Consuming: The Importance of Boycotts
The term boycott or refusing to purchase certain products or do business with specific companies comes from Charles Boycott. He was an Irish landowner in 1880 who refused to lower the rents he charged in compliance with a new land reform law. He was boycotted and soon found himself isolated, unable to keep his servants or even buy food.
Now as it did then, it doesnt make sense to do business with people or companies whose actions and conduct offend you. When someone refuses to buy a product or service on conscientious ground, a personal boycott is created. To understand the use of personal boycotts its important to understand a little about organized boycotts.
Many organized boycotts have failed but some have been successful. Successful boycotts share certain key attributes.
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