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You know, they say the definition of Insanity is: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Well, before I go insane, I'm done with this thread.
If we want to play on Quirky for free why is that an issue to you and how does our decision to do so harm the economy? If we want to participate for free that's entirely our prerogative (cue Bobby Brown) and none of your business. Why do you feel the need to change how Quirky/Wink operates? Because your idea didn't get made? Because they failed to listen to your genius suggestions at the 2010 summit? Why stay if it galls you so much? How do you know what we do outside of this website to foster and help change the economy? How do you know we don't vote, petition, go to meetings, donate to causes, complain to board members of companies we hold stock in, donate our time, etc. short answer, you don't but because we disagree with you then we must be idiots and only your world view is the correct one.
I love how you start a thread in one direction and when it doesn't go the way you hoped, you shift it to another.
Walmart employees banding together to fight a class action lawsuit have nothing to do with YOU wanting to boycott (and effectively) shut down Wink in order to send a message to GE that they need to pay more corporate taxes. A corporation so big that Wink is barely a blip on their radar screen.
But hey, whatever, you'll just ignore that aspect of your original post and try to spin it in another direction so you don't have to recognize the futility of your original statement. You completely missed the point of my last post that by boycotting Wink you very well may cost others their jobs. Jobs that are high paying and contribute to the tax base so that they can then go out and try and get an $8.00 an hour job at Wal-Mart with no benefits and pay even less taxes into the economy. Wow, just yuk indeed.
Overheard in an office somewhere in GE Corporate headquarters:
Mid-level VP1 of Smarthome/electronics talking to Mid-level VP2 or same unit:
VP1: Hey did you hear we’re going to shut down the Wink line because someone started a boycott to send a message to the main corporate office that they need to pay their fair share of corporate taxes?
VP2: Wink? What’s that?
VP1: You know, Wink. That small smart home startup in NYC that we got approval to invest in last year.
VP2: Oh, Wink, yeah right, now I remember. Wasn’t that part of that air conditioner deal? Can’t remember the other products though.
VP1: Yeah, it was starting to show some promise until one of their own community members started a boycott so we’re shutting it down.
VP2: Really? This person felt that boycotting the Wink products will cause the CEO and board to reevaluate the tax strategy? Wow, okay, whatever, call the CFO and have him write off the initial investment as a tax loss.
VP1: Will do. Hey what are you doing after work, wanna grab a beer?
VP2: Yeah sure. Hey did you catch the game last Sunday…..
Meanwhile, over a QHQ this conference call from Ben to the Quirky/Wink NYC and Schenectady offices was overheard:
Ben: I’m sorry to have to tell you all this but we are closing down Wink due to a boycott of the products. I’m sorry to all of you who we have been able to supply a nice high-paying job with gracious benefits to but we will no longer be able to employ you. I’m especially sorry for all of you in Schenectady where there are few high paying jobs let alone low paying ones. I’m sorry that those of you that had finally considered moving out of your parents house and into an apartment will no longer be able to do so. To those of you up there that were planning to buy a car to get to work, since it’s mostly rural up there, our apologies. If you already had purchased a car or rented an apartment, know that we will be providing several weeks severance if that will help. You’ll also need to look into new health insurance. As far as our vendors go, you’ll need to let the janitorial service know that we no longer need them, same with the office supply store and the small restaurants that provided us with some amazing food. Please tell the limo service we won’t need them either to get to and from the airport up there and cancel the standing hotel rooms we need when staff visit from NYC.
Meanwhile, heard on CNN:
Announcer: And in business news, GE has announced that they have acquired Interon, a maker of Smarthome products.
Also related to GE, due to a boycott of some of their other products lines, GE has agreed to pay back taxes to the US government to the tune of $20 Billion. Which we understand will go to helping prop up Iceland’s economy.
Overheard from the CEO of GE to his assistant:
CEO: Get someone over to my house and have them replace my Wink hub with this new Interon one. Apparently this Wink company went out of business. Shame, we should have looked into buying them, probably could have gotten them pretty cheap.
There’s a hell of a lot more at stake than just saying let’s boycott them. Fact: my best friend lives in the Schenectady area and knows the owner of a small cafe right around the corner from the Quirky/Wink call center. Because they supply food to the office and employees stop in for breakfast and lunch they have been able to employ additional people. If Quirky were to leave Schenectady they would have to probably lay those new hires off. I’m sure they would be thrilled to know that one person worked for change that drove them right out of a job but got GE to pay some corporate taxes that went right to the banks and defense contractors instead of unemployment.