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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    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.
    I never mentioned service, did I? There was a frozen yogurt place that I always went to, it was close to my house, they were pretty good, but another place opened up that, while slightly farther, I drove past it more often and it had a much larger selection. So I go to that one now. I'm not boycotting the other place, I just found one I like better.

    There are plenty of places I'd never walk into for any reason, like Dress Barn. I don't wear women's clothes, therefore I don't go there. It's not a boycott, it's a lack of motivation to walk in the door. This is what I was initially talking about, that you called the "definition of a boycott". It's nothing of the sort.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I never mentioned service, did I?
    You stated, and I quote: "If I like the place, I shop there, if I don't, I don't."

    That is a boycott, now if that's not what you meant, fair enough. I suppose it gets pretty semantical after that, but it's hard to come out saying "If I like the place, I shop there, if I don't, I don't." and then say that you never said that.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    There are plenty of places I'd never walk into for any reason, like Dress Barn.
    And if you had simply said this in the beginning we wouldn't be having this conversation.

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    If you ever go back to Starved Rock, take Illinois 71, South of I-80, and look on the North side of the road for Hank's,
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Treat me shoddy in a restaurant, and I won't be back so you can do it twice. That's probably the most frequent "boycott" I do...and not often, at that. Most restaurants in the Chicagoland area either give great service and great food or don't stay in business.

    There's a casino about 30 minutes from my home that I won't go back to. They actually charge for cashing checks. Really?
    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.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Truckstop View Post
    Hobby lobby, I don't know how they trained that many employees to treat customers like crap but they did. Also not impressed with the owners attitude about really anything so we just don't do any business there.
    We were in there just yesterday shopping for a Thanksgiving wreath; some dweeb of a manager "greeted" us with "hey" not even bothering to look at us. We asked where we could find wreaths and he brushed us off "next couple of aisles, there," raising his arm behind him. It was in fact just one aisle. We just left.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    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.
    You're right they are hard to avoid sometimes. I travel a lot and I'd rather avoid walking up the interstate.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I never mentioned service, did I? There was a frozen yogurt place that I always went to, it was close to my house, they were pretty good, but another place opened up that, while slightly farther, I drove past it more often and it had a much larger selection. So I go to that one now. I'm not boycotting the other place, I just found one I like better.

    There are plenty of places I'd never walk into for any reason, like Dress Barn. I don't wear women's clothes, therefore I don't go there. It's not a boycott, it's a lack of motivation to walk in the door. This is what I was initially talking about, that you called the "definition of a boycott". It's nothing of the sort.
    Yeah. I don't consider refusing to frequent a restaurant or a store because of bad service or treatment a "boycott." I consider it a "message,"
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    You're right they are hard to avoid sometimes. I travel a lot and I'd rather avoid walking up the interstate.
    This is very true.

    When I was working on the oil spill in the Gulf back in 2010 I remember people boycotting BP stations. Hell, some BP stations even covered up their signs with tarps & trash bags. However, it was hard to avoid those stations in some instances.

    Personally, I buy fuel from Costco whenever the opportunity presents itself. This idea is two-fold, as they are usually cheaper and I like supporting their business.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    Where do you find local gas stations?
    Independents and Indian reservations. Don't forget Hugo Chavez's pumps. I know all the gas probably is from the major's refineries, but most of the profit goes to the local independent retailers.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Do you boycott particular businesses? If so, which ones and why?
    Come to think of it, I also boycott particular nations as well.

    We were planning on taking the Trans-Siberian railroad for vacation this year but squelched that idea in light of their recent advances in human rights.

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