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      Did Rising Gas Prices Lead To Matthew Mcconaughey's Recent Car Sale?

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      While gas prices may not have much of an affect on the deep
      pockets of Hollywood stars, they have hit the rest of us quite
      hard-including florists and those who buy flowers from them.

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      Did Rising Gas Prices Lead To Matthew Mcconaughey's Recent Car Sale?
      Copyright (c) 2006-2008 Wesley Berry, AAF
      Wesley Berry Flowers

      Actor Matthew McConaughey reportedly sold his 1971 Corvette
      Stingray convertible on eBay for $61,600. But, it wasn't rising
      gas prices that led to the sale; McConaughey sold the car for
      charity, donating the proceeds to Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network
      for Katrina and Rita relief. While gas prices may not have much
      of an affect on the deep pockets of Hollywood stars, they have
      hit the rest of us quite hard-including florists and those who
      buy flowers from them.

      Rising gas prices affect the florists on a number of levels, such
      as deliveries to customers and shipments from wholesalers. The
      affect on florists has been so profound that it's prompted some
      to take their concerns before the House committee on Energy and

      When John R. Wilkins, AAF, executive vice president of Delaware
      Valley Floral Group in Sewell, New Jersey testified in May of
      2006, he told the committee, "Other than labor costs, perhaps no
      single factor has more power to impact the bottom line of floral
      businesses than the cost of fuel. As you buy flowers for your
      mothers, wives or daughters this coming weekend in celebration of
      Mother's Day, I am estimating that up to 50 percent of the cost
      of flowers is attributable to transportation costs. That's not
      counting the percentage that might be attributable to other fuel
      prices-heat for greenhouses and electricity for refrigeration."

      Still other florists are taking matters into their own hands in
      an attempt to reduce their costs and pass the savings on to their
      customers. Many florists have begun to invest in new vehicles
      that get better gas mileage. One such vehicle that some florists
      are swearing by for their deliveries is the Toyota Scion xB,
      which gets a reported 31 miles per gallon.

      Janesville, Wisconsin florist Tom Carlson of Fairview Florist and
      Greenhouses says he's cut his operating costs in half while
      increasing his visibility in the area. His customers say they see
      his Scion, dubbed "the chick magnet," all over town. Carlson
      had this to say of the Scion he's owned for about a year now,
      "Depreciation is less, insurance is less, maintenance is less
      and gas is less."

      Mesa, Arizona florist David Johnson, owner of Watson's Flower
      Shop, reports that he's saved more than $6,000 in gas since
      trading in his two Ford vans for two Scions last summer. The
      enormous savings is enough to cover the cost of one of the
      Scion's leases for twelve months!

      Although the Scion is smaller than the traditional vans that most
      florists use, there are ways around that, too. Tom Carlson uses
      his larger van only when he has large deliveries while in
      Melbourne, Florida Tina Stoecker, AIFD, PFCI (of Designs of the
      Times Florist) says her little Scion has just as much space as a
      van when she removes the back seat.

      No matter what business they're in, people all over America are
      looking for ways to beat the rising price of gas. Though the cost
      may lead you to sell your old gas-guzzler, if you're like most
      of us, you won't be able to donate the money to charity like
      Matthew McConaughey did-you'll have to use it to pay for gas to
      fill the tank of your new car! Or, you could use some of the
      money to buy yourself flowers as a little pick-me-up.

      Wesley Berry is member of the American Academy of
      Floriculture (AAF) and President of Wesley Berry Flowers,
      a successful multi-million dollar floral business that
      was established in 1946. He is also the developer of
      http://www.LocalNewsDelivery.com a website that delivers
      local news to over 40,000 communities across the country.
      Recently he also launched a website providing information
      about various places of worship (http://www.local-worship.com)
      throughout the United States. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on
      the web at http://www.800wesleys.com

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