Friday, July 27, 2012
Jeff Bezos steps up for marriage equality
Shopping at large discount retailers has become a political act. I've long refused to shop at Walmart or Sam's Club for many, many reasons regarding treatment and pay of their employees, business practices, etc.
Several years ago now a progressive activist friend told me I had to start boycotting Kmart for reasons I can't even recall. I reminded him that he can't expect middle class Americans to boycott everyone. People need a discount retailer and if Walmart is out, then people need Kmart to buy all the non-grocery crap we need to buy to maintain our daily lives . Fortunately for me, I couldn't think of any nearby Kmart stores, so it didn't matter. And besides, I still had Target.
I loved shopping at Target for my non-grocery crap . Then Target donated $150k to a reactionary political fund - MN Forward - that was actively opposing marriage equality in Minnesota. An immediate boycott was launched and Target was out. I haven't been back since.
I already shopped at Amazon for books not available at Left Bank Books, several small Canon cameras, the occasional CD, etc. I knew Amazon sold lots of stuff so I started searching to see if I could buy my Target crap from Amazon. Sure enough, Amazon sold pretty much everything I would buy at Target, and often in inexpensive large quantities like Sams or Costco. I joined Amazon Prime and haven't looked back. I buy everything I can from Amazon --30 pound bags of dog food, cases of canned soup, OTC meds, shampoo -- pretty much anything you would buy from Target or Walgreens - all delivered to my door by complimentary second day shipping.
Now, my Amazon love has been vindicated. Jeff Besoz and his wife MacKenzie have made a $2.5M donation in support of a marriage equality referendum in Washington State.