(Closed) Do you consider the political/social view of a business before you patronize it?

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you consider the political/social view of a business before you patronize it?
    Yes : (22 votes)
    28 %
    No : (20 votes)
    25 %
    Sometimes : (38 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 17
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    375 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Target did not donate to support a ban on gay marriage. They donated to a group that supported a candidate who is in favor of low taxes and incentives for businesses. They are a business. They are focused on improving the business climate in the state they are in. Should they have perhaps donated to a group that didn’t involve itself in social politics? Maybe. 

    As a Minnesotan, I can attest that they donate to a LARGE number of diverse charities, schools, and organizations in our state and many others. I have many friends who work for Target who can attest that they are supportive of the LGBT community and employees. 

    Furthermore, currently the leading democratic candidates are in favor of higher taxes on companies, Frm Senator Dayton is proposing to make MN income taxes the highest in the nation as well as raise them for corporations. This would NOT be in Target’s interest. 

    Post # 18
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    2271 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I also refuse to patronize Walmart, for a wide variety of reasons, not having to do with political parties at all. But I am certain that shopping according to one’s conscience does indeed have an impact. I do not patronize pet stores that get animals from puppy mills for example. But it is just as important to let these establishments know WHY you do not buy there.

    Post # 19
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    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I don’t flatly REFUSE to shop anywhere, but I certain do avoid Walmart. I still do spend a lot of money at Target because it is convenient and has products that either I don’t know where to find elsewhere, or that I would have to drive to multiple places to get. (I used to be a huge fan or Target, but their return polices, while not negatively impacting me, are pissing me off).

    I try to spend money at local businesses, if I can. And I am more likely to frequent businesses that are engaging in the local community and supporting issues I support (if they have a rainbow sticker, sponsor community events, etc). If I know your business has done something knowingly terrible I’ll avoid it. 

    Post # 20
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    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’d really hope that despite their donation, you’d still choose to shop at Target over Wal-Mart. Target has a long history of corporate responsibility, and they give millions and millions of dollars per year to charities and non-profits that do great work. They pay their workers a livable wage, and they provide them with benefits. Wal-Mart does not do any of these things. They have been cited for encouraging their workers to sign up for food stamps, public health care plans and public housing, because they are too selfish and greedy to pay their employees a livable wage.

    I am very liberal, and a huge supporter of equal rights for everyone (including GLBTQ folks) but one, relativly small donation does not offset the major difference in levels of corporate responsibility between Target and Walmart.

     

    Post # 21
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    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    Just to add, more than anything, this donation should show how TERRIBLE the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court was! This is the future of our elections people! Corporations getting involved in politics, and throwing down donations to support their agenda.

    Post # 22
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I avoid Wal-Mart at all costs, but not because of their politics.  I shop at stores that I like, whether I agree with their politics or not.  There are lots of ways to take a stand, but, for me, shopping isn’t one of them.

    Post # 23
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    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I agree that the Target thing seems to be getting blown way out of proportion.  As they pointed out, they didn’t donate to the candidate.  They donated to an organization which creates jobs.  THAT organization has spent money to advertise for the candidate (based on his position regarding job creation, not his stance on gay marriage).  Should Target have maybe done some more research on where MN Foundation spends it’s money in order to protect themselves from this kind of negative backlash?.. yes, they probably should have.  But it’s a VERY small donation compared to Target’s annual philanthropic budget, and it wasn’t meant to be a stance against gay marriage in any way shape or form.

    I don’t have the time to research the political views of every corporation I shop.. nor do I have the money to have a huge effect on their profits anyway, so I’m going to shop where it’s convenient for me to do so. 

    Post # 24
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    1154 posts
    Bumble bee

    I wish I could but there are just too many.  I don’t like the CEO of American Apparell and Whole Foods.  But I still shop at Whole Foods.  🙁

    Post # 25
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    1288 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

    I think it’s inescapable — corporations are going to promote candidates that want lower corporate taxes. They want to do everything possible to make as much money as possible, at any expense of consumers or social justice.. Pretty much have to live off the grid to not support companies like that.

    Post # 26
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    250 posts
    Helper bee

    I do this as often as I can.  The big thing for me is to only buy American made though.  I completely REFUSE to buy anything that is made in China.  Its hard and sometimes it can be pricey but it is worth it to me. 

    Post # 27
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    2271 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    @mncrk09: Number one reason why I do not shop at Wal-Mart. I avoid China-made goods as well. Between the fact the majority of the profits support the country’s communist military, human rights violations, the cruel treatment of animals, and the the loss of American manufacturing jobs – I have to do this. I don’t tell other people what to do or how to shop but by golly, I just have to shop with my conscience! I also avoid cosmetics and body-care products that test on animals. I do an awful lot of label reading!

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2019

    I totally do.

    Target also allows their pharmacists to dispense plan B based on their values, not the law. In some areas this has meant girls cannot access something the law says they should be able to. I don’t think Target should have the right to decide! So I am anti Target. Plus their employees are really rude at the one by me.

    I try to shop local as much as possible. I know somethimes that means spending more but it is so much better for the community!

    There is a local store here that supports a guy who is always trying to take money out of schools. His bills are the kind that would devistate school systems and bankrupt in the extreme. Ever since I found out that this store supports him I do everyhting I can to convince people not to shop there.

     

    As for buying american, I think it is good but I would rather buy something made in china from a local store than buy something made here from a giant chain, but it is important to me that my money remain in my community.

    Post # 29
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    66 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    IMO, Walmart is on an island of it’s own when it comes to this topic.  That is one hell of a horrible company on a ton of levels.

    I just try my hardest to be a very educated and aware consumer.  I support smaller, local companies that are supportive of things that are important to me, ie: human rights, environmental awareness, etc.  If I find something out about a company that I disagree with I will absolutely discontinue my patronage.

    Post # 30
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    652 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I try, whenever possible, or when I know better.  For example, I stopped shopping at Target in 2001, when they stopped making grants to Planned Parenthood due to a boycott by pro-life groups.  It was years before I entered the store–but eventually I made a purchase there.  Do I go often?  No. Generally speaking, I try to avoid the big box stores and support my local small businesses.  But I agree, you’d often have to spend more money or go without.  

    Post # 31
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    2633 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m certainly not trying to start anything, but you are aware that WeddingBee itself is own by eHarmony correct?  And that eHarmony (a company based in Christian faith according to everything I’ve read) didn’t offer services to same sex couples until they were forced to after losing a lawsuit? 

    Based upon what you posted – you’d have to stop using this site as well.

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