Arrsers can make a difference

Discussion in 'Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs' started by Murphy_Slaw, Oct 16, 2007.

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  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... ..
    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.
    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
  2. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    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. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Tax on a ltr is about 65p in the £
  4. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)


    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. 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?

    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.