2967Re: Fwd: FW: Gas War-It is worth a try. Please read!
- May 4, 2006FYI...
Here is what the famous "Urban Legends" website
(snopes.com) says about the gas war idea:
"Origins: This year's litany of complaints about gasoline prices
is a re-run of the same program from years past: Gasoline prices in
the USA are too high; gasoline is a unique commodity whose price
isn't subject to the usual market forces of supply and demand; OPEC
and greedy American oil companies secretly manipulate the market to
keep prices artificially high; and a simple boycott of a couple of
brands of gasoline will rectify all
Oil companies can manipulate their prices somewhat by controlling
how much gasoline they produce and where they sell it, but they
can't alter the basics of supply and demand: prices go down when
people buy less of a good, prices go up when people buy more of a
good, and prices go way up when demand outstrips available supply.
The "gas out" schemes that propose to alter the demand side of the
equation by shunning one or two specific brands of gasoline for a
while won't work, however, because they're based on the
misconception that an oil company's only outlet for gasoline is its
own branded service stations. That isn't the case: gasoline is a
fungible commodity, so if one oil company's product isn't being
bought up in one particular market or outlet, it will simply sell
its output to (or through) other outlets:
Economics Prof. Pat Welch of St. Louis University says any boycott
of "bad guy" gasoline in favor of "good guy" brands would have some
unintended (and unhappy) results.
. . . Welch says the law of supply and demand is set in stone. "To
meet the sudden demand," he says, "the good guys would have to buy
gasoline wholesale from the bad guys, who are suddenly stuck with
So motorists would end up . . . paying more for it, because they'd
be buying it at fewer stations.
And yes, oil companies do buy and sell from one another. Mike Right
of AAA Missouri says, "If a company has a station that can be served
more economically by a competitor's refinery, they'll do it."
Right adds, "In some cases, gasoline retailers have no refinery at
all. Some convenience-store chains sell a lot of gasoline and buy
it all from somebody else's refinery."
A boycott of a couple of brands of gasoline won't result in lower
overall prices. Prices at all the non-boycotted outlets would rise
due to the temporarily limited supply and increased demand, making
the original prices look cheap by comparison. The shunned outlets
could then make a killing by offering gasoline at its "normal"
(i.e., pre-boycott) price or by selling off their output to the non-
boycotted companies, who will need the extra supply to meet demand.
The only person who really gets hurt in this proposed scheme is the
service station operator, who has almost no control over the price
The only practical way of reducing gasoline prices is through the
straightforward means of buying less gasoline, not through a simple
and painless scheme of just shifting where we buy it. The
inconvenience of driving less is a hardship too many people
apparently aren't willing to endure, however."
This being said, however, you should also know that
there is a town in the state of Texas whose Mayor
has decided that the entire town should participate
in a ban on Exxon/Mobil gas until the price lowers.
He has made this official.
So, you decide.
-- In Myotubular_Myopathy@yahoogroups.com, connie guinn
>came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton.
> GAS WAR - an idea that WILL work
> This was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It
It's worth your consideration.
>$4.00 a gallon by next summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline
> Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to
prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united
>SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was
> Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea. This makes MUCH MORE
going around last April or May!
> The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew wewouldn'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!
>is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.79 for regular unleaded
> By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50
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. One way we can 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?But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to
> Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas.
force a price war.
> Here's the idea: For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANYgasoline 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 willhave to follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach
literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers.
> It's really simple to do! Now, don't wimp out on me at thispoint...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 ussend it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000)...and so on, by the
> send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ... and those 300
time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have
reached over THREE MILLION consumers.
>friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If
> If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten
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! If you don't understand how we can reach 300million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people....
> Well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician.and I had that much potential, did you! Acting together we can
> But I am. So trust me on this one.) :-)
> 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!!! I'll bet you didn't think you
make a difference.
> If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. Isuggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR
PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY
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