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24 July 2010 @ 04:55 pm
Writer's Block: Supersize me  
Have you ever boycotted a company or product? If so, what was it, and what caused you to boycott it?

Why do I feel I must answer this? I think it's because I have a weakness for causes. Which answers the first question: yes.

Wal*mart (or, as my dad's taken to calling it, Lord Waldemart). It's their hiring policies, mostly; basically, they won't hire anyone with any sort of health problems, which in the end makes little difference, since they don't hire people full time, and therefore don't have to offer health insurance. Instead, they have people work 39 hours, but not the extra hour that would allow them to have full time work. It's companies like that which cause people to have to take on 2 or 3 jobs just to make ends meet. The best thing, though, is that we managed to get enough people within a certain area to boycott it, and the company went out of business in the area. I generally don't like superstores at all, and try to do shopping at local places when I can, but it's fairly hard to do so around here. Thus, I will full-out fight one evil at a time...

That, and I wouldn't go into Jeepers, but that's more of a hate of the whole atmosphere, with kids running around screaming and loud obnoxious music. My friends used to go in to play DDR on the metal pads, so I would just walk around the mall.

Oh! And Starbucks. It's partly a case of their coffee tasting like dishwater, but I've got a thing about large corporations. Especially ones that build stores across the street from the same place. And their specialty drinks are really unhealthy. Borders Books, who I actually have nothing against, cut ties with them and now has Seattle's Best in their stores, but Barnes and  Noble hasn't (they're too conservative, anyway. And yes, it's possible for a national chain to be conservative. You don't notice until you try to find something, but they won't stock yaoi  manga, as opposed to Borders, who'll stock what sells.)

Does refusing to buy Chinese count?

Yes, I have too many causes...

See you later, instigator: Gellert - all wrongoudeteron on July 24th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Lord Waldemart! Brilliant nickname, that.

I don't actually have to boycott that company since they haven't made it over here yet, but I know what you mean about the big chains. They really tend to suck out the opportunities for anyone fending for their own, unaffiliated company. Come to think of it, I could say that I boycott Facebook because of their shitty privacy policies. And FF.net together with Y!gallery, because their rules are just friggin' immature.

(Geez, I need to turn my consumer wrath against "flesh and blood" businesses for a change...)
MissTeacakes: Tiny Grim Reapermissteacakes on July 25th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
I've been wanting to boycott facebook, but it's such a stupidly popular network here that sometimes the only way to get in touch with someone is through there. As for ff.net, I feel like the people in general are more immature--like 12-year-old fangirls. LJ people are just as immature in their humor, but in a more mature way, if that makes sense.

Well, I'd say go for the fast food chains, but I don't eat it in general since it's so greasy. Although, I almost feel the urge to be proud of McDonald's. Not only have they been using 100% beef, but they haven't been making nasty-ass burgers like some of the others. (I don't know if you have quite the same choices, but there's one burger around here that has something like three beef patties and a bacon one. It's disgusting.)
See you later, instigator: 30StMoudeteron on July 25th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, I imagine that's exactly what Facebook's banking on - a lot of people use it for the convenience. As for FF.net, fanbratty is pretty much how 90% of the crew there came across to me last time I bothered to check. I think LJ's cracky humour is more mature because, well, we're mostly aware that that's what it is. XD

I don't eat beef to begin with, but I agree the materials could be a lot worse than what McD's use. Maybe this is one of the cases where the chain is so well-known that it would do them more harm than good to try and cheat the customers. I'd say the moment they're running on reputation, it's not so bad.