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Berserker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 10:04 PM
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31. I have tried to explain this in many
different posts.
http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/gasout.asp
Oil companies can manipulate their prices somewhat by controlling how much gasoline they produce and where they sell it, but they can't alter the basics of supply and demand: prices go down when people buy less of a good, prices go up when people buy more of a good, and prices go way up when demand outstrips available supply. The "gas out" schemes that propose to alter the demand side of the equation by shunning one or two specific brands of gasoline for a while won't work, however, because they're based on the misconception that an oil company's only outlet for gasoline is its own branded service stations. That isn't the case: gasoline is a fungible commodity, so if one oil company's product isn't being bought up in one particular market or outlet, it will simply sell its output to (or through) other outlets:
The bold part is fact. No matter who you buy your gas from you are STILL buying gas from THEM.
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