Boycott Cyber Monday?
Several activist groups are urging consumers not to do any online shopping on Cyber Monday — that’s next Monday, the first Monday after Thanksgiving.
Two groups, American Rights at Work and Jobs With Justice, have joined forces on an anti-Cyber Monday campaign. Their main objection is “dangerous, sweatshop-like working conditions facing U.S. warehouse workers who fulfill online orders for retailers like Wal-Mart and Amazon.” Complaints include the “backbreaking pace of work,” “extreme temperature,” and “expendable employment.”
These problems need to be corrected, but I think a boycott would only accomplish mass layoffs and firings. What say you?
I have a totally different reason for opposing Cyber Monday and online shopping in general. I live in a small town — population just under 20,000 — and the downtown is thriving. (Knock wood.)
Needless to say, online shopping is about as popular among local merchants as Greenpeace at a frackers’ convention. The common wisdom — I’ve never seen any proof of this but it makes sense — is that when you shop at a locally-owned store, sixty cents of every dollar you spend stays in the community.
If you shop at a large chain or Big Box, only SIX cents of every dollar stays in the community. And obviously if you shop online, ZERO cents stays in your community.
If nobody in your area has the item you’re looking for, then obviously you’ll have to buy it online. But other than that…