Originally Posted by shayinme
I don't think boycotts are worthless at all, its just that I think for some people they may not be in a place where they can boycott certain places like Wal-Mart.
I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart for several years and only went back earlier this year when our income dropped by almost 40%. Even now I still limit how often I shop there but now that I lost my job last month (which means even less income), I do know that I probably will have to shop there this month in order to make my ends meet as far as my grocery budget.
Earlier in this thread I mentioned the fact that not everyone lives in a place with the same options as far as shopping so for some choosing to boycott Wal-Mart isn't a hard choice for others it is. I would love to be back in Chicago where I never went to a Wal-Mart and there numerous shopping options but that's not where I am now.
As an example, where I live, they just built ANOTHER WM
Now, there's still no darn GROCERY STORE, but hey! I suppose I can just buy everything I need at WM, right?
OTOH, when I lived in town, there were NO WM's anywhere. It's really easy to say you won't shop at one when you live in an area with lots of other options, but if you live where I do and gas money is tight, I can definitely understand wanting to only make a 5 min drive and get everything, rather than a 15-20 min drive and going from store to store (this actually doesn't apply to me, since I just stop at the grocery store on my way home, but if I were a SAHM, I think that's what I would do)
I'm just trying to further emphasize that situations are different and sometimes it's really easy to say you would do one thing (and do it!) but if you are in a different situation, you might have to do something that you (or others) do not necessarily like.
I was thinking that the REAL problem (and this, of course, is just my perception) is that some people have to shop at places like WM and DO NOT WANT TO. That's the problem. Obviously, if you don't like WM and you are in a position not to go there, you have no issue. If you like WM and you shop there, still no issue. The problem arises when you DO NOT want to shop somewhere like WM but must.
So, what if the people that this pull tried to soften that up? Try to make it not matter, try to ignore those who say you shouldn't shop there, etc. I fully agree with those saying that their first concern is for their family. Well, I also believe that none of us were put on this planet to change the world. What a job! If you told me that was my job, I'd go back to bed! I think the real solution is to be happy with your choices. If you are not happy with your choices, change them. If you are unable to change them, find a place of peace so that you can be happy with your choices.
I think that if everyone did that, WM would actually see a HUGE increase in profits (as would any other company in this type of love-hate position) because only the people that enjoyed shopping at WM would be shopping there.
But I'm a big hippie-dippie and I truly believe that if we could all find our own happiness without trying to influence others in their pursuit of happiness, life would just be grand.