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May 13, 2005

Buying the Product Not the Politics

Capitalism is about firms collecting resources to create a good or service people want to buy. The product or service has to offer something of value for an acceptable price in order to earn my dollars. For me politics has little to do with it. Charmaine has a post about the the Buy Blue meme floating around Left circles. She has some graphs on how particular companies' employees politically donated. I'm just going to pick out a few:


  • Starbucks vs. Dunkin' Donuts: First, I have no idea where the nearest Dunkin' Donuts is. Second, Krispie Kreme is my doughnut place. Third, When DD creates an atmosphere as inviting as Starbucks in a location I can find and have free WiFi (and one-up SB) then I'll start going there.

  • Diageo North America (Guiness) vs. Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser): I am not giving up Guiness just because it's executive didn't donate to Republicans. Guiness is too good. Plus, Budweiser is bad, rice-brewed beer. (And I don't just say that because Miller sponsors my favorite baseball team.)

  • Progressive Insurance vs. Geico: Hey, Geico's gecko is pretty cool, but Progressive gives me the same coverage for a better price. And their website makes it very easy to change my coverage and pay my bills.

  • Apple vs. Dell: This is a tie. Apple wins with the iPod. Dell wins for its cheap notebooks. (What I really want is one of these.)

So there you have it. My life is more productive and fun because I don't deeply examine the politics behind everything I buy. Doing that means letting ideology rule your life. That's a very unconservative way to live. Like I tell people: if I based my music choices on politics I could only listen to Ted Nugent. That, my friends, would not be fun.

"Color-Coded Shopping: Starbucks, Out! Dunkin' Donuts In!"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 12:28 AM | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (9)
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