Arrsers can make a difference

#1
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. 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 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 MILLIONPEOPLE!!!
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 8days!!! 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, Sainsburys, Morrisons Jet etc. I.e.
boycott BP and Esso
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#2
Good idea, except that generally the majority cost of a litre is in the taxes and costs, not profit for the companies. Tesco etc sell it at cost or even as a loss leader occasionally to attract people into buying their food there as well. There's not a lot of profit in pettrol sales at the pump these days, which is why so many petrol stations are closing down.
 
#3
Bouillabaisse said:
Good idea, except that generally the majority cost of a litre is in the taxes and costs, not profit for the companies. Tesco etc sell it at cost or even as a loss leader occasionally to attract people into buying their food there as well. There's not a lot of profit in pettrol sales at the pump these days, which is why so many petrol stations are closing down.
Tax on a ltr is about 65p in the £
 
#4
"PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE 69p a LITRE RANGE"



I think that you might be forgetting the tax element in petrol prices when you suggest that.

The latest rise was due to a 2p uplift in Fuel tax, not the Oil Companies, and as your post mentions just reaching 95p per litre I would suggest that it is somewhat dated.

If you reaaly want to affect Pump prices, start a campaign about the injustices of Fuel Tax rather than create a flood of spam mail.
 
#5
Bouillabaisse said:
Good idea, except that generally the majority cost of a litre is in the taxes and costs, not profit for the companies. Tesco etc sell it at cost or even as a loss leader occasionally to attract people into buying their food there as well. There's not a lot of profit in pettrol sales at the pump these days, which is why so many petrol stations are closing down.
Oil giant BP has reported a 26% rise in annual profit to $16.2bn (£8.7bn) after benefiting from high oil prices.
Last week, rival Shell reported an annual profit of $17.5bn - a record profit for a UK-listed company.

They are makeing money, lots and lots of money from somewhere. So forceing them to sell petrol at close to cost wouldn't hurt.
 
#6
Am I right in thinking all oil is traded in US$? If so it should have become cheaper over the last couple of years, not more expensive......
 
#7
Can't be arrsed to find the links but the majority of 'petrol' companies profits come from a broad range of products and services and not just selling fuel at the pumps.

Previous posters are correct in pointing out that fuel duty/taxes are what's strangling us, not the actual price of fuel.

Crippling the distribution and storage network with squadrons of highly trained ape/vulture hybrids is more likely to work than another camp email petition or 'don't buy fuel from Shell on Wednesday' campaign.
As I've got a spare Mandrill, does anyone know whether they've recaptured that vulture in Scotland yet?
 
#8
762baynet said:
Am I right in thinking all oil is traded in US$? If so it should have become cheaper over the last couple of years, not more expensive......
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i5TtajgUpSm7KY5jf-lCJGHBB-tAD8SA98M80

Whilst I appreciate that much of the price of petrol in the UK is tax, we can only hope that by putting pressure on the big oil companies, they in turn will put pressure on the Government to reduce the tax.
 

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