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Beware 'urban legends' suggesting gas boycotts

GasBuddy Blog -- Facebook, like all other sources of social media, shares information at lightning speed, but it's up to you to determine facts from fiction. They don't have any filters for common sense through which messages must pass.

If you have email or a Facebook account, undoubtedly at some point you've received some interesting, unsolicited communication designed to help consumers become personally involved in an effort to reduce the price of gas at the pump.

The latest version arrived via Facebook this past weekend telling us "Don't pump gas on April 15, 2012". It suggested that if your tank was running low, then you should buy your gas on April 14 or today, April 16.

Oddly enough, it noted that "In April 1997...


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albert2008
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 5:35:58 AM

ok now what
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2012 12:16:14 PM

thanks
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albert2008
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2012 5:39:28 AM

not nice
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2012 2:55:54 AM

one may not, but many do. In today's world that would be called a flash mob.

[Edited by: honda0105 at 4/23/2012 5:56:20 AM EST]
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2012 9:08:49 PM

As if one buyer could make a difference.
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albert2008
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2012 11:20:55 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2012 7:58:50 AM

right...
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2012 5:20:50 AM

gasokie: to each their own, right?
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2012 4:08:51 AM

wouldn't help anyway
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gasokie
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2012 6:46:30 PM

This one keeps going around, year after year. I know one guy who is quite pleased with himself by not buying gas on Thursdays and that he is doing useful battle with the oil giants. Let him have his happiness. He also believes there is a "they" committee somewhere setting prices as they please as well as controlling every other aspect of our lives. It makes him and people like him happy. So let 'em.
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albert2008
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2012 6:02:31 AM

a week would make an impact
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2012 9:06:50 PM

danny: try again. There are very few wholesale companies left and those who are sell to many brands of gas stations.
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2012 9:00:06 PM

Danny1460
Correct, and in doing so, it generates pressure on the brand and lets them know that they can be affected negatively, like they have been doing to the gasoline consumer.
Exact pressure is just what we need!
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danny1460
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2012 1:57:10 PM

bs if you and other quit buying from that company.. The company has to drop prices/export or wholesale to other station.. Their payroll and rent goes on wether the sell or not!
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2012 2:53:08 AM

takes something that's lacking badly these days: common sense.
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2012 8:32:13 AM

wow
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2012 4:19:14 AM

Not the problem to trade oil crops after stepping out on costs.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 9:16:17 PM

repeat

[Edited by: Ray_10589 at 4/19/2012 12:16:55 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 9:10:59 PM

For People complaining that this is old news, keep in mind that this is the original article, that you keep going back to and RE-READING! It not the fault of the article.

Many complain, however when it comes to action, they complain about any proposed action!
Naysayers; always hoping something will be done, however not willing to participate.
AMERICA was born of social and political resistance; 16 Dec 1773, many a Bostonian were probably wanting a nice warm tea; however many a bundle of tea was now in the custody of Davy Jones at the bottom of Boston Harbor.
Think outside of the box, think what you can do personally to get under the skin of the oil conglomerates. Nothing illegal, NO VIOLENCE.
Think outside of the box, utilize those strong minds that purport actions.
Targeted response; only one chain, do not tell them the duration (keep them off balance)(utilize twitter to change the target).
Target one conglomerate and one only (pick the largest). IE. Target EXXON/ESSO
Disrupts their refining, the logistics of re-supplying their brand stations; Disrupts their financial side, as they may have to supply refined fuels to their over utilized competitors, with refined product at wholesale prices. Their own fleets may have to supply competitors. Piss off value is massive; imagine EXXON/ESSO chagrin, upon seeing they are making no profit and they are having to help their competitors; this will teach the industry a valuable lesson.
Even if the odd person does purchase fuel in small markets from the only brand in their area; overall it will not hurt the effect of targeting only one.
Get on board, don't whine, think, think, think outside of the box.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 4:44:57 PM

Gas boycotts are not only ineffective but even if they could be made to work the result would be a situation that does not favor fuel consumers. Anytime you introduce inefficiencies into a consumer oriented system the final product will always cost more.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 1:45:40 PM

Use less.

THE END
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 11:29:17 AM

Apparently people keep voting it up.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 10:36:19 AM

Third day of this article.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 10:14:02 AM

Except after people keep reading the same post, they begin to ignore it -- say, after the third (3rd) time or so... Lol!
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 10:03:12 AM

slow news day
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 8:48:33 AM

This is the third day in a row for this article????
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:58:41 AM

A gasoline boycott will be unlikely to work because we need gasoline.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:50:43 AM

I said the same thing to people every time this circulates. You can't fix stupid though. With all the people playing the mindless clicking games you can't expect them to not mindlessly click share on everything they see too. Social Media is worse than the email spam of years back.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:46:55 AM

I saw this yesterday, and they still don't work.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:46:52 AM

Third day of this stupid post.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:45:17 AM

It will take much, much more than this to hurt big oil.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:44:00 AM

This is at least twice now that this article has appeared on SouthCarolinaGasPrices.com. Timing the market rarely works.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:42:40 AM

3 time I see this article.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:42:35 AM

Start Carpooling and using public transport. That'll get prices down fast!
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:39:28 AM

Will not work. Gas companies do not care what day you buy gas, it could be yesterday today or tomorrow they know that if you need gas you will buy.. Now maybe if you boycott one brand it work for awhile..
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:38:14 AM

I agree with Grumpycat.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:36:13 AM

Again, old news
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:35:50 AM

No gas boycott will work unless one can reduce consumption by half for at least a month.

And even then it will not be effective unless consumption rises when/if prices fall.

Prices will not fall unless consumers demonstrate much greater price sensitivity than just complaining on gas price web blogs.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:35:16 AM

nothing new....
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:33:37 AM

When will it be new news ????
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:33:28 AM

This article has been up here for what, three days in a row? Four days?
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:32:32 AM

never works unless you permanently park you vehicles
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:32:12 AM

Yes OilOnTheCheap, and facebook is a non starter for disseminating news!!!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:32:08 AM

more old news ...
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:31:57 AM

tomok, Well said.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:30:31 AM

this was old news last time
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:29:57 AM

The boycott won’t work because the usage/ demand doesn’t change. You only delay the purchase by a day.
Meaningless
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:29:44 AM

Need to do it for a week. Everyone stay home with their families.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:29:26 AM

OLD
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Herp Derp.
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