Voting with your wallet or voting with your mouth?

Is voting with your wallet more effective, or voting with your mouth (eg. petitions, or getting vocal about things online) as a way of getting a point across? Say, if someone didn't like a certain companies business practices or procedures. I don't have any issues, was just curious.

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  • 6 years ago
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    gosh, your question can be taken to be several different questions and going in different directions.

    You mentioned about a business...well if you have a complaint (that means you have a problem and need a refund, something changed but want your money or something solved with a company) you'd contact the Better Business Bureau (where that business is located). Usually complaint forms are on the BBB websites so you'd get detailed and submit one of those. You'd get a response either by mail or online from that business.

    Practices and procedures (policies) are something different. These are voted on by the higher ups in a company with their stocholders in attendance. They aren't going to change things for us because that's how they make money, and sometimes they do it in sneaky ways and if those are brought to light may hurt the company so some cover up things. There are some who are willing to listen to the Federal Trade Commission or the Agriculture Department, or some Consumer services group, or the Federal Communications Commission, or the Comptroller of the Currency, or other or state or local agencies, some who have weight and some who just take complaints till they have a bunch and then make the complaint to the business and request a change. If you're wanting something done in the county then yes it would be by petition to get something on the ballot for voters on, there is a requirement for how many signatures are needed and you'd need to have more than you need since some aren't authentic signatures, names, addresses or some aren't even voters. Then there is lobbying with regard to the government and congress and those lobbiests would need to be paid to represent your cause.

    If you're talking about just a general problem, like you got stiffed on a product you might be just calling in to a manager with your problem, or might if you're dissatisfied just vote with your feet (which means you don't shop there anymore). If after you've been stuck with some bill that isn't yours or you can't get a response from the company who stiffed you AND they have already put it on your credit report then you'd be contacting ALL of the credit bureaus (all 3, there maybe 4 by now) to get that corrected or researched for proof.

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