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I believe I should be able to use "their service" on anything I can spend my cash on. I say "their service", because when they control something as essential as currency, they no longer have the right to refuse service for their own reasons. And if they are going to block my spending, they should only do so if they have been forced by law officials, which they were not. In fact, they hired a third-party to investigate Wikileaks and they found no reason to block payment, yet they are still doing it.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
His list of grievances and poor service from companies is almost legendary.
Panic, Chaos, Destruction. My work here is done. Drink. Get drunk. Fall over - P O'H OK, I will win to day or my name isn't Ethel Crudacre! - DDEthel Crudacre I cannot live by bread alone. Bacon and ketchup are needed as well. - Trollslayer Have a bit more patience with newbies. Of course some of them act dumb - they're often *students*, for heaven's sake - Terry Pratchett
I have a fairly extensive boycott list and I agree that there are problems when pretty much all of the players in a certain field are on the list.
It isn't so difficult where the service isn't essential. For example I have several pizza chains on my list but I can live without pizza.
I had a similar problem with financial institutions which, whilst not actually essential, are difficult to live without. I solved my dilemna by considering how I would deal with something that was literally essential (nothing really is essential except for sustenance, of course) such as utilities. Once I had developed a solution to that I applied the methodology to the actual problem.
Girl: (staring) "Why do you need an icy cucumber?" “I want to report a fraud. The government is lying to us all.” I wouldn't let CG touch my Abacus! When you're wrestling a gorilla, you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is. Cogito ergo thumb - Sucking my thumb helps me to think.
Bank with a mutual (e.g. a credit union, building society, co-operative or similar) and pay by cheque or cash for everything. I don't think that boycotting Visa/Mastercard is necessary, though – what have they done to deserve it? If you pay off your cards immediately I don't think you're feeding them much money, anyway.
Well, what do you need to use credit for aside from online purchases? Cut those down or out and you should be fine. My bills are all deducted from my bank, which was until recently a local bank. I might move to another local bank soon.