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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    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.
    I'm boycotting California. Let the surfers and valley girls live in their own hell.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    That is definition of a boycott.
    Per Webster it states a refusal to deal or associate with a person in order to coerce them.

    My dealings or my refusal to go back to McDonald's wasn't to coerce anything from them or to make them do something. It was just that they didn't give the wife a hamburger like she wanted. We don't care how they make their hamburgers, it is just McDonalds ain't for us.

    In a boycott you usually try to get other people not to shop there or visit their establishment. That isn't the case here either. I don't care if everyone else in the world buys their hamburgers from McDonalds, I won't.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by EdwinWillers View Post
    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.
    With the economy not being the best it could be, you'd think that they would stress customer service! I shop at our local businesses as much as possible, because they appreciate our business, and they also sponsor kid's baseball and other sports in our town. Win-win in my opinion. Sometimes you have no choice but to shop elsewhere, but we remember who treated us well in the past, and we shop there. :

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    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.
    Well, now I'm going to say something that is conflicted. Very few BP stations are owned by BP and I know that boycotting a BP station most likely hurts a private businessman who had nothing to to with the spill. It's probably the same issue with Chevron so I'm probably applying a double standard. That's life I guess.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    With the economy not being the best it could be, you'd think that they would stress customer service! I shop at our local businesses as much as possible, because they appreciate our business, and they also sponsor kid's baseball and other sports in our town. Win-win in my opinion. Sometimes you have no choice but to shop elsewhere, but we remember who treated us well in the past, and we shop there. :

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    Well, we actually like Hobby Lobby - but that was an example of a good reason not to shop at that particular store again (we've several in our area, so we have choices). He's just one individual, but that's all it can take to turn customers away - and I agree with you - in this economy, you can't take anything for granted, customer-service-wise.

    No, we're not boycotting them, or that store. But still... that wasn't cool at all.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    Per Webster it states a refusal to deal or associate with a person in order to coerce them.
    But then it also goes on to say "to stop using the goods or services of (a company, country, etc.) until changes are made."

    Simply not patronizing a business because of poor service, is marginally boycotting, but I'd argue that it fits the description. Say you went to that McDonalds that day and got what you wanted, you'd still be patronizing them.

    You stopped going there for a particular service related reason.

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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    Well, now I'm going to say something that is conflicted. Very few BP stations are owned by BP and I know that boycotting a BP station most likely hurts a private businessman who had nothing to to with the spill. It's probably the same issue with Chevron so I'm probably applying a double standard. That's life I guess.
    And that's very true, which is why I wasn't really discriminating when I was down there. Beyond that, it was just sheer luck that BP was the company to cause the spill and not someone else. I'm pretty sure that deepwater drilling & oil recovery is an inherently risky business and eventually someone was going to cause a spill.

    That being said, you're right about the individual business owner and I'd go further to say that the people actually working at the station are also no more culpable for the spill.

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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?

    I general do not boycott over social issues. For example, many friends of mine boycott Chick-fil-A over their religious stances. I do not (though I don't think their food is orgasmic like many others seem to think). I figure that if I look hard enough that I can fine something in every business that offends me, then I'd be left with no place to go.

    I general DO boycott over repeated instances of shoddy customer service and/or crappy policies. If you treat ME like crap, I'm going to stop going there. For example, I liked the merchandise and prices at Burlington Coat Factory, but hated their return policies. I rarely return anything, but still want the option when necessary, and don't like the feeling of that I'm somehow being unfair. You either stand behind your merchandise, or you don't. Hence, I stopped shopping there.
    It depends on the issue if it's social and in the media. For my own personal experience it depends on the service, how the place operates, and whether I have had an extremely bad experience. Even with bad experiences I am willing to give a business a second try, but extremely bad businesses no.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    But then it also goes on to say "to stop using the goods or services of (a company, country, etc.) until changes are made."

    Simply not patronizing a business because of poor service, is marginally boycotting, but I'd argue that it fits the description. Say you went to that McDonalds that day and got what you wanted, you'd still be patronizing them.

    You stopped going there for a particular service related reason.
    The thing is I don't care if changes are made or not, that is their business. I am not trying to coerce them into doing or not doing anything. You right, I was not a happy camper and if they had put lettuce on the wife's hamburger, we probably would still be going to McDonalds. But the way I see it, if they want to put lettuce on their hamburger or not is strictly up to them. Where the wife and me buy our hamburgers is up to us.

    IMO, boycotting McDonalds means I am trying to get them to do something or not do something, that isn't the case. I and the wife am perfectly happy to let McDonalds make their hamburgers anyway they see fit.
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    Re: Do you boycott particular businesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by EdwinWillers View Post
    I'm boycotting California. Let the surfers and valley girls live in their own hell.

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    Such hell, I love when people boycott California.

    It helps keep our beaches empty.

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