Top 10 Companies to Boycott Because of Trump Products or Money

by on February 6, 2017 · 63 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Economy, Election, Organizing, Politics

There is a nation-wide group that is organizing a boycott of companies that carry Trump products, or are owned by Trump or have other relationships with him. It’s call #GrabYourWallet and they believe economic push-back by American citizens and others is a very valid form of protest.

Their campaign has already been going on for nearly 4 months now and it has achieved some successes. Here is how they describe themselves and their history:

The #GrabYourWallet movement tracks & boycotts retailers that sell Trump family products as well as corporate leaders who enabled the political rise of the Trump family through fundraising and/or endorsements.

Here is more of their history:

The #GrabYourWallet boycott began October 11, 2016 in the wake of the Trump Tapes when a brand strategist and a grandmother simultaneously realized they could no longer in good conscience shop at retailers that do business with the Trump family.

Never having met, Shannon Coulter and Sue Atencio joined forces and announced on Twitter they’d be boycotting any retailer that carried Trump products, with the goal of motivating those companies on the list to stop doing business with the Trump family.

They published a short list of such retailers later that same evening and on October 14th, Shannon introduced the #GrabYourWallet hashtag — both as a rejoinder to Donald Trump’s infamous hot mic remark and a reference to women’s epic consumer power. The hashtag and the movement exploded on social media and has been viewed over 600 million times.

Since then, the #GrabYourWallet boycott has grown into a movement and central resource for the flexing of consumer power in favor of a more respectful and inclusive society. … Notable figures who have amplified or supported the movement include Don Cheadle, Greg Louganis, Lucy Lawless, Roseanne Cash, Neko Case, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Reich, Pam Grier, and Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry’s). /// To get in touch, send an email to shannon (at) grabyourwallet (dot) org.

The campaign has identified over 80 companies but here we are focusing on their top 10.

No. 1. – Nordstrom:  Retailer that carries Ivanka Trump products shoes, clothing, handbags.

On Feb. 2, Nordstrom made an announcement that it’s phasing out Ivanka Trump items due to poor sales. The company has further clarified that it’s selling through remaining inventory, but will not be replenishing. Once that inventory sells through and the process is complete, the group will be removing Nordstrom from the #GrabYourWallet list.

No. 2 – Macy’s : Retailer carries Ivanka Trump products of clothing, jewelry.

No. 3 – LL Bean : Board member raised funds for Trump PAC ;

No. 4 – Bloomingdale’s : Retailer that carries Ivanka Trump products of shoes & handbags;

No. 5 – Dillard’s : Retailer carries Ivanka Trump products k- clothing & accessories;

No. 6 – Zappos : Retailer that carries Ivanka Trump products of shoes, clothing, handbags;

No. 7 – Amazon : Retailer that carries Donald & Ivanka Trump products – shoes, clothing, home;

While they applaud Jeff Bezos for joining in the fight against Donald’s unconstitutional Muslim ban, it’s worth noting that Amazon relies heavily on engineering talent from abroad so while his action is welcome, it’s likely not a purely altruistic one. Perhaps that’s why Bezos feels it’s worth standing up on immigration issues, but has been silent on Donald’s treatment of women. It’s also worth noting that to date, Amazon still advertises on Breitbart News.

No. 8 – TJ Maxx : Retailer carries Ivanka Trump products  – accessories;

No. 9 – Lord & Taylor : Retailer carries Ivanka Trump products such as clothing, jewelry, handbags;

No. 10 – Trump Hotels : Trump-owned hotels / condos.

Have any companies ever been dropped?

Absolutely, here is what #Grab says:

Kawasaki USA – Dropped on Feb 18. The company reached out to #GrabYourWallet on 1/17/17, saying “we would not elect to sponsor the show again so as long as Mr. Trump is involved, including as an Executive Producer ” The company was an advertiser on Celebrity Apprentice of which Donald Trump is a paid Executive Producer. The company’s product placement occurred 1/16/17.

Uber dropped on 2/2/17 . On 2/2/17, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he would leave Donald Trump’s Economic & Policy Forum, which was the recommended action for Uber to be removed from the boycott portion of the #GrabYourWallet list.

Neiman Marcus was dropped on 2/3/17.  On 2/2/17, #GrabYourWallet participants noticed that there were no longer any Ivanka Trump items for sale on the Neiman site (the last check on 1/21 had shown 21 products there). Chavie Lieber at Racked published a story the following morning noting the development and later that day, Neiman Marcus issued a statement: “Neiman Marcus has a very small Ivanka Trump precious jewelry business which is compromised 100 percent of consigned merchandise (merchandise owned by the vendor).” This season, however, they have decided not to carry the line. They continued, “Based on productivity we continuously assess whether our brands are carried in stores, on our website, or both.”

{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

sybil waldecker February 6, 2017 at 8:14 pm

I think it is outrageous that this is being done. I will boycott any store that drops her products. Macys and Amazon, Marshalls and TJ Max are my favorites but I will not shop there if this continues.

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Becky February 8, 2017 at 6:22 am

Me too I’ve wrote them letters and cut up their credit cards!

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M Saks February 8, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Did you use a scissors?

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Henry February 8, 2017 at 9:39 am

There’s something in accounting called Independence in fact and appearance. He is not independent in fact and in appearance. In the general public it’s roughly called conflict of interest. When the President of the United States also has a huge business empire, that creates a huge conflict of interest. When soon to be president Trump met the Japanese Prime Minister, Ivanka Trump which serves no government role also met with that Japanese Prime Minister in a closed door (no media/press coverage), and Ivanka Trump has business interest in Japan. That’s a huge freak-en conflict of interest. We must force integrity on the President, when he refuse to divest in his business while being the leader of this country.

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Henry February 8, 2017 at 9:41 am

This is a follow-up, below is an article from a respectable news outlet:

http://fortune.com/2016/12/05/ivanka-trump-donald-trump-japan-shinzo-abe/

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Jane Janssen Barr February 8, 2017 at 9:36 pm

Henry,
I totally agree with you.. Trump is a business man.. his hands are in many pockets,
That is a sign of a good business man, but how can he remain neutral and stand up for the people of the United States.. THAT is a huge conflict of interest in regards to his beliefs.
People please look at the facts.. Did you see the commercial regarding the push for fossil fuels during the Super Bowl?? I hate to pessimistic but our Country is not in a good place .. So much worse that Bush it’s scary!!!!!!!!

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Cheryl L Steverson February 8, 2017 at 10:29 am

I agree with you Ms. Waldecker. This is shameful. I have already written an email to Belk’s website stating that I will turn in my card and boycott them for dropping her line. This is totally un-American. They are not supporting free enterprise which is the basis of our country! Belk said it was due to lagging sales but I don’t believe it. Let’s see how these stores feel when all the sales will truly be lagging due to such a shameful decision.

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Jennifer February 9, 2017 at 3:45 am

It undemocratic to tweet about your daughter’s business interests on official White House media (see @POTUS tweet). It is undemocratic to lie about under-reporting of terrorist attacks (see Fox News’ Shepherd Smith’s report). It is dangerously undemocratic to discredit the judicial system (re: “so-called judge” tweet). Undermining American democracy is shameful.

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Geoff Page Geoff Page February 9, 2017 at 4:57 pm

“This is totally un-American?” Your comment could not be farther from the truth Ms. Steverson. It is called “free enterprise” but I think you need to look that up. It means that stores can handle their own business according to what they think is best for it and for their profits. This is totally American in every way. You don’t believe the decision was due to lagging sales? How do you know that? Maybe the boycott of trump’s offspring has had such an effect that it isn’t profitable to keep her goods in their store. What do you think should happen, should they be ordered to keep carrying those goods? That would not be free enterprise. Get it now?

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M Saks February 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Mrs Waldecker outraged! Oh my

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M Saks February 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Some are probably in Russia. Will you boycott them?

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menes sperber February 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm

I agree! Not thing you know, they’ll be canceling the Eva Braun line!

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Sarah February 8, 2017 at 7:40 pm

I am so proud that the boycott is actually working! i recently saw an Ivanka Trump purse at Sam’s Club, and was disgusted by it. It immediately gave me a negative impression of Sam’s, of which I actually have been a frequent customer. Sam’s Club should be on this list.

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John Manfred February 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm

I’m going to take my ball and go home.

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triggerfinger February 7, 2017 at 7:27 am

Also boycott Sears, I found out that their autocenter in upstate New York installed tires on Ivanka’s cleaning lady’s stepbrother’s mini van.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie February 7, 2017 at 9:18 am

Go ahead and make fun. Hey, just a question: do you drink coffee? Do you know why you drink coffee, if you do? I know you’ve heard of the great Boston Tea Party and the famous colonial boycott of English tea.

You’ve also probably heard of the great Grape Boycott of the 60’s and 70’s in support of the United Farm Workers. It worked. Large farmers were brought to the bargaining table with the UFW.

Economic sanctions are a time-honored way to protest.

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triggerfinger February 7, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Love ya Frank. Yes I love my coffee and I have my own boycotts too.

I guess some of this just sounds plain petty. Ivanka isn’t the president. One of the stores listed already stopped purchasing her stuff and is just trying to move old inventory. Amazon? They sell everything under the sun, even Nazi paraphenalia. LL Bean has 5 wealthy board members. I’m guessing nearly every single fortune 500 company has a Trump supporter on their board… let’s add them to the list too.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie February 8, 2017 at 11:02 am

trigger – actually I just checked and Sears is No. 36 or 37 on their list.

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Carol February 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

You’ve got to be kidding. This must be a joke.

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jettyboy jettyboy February 7, 2017 at 7:56 am

Here’s a better way. STOP BUYING SHIT YOU DON”T NEED!

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie February 7, 2017 at 9:22 am

Do you think the Irish ever employed economic boycotts of the English?

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Nora Galvin February 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The Irish invented the boycott.

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Marc Snelling Marc Snelling February 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

It cuts both ways. Seen the Bud boycott organized by people who were offended by the pro-immigration message of their Super Bowl commercial? #BoycottBudwiser Guess anti-immigration folks are better at organizing boycotts than spelling.

Boycotts or not how we spend our money everyday is more important than how we vote.

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Marc Snelling Marc Snelling February 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

If people want to boycott every company that opposes the so-called president’s travel ban there is a long list – Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, and a hundred+ others.

LL Bean’s CEO has personally offered to help employees affected by the travel ban. They employ Somalian immigrants.

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Thomas K February 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm

A boycott of these businesses is a waste of time and energy, it only makes the people who imagine they are doing something productive smug. Call your congress people and send a letter every day.

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Kathi Awoola February 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

I don’t understand why people are making this a personal attack on the President’s family, the man hasn’t been in office a month and people are going to extremes with their petty issues, I don’t think people will be satisfied with anyone who is elected if it’s not the party they voted for, but this is getting disgraceful, we have an election of the person who we want to run our country, should we let our country be under a dictatorship that is passed down through a family bloodline?

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Geoff Page Geoff Page February 9, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Petty issues? Wow, there is an amazing understatement.

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Martha February 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Just closed my Macy’s credit card after being a loyal customer for over 15 yrs. I will no longer purchase anything from them until they quit selling a Trump merchandise.

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M Saks February 8, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Good for you!

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Paul July 23, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Right on!!!

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RB February 7, 2017 at 7:20 pm

So the readers of the OB Rag and the left are going to boycott Ivanka Trump products?
May I suggested the they never bought these products or shopped at Nordstrom or stayed at a Trump hotel…….but Right On, Power to the People!

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Geoff Page Geoff Page February 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Maybe you need to do a little research before you make any comments. The people on the left run the gamut from being dirt poor to being very wealthy. I’m sure plenty of them shopped at Nordstrom’s and stayed at a trump hotel. You are just voicing the prejudice that readers of the Rag and people on the left are just a rag tag bunch of hippies. You need to broaden your mind I think.

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Becky February 8, 2017 at 6:20 am

I will be boycotting all of these stores and Belk to the list they also have joined in I will #spendmymoneyelsewhere

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Carole Hunter February 8, 2017 at 7:34 am

I have contacted stores I shop with on “the list” and have told them if they drop any Trump lines I will no longer shop in their stores. Every American has the right to shop in stores of his or her choosing. I would never tell you where to shop and who to support!!! I expect the same respect. Shame on any stores who choose to fold to the pressure of the Grab Your Wallet bullies! I wonder how many people protesting Neiman Marcus have ever shopped in one of their stores? The people I know who are offended by the Trump brands shop elsewhere. Why don’t you spend your time in a more productive way such as feeding the poor and helping them learn skills so they can have a better life for themselves and their families?

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Michael Valente February 8, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Did you stand up and speak out when the Birtherism lie was allowed to resonate for more than five years? Or when President Obama had a Supreme Court pick stolen?
Please don’t give me that “who started it”nonsense….
It was started by racists

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Milez February 9, 2017 at 12:33 am

Amen!

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Marc Snelling Marc Snelling February 9, 2017 at 9:19 am

You call to tell stores you will not shop there (aka boycott) if they don’t carry a certain product, and then say “I would never tell you where to shop and who to support”. You just did.

Is anyone even buying these products? How do we know if they dumped it because it’s not selling or because of a boycott. Grabyourwallet is just giving info – people can choose to boycott or support on their own.

Glad Kellyanne Conway found the time to plug this line. Important business this White House is engaged in :-P

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Geoff Page Geoff Page February 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm

That’s correct, every American has the right to shop in the stores of his or her choosing just like every American has the right NOT to shop in the stores if his or her choosing. No one is telling anyone anything, they have started a boycott and listed the stores, it is everyone’s choice to participate or not. Why does this offend you?

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Marsha Loebbaka February 8, 2017 at 10:37 am

My family and I are going to boycott any retailer who drops the Trump or any Trump family member brand.

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M Saks February 8, 2017 at 2:07 pm

What a threat! There goes 5.00

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Geoff Page Geoff Page February 9, 2017 at 5:06 pm

And you have every right to do that. So, why tell us, tell the stores.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie February 8, 2017 at 10:52 am

NY Times: “Last week, employees at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls got very clear instructions about where to put signs for Ivanka Trump products: in the garbage.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/business/ivanka-trump-nordstrom-tj-maxx.html?_r=0

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LM February 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Thanks for the list of boycotted stores. I’ll be sure to give them my business! The lis works both ways, ya know?

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M Saks February 8, 2017 at 2:04 pm

It only works one way. I asked your president.

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LM February 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Our president.

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Geoff Page Geoff Page February 9, 2017 at 5:07 pm

No, your president, not ours.

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Joe boutban February 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Like a redneck can afford to shp at those stores.

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Tina February 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Not spending another penny with any retailer.
Stand up America it’s about time someone puts you First.

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Kristin Rubin February 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

I believe all companies should drop Ivanka Trump’s products due to the fact she is working on advisory capacity to the President and therefore her business should be sold as it is a conflict of interest and that she is profiting from her name as the President’s daughter. Another issue is that her products are made overseas and as the president is often flouting that we should have American made products, I find this hypocritical and unethical.

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Carole Huntet February 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Do you selectively choose comments to post? Just wondering since a member of my family responded to a post made this afternoon and I don’t see his comments. Interesting…….

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie February 9, 2017 at 6:54 am

Carole – your family member did leave a comment but it violated our comment rules as it disparaged others in a nasty manner. His “So, you stupid liberals, cannibalize yourselves, harm your supposed base and cash your subversive checks from George Soros” is what I’m referring to.

This is not a platform for extreme right-wing alt-right views. You have plenty of other sites for those types of comments.

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Chris February 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Until this article, I had no idea Ivanka even had a line of products. My question is, why is there a boycott agains her? She’s not the president. Is she being vilified for having the misfortune of being Donald’s daughter? Did she say something? Just asking.

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Geoff Page Geoff Page February 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Misfortune of being Donald’s daughter? Did you really write that this woman was unfortunate having been born into a very wealthy family? If you think her business “success” occurred all on her own, well, that would be naive. She’s part of the trump contagion period.

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Chris February 10, 2017 at 10:20 am

Come on Jeff, you know what I meant by saying “misfortune”. Anyway I just am asking what the purpose of the boycott is. I have no idea what her own politics are. Is she guilty by association?

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Chris February 10, 2017 at 10:26 am

Ok I Googled her and now I know more and understand the purpose of the ban. The truth is I never even heard of her before this election. Guess I should have done that before asking on here.

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Geoff Page Geoff Page February 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

That’s OK, Chris, I’m glad you looked into it a little more, we all appreciate that. Too many of these discussions between folks of different opinions don’t evolve by each side maybe thinking and learning a little along the way. It’s hard to keep emotion out of it sometimes. Ivanka is successful by association so I personally don’t think it is unfair to mark her guilty by association. Although many women opt to keep their maiden name, I’m sure in her case, there was no question about it because of the name recognition. If she were an independent person successful on her own apart from her father, then it might not be so fair.

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Chris February 10, 2017 at 10:27 am

I meant boycott, not ban.

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Karen G February 9, 2017 at 7:03 am

I think there are two issues here. Ivanka Trump’s products are made in other countries
not in the U.S. . President Trump often rails against companies outsourcing their jobs to
foreign countries. Shouldn’t he and his family follow their own advice.
Second, it is astonishing that our President has the time to tweet about his daughter’s business (from which they both claimed they were stepping away). Doesn’t he have more important issues to deal with than his daughter’s fashion line?
Just saying…

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KayTomashnas February 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

Trump is an embarrassment, corrupt, disingenuous and a threat to our liberties and freedom. Using his role to shame Nordstrom is disgusting and should be investigated. I for one now will NEVER buy any Ivanka Trum items and will shop exclusively
at the places that dropped her clothing.

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Carol February 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

I lived in OB and the Rag never represented me.

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Christine Harris February 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm

It is very disturbing that people would support a person and his family who are determined in destroying human, civil, and birthrights of any human being. I support all companies that drop T products. Bravo for having real courage. So they lose some customers, but gain more customers, and they are doing the right thing.

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boycott trump February 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

boycott trump

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Chocolate February 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

I agree with Jetty Boy! I have a few things I NEED; but I will NOT be buying them at any of the boycotted stores. I try to shop locally and NEVER do Amazon. Since I only buy what I NEED I can afford to support the little guy.

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