By Staff / OB Rag
There is a nation-wide group that is organizing a boycott of companies that carry Trump products, or are owned by Trump or have other relationships with him. It’s call #GrabYourWallet and they believe economic push-back by American citizens and others is a very valid form of protest.
Their campaign has already been going on for nearly 4 months now and it has achieved some successes. Here is how they describe themselves and their history:
The #GrabYourWallet movement tracks & boycotts retailers that sell Trump family products as well as corporate leaders who enabled the political rise of the Trump family through fundraising and/or endorsements.
Here is more of their history:
The #GrabYourWallet boycott began October 11, 2016 in the wake of the Trump Tapes when a brand strategist and a grandmother simultaneously realized they could no longer in good conscience shop at retailers that do business with the Trump family.
Never having met, Shannon Coulter and Sue Atencio joined forces and announced on Twitter they’d be boycotting any retailer that carried Trump products, with the goal of motivating those companies on the list to stop doing business with the Trump family.
They published a short list of such retailers later that same evening and on October 14th, Shannon introduced the #GrabYourWallet hashtag — both as a rejoinder to Donald Trump’s infamous hot mic remark and a reference to women’s epic consumer power. The hashtag and the movement exploded on social media and has been viewed over 600 million times.
Since then, the #GrabYourWallet boycott has grown into a movement and central resource for the flexing of consumer power in favor of a more respectful and inclusive society. … Notable figures who have amplified or supported the movement include Don Cheadle, Greg Louganis, Lucy Lawless, Roseanne Cash, Neko Case, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Reich, Pam Grier, and Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry’s). /// To get in touch, send an email to shannon (at) grabyourwallet (dot) org.
The campaign has identified over 80 companies but here we are focusing on their top 10.
No. 1. – Nordstrom: Retailer that carries Ivanka Trump products shoes, clothing, handbags.
On Feb. 2, Nordstrom made an announcement that it’s phasing out Ivanka Trump items due to poor sales. The company has further clarified that it’s selling through remaining inventory, but will not be replenishing. Once that inventory sells through and the process is complete, the group will be removing Nordstrom from the #GrabYourWallet list.
No. 2 – Macy’s : Retailer carries Ivanka Trump products of clothing, jewelry.
No. 3 – LL Bean : Board member raised funds for Trump PAC ;
No. 4 – Bloomingdale’s : Retailer that carries Ivanka Trump products of shoes & handbags;
No. 5 – Dillard’s : Retailer carries Ivanka Trump products k- clothing & accessories;
No. 6 – Zappos : Retailer that carries Ivanka Trump products of shoes, clothing, handbags;
No. 7 – Amazon : Retailer that carries Donald & Ivanka Trump products – shoes, clothing, home;
While they applaud Jeff Bezos for joining in the fight against Donald’s unconstitutional Muslim ban, it’s worth noting that Amazon relies heavily on engineering talent from abroad so while his action is welcome, it’s likely not a purely altruistic one. Perhaps that’s why Bezos feels it’s worth standing up on immigration issues, but has been silent on Donald’s treatment of women. It’s also worth noting that to date, Amazon still advertises on Breitbart News.
No. 8 – TJ Maxx : Retailer carries Ivanka Trump products – accessories; [Editor Note: Employees have been told to remove signage and stop promoting Ivanka Trump items.]
No. 9 – Lord & Taylor : Retailer carries Ivanka Trump products such as clothing, jewelry, handbags;
No. 10 – Trump Hotels : Trump-owned hotels / condos.
Have any companies ever been dropped?
Absolutely, here is what #Grab says:
Kawasaki USA – Dropped on Feb 18. The company reached out to #GrabYourWallet on 1/17/17, saying “we would not elect to sponsor the show again so as long as Mr. Trump is involved, including as an Executive Producer ” The company was an advertiser on Celebrity Apprentice of which Donald Trump is a paid Executive Producer. The company’s product placement occurred 1/16/17.
Uber dropped on 2/2/17 . On 2/2/17, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he would leave Donald Trump’s Economic & Policy Forum, which was the recommended action for Uber to be removed from the boycott portion of the #GrabYourWallet list.
Neiman Marcus was dropped on 2/3/17. On 2/2/17, #GrabYourWallet participants noticed that there were no longer any Ivanka Trump items for sale on the Neiman site (the last check on 1/21 had shown 21 products there). Chavie Lieber at Racked published a story the following morning noting the development and later that day, Neiman Marcus issued a statement: “Neiman Marcus has a very small Ivanka Trump precious jewelry business which is compromised 100 percent of consigned merchandise (merchandise owned by the vendor).” This season, however, they have decided not to carry the line. They continued, “Based on productivity we continuously assess whether our brands are carried in stores, on our website, or both.”