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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    I don't boycott at all. If I like the place, I shop there, if I don't, I don't. Boycotts are generally worthless, you have to have shopped there in the past and the people have to know not only that you're not shopping there now, but why, and it takes a huge number of people to do it all at the same time to make a difference, which is extremely unlikely.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    About the only business I avoid is Chevron.
    Chevron might be a good one, though I'd argue that it's hard to avoid them in some situations.

    I'd likely avoid Comcast and PG&E if it were at all an option.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I don't boycott at all. If I like the place, I shop there, if I don't, I don't.
    That is definition of a boycott.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    They were the first major electronics company to audit for conflict minerals among their suppliers.

    ... I don't like Apple either, though.
    Meanwhile they don't give a damn how they are actually made.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    I boycott all the gasoline majors. Try to buy local. Give to charities that spend locally i.e. food pantries, Salvation Army, historical societies, schools, etc. All spending in my Community.
    Where do you find local gas stations?

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    That is definition of a boycott.
    Then I automatically boycott virtually every business on the planet because I don't shop at the overwhelming majority of them. In fact, I boycott 100% of every business beyond a small circle from my house. Is that a boycott or just not shopping there?
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    Everybody has something. Fonda in my case isn't over social views although I guess it could fall into the political arena. But when she went to Hanoi and sat in that anti-aircraft gun that was too much for me. I understood being against the war, that's all well and good, but he action was directly abetting and helping the enemy. that is a very long time to hold a grudge, but as far as I am concerned she earned. If she confined her protests and action to the states, I would have thought nothing of it. I didn't even care if Bill Clinton demonstrated in England. But to go to Hanoi, that was too much.
    It's not only vets who haven't forgotten, Pero. Many could not believe what they were seeing!

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    On the opposite end of the spectrum, I am a loyal-as-can-be shopper at Bed Bath & Beyond. Their return policy and customer service is absolutely awesome. Anything I can buy there? I won't buy anywhere else.
    That's a great point, and I completely agree.

    More than businesses that I boycott, I have a list of businesses I prefer and will patronize to any extent possible:

    In-N-Out
    Costco
    Trader Joe's
    USAA
    Enterprise
    Pauls Barbershop (super local place in MA)
    The bakery down the street (not naming for privacy reasons)
    Canon
    Apple
    Eddie Bauer
    J. Peterman
    Lamberts Cafe
    Jet Blue
    Clif Bar
    Ghirardelli

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Then I automatically boycott virtually every business on the planet because I don't shop at the overwhelming majority of them. In fact, I boycott 100% of every business beyond a small circle from my house. Is that a boycott or just not shopping there?
    No, you're missing the point.

    The idea of not patronizing a business because you didn't like the service is a boycott. You clearly stated "If I like the place, I shop there, if I don't, I don't." As soon as you stop patronizing a particular institution, especially for cause, it becomes a boycott.

    You cannot boycott a business you either haven't patronized yet or are unable to patronize.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Pappa John's ,
    I wouldn't eat one of his crap pies if John Schnatter bought it for me and hand delivered it to my kitchen and offered me $100 to eat a piece.
    It would go straight into the garbage bin outside before it could foul the air in my house.

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