Gas Strike?

Danielle - posted on 03/10/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )

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So on FB I have noticed all these ppl attending a "gas strike" One is occuring today and the other on March 31,2011. How many ppl are actually contributing to this thing, and why? One day is not going to make a difference. How many ppl are going to actually skip work to do this? If you went yesterday and filled up so you could strike today then it's kind of pointless. You still bought their gas and they still got their money. I haven't bought gas in over a week but I'm a stay at home mom and I can opt to pay my bills online and go to town maybe once a week. My husband on the other hand buys gas pretty much every other day. What are your thoughts on this?

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Danielle - posted on 03/10/2011

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Although I won't be participating I prlly won't be buying gas that day anyway lol. I hope I'm wrong and it does help though to be honest.

Jenny - posted on 03/10/2011

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All not buying gas on one day does is double the profits the day after. It is completely ineffective. We have to buy gas and they know that.



A better strategy is to buy gas from only one or two suppliers and force the others to drop prices to compete. Remember in the 80's when we used to have gas wars? Where I live they receive a phone call in the morning that tells them what to price gas at. It is blatant price fixing but is overlooked. I wish I could just ride a horse everywhere, save for long trips.

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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No, I don't see Marina. Don't you see that at the end of the week you have still consumed, therefore purchased, the EXACT same amount of gas? Do you really think the gas companies give a shit what day you buy your gas on? If they make a billion dollars (just pulling a number out of my ass) on Tuesday, a billion dollars on Wednesday, no dollars on Thursday, and 2 billion dollars on Friday - they still made a billion dollars a day, right? So please explain to me how this is hurting them in any way, shape or form? It isn't. The ONLY way to hurt them is to actually cut your gas consumption by driving less, or purchasing an electric car.

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Jenn - posted on 03/11/2011

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But most people cannot go that long without buying gas, and if you did, it's likely that you'd have to first fill your tank all the way up and maybe even fill up a gas can so that you could make it through the week. So really, you're still consuming just as much gas and in the end buying just as much gas - so again it will do nothing. I get that people want to protest, and if you do then go for it, but it still isn't hurting their bottom line or sending them any sort of message.

Danielle - posted on 03/11/2011

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While talking to my husbnad last night about the strike, he brought up a really good point. If we really wanted to make a difference, ppl should strike for a week. That would really get someone's attention. It's a thought =)

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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I'm pretty sure it isn't meant to be funny Maria - it's people who are clueless about how things work. And as I already said Bonnie, not only will it not make much of a difference, it will make NO difference. Anyway, feel free to not buy gas that day; they'll see you at the pumps the next day to take your money just the same. ;)

Bonnie - posted on 03/10/2011

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I don't buy gas that often. My husband does because part of his job is driving to go see his clients. There are going to be some that will take part and many others who won't. I doubt it will make much of a difference.

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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I won't be participating, because I don't have a vehicle and don't generally get to leave my house anyway. Brian on the other hand will still have to buy gas to get to and from work. Like I said on my FB page (if you read what I posted here as I C&P it), it won't hurt anything to do it, but it also isn't doing anything to help. So go for it if you want to, but just know that you're doing nothing effective. The ONLY effective measure is to cut back on your overall consumption. If you can't see that or understand that then I don't know what else to tell you.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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Once again, I don't see the harm in trying. You don't think it will help, don't participate. If you do think of the off chance it might do something for us all, don't buy gas that day.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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Danielle, I will go about my business as normal, just not purchase gas that day. I don't buy gas every day anyway...maybe once per week.

Jenn....than don't do it.

Brandi - posted on 03/10/2011

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I am not buying gas on March 31st. It may or may not help, but like someone said about voting, your vote does count. So, if there is any chance that I can help just by not buying gas for a day, I don't see how this is a problem for anyone. It isn't like we are asking you to go out of your way. It is something simple to do.

Danielle - posted on 03/10/2011

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One's called gas strike and the other I think is called no gas for the day or something like that. I told her she was crazy lol. Like you said..that's grocery money. As someone who is participating how do you plan to handle doing your errands that day?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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Oh good,...no gas for me today then. I only got the one about the 31st.

That is terrible that your friend had to spend 200, that is unbelievable. I wouldn't be able to by groceries if I had to pay that much for gas.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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We are planning on buying a Prius when his car craps out....I wish that there was a more fuel economic car than even that.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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My husband travels 1 1/2 hour each way to work...him not using gas is a joke. I use my car for errands, and to drive my son to and from pre-k everyday.

Danielle - posted on 03/10/2011

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The last time I bought gas was Friday before last. I put eight dollars in my gas gusler (at 3.40 a gallon) and I just don't go anywhere unless I have too. If everyone would just buy less and stay home more (if possible) then I think we'd make a difference. A friend of mine owns a Tahoe and she went and filled up day before yesterday b/c of the strike..wanna know how much she spent? $200. That's outragous and pointless if you're going to skip out on buying fuel. I do like Louise's idea..that would prlly make a difference. What about the ones that are doing it. Did you buy gas yesterday b/c of the strike?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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I think it is a cool concept to atleast stand at a front together and say what the fuck! by going on a one day gas strike.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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But Jenn, if everyone in America or wherever you are from does this on the say day...it will be a huge loss for the gas companys. Don't you see? It doesn't matter if you buy gas the day before or after...it is the day that they make absolutely NO money. Why isn't it worth a try? Hell....we could all do it just to see what happens. What is it going to hurt if it doesn't work? If it does, we may gain some ground.

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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But it makes NO difference. Unless you drive less and consume less. Let's say you put $20 a day into your car. So on that day you don't buy gas, but you're still driving and consuming gas, you would have to then buy more either the day before in preparation or more the day after to make up the loss. At the end of the week you still spent the EXACT same amount on gas. Where is this big loss to the fuel industry? It's non-existent.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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I had heard that one day of everyone not buying gas in the states would be detrimental to the fuel industry. Can you imagine the billions they would lose just in one day of no one buying gas? Whose to say that cannot send a message. I am willing to try.

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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Katherine - not only will it not make a huge difference, it will make no difference. The only difference would be if you stopped driving that day, thus reducing your fuel consumption Why does it matter what day you purchase the fuel on, if you are still driving the exact same amount?

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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Katherine - not only will it not make a huge difference, it will make no difference. The only difference would be if you stopped driving that day, thus reducing your fuel consumption Why does it matter what day you purchase the fuel on, if you are still driving the exact same amount?

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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So funny you posted this - here's my FB status today:



"Jennifer Morris

is confused by the obsession with the gas boycotts. It doesn't do anything. Big deal if you don't buy gas that day - you'll just buy more the day before and after. So what was accomplished? Nada."



I then added the comment:



"By the way, I mean absolutely no offence to anyone who is participating in one of these boycotts. It won't hurt to do it, but it also won't help. The only way to make a difference is to stop driving, drive less, use more public transportation (I know, not possible around here), carpool, etc. Or start working on a car that runs on alternative fuels. ;)"

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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OMG I am so glad that you made this thread...I am going to totally not buy gas on the 31st of March....I know this has been done before...but I figure it is worht a try.

Katherine - posted on 03/10/2011

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One vote won't make a difference right? Just sayin',

One day of a gas strike because gas is so high is worth it IMO. It may not make a huge difference, but think of the billions the gas companies are losing that day!!!!
I'm doing it :)

Louise - posted on 03/10/2011

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I think your right. In the uk we do the petrol strike thing but instead of not buying petrol that day they will target one particular garage. Nobody will buy petrol from them that day so any garage with BP petrol will be avoided and petrol bought else where. This seems to work better because as you said people are going to need petrol at some point.

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