Friday, January 13, 2017

LL Bean

So people are bailing out as customers of LL Bean because some of their owners are big trump donors.  When I saw this I thought it was silly and harmful to the employees of that company.  I have been a long time customer of theirs.

But I have changed my mind.  This morning I pick up the newspaper and see that the candidates running for Mayor of Albuquerque have already gathered huge sums for their campaigns and we don't even get to find out who the donors are until next July.  Except for hopefuls like Tim Keller who will take public financing.  The other candidates are probably taking money from the likes of LL Bean owners, and we don't get to know for six months.

By staying a customer of LL Bean I am aiding and abetting this kind of behavior.  Corporate America running everything through their profits.  And so I will look for a clothing supplier other than LL Bean from now on, even if it is more expensive.  I apologize to the employees of LL Bean, most of them in China I suppose, but many in the USA too.  But  you work for people who are endangering our democracy by sending their profits to rightwing and pliable candidates.

It might seem like a silly effort on my part.  But I will at least feel better about it all.


Jim Baca said...

here is a comment I got from llbean a few minutes after posting. Thank you for contacting us. Due to unexpectedly high volumes, it’s taking us longer than usual to get back to you. We appreciate your patience and will respond within 24-48 hours.

Houston, we have a problem.

Anonymous said...

I so admire your stand on this and many other issues. You are a PP (principled person). I too have my list of organizations I will not support with my money; the first one being Koch Bros products (mostly paper goods). We absolutely need to know who is financing our mayoral candidates - please keep us informed.
PS: I also lower case the name of our president elect.

Anonymous said...

"I will look for a clothing supplier other than LL Bean from now on, even if it is more expensive."
Jim, I didn't think there were many clothing retailers out there that are more expensive then LL Bean!

Anonymous said...

LL Bean has the best quality and 100% guarantee on anything they sell. You can't get that ANYWHERE.............. I will continue to shop at LL BEAN.

Donald Schiff said...

Anonymous, try REI. They have high quality products, a 100% guarantee, and they share my ethics. For catalog sales, try Norm Thompson. I don't know about their politics, but they have good quality merchandise which they stand behind.