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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.
    That's what I've already said, I don't like their behavior and their contracts so I don't buy their products. It's not about the legality, it's about the fact that they're doing it. If they had put in every EULA that Steve Jobs is allowed to bang your wife whenever he wants, it might have a chance of holding up in court, but it's a super sleezy dirtbag thing to do, and people should boycott them for it.

    I've been hard pressed to find a company I find more sinister than Apple.
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    I don't shop at Walmart or K-Mart. Crappy products, customer service, customers, treat employees like crap.

    I don't buy Apple. Oppose child labor.

    I don't eat Chik-Fil-A. Homophobic owner.

    I don't donate to the Salvation Army. Homophobes.

    I don't order Papa John's. Narcissistic owner who has to be in every commercial.

    Years ago, I worked at a pizza joint. We were across a plaza from a K-Mart. There used to be a group of women who would come in from K-Mart (wearing their smocks) and would treat the entire staff like garbage. It was a concerted group effort too. The reason I know this is because there was one lady who would always pay last and sneak a tip to the server on the down low. Whenever I see people in a uniform treating others poorly in another business, I make it a point to avoid shopping at the offender's business.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    That's what I've already said, I don't like their behavior and their contracts so I don't buy their products. It's not about the legality, it's about the fact that they're doing it. If they had put in every EULA that Steve Jobs is allowed to bang your wife whenever he wants, it might have a chance of holding up in court, but it's a super sleezy dirtbag thing to do, and people should boycott them for it.

    I've been hard pressed to find a company I find more sinister than Apple.
    I'm not thrilled with my iPhone. I jumped on the Apple bandwagon and got one early this year, and honestly wish I'd stayed with my Droid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I'm not thrilled with my iPhone. I jumped on the Apple bandwagon and got one early this year, and honestly wish I'd stayed with my Droid.
    Your iPhone will be out of date in two weeks when they put out a new one for $600 that makes one minor alteration.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    That's what I've already said, I don't like their behavior and their contracts so I don't buy their products.
    Fair enough, I must've missed that point.

    I just know a lot of people who don't bother reading the things they sign, who are deeply surprised when the company who they signed with comes back to see those terms honored.

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    I've been hard pressed to find a company I find more sinister than Apple.
    You might be on to something, unfortunately they happen to make very reliable products.

    I also happen to think that Microsoft is quite sinister, however for my money there isn't better program for the application than MS Excel.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    I boycott the businesses that require you to use a club card for discounts. I do not allow such data collection which they sell to third parties.

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    I don't donate to Goodwill. They exploit disabled labor by paying special needs employees much, much lower than minimum wage (in some cases, under a dollar an hour) and the CEOs average $500,000 a year, and the owner profits $2.3m a year.

    Also with United Way - my Husband used to work for them. Something like 6% of what you donate actually goes to help people in need. The rest goes to administrative costs, salaries, etc.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorgasm View Post
    Your iPhone will be out of date in two weeks when they put out a new one for $600 that makes one minor alteration.
    It's already out of date. Normally I'm not a "jump on the bandwagon" kind of girl, but the iPhone seemed to offer more than the Droid phones did, plus there was so much more that you could do with it, more cases, etc. So instead of buying the 5 for several hundred dollars, I got the 4s for free from Verizon. So it's already older, and the bad thing is, once the 5 came out, all the cool cases and accessories for 4 stopped being stocked in the store. *groan*
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    It's already out of date. Normally I'm not a "jump on the bandwagon" kind of girl, but the iPhone seemed to offer more than the Droid phones did, plus there was so much more that you could do with it, more cases, etc. So instead of buying the 5 for several hundred dollars, I got the 4s for free from Verizon. So it's already older, and the bad thing is, once the 5 came out, all the cool cases and accessories for 4 stopped being stocked in the store. *groan*
    Isn't the difference between the 4 and 5 that they moved the headphone jack from the bottom to the top?

    You should be able to find the cases on ebay still.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoC_T View Post
    I'll basically avoid any local store that insists on a minimum spending fee before I can use my card. Not content with fleecing customers, they demand extra for the privilege of paying at all? That they 'can't compete with larger businesses who buy in bulk' is not my problem. I won't abet their greed. Also, HMV. What they charged for CDs and DVDs was criminal. I laughed when they went into receivership.
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    The reason stores will have a minimum charge is to allow the store to make money on the transaction. They have to pay a fee to the card company for every transaction, Small purchases that are bought using cards most likely are loss makers on the store
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