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pattyClink BS: How to get cheap petrol! (19) RE: BS: How to get cheap petrol! 05 Sep 07

The boycotting would really not work, it would just convince Them that consumers really are as dumb as they think.

Here's an alternative. Fill up your tank half or 5/8 full, never completely full (unless you're on a road trip or a hurricane looms). If 50 million people started doing this over a short period of time, it would cause a one-time drop in demand of about 500 million gallons.

After that initial demand shock is history, you would have another effect of forcing them to keep storing a little more inventory until you're ready to use it, rather than you carrying the inventory for them.

Personal benefits--you're postponing putting gas money out the door til it's really necessary. And as you keep making half-fills, you tend to think much more about how much gas you're really using and how to cut back a bit.

EBarnacle, any figures on that China growth? I thought the US was still by far the 800-pound gorilla of gasoline consumption. Cripes, if we'd just ban drive-through windows and made the kids walk or ride buses to school instead of having Mom run a 5-trips-a-day chauffeur and errand service....there are so many ways we could whack demand back if we ever actually tried....

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