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Consumer Boycotts

  • 20-08-2005 8:21pm
    Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,252 Mod ✭✭✭✭

    Do you think Consumer Boycotts work...?in the modern world of of big multinational company's its getting harder and harder to make an impact.But there have been success such as..the Focus DIY group in the UK.The boycott was about the company’s sale of reptiles,and after many demonstrations at the company’s stores reptile sales ended in October 2000.

    So do you boycott any company...?

    Do Consumer Boycotts work....? 7 votes

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  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,252 Mod ✭✭✭✭Dub13

    I did abit of digging and found this list...

    Top 10 Boycotts
    1 Nestlé
    2 McDonalds
    3 Shell
    4 Supermarkets
    5 Procter and Gamble
    6 Meat
    7 Animal testing
    8 Boots
    9 BP
    10 Multinationals

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,346 ✭✭✭✭KdjaCL

    Nope never work too many stupid people who are not *aware* by choice or not.

    The only tarnished name i know of is United Colours Benneton for the abortion ad, like another stupid one is The Sun newspaper Liverpool fans still buy it even after the nasty incident.

    Could never see one work , for 2 reasons the company can easily cover it up by buying media and the people who are boycotting are never enough.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,252 Mod ✭✭✭✭Dub13

    I wounder if Shell have taken a hit in this country with what is happening down in Mayo.I think i heard Shell were pulling out of the market in Ireland,can anybody verify this...?

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 16,659 ✭✭✭✭dahamsta

    Depends how they're organised. Boycotts like Néstle, Shell, Esso, etc don't work very well because they rely on very basic word of mouth and a group of people that are sympathetic to the issues by default. To really make an impact they need to push the envelope harder with active campaigning (even if it's just more aggressive WOM campaigning), good websites, good people answering phones and emails, and maybe even a little real marketing (even though the very idea makes me puke).

    Take IBB as a local example. It's quite likely that only (quite) a few people on Boards and a few other websites, and a hardcore of techies, know that there are major issues with their products at the moment. All they need to do to keep pushing out is keep plugging away with the marketing. However if the people that are having problems with them really came together, they could do some serious damage to IBB's marketing push, and force them to make improvements. Unfortunately, particularly in Ireland, this rarely happens.

    EDIT: I just received a WOM campaign to not buy petrol from Esso and Statoil this morning, tossed it in the bin, but reread it because of this thread. It got tossed because a) it was forwarded garbage, with too many >>> (which is easy to fix) and b) it was just badly thought out, obviously by someone in a hurry to Fight The Poweh, rather than actually fix something. Sad sad sad.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,558 ✭✭✭netwhizkid

    I personally boycott,

    BT, Esat used to work for me but the idea of british here is taking the mickey.
    Walkers Crisps,

    I try to boycott all these as they have done untold damage to workers rights, the enviornment and the world in general.

    I am now adding all american items to my list until dubya withdraws from Iraq, i don't mind paying more for European items at least we don't invade other peoples countries and steal their oil.

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