Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:00 am Post subject: Lowering Gas prices!
THIS IS NOT THE 'DON'T BUY' GAS FOR ONE DAY, BUT IT WILL SHOW YOU HOW WE CAN GET GAS BACK DOWN TO $1.00 PER LITRE.
This was sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Haliburton. If you are tired of the gas prices going up AND they will continue to rise this summer, take time to read this please.
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! It's worth your consideration. Join the resistance!!!!
I hear we are going to hit close to $ 1.50 a litre by this summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down?
We need to take some intelligent, united action. 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 on and join with us!
By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $.99 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $1.28 at SUNOCO and ESSO for regular unleaded in Hamilton and Ottawa and climbing every week.
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 $.87 to .99, 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's the idea: For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), SUNOCO(PETRO CANADA) and ESSO.
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 SUNOCO(PETRO CANADA ) and ESSO gas buyers. 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!!
I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us 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 group 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!
I* 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's all!
How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!
Acting together we can make a difference.
If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we not buy from SUNOCO(PETRO CANADA)/ESSO UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $.99 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK.
REMEMBER – STARTING MAY 1st NO GAS FROM ESSO / PETROCAN / SUNOCO!
(why wait till then, get into the habit by starting now)
WORTH A SHOT! PASS THE WORD!
I only buy gas once every two weeks as it is. If my day coincides with yours, you're out of luck... otherwise, I am on board!
In reality this doesn't work anyway. Want to really stick it to oil execs? Move closer to work and/or buy more fuel efficient cars or a bike. Oil prices wouldn't likely drop anyway (Ive seen this in action with utilities like municipal water), but you'd be buying less anyway.
Around here they push water conservation quite a bit, but now that the local government (who supplies and bills for water) isn't making the same amount of money they used to (due to less sales volume), the price has gone up (because their wellhead systems do not become cheaper to maintain or construct). It's a beautiful system where have to do what you can, or you get screwed both ways (by using less efficient toilets, taps etc., AND by paying more money per unit of water you use)
Unfortunately the gas is one of those pesky inelastic products... people need gas to go to work/school/errands etc. It doesn't matter if you buy from vendor A or vendor B, if you are purchasing gas your demand is still there and will have no bearing on the overall market...
Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.
Wouldn't more fuel-efficient cars raise prices since you would buy less fuel overall?
Yes, because they'll see the demand has gone down and raise the prices to maintain their income accordingly. The beauty of it is, though you're still getting screwed, if you use less than average, you also spend less than average. It's nice to see that you're not drawing the short straw every time
We all need to buy 10mpg cars again, and fill up constantly lol
How does the 3800 with the 6 speed do for milage? I am curious.
Also, where are you on Forza? Haven't seen you since you beat my time in the Kia Cee'd. Do I have you beat you for you to come back? Because I've gotten good with manual+clutch now and may take another kick at the can
Checking FBO prices around me it'll run from $5.50 to $6.75 a gal. American for Jet-A into plane service.
If you want to point fingers at folks about the oil prices look at the folks in congress that threw out a law that helped protect and keep things reasonably priced and the oil speculators that are having a field day manipulating the market now because of it..
Last edited by 05imp on Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:22 pm; edited 1 time in total
Buying less gas does not raise the price. No retailer can get away with raising prices to offset reduced sales. The delicate balance of price/profit/sales is a difficult science. In some ways, demand has little bearing. It's a reduction in demand, which puts downward pressure on the price. That doesn't mean the price will drop though. It just reduces the max price market will bear, which is currently higher than they are charging. IOW, they will be gradually raising the price to that number by the middle of summer, despite a mild drop in demand, certainly not because of it. Reduce demand will lower that ceiling.
Avoiding a certain make of gas for a season is foling yourself. The big oil companies, are in the business of exploring, extracting, and marketing crude. Who you buy gasoline from is immaterial. Often it is a third part,y like Syncrude, that refines the oil. When you buy gas at someplace other than Sunoco or Petro Canada or Esso, that gasoline could be from oil that was extracted by one of those companies. They have other businesses too, like wax, white oils, lubes, etc, which carry a much higher profit margin. Gasoline is not their only source of income. And like I said, they often have little to do with the gasoline. All you will hurt by avoiding a brand is the retailer, who is a franchisee. That may be a mom and pop or it may be a large company.
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