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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A note on boycotts.

I generally don't think that boycotts do much good (buy-cotts are much more effective) although I've heard that if you can affect a business' revenues by as little as 5% you've been effective. The biggest reason I don't think there's terribly effective is because they don't require you to do ... anything.

On the other hand, if you go to a business that's the subject of a boycott, and you get a shopping cart full of merchandise, and you go through the checkout line and when you get the total you suddenly remember that you're not buying from that business because of their policy on XYZ, then you've made a bit more of a statement because now you've got the staff complaining to the higher ups (who generally don't give a shit how their policies affect the help) that their decision is now affecting them - not to mention the business.

Alynski indeed!

By the same token, when a business comes to its senses we need to applaud that business by buying something and making sure they know that you came by just to support their business.


1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Good points! And I DO participate in buycotts...