I'm with you, Corey...and our name is legion!
And, Big Oil will try, but they are on a fool's errand.
Why? Because we remember.
And, these posts are right on target...we are proving that all the 'disasters' and doom-saying backfire.
We remember well enough to put 2 and 2 together.
And we talk to our neighbors. Six heads are way better than one...because each remembers different things....and we can come to a consensus..."Let's do this."
And there are so many of us!
Like huge schools of small fish, there is a measure of safety in numbers.
Here, at our house, we don't get robbed every day because there is nothing remarkable enough here for burglars to burgle! We are anonymous.
And satellite spies would have a heck of a time figuring out what we are 'up to', because we aren't up to anything...except maybe metal-detecting at 5 a.m., and garage sales. And they'll never figure out what we say to the neighbor over the back fence...or what he passes on.
See what I mean about a fool's errand?
For all their expensive manipulations, Big Anything can still lose sales and public co-operation. It is far, far better, and cheaper, for them to only offer quality and full disclosure...to stay in business.
One of these days they'll wake up to that...maybe when they've exhausted the ideas of all the bright young things in advertising, and lost enough money they expected to make.
Big Anything is exposed, like the emperor who thought he was wearing fancy clothes.
You know, we've just spent a number of days unconnected to the Internet. We learned a lot.
For only one example...
Microsoft and AVG send us regular 'updates, ready for our computers'.
How could they send us such notices (let alone updates) when we are unhooked?!
Nope...those notices are coming from the INSIDE of our machines...and they are self-perpetuating. And they are simply advertising, in many cases, for additional things they want us to buy.
It's a well-known ploy called 'upselling'...if the client will afford product 'A', they might also spring for product 'B'.
And implanting the ad and 'busywork' into the client's machine is pure genius...until the client finds out. Then, why would the client buy anything from such a company...even when other things they offer are perfectly good?
Corporate errors show, too. And, eventually we see they have no clothes.
Corporate moguls of yesteryear knew better than to offend the customer...that's how they became moguls...at least the appearance of straightforwardness.
Young things fresh out of school weren't taught that.
I think you're doing a heck of a job, Corey.
And that the asker of this question has proof positive that overcharging at the gas pump is fast on its way out...a fool's errand.