August 27, 2005

Rising Petrol Prices

I came accross this, and thought I'd share it with you.

An interesting thought
Rising Petrol Prices – pls read and pass on

See what you think and pass it on if you agree with it. We are hitting 95p a litre in some areas now, soon we will be faced with paying £1 a ltr. Philip Hollsworth offered this good idea:

This makes much more sense than the "don't buy petrol 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 petrol. 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 in! Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre is CHEAP, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that buyers control the market place not sellers. With the price of petrol going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocket by not purchasing their Petrol! And we can do that without hurting ourselves. Here's the idea:

For the rest of this year, don't purchase any petrol from the two biggest oil companies (which now are one), Esso and BP. If they are not selling any petrol, 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 Esso and BP petrol buyers.

That's the end of the principle, the rest of the email is just concerned with how many people could potentially be reached by this. Feel free to read it if you want.
It's an interesting idea, and is deinately better than not buying petrol…
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 a lot of people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30×10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300×10 = 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. (And not buy at Esso/BP). How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email 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. Please hold out until they lower their prices to the 69p a litre range. It's easy to make this happen.

Just forward this email, and buy your petrol at Shell, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Jet, etc. i.e. boycott BP and Esso.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!


- 3 comments by 1 or more people

  1. A nice idea. But…

    Are you recommending we buy petrol from the same Tesco that gets their fuels from Esso? And why does Shell get away with it? Surely if anything, support British (emphasis on 'ish' of British) and buy BP rather than Shell and Esso?

    27 Aug 2005, 18:33

  2. Hmm. So if I stop buying from Shell/Esso they'll eventually drop their prices, yet if millions of buyers converge on a new supplier it won't duly raise it's price? Seems like a simplistic solution to a non-problem. The author of the idea would be better of seeking improved technology and habits rather than finding conspiracies when none exist.

    27 Aug 2005, 19:11

  3. Are you recommending

    I'm not recommending anything; it's not my idea. I'm just sharing it because I thought it was an interesting take on an old problem

    So if I stop buying from Shell/Esso they'll eventually drop their prices, yet if millions of buyers converge on a new supplier it won't duly raise it's price?

    I can't deny that it's not as simple as that, but though it may raise the prices of others, Esso and BP should in theory go down; then we can switch to the cheaper one until it gets expenseve, and then repeat…

    27 Aug 2005, 20:23


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