I was pondering this today while mentally cursing out a Catrol Syntec 1-gallon jug on the wall surrounded by the Valvoline, Quaker States and Pennzoil so called synthetics. A)Since Mobil 1 is the only PAO/Ester synthetic and therefore a different product in entirety from production means to chemical composition vis-a-vis: B)Group III synthetics which are nothing related and presumably MUCH CHEAPER to refine, and that C)Group III manafacturers are unmistakeably indexing thier price to Mobil 1 . Is this Price-Fixing in the truest sense? Do you think the FTC will one day catch on to this and challenge it? On one hand I would think the petroleum industry as in cohoots with the manafacturer. Like the Big III guys in Detroit they are some what untouchable. Then again, it seems the FTC hunts down fraudalent wonder additive makers (Slick 50, Prolong, etc) all the time. Any thoughts?