• Mon, Aug 9 2010

Poll: Would You Boycott Starbucks?

Apparently, there is a worldwide action taking place, that has the goal of ruining my mornings.

It’s all the brainchild of Adbusters, which is building up various ideas for corporate rebellion beginning with a boycott of Starbuck’s. According to the Adbusters website:

“Between November 22-28 the whole world will light up with seven days of Carnivalesque Rebellion[...]we’ll need a plethora of actions that cannot be dismissed as petty acts of vandalism[...]To get the ball rolling here’s a personal plunge you may want to take right away: Vow never to walk into a Starbucks ever again. Instead, search out the most interesting indie coffee shop around where you live and work.”

Hopefully you get the idea, what with all those added [...] — basically, Adbusters is promoting the idea of a worldwide corporate boycott in November that will be the culmination of smaller acts of…activism…starting with this idea to not set foot in a Starbuck’s.

Call me a cynic, but I doubt this will catch on, or have any major impact, like when you randomly get those emails about boycotting certain gas stations, as if doing that will somehow eliminate our dependance on foreign oil and simultaneously bring our troops home form Iraq. Idealistic nonsense. But still, would you boycott Starbuck’s? Or are you a cynic and caffiene addict, like me?

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  • Eileen

    I don’t like Starbucks much because 1) I used to work for a rival chain coffee shop when I was in high school, which taught me to resent it and 2) I don’t drink coffee except during exams, but hearing that Adbusters (which I used to read in high school because my study hall buddy was kind of a hippie and subscribed to it) wants to boycott it makes me want to start buying overpriced and pretentiously named espresso drinks there and only there.

  • D

    I boycott it anyways because a) it costs too much and b) we have Dunkin Donuts and most of us from this area are addicted to that. c) Starbucks pretty much just sucks anyways.

  • brent

    I have been boycotting Starbucks ever since I first tried their bucket of pumpkin-pie-flavored Cool Whip that they call “coffee”. I don’t see a reason to change now.

  • Lexi

    Starbucks is an example incredibly responsible, ethical, and even charitable business practices. They’ve also got an excellent reputation for taking care of their employees. Seems pretty silly to boycott Starbucks just because they are a big brand.

  • Alanna

    Eh, I already tend to avoid Starbucks because there’s better-tasting, less expensive coffee around here. But I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I really want a mocha Frappucino, and I’ll be damned if anyone’s going to stop me.

  • Ellen W.

    I have tried, believe me I have tried. But the 5 other coffee shops within walking distance around here all use powder mixes for their hot chocolate and there are things to which I will not subject myself when I am supposedly getting myself a “treat.”

  • nolalola26

    The thing it doesn’t explain on their website is “Why?” Why boycott Starbucks? You can point to PLENTY of big corporations who could never hope to be as responsible, nice to employees, and supportive of fair trade & organics as Starbucks. I don’t like their coffee, but this is stupid and pointless – boycott them because they’re successful?

    And the argument that they put Mom & Pop places out of business is BS. I’ve seen plenty of Starbucks fail because they couldn’t compete with the existing local establishments. Find something else to boycott, Adbusters, and quit being whiny teenagers.