Well, Toys R Us has now declared bankruptcy. If you shop there, don't get your panties in a bunch. Before Toys R Us totally disappears they will go through several rounds of bankruptcy. This first one will just be a means to pare down some debt by stripping stockholders of their equity, renegotiate some newer, higher interest loans, then plow on.
I can remember when Toys R Us was the "Nordstrom" for kids. When my kids were young enough to be into toys I couldn't afford them. But they certainly were the standard for kiddie retail.
Actually, I have no intention of talking about Toys R Us....only my "so what" reaction to the news. You see, I have pretty much gone to war with corporate America. To me, most of them are just retail whores that will do anything, forsake any measure of societal or corporate ethics, if it means an extra ten cents per share on their annual report.
I now take a new approach to corporate America. I'm like the kid who rushes to his mother after she has declared that she loves a sibling. I then rush to her lap and ask her if she "loves me more". Admittedly the "loves me more" approach is poor ass one. But, when that's all ya got, you go with what works for you.
For example, I wanted to boycott Coke when they ran those open borders immigrant ads to please our 30 million illegal aliens. Except that Pepsi is even worse. I'd like to boycott my local Kroger owned grocery (cause they announced that the men and women's bathroom are interchangeable) but Safeway is just as bad. I was successful in boycotting Target for their bathroom policy, because they really have nothing I wish to buy that isn't already available at a cheaper price in Walmart.
Because corporate America no longer demonstrate American loyalty, because they no longer champion traditional values, because they will lay off a thousand workers...just to boost their profit margins, I feel no loyalty for corporate America.
Perhaps the best example of how I must compromise my own principles to get along in America these days is Amazon. While I don't agree with major stockholder and founder Jeff Bezos, on almost any political or social philosophy, I shop Amazon all the time. I have to....because there really is no alternative. So, I justify my loyalty to Amazon by admitting that, though I don't like enriching those I disagree with, Amazon treats me well! They offer me a more attractive price, they deliver it promptly, and if I have a problem with a purchase they'll take it back...and even pay for return shipping. So, in buying from Amazon, I am saying "Amazon likes me better"...better than Pepsi, better than Coke, far better than Target. Amazon "likes me enough" to treat me with respect as a customer...and if that's all I got, it has to be enough.
I would love to shop at companies that agree with my personal political philosophies. I do visit Chik Fil-A occasionally, but I don't go out for fast food much. And I admire Hobby Lobby for their strong religious stance, but there's nothing in that store that I need.
In these years, when ethical conduct and morality and principle means so little, either in the private sector, or in business, I am forced to compromise, the boycotts few, because all you can really do is frequent the "most principled whore"...the one who will "like me better".
Sad. Damned Sad.