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Forum Post: Boycot Wal-Mart on Black Friday

Posted 8 years ago on Nov. 18, 2011, 12:08 p.m. EST by hirez3 (8)
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Please everyone lets contact all our friends and family, and ask them to PLEASE stay away from Wal-Mart at least on Black friday, lets send the kind of message to the Walton's that they can understand . . . . . . MONEY. I would also beg all of you to consider, like my wife and myself to take Wal-Mart completely off you list of shopping locations, lets not help them kill another small town!

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[-] 4 points by randart (498) 8 years ago

Just have a couple hundred folks go in the door and carry on a conversation with "the greeter". Just stand there and keep talking, asking questions, and conversing but not shopping. Just be in the way.

Or grab a shopping cart and wander around the store without buying anything. If nobody can find a shopping cart then how will they buy?

[-] 2 points by Rico (3027) 8 years ago

Better yet, keep asking every employee you see where you might find the American made products ;o) See http://occupywallst.org/forum/ows-please-support-the-american-worker/ for some Christmas Shopping guidelines.

[-] 1 points by aahpat (1407) 8 years ago

I like this idea.

[-] 0 points by HarryPairatestes2 (380) from Barrow, AK 8 years ago

That won't work. If you just show up you won't be let in. You would need the 200 or so people to wait in line overnight to get wristbands to go in. The stores don't operate like they do any other day of the year.

[-] 3 points by stacii (14) from Glasgow, Scotland 8 years ago

suggested this not long ago - http://occupywallst.org/forum/possible-peaceful-action/

If theres over a million supporters of occupy worldwide (whether online or on the streets) and all all of them do as little as buying their groceries, however small, from an independant store, that will add up.

[-] 1 points by Rico (3027) 8 years ago

Stacii, you're 100% dead-on. We don't have to shut stores down, however, and hurt the working folks, we just need to make better decisions about what we buy. See some Christmas Shopping guidelines at http://occupywallst.org/forum/ows-please-support-the-american-worker/

[-] 1 points by stacii (14) from Glasgow, Scotland 8 years ago

nah, it wont shut down stores. Just make a point over a period of time

[-] 1 points by hirez3 (8) 8 years ago

This is exactly the truth of it. Emails to family and friends are instant, FB instant, anyone online can be told. We have almost a week till BF, we can make them feel the pain that they have caused in others just, by not buying on this day. Or any other day for that matter.

[-] 1 points by Rico (3027) 8 years ago

You don't need to STOP buying and hurt the 99%, you just need to send a very strong message about WHAT you'll buy and HOW you'll buy it. See http://occupywallst.org/forum/ows-please-support-the-american-worker/ for some Christmas Shopping guidelines.

[-] 1 points by stacii (14) from Glasgow, Scotland 8 years ago

I'd say keep it going as long as possible, not just one day. As I said in my blog, most items in walmart arent much cheaper than your local grocery store - and you'll be doing a small shop owner a favour. We're trying to get this going over here in Glasgow.

[-] 2 points by Daniel1984 (44) from Wiley Ford, WV 8 years ago

But what about all the people who depend on the mediocre paychecks they get from Wal Mart? Coming from a former Wal Mart employee, they need to be boycotted until they're blue in the face, or we're blue in the face? Until someone's blue in the face. Interesting piece of info about Wal Mart: when my former store remodeled, we lost our quarterly bonuses. Management swore up and down that our bonuses were not used to fund the remodel. Ha! They are crooked from the very top to the lowest level of managers.

[-] 1 points by stacii (14) from Glasgow, Scotland 8 years ago

Daniel, if walmart (or asda, on this side of the pond) were to stop taking ridiculous wages for themselves as the higher level, they would be able to afford to pay their staff a decent wage, but it's doubtful they ever would. last I checked, the family that own the company are worth 26 BILLION us dollars. seriously, how would you even spend that kind of money!?!?!?!?! I dont understand how they can hoard all that cash when people even in first world countries are having to go without food from time to time... or at least that's the case over in the UK >:( even an extra few dollars/pounds an hour would make all the difference at this level.

[-] 1 points by hirez3 (8) 8 years ago

The store will stay open, as not enough people WILL boycott any one particular store, but overall if enough of us and or families stay away for at least that day. Even Wal-Mart will feel it. I have family members that slave at Wally World. They hate it, but in these times, in small towns, once Wal-Mart has killed all the old businesses a lot of times the drive to another town makes the WM takeover even more successful, as they cannot afford the gas to go to another town to shop. Small town USA murder is what it is!

[-] 1 points by steven2002 (363) 8 years ago

You are right, we also need to boycott the big supermarkets, big department stores, big pharmacy's like CVS and big oil. These people killed the small mom and pop stores. So did Lowes and Home depot.

[-] 2 points by aahpat (1407) 8 years ago

Boycott Amazon.com

Amazon.com's treatment of American workers is horrific.

Amazon.com's predatory shilling for China is destroying the American economy.

Amazon.com's free shipping tactic directly attacks the economic viability of your local small businesses.

[-] 1 points by Rico (3027) 8 years ago

EXACTLY, Buy American from local stores and don't use Visa or Mastercard. See http://occupywallst.org/forum/ows-please-support-the-american-worker/ for some Christmas Shopping guidelines.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

(CBS) LOS ANGELES - Violence struck early for Black Friday shoppers at Walmart shopping stores across the country.

Police are calling the pepper spray attack at a California Walmart an episode of "shopping rage," reports the Los Angeles Times.

Just 10 minutes after the retailer began it's Black Friday sale Thursday night, a woman at a Porter Ranch store allegedly pepper sprayed fellow shoppers in an attempt to get more "door buster" merchandise, reports the paper. At least 20 people, including children, were hurt."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57331224-504083/black-friday-violence-hits-walmart-stores-across-the-country/

[-] 1 points by smcke0wn (1) from New York, NY 8 years ago

http://bit.ly/sWva2c

This passed General Assembly last night and is an official call to action for a National Day of Protest that we are hoping will be ratified by the other Occupations in solidarity over the course of this week.

[-] 1 points by robes (63) from Maplewood, NJ 8 years ago

Buy Nothing! its called "buy nothing day" for a reason...

http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd

if you absolutely must shop... shop at small businesses.

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 8 years ago

you cant talk to wal mart (sams club) shoppers.. anyone that is stupid enough to 'pay' a fee in order to be allowed to shop in a store is much much to stupid to be on this website.

[-] 1 points by chezshire (2) 8 years ago

I will not shop at Walmart, Target, or any other large retailer this coming holiday season. I saw Santa at a photo booth in the mall and its' getting to be way, way to much. Going local this year. Its good for the local economy and for me.

[-] 1 points by flang23 (47) 8 years ago

Yes, fuck Wal-Mart seriously, they are a gigantic parasite that destroys local businesses and contrary to their bullshit propaganda does not "buy American." I would sooner drive a nail through my scrotum than step foot in a Wal-Mart. Ok maybe not but I would NEVER shop there.

[-] 1 points by rEvolutionaryGirl (21) 8 years ago

Hell, I think we should boycott all stores on Black Friday.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 8 years ago

Agree.

[-] 1 points by screwtheman (122) 8 years ago

Yeah. Go to Target

[-] 1 points by Rico (3027) 8 years ago

Better yet, go ahead and shop their but ONLY buy American made goods (if you can find any ;o) See http://occupywallst.org/forum/ows-please-support-the-american-worker/ for some Christmas Shopping guidelines.

[-] 1 points by stacii (14) from Glasgow, Scotland 8 years ago

I wouldn't say american goods only (and this applies to me with uk goods) but if you buy foreign, MAKE SURE ITS FAIRTRADE. There are worse off people than us in the world.

[-] 1 points by Rico (3027) 8 years ago

Ooops! I forgot there were international folks here ;o) Excuse my parochialism.

I have evil plans in regards to buying decisions. First we get some jobs back, then we start training people how to buy based on SOCIAL COST rather than mere "sticker price" as has been our norm. Social cost includes fair wages, pollution, etc, and could certainly include fair trade as well. See http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-power-of-the-people/ for my evil plan ;o)

[-] 1 points by shill (60) 8 years ago

Are we becoming the old China & they are becoming the old America? The GOP just voted down high speed rail. The GOP hate Obama so much that they are willing to bring our country to it's knees. I thought they worked for us?? Not against us.

[-] 1 points by hirez3 (8) 8 years ago

That is so sad, with fuel coming to a halt in our lifetimes, to vote down High speed mass cargo transit just goes to show who's hands our Politicians are in. Again, proof that what we are doing is the right thing, at almost the right time, wish this coulda got started 5-6+ years ago.

[-] 1 points by shill (60) 8 years ago

Instead of just boycotting Walmart, how about just boycotting Black Friday? Black Friday was designed to show how people will run over each other to save a few pennies. They make us fight each other for something made in China & that will fall apart in a day or two. We take pride in what we make, China dosen't.

[-] 1 points by JWX (14) 8 years ago

Occupy Wal-Mart on Black Friday?

Can this happen in a week?

[-] 1 points by hirez3 (8) 8 years ago

With the aide, of the internet, it could, all we need do is send this cry out to our friends and families. We have a week, and a week to an electron is 46,872,000,000 miles traveled more or less, THAT, my friends is a Lot of communication!

[-] 1 points by stacii (14) from Glasgow, Scotland 8 years ago

fwd this if you can. might help. http://occupybreakthechains.tumblr.com/

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[-] 0 points by Trogdor (65) 8 years ago

Yes. they are selling 720p TVs and calling them a door buster. It is 1080p or nothing.

[-] 0 points by steven2002 (363) 8 years ago

Could you also boycott Macy's, Nostrum's and any other department store you can think of, they are crowded enough.

[-] 0 points by NonParticipant (151) 8 years ago

Sorry, Just place a big Christmas order online today.

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[-] 0 points by steven2002 (363) 8 years ago

Forget Wal-Mart, boycott Christmas. Tell all your family and friends not to buy gifts this year. Tell your family and friends not to make Christmas dinner this year. There are people starving all over the world who need that food.

[-] -1 points by BillyD (6) 8 years ago

The Waltons? Walmart is a public company, idiots. The biggest shareholders are institutions like Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway and state and union pension funds.

Morons

[-] 1 points by chezshire (2) 8 years ago

And If Berkshire Hathaway sees consumer resentment against Walmart, they'll divest and the those who continue to own Walmart Stock will lose value. If that happens, those who continue to own stock in Walmart will pressure Wallmart to turn things around and behave in a more agreeable manner. Our strongest means of communication is our dollars as that is what they want. Vote with your dollars. Don't shop at malls. Shop local. Yes, it's more expensive, but it helps us not the multi-nationals who coudl care less about us or their workers.

[-] 1 points by hirez3 (8) 8 years ago

Public? Just who's public do you mean? Not my Public. If someone choses to invest in a company as blatantly amoral as Wal-Mat then they deserve to sleep in the same bed we would like to make for Wal-Mart.

[-] 0 points by BillyD (6) 8 years ago

Walmart pwns your lazy ass.

[-] 1 points by hirez3 (8) 8 years ago

Just as eloquent a response as I would expect. Get back to your MMO, and leave RL to those who may have something intelligent to contribute.

[-] 1 points by stacii (14) from Glasgow, Scotland 8 years ago

the waltons have 26billion to play about with, off the work of their low paid staff.

[-] -1 points by BillyD (6) 8 years ago

So what? Companies are in business to make money for the shareholders. When the poor start creating anything more than consumption of tax dollars, such as creating jobs, lets us know.

[-] 1 points by hirez3 (8) 8 years ago

What jobs? Chinese jobs? Where they work for about 3 dollars a day and 12-14 hours each day, 7 days a week? Please be informed, I would suggest that you watch the documentary: "Wal-Mart the high cost of low price"