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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Boycott mostly on political issues.

    I don't consider it "boycotting" because of bad service or a particular business has screwed me in the past. I may not use a particular outlet but do not boycott the company.

    I do not by products of France. Also, I try to avoid products made in non Right-To-Work states and traditionally liberal states. I absolutely will not spend money on a "Product of California". If I cannot find similar products from non liberal states, I will by imports. I boycotted McDonald's for years after they gave money to anti-gun groups back in the 80s, or was it the 90s. I also don't do business with Target. I won't buy GE products anymore after their support of Obama.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    I just thought I'd see Starbucks on that list, I don't know why.
    I've never been much of a coffee drinker.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Yes, I do. I boycott the advertising industry - I love to press that 'mute' button on TV ads.
    Yea, we canceled our television a few years ago. We were disgruntled with the whole digital cable switch and also found that anything we did actually want to watch (there isn't much anyway) we could simply stream without the commercials.

    Netflix & Apple TV are great inventions.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    I boycott apple because they lock down their products to the point where they are essentially saying that you as a customer are just renting their product. When people try to modify the hardware that they bought apple sues them. To me that is the epitome of a sinister business.
    I've never heard of anyone being sued by Apple for modifying their hardware?

    As far as locking down their products, I'd say it depends upon how the computer is going to be used. I'm not much of a programmer or a gamer so I've never been tempted to 'modify' any of my computers.

    Mostly I need my personal laptop for the internet, MS Word/ Excel and photo editing. In that respect, Apple far outperforms any PC rivals. I like that their computers are simple, but super fast and high quality. Last year my work got me a Lenovo ThinkPad (with the twist screen/ tablet option). It's a pretty decent computer, but just in the course of a year It's already showing it's age, where my 2 year old MacBook is doing just fine.

    However, I do know plenty of gamer/ programmer types that won't touch apples because they aren't designed for the type of applications needed.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    I've never heard of anyone being sued by Apple for modifying their hardware?

    As far as locking down their products, I'd say it depends upon how the computer is going to be used. I'm not much of a programmer or a gamer so I've never been tempted to 'modify' any of my computers.

    Mostly I need my personal laptop for the internet, MS Word/ Excel and photo editing. In that respect, Apple far outperforms any PC rivals. I like that their computers are simple, but super fast and high quality. Last year my work got me a Lenovo ThinkPad (with the twist screen/ tablet option). It's a pretty decent computer, but just in the course of a year It's already showing it's age, where my 2 year old MacBook is doing just fine.

    However, I do know plenty of gamer/ programmer types that won't touch apples because they aren't designed for the type of applications needed.
    Not only did they want people who jailbroke their phones to pay a fine, they wanted their asses in jail.

    Apple Wants To Make Jailbreaking Worthy Of Jail Time, $2500 Fine

    Luckily it didn't hold up in court.

    U.S. Declares iPhone Jailbreaking Legal, Over Apple

    They were already on my blacklist for their anti-competitive linking to AT&T and for their insanely locked down hardware that without major hacking (back in the day anyway) won't let you use your own device with anything other itunes, but the lawsuit got them a permanent place on it.

    If I buy a product, it's my ****ing product. If I buy a toaster and hack it to somehow play DVDs that's my perogative, and frankly neither the toaster company's or the dvd company's business.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    It's not a message if they don't know about it. How are they supposed to tell the difference between someone who doesn't frequent their establishment because they don't like something about it and someone who doesn't do it because they'd rather eat somewhere else?
    Any time I've ever made the choice to no longer shop / visit / dine in an establishment, they knew why. It's kind of silly to walk away from a business because you are trying to make a point, yet you are not even making the point. If you don't let them know, they'll never know why you left. May not matter anyway but a very strongly worded letter, or phone call, always made me feel better, if nothing else.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Not only did they want people who jailbroke their phones to pay a fine, they wanted their asses in jail.

    Apple Wants To Make Jailbreaking Worthy Of Jail Time, $2500 Fine

    Luckily it didn't hold up in court.
    Fortunately it didn't hold up in court, but I do wonder if any of these people signed an agreement (i.e. contract) stating that they wouldn't modify the product?

    I've bought a lot of Apple products and as such signed a lot of contracts. They don't want people to modify their stuff, because they've essentially engineered them to near perfection (for most applications).

    When you buy a new car you sign a contract stating that modifications void the warrantee and free the manufacturer of any liability. You don't typically, however, sign a contract stating that you won't modify the vehicle at all.

    That being the case, I'm also a proponent of people actually reading what they sign. If you don't like the terms Apple sets forth, don't buy their products.

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    If I buy a product, it's my ****ing product. If I buy a toaster and hack it to somehow play DVDs that's my perogative, and frankly neither the toaster company's or the dvd company's business.
    I completely agree, but for some items (i.e. computers) I simply need them to work 100% of the time, especially while traveling. That being the case, there isn't another computer manufacturer out there where I have 100% faith that the computer will work every time and exactly as I want it to work.

    If that were to change, maybe I'd be singing a different tune.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    Fortunately it didn't hold up in court, but I do wonder if any of these people signed an agreement (i.e. contract) stating that they wouldn't modify the product?

    I've bought a lot of Apple products and as such signed a lot of contracts. They don't want people to modify their stuff, because they've essentially engineered them to near perfection (for most applications).

    When you buy a new car you sign a contract stating that modifications void the warrantee and free the manufacturer of any liability. You don't typically, however, sign a contract stating that you won't modify the vehicle at all.

    That being the case, I'm also a proponent of people actually reading what they sign. If you don't like the terms Apple sets forth, don't buy their products.



    I completely agree, but for some items (i.e. computers) I simply need them to work 100% of the time, especially while traveling. That being the case, there isn't another computer manufacturer out there where I have 100% faith that the computer will work every time and exactly as I want it to work.

    If that were to change, maybe I'd be singing a different tune.
    I can understand a company not wanting you to modify their product because it won't operate at optimum if you muck it up. Car manufacturers, however, won't throw you in jail, or fine you, if you modify their car. They'll void the warranty, but that's about it. That's all Apple should do. It's your product. You buy it, you should do what you want to do with it.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Nice thread radcen.
    sure to stir the pot.
    Let me start with Papa John's, Domino's, and the rest of reagan's pizza boys who **** their employees every way but loose.
    Nobody makes anyone work for them. Dont want to get ****ed by your employer? Open your own business.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    It's not a message if they don't know about it. How are they supposed to tell the difference between someone who doesn't frequent their establishment because they don't like something about it and someone who doesn't do it because they'd rather eat somewhere else?
    Good point. I was being facetious, but you're right; if you don't tell them why you're avoiding their establishment, they'll never know what they need to fix.
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