Do Boycotts Work?

At least in the short term, the attempted boycott of Chick-fil-A did not have the desired effect, unless that desired effect was record profits.

If the old adage “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” really is true, then why would anyone call for a boycott against any organization in an effort to prove a point? If the desired effect in the latest outcry against Chick-fil-A was record profits, then it could be called an unqualified success.

But it is not just in the latest case with Chick-fil-A, there have been boycotts against shock jocks, Fox News, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and even Starbucks just to name a few, and in each case the targets don't appear to be any worse off as a result. Many thought they had managed to silence conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, but according to CNN Entertainment, he too still appears to be doing just fine. Boycotts of advertisers are often the first line of attack, but more often than not people tune in to find out what all the fuss was about -- and that defeats the whole objective.

So this begs the question, are boycotts even worth the effort? With the country split almost right down the middle on politics and policy, a political boycott stands as good a chance of backfiring as it does of working.

So do you think calling for a boycott to prove a point is worth the effort? Or is it just as likely to draw attention to a person, organization or product as it is to cause any damage?

Racer X August 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Cool, you got a BINGO from a ZERO. Way to go :-)
Racer X August 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Grant- In an earlier post you called one of Jimmy's assertions "ridiculous". I call that a personal attack. Your posts are full of them.
Racer X August 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Grant- "May you be touched by His Noodly Appendage, R'Amen"? What is that? Are you 12 years old? Toby Sexton tire is out for me.
Jeffrey Allen August 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Whoa there, kemosabe's... A man is entitled to his opinion...even an off-pissing opinion such as Grant here. I don't like alot of what he says, even less how he says it. But I see irony in attacking the man's place of business, in defense of people attacking a place of business over a political statement. Doing so in a "I know who you are, you don't know who I am" kind of way is a pretty cheap shot. My "chicken sandwich" boycott comment was intended as a joke, not a pile-on. Since self-removed, (even though sandwiches from there would probably taste all...rubbery) Not intended to be offensive but if it slipped below the belt...I apologize Perhaps there's a lesson here, and it's that people do not like to be attacked. It's more fun to be on the offensive, less so to be on the defensive. Why don't we ALL try to keep this above the belt. People are much less likely to counter-attack when they themselves do not feel like they are being attacked for their opinions.
Athens Mama August 11, 2012 at 11:49 PM
All we are saying.......is give peace a chance.....


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