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

posted 10 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you consider the political/social view of a business before you patronize it?

    Yes

    No

    Sometimes

  • Post # 47
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

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    @spaganya: I wouldn’t want to give money to a person I don’t like, whether that would be someone I knew or a CEO, just as I don’t go to see the movies of actors or celebrities I don’t like (since they grate on me!).

    Post # 48
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Sometimes. I walked into a chirorpactic office a couple weeks ago to check them out and there were crosses everywhere and baby stuff in the corner. Didn’t feel “professional” to me and when she asked if i wanted a free evaluation I said nope and left =]. I also avoid places that have pamphlets and stuff that have NOTHING to do with the services they provide. It just irritates me. I guess it depends how “in my face” it is. But i think if i analyzed every company’s business practices to see how they fit with my personal viewpoints, I’d drive myself crazy. That’s like saying if you don’t support the war in Iraq, don’t get on an airplane–cuz the company who makes the airplanes makes the bombs. You’d just go CRAZY I think, if you went real hardcore about it anyways =]. And i think most companies seem to be good about spreading around the money so as not to offend any one group in particular. I’m sure if i looked at my OWN company, they’ve put money places I don’t necessarily like, but there are enough other good things that i go, “okay, whatever” about it.

    But, really, if i walk into a store and the owner is an asshat to me, well, I’m REALLY good about deciding to spend my money elsewhere! I guess it’s more of an issue of family owned versus corporations

    Post # 49
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

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    @KLP2010: To respond to your points…

    1. $150K may be a drop in the bucket for Target, but perhaps not when some of that is translated into helping a person run for office. “MN Forward’s money could help Emmer overcome a financial disadvantage with his Democratic rivals. Emmer has raised less than $800,000 this year, compared with nearly $1 million for Democratic House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Two other Democrats, former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton and former legislator Matt Entenza, together have put in a combined $6.9 million, mostly their own money.”

    2. “Target’s money went to MN Forward, a group staffed by former insiders from outgoing Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s administration. MN Forward is running TV ads supporting Emmer.”

    3. But yes, Target has claimed that it donated this money because “Target’s political donations are intended to support business objectives such as job creation and economic growth.”

    Quotes taken from: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/07/27/ap/business/main6716397.shtml?tag=mncol;lst;2

    ETA: That said, however, I’m not one to boycott Target for something like this, although I find it ridiculous that they didn’t see this hot mess in the offing when the donated that money.

    Post # 50
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    @ejs4y8: baby stuff as in toys and what not? Most drs I’ve been to have this to occupy children which come with patients…. 

    I’m just confused as to the offense in that.. lol. Crosses I can understand if your not christian.. but I’m curious why baby toys are offensive, haha.

    Post # 51
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I usually keep up on current event and social justice issues, however, I shop at walmart from time to time. I do so because I can find local meats and produce, as well as, organics for WAY less than my local grocery store. However, lately I have been shopping the local Fred Meyer. I have found I can pay just about the same price as Walmart for food products and I don’t have to drive nearly as far. The thing about not supporting businesses that don’t support what you believe is that you have to stop somewhere. This is why I have decided to pick 1 thing. Just 1 and stick to it. I try extremely hard to shop for local foods only. It is hard work and often I fail. I keep trying anyhow. I believe it is important to know where you food comes from, how it is made, what is in it, etc. I believe in shopping local and keeping transportation waste at a minimum. That pretty much boils down to shopping local.

    As far as Walmart, they will have my business for somethings…just not everything.

    Post # 52
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    @CattyMN608: I’m not really sure why your pointing me out… as I’m not even close to being the only one who brought up points about that… 

    Anyhow, like many others said, we’d go crazy if we try and find all the chain links etc. And it can be just as dangerous to not look at the big picture. 

    Target gave the foundation 5% of ONE WEEKS total donations to the foundation. sure, to a small foundation it may mean a lot, but they aren’t the only small foundation benefitting from Target. In the grand scheme of things, it really was a small “gift” and not some large statement or political alignment. 

     

    Post # 53
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    Sugar bee

    I choose not to patronize a organisation or company b/c of it’s practices.  Unfortunately a lot of people don’t share this opinion, and so when you have people looking solely at the price and not the long term effects of their purchase habits, then we have a walmart situation.  I hate it, but I can’t force somebody to stop buying from walmart, just as they can’t force me to shop there.

    (I do understand why someone who is in financial hardship would shop there, and for them, I think the local community has an obligation to assist them.)

    Post # 54
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    Bumble bee

    After I saw these being sold at Urban Outfitters, I decided never to shop with them again:

    http://www.jesusdressup.com/ 

    For me it was really offensive AND they were selling it at Easter Time, to me this is extremely disrespectful. I also look into issues of companies that I patronize, but this was one specific instance that came to mind that I felt the need to share.

    Post # 55
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @KLP, haha, no, it was a set up for the doctor’s baby by the receptionist (the wife?). it looks like he brings his children to work and his wife watches them there. It definitely wasn’t situated as in “here, everybody with kids, you guys can play on this!” It was more like…alternative to daycare? haha

    haha, i’m not THAT anti-kid =]. I just don’t like going to a doctor whose ENTIRE family is in the office when i’m in there for a medical appointment. It’s distracting to have the doctor’s baby screaming or crying while i’m trying to see him/her. I’ve seen another doctor who did this and she’d stop the appointment to go do something with her baby. It left a very bad taste in my mouth, if you can’t tell =]

    The crosses are just irritating because even though I am Christian, i don’t like to walk into a doctors office that is littered with Christian stuff.

    In fact, I don’t recall seeing ANYTHING chiropractic related in that waiting room, HAHA!

    Post # 56
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

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    @KLP2010: I must confess I was only skimming the comments on the first page and yours was the first that caught my eye and reminded me of the articles I had read on the matter. Also, I disagree with you that the OP is blowing this out of proportion, because I think anyone can respond to things like this as they wish. I also disagree that this wasn’t a political statement – at least, it sure has turned into one, and I really think such a huge corporation in MN should have seen that coming.

    But, as these things go, there will always be disagreements. I didn’t mean to single you out, though, seriously. 🙂

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Oooh, to the OP – I did just think of a restaurant/restaurant company in Minneapolis that I won’t go to, because of their habit of using offensive advertising. They try to be edgy but ended up being racist and hurtful. I won’t even name it here, but if you’re from Minneapolis, you probably know what I’m talking about.

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