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post #1 of 10
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Hey, I just got this from a friend and I'm not sure what to think of it. It's not the same old boycott thing that's been going around. What do you think?

(I think this might work! This is one e-mail I'll keep passing!!!)
I hear we are going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the end of
summer and it might go higher!!
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. Please read it and join with us!
By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too!
It is currently $2.43 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 market place....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.

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. It's really simple to do!! Now, don't whimp 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 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!!!

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!!!

I'll bet you 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.

post #2 of 10
This has been tried, allegedly, before, won't/wouldnt work. Sorry Btw, in some states, we don't have Mobil or Exxon.

post #3 of 10
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
I figured as much, it didn't look realistic to me. I was just looking for other opinions, etc. as I'd never seen this one before.
post #5 of 10
I live in New Lenox, IL (suburb 40 miles from Chicago) and I am paying $2.89 a gallon. Which is a little cheaper than last week ($2.99). I heard in downtown Chicago gas was $3.29 and up.
post #6 of 10
I had a similar email about not buying gas tomorrow. Well since I filled up on Monday that's not an issue!!
post #7 of 10
Wow, this hoax e-mail has really been around the block. I remember reading it (over here) about 3 years ago!

Needless to say it never worked
post #8 of 10
I don't see how it would work.

I mean, they have a point with the whole when buyers have options they control the market thing, but I think that "oil" within itself i just one option.

If you can swing it, buy a bike. Get as many people to get out of their cars and walk or bike as possible. If you live in an area where you travel 5 miles or less to get your necessities, don't drive. Support TREK/Giant, not Mobil or Exxon.

And if you can't buy a bike and ride it or use your feetsies, can you use public transport? How about carpooling? If you can, if there's any possible way, do it. If it helps to lessen the dependence we have on gas, thus the demand, do it. THAT'S how we'll lower gas prices. These companies have us backed against a wall. We depend on our cars. Well, some of us do. A lot fewer of us than you'd think, though. But as long as they've got us thinking that we depend on their oil, they can do whatever they want to gas prices and we'll have no choice but to buy what they sell.

And, it could be really good for you! As Critical Mass Chicago says, you don't get legs like these pushing a gas pedal.
post #9 of 10
Not buying gas on a certian day is not going to work. Everyone is going to fill up the day before or the day after, so the stations will still get thier money.
post #10 of 10
Yep, I've seen that email forward word for word as well as the snopes article on it.
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