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Revisiting an old question: How have public business opinions driven your shopping?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by SonicBlue03, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    I posted a poll a year or so back asking if people on the forum change their buying behavior if a business posts a political or religious view publicly in a non-professional or "passionate" way that is against your own beliefs would that shape how you shop. Quite a few people said it would, but others felt that they should be beholden to 1A.

    Now that the election is over and most of the rhetoric has died down, I'm curious if there are any businesses (national chains, local stores, etc.) that you will consciously avoid or shop at because of their public stances during the election of firearms in general. Especially non-firearm-selling businesses.

    Unrelated to guns, but the article that prompted me to ask the question again was this one on Obamacare and public perception:
    Anti-Obamacare rhetoric guts Papa John's and Applebee's reputations - Life Inc.
     
  2. kibs45

    kibs45 Portland Active Member

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    I definitely try to support a business I agree with politically or religiously over one I don't. Having said that, it's often difficult to tell where they stand, and on what. So, in principal, absolutely. In practice, it can be very difficult.
     
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  3. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    I haven't bought a Tyson product since the mid 1990s. That includes their fast food stuff too!
     
  4. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    Because of their contribution history or because their food is generally inedible?
     
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  5. keystir

    keystir Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    As a pizza addict it would be hypocritical for me to say I would turn down a slice of Papa John's if one was offered to me just because I don't like the founder's political views, but other than that I won't eat at chick-fil-a(not hard as there is none around here), and I don't buy foreign made guns. I would boycott all foreign made products but then I wouldn't be able to get on the internet and I'd have to walk around naked and that wouldn't be good for anyone.
     
  6. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I'm heading to dutch bros now.
    Never been a huge fan of their coffee. But, since the support they showed for their employee after the shooting, It's my go-to place.
     
  7. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    While both qualify as sound reasoning in my book, I actually started doing it because of their political donations being a part of the very definition of influence peddling.

    Then I read about some of their poultry preparation practices, :wow: and was glad I had given them up already!
     
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  8. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    As a past owner of a business it has always been my philosophy that putting up political signs is just plain stupid, as you are bound to alienate 50% of your potential customers. That said, I have to wonder what the heck they were thinking to do such a thing.

    Anyhow, I do take stock of what signs businesses post, and if they do not fit my political philosphy I write them off as not any place I would ever shop again.
     
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  9. beavertonbuck

    beavertonbuck Beaverton Active Member

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    I don't care too much unless it is something that I have a major disagreement with. However I have a question for the OP. How are the companies in that article making a political statement?

    Plenty of people told the "enlightened politicians" about the consequences of the ACA and penalties. This is not so much as a political statement as the cold reality of business.
     
  10. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    They aren't necessarily, which is why I stated it was unrelated to the question but got me thinking along those lines. There are a few businesses that publicly stated that if the President was re-elected (or Obamacare passed) they would fire employees, change their practices, etc. Seeing the article of businesses openly discussing changing their practices and seeing an article about the perception hit got me thinking again about how much it really matters to people here how a business conducts itself, or do people generally just care about the lowest price/specific product/etc.
     
  11. beavertonbuck

    beavertonbuck Beaverton Active Member

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    Gotcha. I tend to care more about the product and respect the right of the the business executives to voice their opinion. The only thing that affects my buying choices are that a few of the companies that were talking about how bad it would be if Obama was elected were some of the worst offenders when it comes to seeking protection from competition and public money.