Voting with your money might change attitudes of companies...

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I was reading the other day that Nike took a less than Patriotic stand with one of their commercials. It reminded me of a number of previous events over the years. One of my favorite memory was about my parents.

Those of you who do not know, my parents came to the United States in 1967 originally from Hungary and my father was the proudest naturalized  United States citizen you could ever meet. He was more American than those born in this country. He was  always law abiding, never spoke bad of the country or the politicians who ran the country and was proud to be an American....

One day the price of sugar went astronomically high. The  US Sugar Boycott was announced. My parents were outraged at the price increase and they joined their first boycott. They stopped buying sugar... it did not take a long time and the price of sugar dropped. As a young kid I learned something, if enough people get outraged and unite for a common cause they can change the course or should I say directions, by voting with their hard earned money.

Clearly there were many people beside my parents who felt the same way and the price of sugar dropped.

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Fast forward to 1996 at the Summer Olympics there was a huge controversy. Nike did not pay $50 million to become the sponsor of the Olympics, instead chose to be what I considered a less than honorable strategy. They took out billboards all over with slogans like this:

"You don't win silver, you lose gold." 

I found this to be in poor taste,and setting a poor example or should I say a  poor slogan for all the hard working athletes that trained and competed to be told  by NIKE, that if they won anything less than gold they were losers.

Clearly they were not worthy in my eyes and did not represent the Olympic Spirit I so admired all my life.

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Being my parent's child, I voted with my money and never bought another Nike Product again. As far as I was concerned it was their loss and New Balance's gain.

So, the other day when I saw the controversial commercial it just reassured me that I made the right decisions in 1996.

Sadly as I wrote in my headline , that voting with your money "might change the attitudes of companies" in this instance it did not. On the other hand I am glad I stood by my original principal centered decision by  not to support this company. Check out my picture to illustrate my point.

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Just a general observation as I look down the photo list of the commenters.  The majority of us are not of the age group that Nike cares about.  We're not the youth, the ones looking for cool and edgy, the social justice warriors, etc.  So does Nike really care that they offended a lot of people in our group?  Probably not one iota.  And I didn't own Nike shoes before, and the likelihood of me running is about nil, so if you see me running, you better be running faster :)  Bill

Sep 09, 2018 08:20 AM #98
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr., I checked to make sure I didn't have any Nike shoes and I don't, I wish more people would have the morals and the love/respect for this country as you do. I am grateful to be in this country, to be a citizen of US is a privilege. Just imagine what would happen if we united and vote with our money. 

Sep 09, 2018 07:03 PM #99
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Endre Barath, Jr. did you see the report today that (supposedly) Nike sales are up 31% after this ad campaign....I find it hard to believe.

Sep 09, 2018 07:10 PM #100
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Marte Cliff  I agree with you the likelyhood is slim that he has changed...Endre

Sep 09, 2018 08:45 PM #101
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Kimo Jarrett  I am with you 100 % that is indeed the key! Endre

Sep 09, 2018 08:47 PM #102
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Bruce Brockmeier  welcome to the New Balance Club:) Endre

Sep 09, 2018 08:48 PM #103
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Bill Roberts  yes I switched from regular publishable shoes over the years, there would be more but for every new one I buy Diane makes me throw away two, between you and me I have a couple in my SUV she does not know about:)))Endre

Sep 09, 2018 08:54 PM #104
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Liz and Bill Spear  I agree with you, hence that makes us officially "old" now with that said I can always hope and dream, Endre

Sep 09, 2018 08:55 PM #105
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Beth Atalay  with your comment you are preaching to the Choir here:)) and hope your point will be reality, Endre

Sep 09, 2018 08:56 PM #106
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Lisa Von Domek  yes sadly I saw it and was having a hard time believing it, but if your read our friend Liz and Bill Spear a "maybe"?:)Endre

Sep 09, 2018 08:59 PM #107
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WOW 104 comments, Endre! I came for my daily "Endre fix" and had to check in on this post. You have some great comments here and some that I am shocked at their 'take' on this. Interesting thread.

Hope you have a great week ahead!

Sep 09, 2018 08:59 PM #108
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Debe Maxwell, CRS  you are so sweet thank you, and indeed there were not many in the other category, it reenforces may faith in this great country of ours:)Endre

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Oh, I definitely agree, Endre! Sadly, many of us are silent because of the backlash...and as agents, we really do have to be silent as well. However, I'm happy that I caught this one and got to say my mind! It felt good! LOL

Happy Monday!

Sep 10, 2018 01:32 PM #110
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Obviously you aren't alone in your thinking!  You come from good stock Endre!  It's wonderful to hear of families that come here and appreciate what this country has to offer.  At the same time, it's sad when others don't appreciate the freedoms that we have  and the sacrifices of others for those freedoms.  I don't buy Nike either - New Balance it is! 

Sep 10, 2018 02:14 PM #111
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I'm with you Endre. And I love hearing the stories about your family, especially your father. We should all be so patriotic.

Sep 12, 2018 07:42 PM #112
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Debe Maxwell, CRS  indeed that fine line we walk, Endre

Sep 12, 2018 07:46 PM #113
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Jan Green  thank you for your kind words and support, Endre

Sep 12, 2018 07:47 PM #114
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty my father would have some words to say about our current state of affairs, in some ways I am sad and in other ways I am glad he did not get to see the current state of affairs.....Endre

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Endre Barath, Jr. 
Yes, if someone wants "an ethical, principal centered Realtor", you're it.
All the best - Lynn

Oct 21, 2018 09:15 PM #116
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Lynn B. Friedman  thank you for stopping in and  I appreciate your support, Endre

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