[Elfsea] FW: price of eggs

Robin Mitchell-Mabry smabry at flash.net
Fri Apr 21 21:33:09 PDT 2006

This might actually work without hurting "Mom & Pop's."

Remember, we still dump more milk than we can use. I doubt oil companies
will dump oil.

Bicycles are also nice. :-)

HLy Robin


-----Original Message-----
From: hollis [mailto:hollis at omniport.net] 
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:29 AM
Subject: price of eggs


This is somewhat long, but it does present another idea about combating the
price of gas. 


     Buy Gasoline like eggs 

          A man eats two eggs each morning for breakfast. When he goes to
the grocery store he pays 60 cents a dozen. Since a dozen eggs won't last a
week he 
     normally buys two dozen at a time. 

         One day while buying eggs he notices that the price has risen to 72
cents. The next time he buys groceries, eggs are .76 cents a dozen. When
asked to explain 
     the price of eggs the store owner says, "the price has gone up and I
have to raise my price accordingly." 
         This store buys 100 dozen eggs a day. I checked around for a better
price and all the distributors have raised their prices. The distributors
have begun to buy from 
     the huge egg farms. The small egg farms have been driven out of

         The huge egg farms sell 100,000 dozen eggs a day to distributors.
With no competition, they can set the price as they see fit. The
distributors then have to raise 
     their prices to the grocery stores. And on and on and on. As the man
kept buying eggs the price kept going up. He saw the big egg trucks
delivering 100 dozen 
     eggs each day. Nothing changed there. 
         He checked out the huge egg farms and found they were selling
100,000 dozen eggs to the distributors daily. Nothing had changed but the
price of eggs. Then 
     week before Thanksgiving the price of eggs shot up to $1.00 a dozen.
Again he asked the grocery owner why and was told, "cakes and baking for the
holiday." The 
     huge egg farmers know there will be a lot of baking going on and more
eggs will be used. Hence, the price of eggs goes up. Expect the same thing
at Christmas 
     and other times when family cooking, baking, etc 

         This pattern continues until the price of eggs is 2.00 a dozen. The
man says "there must be something we can do about the price of eggs."  He
starts talking to 
     all the people in his town and they decide to stop buying eggs. This
didn't work because everyone needed eggs. Finally, the man suggested only
buying what you 
     need.  He ate 2 eggs a day. On the way home from work he would stop at
the grocery and buy two eggs. Everyone in town started buying 2 or 3 eggs a

          The grocery store owner began complaining that he had too many
eggs in his cooler. He told the distributor that he didn't need any eggs.
Maybe wouldn't need 
     any all week. 

         The distributor had eggs piling up at his warehouse. He told the
huge egg farms that he didn't have any room for eggs and would not need any
for at least two 
     weeks.  At the egg farm, the chickens just kept on laying eggs. 

          To relieve the pressure, the huge egg farm told the distributor
that they could buy the eggs at a lower price. The distributor said, " I
don't have the room for the 
     %$&^*&% eggs even if they were free." 

         The distributor told the grocery store owner that he would lower
the price of the eggs if the store would start buying again. The grocery
store owner said, "I don't 
     have room for more eggs. The customers are only buying 2 or 3 eggs at a
time." "Now if you were to drop the price of eggs back down to the original
price, the 
     customers would start buying by the dozen again." 

          The distributors sent that proposal to the huge egg farmers. They
liked the price they were getting for their eggs but, them chickens just
kept on laying. 

         Finally, the egg farmers lowered the price of their eggs. But only
a few cents. The customers still bought 2 or 3 eggs at a time. They said,
"When the price of 
     eggs gets down to where it was before, we will start buying by the

          Slowly the price of eggs started dropping. The distributors had to
slash their prices to make room for the eggs coming from the egg farmers.
The egg farmers cut 
     their prices because the distributors wouldn't buy at a higher price
than they were selling eggs for. 
         Anyway, they had full warehouses and wouldn't need eggs for quite a
while.  And them chickens kept on laying. 

         Eventually, the egg farmers cut their prices because they were
throwing away eggs they couldn't sell. The distributors started buying again
because the eggs 
     were priced to where the stores could afford to sell them at the lower
price. And the customers starting buying by the dozen again. 

         Now, transpose this analogy to the gasoline industry.  What if
everyone only bought $10.00 worth of gas each time they pulled to the pump.
The dealers tanks 
     would stay semi full all the time. The dealers wouldn't have room for
the gas coming from the huge tank farms. The tank farms wouldn't have room
for the gas 
     coming from the refining plants. And the refining plants wouldn't have
room for the oil being off loaded from the huge tankers coming from the
Middle East. 

          Just $10.00 each time you buy gas. Don't fill it up. You may have
to stop for gas twice a week but, the price should come down. Think about
         As an added note...When I buy $10.00 worth of gas,that leaves my
tank a little under half full. The way prices are jumping around, you can
buy gas for $2.65 a 
     gallon and then the next morning it can be $2.15. If you have your tank
full of $2.65 gas you don't have room for the $2.15 gas. You might not
understand the 
     economics of only buying two eggs at a time but, you can't buy cheaper
gas if your tank is full of the high priced stuff. 

         Also, don't buy anything else at the gas station, no cigarettes, no
bread,milk or chewing gum, don't give them any more of your hard earned
money than what 
     you spend on gas, until the prices come down.. Oh, some folks may not
see this message. Can you afford to print 10 at a time and pass them out
where you buy 
     gas? If you can afford more, you may think of putting them on
windshields at the mall. 

         Makes sense to me, how about you? 
     Everyone should read this and send it on! 

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