Subject: Fw: Petrol Price War Idea...I reckon this might be worth a try

Submitted: Monday, May 08, 2006 at 19:30
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Subject: Fw: Petrol Price War Idea

I normally 'delete' emails like this - as I'm not sure that anything can

But if you think about this plan, it just might have some effect. At least
some sort of protest about what's going on - and certainly worth a try!!!!
Join the resistance!!!!
>Do you want petrol prices to come down? We need to take some
>united action.
>Philip Hollsworth offered this good idea. This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than
>the 'don't buy fuel 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 fuel. It was more of an
>inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought
>this idea, may just have come up with a plan that can really work. Please
>read on and join with us!
>By now you're probably thinking fuel priced at about $1.00 is super
>Me too! It is currently around
>$1.30 per litre for regular unleaded. Now that the oil companies and the
>OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre of
>is CHEAP at $1.00, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that
>BUYERS control the marketplace - not sellers. With the price of fuel
>up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are
>going to see the price of this fuel come down is if we hit someone in the
>pocket by not purchasing their fuel! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting
>Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying fuel. But we CAN
>have an impact on petrol prices if we all act together to force a price
>Here's the idea:
>For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY fuel or any products
>from the biggest company in Australia, CALTEX. If they are not selling
>fuel, 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
>we need to reach literally millions of CALTEX fuel buyers. It's really
>simple to do!
>Now, don't bail 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 30 people. If each of us send it to at least
>more (30 x 10 = 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300
>10 = 3,000) ... and so on, and by the time the message reaches the sixth
>group of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers .... A
>reasonable chunk of Australia!!!
>Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people - that's all! (If you
>don't understand how we can reach 3 million and all you have to do is
>this to 10 people....
>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 three MILLION people could
>conceivably be contacted within the next few 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. I suggest that
>do not buy from CALTEX ** until they lower their fuel prices to $1-00 or
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Reply By: Exploder - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 19:39

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 19:39
Sounds good in theory but

CALTEX will just sell their product to another oil company.

In Perth, BP and Gull refineries supply the petrol to MOBIL, Shell, Caltex and so on, doesn’t matter who you buy it from it still comes from BP or Gull.

The only people who will be hurt is the owners of the CALTEX Sevo’s.
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Reply By: foxtel - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 19:41

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 19:41
How about everyone buys from one supplier and boycotts the rest
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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 19:43

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 19:43
To get petrol price relief, delete the parliaments car pool and drastically reduce or eliminate the electoral allowance.
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Reply By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 20:00

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 20:00
Hun,if people whant to be realy Fairdinkum with boycot bull bleep ,you have to get every one Australia wide not to buy any oil/petrol/diesel products period for at least acouple of month's,bring the country down on tit's knee's if you have too.None of these other idea's that people have been talking bout will hurt them.By bringing the country to a halt will hurt every body no doubt, but just maybe the government might start to take notice & do some thing about it,like reducing the excise or take of the 10%. But no one want's to put hardship on themselves or anybody else for that matter so we just go along with what we got & keep on whingeing,these are my thought on the whole prosses right or wrong,Cheer's Bob.
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 20:01

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 20:01
never work!
the petrol usage in australia is just a drop in the bucket compared to china & the usa , so untill the huge demand for oil by these to counties abates then the world oil price will stay high!
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 22:06

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 22:06
Actually the current pricing is merely a reflection of speculation by traders. There's enough supply at the moment to meet current consumption - so the price hikes are artificial market movements.

Hence multi-billion dollar profits being enjoyed by oil companies.

My tip - buy shares in 'em, and join em. Put the dividends towards your fuel bill.
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 17:22

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 17:22
Scubaroo, like your thinking.
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Reply By: Kenell - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 20:28

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 20:28

This process might work if CALTEX franchisees were actually making profit of $0.30 per litre. No one can sell their merchandise for less than the purchase price of it plus their operating costs such as wages and rent etc. Our fuel is cheap as is the general cost of motoring compared to Europe and other places in the world. It is not so much an issue of what we are paying now so much as what we are used to paying. Regrettably I think we will have to get used to it.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 20:34

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 20:34
This email has been doing the rounds since the first gulf war. It won't help one iota. Sorry.

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 21:37

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 21:37
I thought it had been going around since Stephensons Rocket myself...

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Follow Up By: MATT.D(WA) - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 22:08

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 22:08
Maybe he hasn't checked his emails for about 2 years cause thats when I received this one.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 08:22

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 08:22
is that robbie louise?
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Reply By: Rod W - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 09:16

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 09:16
Ya need to target the government to reduce the tax in line with GST. Currently they double dip.
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Reply By: RupertDog - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 15:48

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 15:48
Works well in theory, but I used to work for a company that only had Caltex Fuel Cards, and a fleet of approx 30 cars that was filled every 4 - 5 days.

Under NO circumstances would they pay for fuel that was not put on the fuel card. May have something to do with being next door to a Caltex ?

This was a bit of a problem in regional areas with no Caltex. Really had to plan trips well, or super suck up to the boss !!

So in this instance, won't be able to help in the boycott. Also meant that shopping around for the cheapest fuel was a bit of a waste as well.

I know many businesses operate only 1 fuel card, and will not pay for other fuel purchases.

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