Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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RE[5]: buying imac
by WereCatf on Sun 30th Sep 2012 03:35 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: buying imac"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

On the other hand, if we all reasoned that way no positive change would ever occur.
Why shouldn't I buy goods produced in sweatshops under terrible conditions? Me not purchasing the goods wont change anything.


A single person, or even a handful of people, not buying such products would indeed not change a thing. Even if I gathered together 2000 people and convinced them to never, ever, buy anything from Apple it would simply be too little of a change for Apple to even notice it.

Your rhetorical question of "if we all reasoned that way" is simply not based on reality, it is based on ideals -- when you know there's billions of people out there buying a product you buying the product or not buying it won't affect the overall effect in the slightest.

Yes, pondering the morality of one's purchasing habits is healthy, but there is nothing wrong with taking the practical approach either.

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RE[6]: buying imac
by Soulbender on Sun 30th Sep 2012 04:03 in reply to "RE[5]: buying imac"
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2005-08-18

when you know there's billions of people out there buying a product you buying the product or not buying it won't affect the overall effect in the slightest.


You know what they say, every journey starts with a single step.

Yes, pondering the morality of one's purchasing habits is healthy, but there is nothing wrong with taking the practical approach either.


Well, perhaps not in this case but there certainly are cases when it is wrong. The fact that you can rationalize it as practical doesn't make it any less wrong.

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RE[7]: buying imac
by Morgan on Sun 30th Sep 2012 16:18 in reply to "RE[6]: buying imac"
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2005-06-29

Well, perhaps not in this case but there certainly are cases when it is wrong. The fact that you can rationalize it as practical doesn't make it any less wrong.


The thing is, I have the freedom to choose the path I want to take. For a long time I actively boycotted Sony and Microsoft, and later Apple. If I hadn't boycotted, say, Apple during that time, I would have bought at least one more new Mac. If I were to choose to buy a Mac tomorrow, that would be two that I would have bought instead of one. Either way, it's a blip on their radar and in the end I'm just choosing how I want to limit myself.

So by that token, I decided my need for a stable, reliable, functional smartphone meant I would buy a Windows Phone, and I've been overwhelmingly happy with it for the past year. I also bought a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate nearly two years ago because I found I couldn't rely on GNU/Linux and Haiku 100% of the time, and I don't have a Mac right now (and can't afford one). If I were laptop shopping and Sony offered the best deal in my price range, that's what I would buy.

In other words, I'm choosing not to let the big companies make my choices for me. In a sense, I have more freedom than I ever had when boycotting.

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