May 10, 2007

Comparing Apples and Oranges

I received an interesting email tonight. It got me to thinking: it seems we may have the gas companies running scared.
The email is below:
All these examples do NOT imply that gasoline is cheap;
it just illustrates how outrageous some prices are....

You will be really shocked by the last one!!!!
(At least, I was...)

Compared with Gasoline......

Think a gallon of gas is expensive?

This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective.

Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ... $10.32 per gallon
Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 .........$9.52 per gallon
Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 .... $10.17 per gallon
Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ........ $10.00 pe r gallon
Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 ........ $33.60 per gallon
Vick's Ny quil 6 oz $8.35 .. $178.13 per gallon
Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 .. $123.20 per gallon
Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ....... $25.42 per gallon
Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 ....$84.48 per gallon
And this is the REAL KICKER...
Evian water 9 oz $1.49..........$21.19 per gallon!
$21.19 for WATER and the buyers don't even know the source.
(Evian spelled backwards is Naive.)

Ever wonder why computer printers are so cheap?
So they have you hooked for the ink.
Someone calculated the cost of the ink at................
you won't believe it...................
but it is true.........................
$5,200 a gal. (five thousand two hundred dollars)

So, the next time you're at the pump,
be glad your car doesn't run on
water, Scope, or Whiteout, Pepto Bismol, Nyquil
or God forbid, Printer Ink!!!!!

And - If you don't pass this along to at least one person, your muffler will fall off!!
Now, for MY perspective:

If you buy the drinks listed here by the pint [ 1 serving] they cost a whole lot more than if you buy em by the 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon sizes. Betcha if you price them by the cost to buy a gallon at the supermarket instead of by the pint at the 7/11 they cost a lot less than the prices listed here.

And, do YOU drink Pepto Bismol or even Gatorade by the gallon? Either one would make you deathly ill. And, drink a gallon of NyQuil and you die.
Cars guzzle gas WAY faster than we can go through those other things, even water [in fact if we took in water at the rate cars drink gas, we'd drown in our own fluids].

Do you buy mouthwash in a 1.5 oz bottle? Neither do I. Chanel #5, maybe -- but not mouthwash. So why is it priced at such a small amount?

And I don't print stuff on my computer every day. Most home users don't. So, since I buy one cartridge at a time, I may well pay something close to the price quoted. Businesses buy in bulk and, bank on it, get their ink at far less than the price listed here. The point is, though, that a few milligrams of printer ink last FAR longer than a gallon of gasoline.

Betcha money some high-up gas exec put this list together [or farmed it out to a lower echelon flunky] to make us feel better about gas prices. Maybe they're hoping to deter some folks from doing the gas-out next Tuesday or even-- **gasp!**-- buying more fuel efficient cars.


TomCat said...

Pepto Bismol is best if bought by the gallon, but once Bush is out of office, that will no longer apply.

PoliShifter said...

I agree it sounds awefully suspicious.

How can anyone "feel better" about gas and oil prices after we've blown $400 Billion, 3386 US deaths, 600,000 Iraqi deaths, invading a country that was supposed to yield cheap oil.

Wolfowitz said the oil would pay for the Iraq reconstruciton and then some.

Instead what it has done is taken the Iraq oil off the market thereby allowing the oilco's to justify jacking up the prices. Tensions with Iran? Jack up oil prices.

My unlce knows a guy who works in Saudi Arabia. His friend says the Saudis are laughing their asses off every day at us. It costs $1 per barrell to pump the oil out of the ground.

Meanwhile Cheveron, Exxon, BP, and Shell are planning to divide up Iraq's oil....And if that happens, do you finally think we will see that cheap oil? Guess again...

Sorry for the anecdotes but again...I have a cousin who's best friend works at an oil refinery...he says they're only running those things at 50% capacity AT BEST.

In other words, we're all getting fucked in the ass with no lube and no foreplay.

two crows said...

hey, Poli--
unfortunately, most people think of gas prices [or anything else] as it directly affects their lives.

the person whose loved one was killed or wounded in Iraq has a whole different perspective than the person who pulls up to the pump, sees a dollar figure and groans -- thinking no further than how they're going to put food on the table or shoes on their kids' feet if they have to pay this much just to get to and from work every day.

**shrug** not seeing the big picture -- that's just human nature.

sometimes I feel like Cassandra. I'll bet you do, too.