Can BP win you back with a lower pump price?

Will you fill up at a BP pump for a lower price?

As more Americans shun BP gasoline as a form of protest over the Gulf oil spill, station owners want BP to do more to help them convince motorists that such boycotts mostly hurt independently owned businesses, not the British oil giant, Associated Press is reporting.

To win back customers, they’d like the company’s help in reducing the price at the pump.

BP owns just a fraction of the more than 11,000 stations across the U.S., AP reports. Most are owned by local businessmen whose primary connection to the oil company is the logo and a contract to buy gasoline.

In recent weeks, some station owners from Georgia to Illinois say sales have declined as much as 10 percent to 40 percent, AP reports.

Are you boycotting? Will a lower price win you back?

Is it right or not to take out your feelings about BP’s actions on independent operators?

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44 comments Add your comment

TnGelding

June 28th, 2010
9:44 am

I’m still buying BP and getting a 5% rebate. I was thinking yesterday maybe they should put attendents to pump the gas without raising the price. Free water and air might also bring in a few more customers. In other words, go back to full service. We had a nearby convenience store that did that for decades before the owner retired. And he didn’t sell beer or lottery tickets.

Joseph Wright

June 28th, 2010
10:43 am

I am avoiding BP stations right now although I realize that the owners had nothing to do with the Gulf oil spill. It’s not that I want to cause the station owners financial hardship, but I just can’t bring myself to buy anything from BP. I am just so angry about what happened in the Gulf and why it is still going on. Someone at BP needs to pay, and I don’t mean money..someone (probably several people) needs to be in prison for this. If I knew that justice would be served that way I would probably be more open to going back to a BP station, but until that happens the station owners are just collateral damage in my view. I realize this is irrational but I personally can’t get past this way of thinking.

Larry

June 28th, 2010
11:29 am

I gladly will buy gas from my local BP retailer. He has a family to support, and he is not the reason for the oil spill. JW, you are not buying from BP, you are buying from an individual who happens to sell gas he gets from BP, just as he sells potato chips from Lay’s, or Cokes from Coca Cola. But, everyone has their one thoughts, and I will respect them.

Mike

June 28th, 2010
11:38 am

Wouldn’t it make more sense to encourage business at BP so they can spend more money on the clean-up?

Protestors seem to have this delusional view that a large corporation is owned by a small group of incredibly wealthy people. BP, like many other major companies, is owned by pension funds, retirees, and millions of individuals who need the dividends to survive.

bulldog bubba

June 28th, 2010
12:07 pm

I shop elsewhere so it does not matter what price they sell at.They have never been a choice for me where I live.

Road Scholar

June 28th, 2010
12:36 pm

Mike: Exactly! Those of you boycotting, do you know where your gas comes from? Who drilled, “mined”, and refined it? I bet not! Most comes from the gulf in a shared pipeline!

RH

June 28th, 2010
12:42 pm

Joseph Wright June 28th, 2010 10:43 am

“the station owners are just collateral damage in my view. I realize this is irrational but I personally can’t get past this way of thinking.”

Gumbo anyone?

June 28th, 2010
1:31 pm

I hear the seafood goes down easy in the Gulf. Pre thickened Gulf Gumbo, niiiice. Thank you BP and the American people for your unwillingness to pursue with the same tenacity as the atom bomb, the high speed mass transit, the EV1 electric car, solar and wind, or any other technology that does’nt effectively kill food chains and environment. Good CHOICE!
Soon this will be us: http://www.physorg.com/news194273892.html
Thank you America for thinking a green piece of paper will stabilize the environment while you kill all food sources with drilling. We have made, and continue to make the bed our children will live or die in. What the hell, turn on NASCAR or lets go 4 wheelin Bubba! The most effective vote cast today is cast not at the polls, but at the cash register. Tooo funny eh? We only buy what strokes our ego, HA HA HA ha ha! 4 years later and Lusi is still spewing and she’s on LAND in Indonesia! Americans are soooooo dense, go Sarah Palin, drill baby drill and fill’er up!

Tucker

June 29th, 2010
7:08 am

BP dealers are not to blame. Would you stop supporting US troops just because their commander in chief makes dumb decisions?

SteveSC

June 29th, 2010
7:20 am

Riddle me this. Why are we not supporting BP? If consumers shun BP….it not only hurts independent dealers, causes them to lay off employees and causes no revenue for the company. If BP goes bankrupt….or out of business….who is going to clean up the spill? Obama donning his waders and a towel? Some Americans are such idiots. If BP goes bankrupt…we, the taxpayer will pay. So I will go out of my way to buy BP gasoline. Obama and that idiot Biden need to shut up and let the real professionals do their jobs in stopping and cleaning this disaster.

Artie

June 29th, 2010
7:40 am

Nope…never. Screw BP for life!!!

Artie

June 29th, 2010
7:41 am

Tucker…quit picking on Bush!!! LMMFAO

Jake's mom

June 29th, 2010
7:46 am

I’m with RH. And while I think BP should pay, and pay BIG TIME for the mess, I can’t help but wonder where they came up with $20 billion extra to do so. And if they have that much extra money to commit to it, why are the prices at the pump so high? Seems like the consumer is ultimately paying for the cleanup. The whole thing stinks

Artie

June 29th, 2010
7:50 am

Hey, Jake’s mom…never question the depth of the pockets of big oil. Their quarterly profits are astounding!!!

Artie

June 29th, 2010
7:52 am

SteveSC…you can’t be serious!!!! They (BP) are “the real professionals”??? LMMFAO
Those imbeciles had NO business drilling at THAT depth!!!!!

Taco

June 29th, 2010
7:53 am

You are all idiots. I am sure this is all Bush’s fault somehow. The poor gas station owners had nothing to do with this so chill the f out. Stay home and stop driving your car if you want to protest. we won’t miss you at all.

about time

June 29th, 2010
7:55 am

I will not purchase gasoline from BP. While I realize the retailers have nothing to do with the spill, it’s got to start somewhere. We have got to take a stand against this company. Because of their greed, we have lost one of our countries most precious resource-the gulf of mexico.

OneChris

June 29th, 2010
8:06 am

VERY SAD FOR THE SMALL BIZ OWNERS OF BP STATIONS! DO NOT BOYCOTT! IT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY PEOPLE!

Ted DiBiase

June 29th, 2010
8:08 am

Like I always say “Everybody’s got a price!”- you will all be back. I guarantee you if BP gas is 40 cents a gallon cheaper than the station across the street, the cars will be lined up at the BP all day long. Oily soaked birds or not!

Shaun

June 29th, 2010
8:10 am

I am not giving BP a penny of my money!!!!! I pass them by like they are the plague. All you are just padding the pockets of that arrogant CEO. All you dummies don’t even realize that BP stands for British Petroleum, that isn’t even an American company. Wake up and stop drinking the kool-aid they are feeding you.

Kay

June 29th, 2010
8:14 am

Yes, I continue to support. That’s the last thing I need is an empty gas station in my neighborhood.

chris

June 29th, 2010
8:27 am

I realize that the owners don’t work for BP, BUT they do buy their gas. Change the name if it is hurting them that bad. I WILL NOT buy from a BP station. EVER.

Don Simon

June 29th, 2010
8:28 am

Tony Hayword the BP leader was asked on TV if anyone a BP had been fired for being careless enough to allow the disaster to happen, and he said no. How is that possible? Also BP is spraying 68,000 gallons of toxic dispersants into the Gulf each day. This adds greatly tot he toxic load and will make the ultimate cleanup virtually impossible, a likely goal of BP so they won’t have to deal with cleaning up all of the oil.

Matt Breda

June 29th, 2010
8:28 am

To hell with BP. I hope they go bankrupt and piss on anyone who pumps their gas from BP.

Fed up

June 29th, 2010
8:30 am

Wow! Support BP! Really????? I guess Americans really don’t have any boycotting power. We must save a business at all costs! Americans would bend over to save a dime! ANd the poor pooor gas stations owners. We should think of their familes! Really? That was the risk they took. THe poor poor workers. We must save BP or no one will have a job. It’s called competition people! I might not give BP my money but Chevron is doing just fine!

I'm With Stupid

June 29th, 2010
8:41 am

Yes, let’s put BP out of business. Make them go bankrupt. That way they won’t have the money to clean up this mess they’ve caused. Yep, that’s the smart thing to do.

Rachel

June 29th, 2010
8:42 am

I have a BP credit card and also get the rebate on gas so I have continued to shop there. Not using BP seems pretty stupid if you ask me. If they file bankruptcy it will be the tax payers of the USA who foot the bill anyway so that would be protest that doesn’t make sense. In the end you just punish yourself with taxes!

Kevin

June 29th, 2010
8:51 am

People are looking for something– anything– at which they can direct their anger. While it’s understandable, it’s completely misguided.

These independent agents had nothing to do with the spill.

I will seek out a BP station and fill up there.

Kevin

June 29th, 2010
8:53 am

Hey Matt-

You sound like a super intelligent, educated consumer.

A perfect addition to idiotic movement such as the boycott crowd.

Keep up the good work, Einstein.

Andrea

June 29th, 2010
8:56 am

Yes, I will still support BP.

countrylad

June 29th, 2010
9:01 am

Only idiots will boycott these small business owners.

Niki

June 29th, 2010
9:06 am

I never buy gas from BP because they charge 10-20 cents more per gallon.

Angus

June 29th, 2010
9:07 am

Unless you’re completely boycotting petroleum (if you are and can, kudos), boycotting BP is naive and hypocritical – especially for Atlantans who burn obscene amounts of gas every single day.

Dip

June 29th, 2010
9:07 am

Thank you all for boycotting BP. I now don’t have to wait when I fill up.

Michael Smith

June 29th, 2010
9:12 am

Don Simon asserted:

Also BP is spraying 68,000 gallons of toxic dispersants into the Gulf each day.

The dispersant is essentially a detergent — like the one in which you wash your clothes every day.

And BP is using it because the Federal government is telling them to do so.

Michael Smith

June 29th, 2010
9:13 am

Artie wrote:

Those imbeciles had NO business drilling at THAT depth!!!!!

Those “imbeciles” have hundreds of successful wells at that depth — and other companies have successful wells at still greater depths.

Michael Smith

June 29th, 2010
9:20 am

“Gumbo anyone?” asserted:

Thank you BP and the American people for your unwillingness to pursue . . .any other technology that does’nt effectively kill food chains and environment

The oil industry hasn’t killed any food chains or environments. It has, rather, provided the chemicals that form the basis of the crucial fertilizers and pesticides that make it possible for the most important food chain on the planet to function — the one that feeds 6+ billion human beings every day.

The oil industry also provides the feedstock for the polymers in which a large percentage of the foods you buy are packaged these days.

And of course, the oil industry provides most of the fuels that power the global economy — the economy that feeds, clothes and houses some 6+ billion human beings every day.

Yet you join others here in mindlessly damning one of the crucial industries on which your existence depends.

Michael Smith

June 29th, 2010
9:24 am

Angus asserted:

Atlantans . . . burn obscene amounts of gas every single day.

What’s “obscene” about using gasoline to get to work and earn the money required to support one’s own existence as well as one’s loved ones? Or to go on an occassional vacation? Or to go shopping for the products that make life possible and enjoyable?

Why do you so hate the notion of people being mobile enough to enjoy life?

Michael Smith

June 29th, 2010
9:26 am

Kevin said:

I will seek out a BP station and fill up there.

Thank you, Kevin, for being rational in a sea of irrationality.

David

June 29th, 2010
9:45 am

1. BP will not go bankrupt because of one country boycotting the stations in the US. It’s a big world, folks…and the developing nations have already demonstrated their penchant for automobiles and gasoline. BP is a business, it will build where the demand is.
2. I am making a personal stand to boycott all BP stations. I wish I did not have to go to any gas stations but unfortunately, for now, I live in Atlanta where the brilliant local and state government cannot find a way to build and support a decent public transportation system.
3. I do have sympathy for the local business owners of BP stations and the families that they need to support. However, it was their choice to build their business affiliated with BP. With choices comes risks; the recent disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is clearly an unforeseen risk which now has consequences to these merchants.

I have made my decision to boycott ALL BP stations, neighborhood or otherwise, and I will continue to encourage others to do the same.

Dean

June 29th, 2010
10:10 am

I never left BP. My BP is owned by an old guy from India. He lives down the street from me. If I needed gas but was short on cash, he’d tell me to catch him on the way back. He had nothing to do with what happened. Boycotts don’t solve squat. Ask “The Reverends” Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

I Now Pronounce You: "Barack & Larry."

June 29th, 2010
11:57 am

If that oil-leaking hole in the Gulf was on Larry Sinclair, you better believe Barack Obama would find a way to plug it all by himself.

nativeson71

June 29th, 2010
12:32 pm

The BP Gas Station at the corner of Atlanta Rd and Spring Rd in Smyrna has the WORST, slowest and arguementative employees I have ever witnessed. I don’t buy anything at BP because of poor service and the oil spill in the Gulf.

UGA Alum

June 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

I am not buying gas from BP not because of what happened in the Gulf, but because now we are finding out that BP and PresBO are in cahoots with the cap and Tax nonsense bill going on. BP has given so much money to PresBO, its pathetic. The whole money thing to pay off claims is just a front.