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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2620 posts, RR: 3
Posted (2 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5334 times:

Wow, I hope this doesn't turn into a flamefest...

But the Pro-Gay Corporations thread, and the mention I made on it of the asinine Target boycott of 2010, made me think about companies that I really do boycott, for reasons of varying seriousness.

Home Depot sponsored the Olympic games in... when was it, 2000? 2002? Dunno, but the "jingle" they used in their TV ads was this... I just can't even think of a word to describe its degree of lameness ... compositionally, it wasn't anything different from "If You're Happy and You Know It (Clap Your Hands)," which itself was issued from the gods who dwell on Mount Fatuous. They did this slow tempo, "choral," wanna-be-artier-than-bearable arrangement of the blamed thing that really just stained my musical ears in a way that required the maximum recommended amount of auditory Oxi-Clean.

Well. Tell me a company with Home Depot's resources can't hire an actual songwriter? They will get not one penny from me.

I also boycott Procter and Gamble (animal testing), Nestle (I've forgotten by now but it had something to do with kids in Africa and they shipped their powdered milk down there in order to build brand recognition even though they knew the children's systems couldn't handle the stuff and children actually died for the sake of Nestle wanting to build brand recognition), and a few others - I won't give the complete list for fear of fanning the flames.

Or of pouring gasoline on them. The boycott that I feel most strongly about is of Shell Oil. From the information I've gathered - and I haven't seen Shell themselves proffer any contradicting information - they were complicit in the framing and execution of Nigerian writer and Ogoni people's rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa in the mid-1990's.

It's an action that is, even for an oil company, off the charts of expected evil.

Shell ain't gettin' any of my business ever.

Pancakes are delicious.
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User currently offlinekiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7038 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5322 times:

Tine in Norway, they constantly mismanage the milk quotas here, so last Christmas the country ran out of butter.

User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8669 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5319 times:

I want nothing whatsoever to do with Axel Springer AG, most importantly their number one publication "Bild". However, avoiding them is difficult due to their numerous participations.

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2060 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5308 times:

I can't really think of any companies that I intentionally boycott. I care about the price and service that I receive and companies that use cheap additives, lie on their packaging, use other deceitful advertising or various other pet causes of mine such as misandrist advertising or stupid things (like yours) such as bad music in advertising or bad websites.

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
Shell ain't gettin' any of my business ever.

I'm not sure how you go about that seeing as though they are vertically integrated in the entire oil industry. I doubt you can go a week without giving Shell your business even if you don't buy from Shell branded stations or buy their engine oils.

Its mostly a pretty personal thing , I don't think its good to go around trying to show how morally superior one is by the companies they boycott, we saw a wave of that after Rush's comments and companies that continued to advertise with him.

The beauty of the free market that one can boycott companies for whatever reason and often they will change! You can't boycott the DMV or equivalent unfortunately but more government and less companies will fix our world.

User currently offlinecasinterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4432 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5279 times:

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):

So I understand your reasons for boycotting Shell, but a mere jingle and you boycott Home Depot?
Mind you , you are protesting for issues on Shell and NEstle that were long ago settled in courts.

In the case of Nestle. THe issue wasn't the formula itself. It was the dirty water it was mixed with.

Boycotting over a current issue is worthwhile, but why for items resolved?

Older than I just was ,and younger than I will soo be.
User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4931 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 days ago) and read 5261 times:

I boycott most dog food companies that are owned by conglomerates. Science Diet/Eukabana is Proctor & Gamble, Nutro is now Del Monte Foods, etc. Most of these types of dog food companies were responsible for the great dog kill off of 2008. These companies realized that they could save money by buying the wheat gluten for their dog foods from China. Unfortunately that wheat gluten had melamine in it. Tons of dogs came down with cancer or organ failure and died from that.

Just do a Google search on "Dog Food Recalls" and you will be shocked at how many dog foods have been recalled just this year. And most of the foods come from these conglomerates. They just don't care about the product quality, just the money.

I boycotted Continental airlines from 1982-2005 because of a very bad experience I had with them in early 82. Finally when I was forced to fly them (someone else bought the ticket and it was a group fare) I was pleasantly surprised to find out how far they had come and actually flew them several more times since on my own dime.

Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
User currently offlinesunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 days ago) and read 5254 times:

Ryaniar - I hate the way they go on as if they are so much better than anyone else, and also they way they slate other companies.

The Sun newspaper - for their phone hacking scandal

These are the only two companies I do not deal with.

Formerly alcregular, Why drive when you can fly?
User currently offlineGBLKD From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 days ago) and read 5241 times:

Quoting sunshine79 (Reply 6):
The Sun newspaper - for their phone hacking scandal

I boycott it primarily because it's a steaming pile of crap like 99% of the British press.

I won't set foot in Tesco (unless I want to use thier toilets) due to thier borg-like business model and tax dodging.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5216 times:

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
How careful are you on that one....? P&G is huge with many divisions I didnt know they owned.

[Edited 2012-07-08 05:22:13]

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15693 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5213 times:

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
Companies You Boycott  

Only companies that don't provide what I want at the right price. If they do, I don't care about anything else really.

Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 837 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5193 times:

I won't have anything to do with that tacky brand

User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5135 times:

That list would be way too long to post on here, but I'll post a selection:

Quoting aloges (Reply 2):
I want nothing whatsoever to do with Axel Springer AG, most importantly their number one publication "Bild". However, avoiding them is difficult due to their numerous participations.

- What used to be United Fruit Co. (involvement in civil wars)
- North-German Burger King affiliates (abuse/treatment of employees)
- Lidl (German grocery stores - abuse/treatment of employees, tax evasion)
- Shell (I have not forgotten the "Brent Spar" stunt!)
- ANY store that uses one of those signs you place directly on the sidewalk in the path of everyone. Yes I do get to see what you offer, but I am so p***ed off by your obstructing the path I want to walk that you will not get any of my business!

And since this is an aviation forum:
- Ryanair (subsidies raider /locust, abuse/treatment of employees, payment, airports, advertising... EVERYTHING!)
- LH TXL / BER operations (despicable and uncalled for outsourcing of staff)
- Spirit and the likes...
- Air Berlin (currently under review, might fly them again if they change their practices now that "Unhold" is gone, still don't like their open political conservative approach though)

The Metro might be the Sub(optimal)way
User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1105 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5127 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 2):
I want nothing whatsoever to do with Axel Springer AG, most importantly their number one publication "Bild". However, avoiding them is difficult due to their numerous participations.

Similarly, I won't ever buy a copy of the Austrian „Kronen Zeitung“ which is 10x times worse than Bild. Even further to the right, and they back our populist-right Freedom Party.

User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5091 times:

I don't tend to boycott companies, I tend to boycott locations. If I have a bad experience at a location of a retail or restaurant chain, I tend to avoid that location for a time (especially if I make use of one of their "how was your visit" online surveys in the hopes of getting things straightened out).

About the only company I try to avoid in general is Starbucks. It's overhyped coffee that is not worth the price they charge for it. Working in the coffee industry and knowing how much our company charges our accounts for coffee, it gives me an idea on how much of a markup big coffee chains like Starbucks put on their products. Even on the most high end coffee they sell in their stores, they are paying remarkably less for it than small coffee companies and since they don't have a middleman, that also keeps their costs down (our company is the middleman as we are a supplier and not the end user of the product) and increases revenue. I've probably had Starbucks less than a dozen times in the last 7 years, and only then it was when I was on vacation and I wanted a shot of espresso or an iced coffee and that was the only option (or the closest option).

User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5081 times:


I don't boycott anything but my aunt boycotts Marks & Spencer because she thinks (is deluded?) it is run by zionists who give millions in profit to the IDF in Israel. She really likes their food and clothes though so every now and then we go there and buy a ton of stuff. How does she live with herself!


User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5071 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 13):
especially if I make use of one of their "how was your visit" online surveys in the hopes of getting things straightened out

I do know that companies pay significant sums to providers of CRM software and analysis of custumer satisfaction. Still, I doubt these have much of an impact and are worth the effort.
Also I try to avoid Starbucks but purely because I think thei're too expensive and I have better options. Does that fit the definition of boykott? (Is there one?)

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 9):
Only companies that don't provide what I want at the right price. If they do, I don't care about anything else really.

Please don't take it personally, but, the lack of ANY idealism of someone your age is ...worrying.

The Metro might be the Sub(optimal)way
User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1105 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5067 times:

Quoting Stratofish (Reply 11):
- Lidl (German grocery stores - abuse/treatment of employees, tax evasion)

I completely forgot about LIDL. It is an awful place to shop. And the quality of their products, unlike Hofer/ALDI and PENNY are considerably worse than the full price shops.

User currently offlinedcaviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5062 times:

I boycott AA since 1997. Because of nasty customer service.
Also Sprint for the same reason.

User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3527 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5057 times:

To my mind you need very strong principles to boycott a company, and need to be sure of your facts, some of the justifications above are a little weak/incorrect to say the least. You might just be cutting your nose off to spite your face.

I have a number of companies I prefer to avoid, none for political reasons, but due to a perception of poor service/poor products.

Macdonalds - mediocre food, mediocre staff
Ryanair - penny pinching, might as well travel by bus.
Subway - mediocre food
Starbucks, weak dishwater instead of coffee
Virgin Atlantic, really hacked me off the last time I flew with them, plus can't abide SRB
Barclays Bank - tried to rip us off over a trust fund.

However if I need coffee and starbucks is the only option, I won't go thirsty, likewise if Ryanair is the only direct flight option I'll use them etc.

User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5043 times:

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
I also boycott Procter and Gamble (animal testing

I haven't been to a KFC in over 20 years due to their mass rearing and mis-treatment of chickens. Animal welfare is very important to me.

Quoting Stratofish (Reply 11):
- Lidl (German grocery stores - abuse/treatment of employees, tax evasion)

Lidl and Aldi have a good name in the UK as good payers. Students love to work there.

Quoting 747438 (Reply 10):
Virgin.I won't have anything to do with that tacky brand
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 18):
Virgin Atlantic, really hacked me off the last time I flew with them, plus can't abide SRB

Add me to the list. I will have nothing whatsoever to do with that brand. Even mentioning the name makes me angry.  

User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2958 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

I have never boycotted a company: for me, a boycott happens when the company does something you don't agree with. Some companies do this, but I don't boycott them; generally, I could not care less. However, there are companies I avoid like the plague--McDonald's, for example, because their food is utter garbage, and there is much better food out there. I won't walk into one. I don't consider it a boycott; if I did not eat there because they abuse animals or something of the sort, then that be a boycott.... this is a matter of personal taste. In general, though, I don't care. I get the best product, regardless of the company. (Or the cheapest product, in things like airfare.)

The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15693 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5004 times:

Quoting Stratofish (Reply 15):
Please don't take it personally, but, the lack of ANY idealism of someone your age is ...worrying.

Worrying? You should be applauding it, as idealism is the enemy of action. Idealism is what moves people to "occupy" things, abandoning hygiene and decency in the name of...something...maybe.

It's just business.

Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8669 posts, RR: 43
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5002 times:

Many of you have stated, essentially, that there is a difference between avoiding a company and a boycott. That's exactly right. It's only a boycott if you consciously avoid a company for a reason other than the quality or price of their product.

I avoid loads of places, such as Lidl, but every now and then I may set foot into one of their stores. But I won't even take a free paper from Springer.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
idealism is the enemy of action.

Oh dear.  rotfl  You don't really have a grasp on history, do you?

[Edited 2012-07-08 08:23:01]

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10864 posts, RR: 38
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

Monsanto - I call them Monsatan
and all GMO related companies I am aware of that are using any or all Monsanto patents.


Most large food chains such as McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC, BurgerKing, Starbucks, Coca Cola, Pespi and such. Food stores such as Leader Price, Aldi, Lidl and such.

As long as we are still given the right to take our hardly earned money where we want and be able to choose, I will be using this right for as much as I can.

There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3103 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4974 times:

I used to avoid Carl's Jr. restaurants, for the right-wing anti-gay stance of their owner. (And I hated their commercials to boot!) It's been years, and I haven't seen a Carl's in a long time. So it's out of mind. Same with Cracker Barrel, if I'm driving cross country. Not keen on Dominos pizza either. Plenty of other options.

I still avoid Exxon. Think of the thousands of dollars I've deprived them since 1989.   

On a parallel note, I try to buy wild-caught sustainable fish and free-range, non-genetically altered meats. Not exactly a boycot, but a consumer tendency.

Rotten customer service will have me avoid individual stores. I've got plenty of choice, and given a chance with a customer service survey, I'll let them know. I had a deposit refunded for that from a car dealer once.

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 18):
However if I need coffee and starbucks is the only option, I won't go thirsty,

You could always get water, or a coke. I can't stand skunk coffee. I'm not that dependent on coffee to drink something that upsets me. If I'm with friends, I could get a tea or hot cider. Or a coke.


25 hOMSAr : Walmart Also, McDonald's (though that's less of a boycott than it is a matter of I never intend to eat there again because I have too much respect for
26 bjorn14 : I buy Q milk whenever I can
27 johns624 : Walmart. I've read too many stories of rotten things they've done for them to be isolated instances, like they claim.
28 BMI727 : Quite a good one actually. Like how the Soviet Union wasted the better part of a century pursuing the idealist fantasy of Communism. And there are pl
29 Jetsgo : I'd really like to think I have other things to worry about life than partake in some boycott. Besides, the term has become way overused and perverted
30 af773atmsp : I avoid Walmart mainly because I just don't like the company in general. Toyota, Honda, and their luxury brands will never get my business either. Too
31 Zentraedi : American Airlines and United Airlines for their terrible customer service and poor attitudes. Even if you don't have the nicest planes or service amen
32 Superfly : Delta Airlines Air Asia
33 fr8mech : I believe that boycotts, without political action are useless. Read that as: one person, one family, one group, boycotting anything doesn't do a thing
34 aloges : Those highly "idealist fantasy" include democracy, which isn't exactly a fallacy - but it has been considered one for the best part of human history.
35 bohica : I work in the delivery business where a substantial amount of my income comes from tips. If a business I deliver to does not tip me, I will be more th
36 rampart : Nor does whale oil, but it might have had society remained in the rut that kept their "priorities straight". You have your priorities, I have mine. A
37 TecumsehSherman : I don't boycott any companies. I will boycott anything from Arizona, because of how out of control their right-wing government has become. I won't hav
38 Jetsgo : Ah yes the broken record appears again! Right bad. Left good. We get it. Was it worth your $25? Btw, why couldn't you post all this under your real u
39 johns624 : No, he's still in school and living at home with his parents and thinks he knows what the world is all about. His thread on how much money he wanted
40 NoUFO : I don't read "Bild". The free copy I found in my letter box when they celebrated their 60th(?) anniversary ended up in the recycling bin - unread. Bu
41 Post contains images aloges : Absolutely. I used to have a subscription to the magazine and would read quite a few of the articles on the web. I cancelled the subscription long ag
42 windy95 : Was wondering his original name myself.
43 BMI727 : That's not a boycott, that's using competitors because you like their service better. Exactly. I don't care if they bribe every official in Mexico, w
44 fr8mech : Correct. A boycott would be if you forego your trip because you choose to not fly them (assuming they are the only ones that serve the market)...and
45 Post contains images aloges : You're starting to contradict yourself. That's good. You could choose an alternative means of transport - train, car or flying carpet - and not make
46 BMI727 : Not at all. When I say that the world runs on power and money, what I'm getting at is that it is ridiculous to support "everybody play nice and contr
47 Post contains links and images aloges : Oh, trust me, you are on one... Anyway, I've just noticed a link in the "Similar topics" field on the bottom of the page: I'll Boycott Eurovision!wil
48 fr8mech : And, I suggested in my previous posts that if it makes you feel better, more power to you. But, an individual boycott hurts the boycotter more than t
49 MD11Engineer : I agree. I´ve been reading the Spiegel since about 35 years now (since I nicked from my father´s desk every monday when I was a little boy). It use
50 Post contains images MaverickM11 : I think most people are confusing "boycotting" with "not liking". Somewhere in between those two is me vs Chic-fil-a. I've never understood what makes
51 NoUFO : I prefer "Die Zeit" over "Der Spiegel", but "Der Spiegel" ("'Bild' for the intellectual" or "Bild am Montag" as I call it) - the printed issue - diff
52 2707200X : One thing about large businesses and the politically active person, it will always be a hard mix. To the liberal such as myself if I boycotted every b
53 Post contains images 3DoorsDown : Nike. I hate the company and will never wear anything with the swoosh on it. Ford. If a "friend" drives one over, they get to park on the side of the
54 WestJet747 : I don't buy anything from Walmart. Their business practices are bad enough, but it's their denial of such practices that pushes me to give my money to
55 Post contains links Mir : I don't buy from Amazon - their business practices are incredibly destructive for the long-term health of the publishing industry, and I'm not going t
56 ltbewr : I will not do business with BP gas stations over their Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. I would rather not buy gas at a Citgo station due the oil company'
57 Post contains links and images Superfly : LOL! The $25 was probably paid for by the Obama2012 campaign. Notice how his supporters are running around screaming & hollering and on just abou
58 jetblueguy22 : Walmart tops my list. I just hate the stores. I feel like every time I am ever in there they just got ransacked and looted. Another would be US Airway
59 zckls04 : :D That is the most hilarious thing I have heard in a long time. I agree with those who say boycotts are mostly pointless. However they can often rai
60 kiwirob : So do I, the problem is Q products aren't stocked in many supermarkets around here, so my boycott isn't what it should be.
61 Post contains images N172DM : Spirit Airlines! https://www.facebook.com/Boycottspirit Seriously though, I don't Boycott very many companies, though I don't like quite a few, like:
62 Post contains images Braniff747SP : I failed to mention this one in my post.
63 autothrust : There are many company's i boycott: Mostly: Ryanair Chinese Company's as they copy everything Apple: pathetic politics of apple, hype of apple product
64 kiwirob : Really since when are Subaru taking jobs from the European car industry, the problem with the European car industry is massive over capacity and unio
65 SmittyOne : I agree that you can't throw your arms around the world. But on the other hand I think that you will discover as you get a few more years under your
66 babybus : I don't believe that is true. Many years ago when the French were blowing up an atoll to test a nuclear bomb the people in Britain without any form o
67 autothrust : Have you seen how many fugly Subaru's are on the streets here in Europe?
68 Post contains images SW733 : I can't really think of any I boycott formally. I used to boycott US Airways after some very bad experiences, but I got stuck on a flight not long ago
69 SIA747Megatop : I boycott Emirates. They don't need to grow any bigger and completely tarnish the competition. I have friends that are close to me that work with SIA
70 kiwirob : Yup bugger all except in alpine areas.
71 Dano1977 : Companies I boycott... Nestlé Asda (Walmart) Vodaphone O2 Virgin Atlantic Norwich & Peterborough building society
72 BlueLine : HP- Everything I have used has had poor reliability and their customer service is horrendous. Aurelio's Pizza- A pizza chain in the suburban Chicago a
73 ER757 : So, what operating system are you running? I know there's more out there than Windows and OSX, just curious. What about software programs? Wow, they'
74 DocLightning : Chick Fil-A. Won't touch them with a ten-foot pole. As if discriminating against and harrassing non-Christian employees isn't bad enough, donating to
75 Post contains links ScarletHarlot : I have refused to patronize Amazon.com because of their refusal to stop selling cockfighting and dogfighting magazines, but it looks like this may ha
76 BMI727 : That's what businesses are supposed to do. Having a conscience is too expensive.
77 ScarletHarlot : I think a balance can be attained, and I prefer to spend my money at companies that can do so.
78 rampart : I have a "social good" portfolio in my retirement plan stocks. They've outperformed, in aggregate, all the other portfolios this year and in previous
79 NorthStarDC4M : I Boycott KFC, not for any PETA/Enviro reasons but because I got yelled at by 2 different managers at 2 different locations and their service sucks. B
80 Post contains images aloges : You must be telling stories, after all we know that... SCNR IIRC, the Norwegians do essentially the same with their oil money and they keep doing rat
81 rampart : Which is why we have laws, unfortunately, because sometimes others think the same. The moral or monetary expense is beyond small minds, hence short c
82 WestJet747 : What real-world business experience are you basing this on? Can you provide us with a case study to support your statement? This is unfortunately ver
83 ALTF4 : Wow, this thread made me laugh harder than I have in a while. Thanks for the entertainment. Yeah, keep on boycotting them then - who the hell knows wh
84 BMI727 : Investments in attempts to repeal particularly onerous legislation can be worthwhile in many cases. You don't have to go further than the grocery sto
85 Post contains images WestJet747 : Thank you. You just made an excellent point (although contradictory to your original argument). Grocery stores sell free-range and organic foods beca
86 BMI727 : Not at all. If a company behaves in "socially responsible" ways and then plasters that all over their packaging and advertising, that's not really "h
87 fr8mech : In this state, if the proprietor of the business posts a 'No Concealed Weapons' sign, you are considered to be trespassing whether they find out or n
88 DeltaMD90 : To be fair, he did say most states, and the states I've been to fell in this category. I wouldn't break laws dealing with guns especially, consequenc
89 ALTF4 : I don't know what state you live in. I did not say your state has the same laws as mine. In the state I am familiar with, it is no more breaking the
90 LFutia : I do not do Citgo unless I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallly have to. I will use Shell or Speedway. Leo/ORD
91 AirPacific747 : Really? I think Subway is actually okay.. fresh ingredients
92 JAGflyer : German Automobile Manufacturers - As a person of eastern-European Jewish background, the majority of my dad's side was murdered by the Nazis. I have n
93 KGRB : When I think boycott, I think of people actively avoiding an organization due to their business practices, political views, or some other legitimate r
94 Airstud : But why the preference for Shell? They had those Ogoni activists executed.
95 Post contains images BMI727 : You should, because you'd see how ridiculous that is. You should boycott Airbus, which contains the remnants of Messerschmitt. You should boycott GM,
96 LFutia : I didn't know anything about that, but I like Shell gas, whichever is good for my car I will get however, Shell is generally cheaper and I get good g
97 Post contains images cmf : The freshness depends very much on where you are. In Scandinavia Subway typically deliver daily. In US it is typically twice a week.
98 autothrust : As if japanese cars were the only reliable cars which perform fine and are fairly green. New statistics show german cars to be more reliable then jap
99 flanker : I don't go to Citgo, for obvious reasons.
100 tom355uk : This is the problem with a personal boycott on such grounds - You can only control so much of the chain you buy into, whether you like it or not; thi
101 bhill : BMI727, You never cease to amaze me..... "Render to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's, and to God the things that are God's"...this statement is not
102 BMI727 : To be satisfied is to be bored.
103 EricR : While there are a couple companies I boycott for various reasons (ie. US Airways), smaller companies in general provide much better service and genera
104 PSA53 : Up to now,I never felt a company should be boycotted based on ones political base.I'll buy based on good service and valued price. But have to coincid
105 Post contains images ALTF4 : That's a matter of personal opinion. And if German cars are so much more reliable, then why is the selling price for a '09 Accord only $3k or $4k che
106 cmf : You should do a fact check on who is paying for them. Hint, it isn't tax money. Why apply different rules to him?
107 PSA53 : You know what? You're right.I got misled and thought about it that is of charity of funding. In this very one case,yes! Lauren should have known bett
108 Post contains images bohica : This is the first issue the democrats and republicans have agreed upon in over 4 years.
109 jamincan : The only company that I truly boycott is Paypal in the sense that there have been several times where I have wanted to purchase or support something,
110 na : - Lidl, the discount food chain due to their treatment of employees. - Ryanair as they are the forrunner of the cheap and awful trend in aviation - an
111 AirPacific747 : I was actually mostly talking about my experiences with the subways I have been to in the US.. As far as I know, there's only one very small subway i
112 cmf : Not according to my sister. She has been opening Subway stores in Sweden the last two (or is it three) years.
113 AirPacific747 : Ok, well.. based on their Danish website, it seems that there's only a handful of subways in Denmark.. must be danish regulations stopping them in th
114 falstaff : I boycott Shell Oil for some unknown family reason. My Grandfather, who died in 1958, didn't buy gas at Shell. My father doesn't buy gas at Shell and
115 Pyrex : Ben & Jerry's ? Contradict yourself much? They say that if you are not a leftie when you are 20 you have no heart and if you are not a conservativ
116 type-rated : Considering the problem I had with them was the week of the Frank Lorenzo takeover the problem was real. I told them I would never fly them again. (h
117 na : With one exception (they refunded money to a "customer" who I worked for a full day) I never had problems with them.
118 geezer : Wow ! I only had time to read the first 50 (or so) replies, but after reading just that many, all I can say is.................. I'm surprised that th
119 kiwirob : Miss Arlie has been your fiancée for a long time, when are you going to make an honest woman of her?
120 fr8mech : To paraphrase someone who paraphrased someone else: Some researchers were performing a study on learned behaviour. 4 monkeys were wired and placed in
121 Asturias : I honestly can't say I boycott any company, it just hasn't come to that .. any company that I'd consider boycotting already has such deplorable servic
122 casinterest : I agree with you on this one.
123 Pellegrine : I boycott WalMart, that's about it right now. Absolutely horrible company.
124 slider : The term "boycott" has already been appropriately addressed, since it was misused in the context of this thread, so I'll just go with the theme.... I
125 Pellegrine : I also try to boycott anything made by Monsanto, derived from Monsanto products, anything that supports the Koch brothers, and any other extreme right
126 type-rated : The holocast happened 70 years ago. All of the people that made that happen are long gone by now. So the people today running German companies were ne
127 geezer : Oh no ! I sure hate to hear that you don't shop at my favorite store ! BTW..........what does the Koch make / sell / do anyway ? not sure if I like t
128 Post contains links Superfly : You mean the amusement park that the Grizwalds drove all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles to see, only to find out that it was closed for remodeli
129 Pellegrine : I don't really care. I think you know full well based on your posts in this thread, it is only your political views which provoke you into posting wh
130 geezer : I just happened to think of something else................I've noticed that there seems to be a lot of "ill will" towards Wal Mart on here; That's OK,
131 ALTF4 : Those of you that do boycott companies, I have a question: Do you ever congratulate, in some form or fashion, companies that do good things? How about
132 fr8mech : Political activism rarely appears as gratitude. It usually manifests itself as outrage. Better pictures that way.
133 type-rated : A couple of years ago a buddy of mine took a job with Walmart as a computer programmer. He was surprise at how "leading edge" the company was in tech
134 aloges : I've written several "thank you" letters after receiving good service, mostly to airlines. Apart from that, I try to focus my shopping on stores that
135 rampart : I do, by letter or e-mail, or I pass the word to others about their enlightened doings. Of course, some of these are to compensate for their failings
136 Post contains links corocks : I can't believe Chick-fil-a has not blown up on this thread or had its own post after the President came right out and said they are 100% against gay
137 Post contains images ALTF4 : Off to buy more chicken sandwiches. I haven't had lunch yet. They aren't doing anything illegal, and they make some pretty good chicken, so I'll let
138 Ken777 : And their Page Three? I think that the people who owned the paper are the ones that need attention. My preference is to take the misused assets from
139 NASCARAirforce : Exxon Mobil and BP for gas Walmart Bank of America and Citibank
140 zippyjet : I feel never say never but, at least for the immediate future I avoid some of these companies. Sprint (bad experience a lot of $$$ for poor service an
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