't a
>mathematician.
>
>But I am ... so trust me on this one.)
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>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 I 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 TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN.
>THIS CAN REALLY WORK.
 

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I'm from Canada but I'm sure this'll work in the states too...All the retirees get together and find the highest gas price in town, then they all get in a line and pump gas into their tank $1 at a time...it costs the companies more that way and then they lower the price...works here so I figured I'd share it
 

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Where do you think the off-brand stations get their gas from? That's right, the big boys. Sorry, this idea won't work as long as you use as much gas as usual. Less demand (overall) is the only way to reduce prices. It's capitalism, remember?
 

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Originally posted by Smilingoat@May 24 2004, 05:45 PM
i get shell, its the cheapest around here, 2.27

ive seen some chevrons at about 2.59 for regular... this sucks...
I was lucky enough to buy Supreme at $2.69 today.. at Chevron.
For me... I think my limit is at around the $3.00 limit for Supreme.... which I still think will happen by the end of the summer.
 

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a few weeks back a guy in toronto filled up with $25 of gas and slapped $20 on the counter. he left his name and number and told the kid behind the counter he could call the cops if he wanted. he did, and they eventually got the $5 (from the guys son, i believe).

brilliant man. i don't like the price of beer... i'd rather pay a buck a bottle... so i'm gonna go to the beer store tonight, grab 12, and drop 12 loonies on the counter. can't fault that logic, can you?!?

even more than the high price of gas, the ever-changing price bothers me. but if i pump $25 of gas, i'm obligated to pay that price. not paying is stealing, and screws up some kid behind the counter, and the owner of the gas station at the end of the day, not the gas company. did he think this $5 was deducted from a gas company exec's bank account, who noticed immediately and thought long and hard about the message being sent?

the only thing this'll do is force gas stations to make you pay for your gas before you pump it (which they do around here at some stations late at night). which is rather inconvenient (i buy a pack of gum with every fill up).

gas is increasing in price. go buy a bicycle.
 

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This idea has been going around in e-mails for years. Obviously if it hasn't work yet, it's not going to. The only thing that will drive gas prices down are government regulation or a real alternative.
 

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This idea would drive your local Exxon/Mobil station owners out of business and that's about it. I don't think that's what we want.

This idea has only slightly more merit than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" scheme.
 
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