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Buycott App: Scan the item in your cart... and KNOW who is benefitting from your purchase.

Whoa... this is a powerful little tool.

You can scan the barcode on any product and the free app will trace its ownership all the way to its top corporate parent company.

Once you’ve scanned an item, Buycott will show you its corporate family tree on your phone screen.

Even more impressively, you can join user-created campaigns to boycott business practices that violate your principles rather than single companies. One of these campaigns, Demand GMO Labeling, will scan your box of cereal and tell you if it was made by one of the 36 corporations that donated more than $150,000 to oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food.

In her keynote speech at last year’s annual Netroots Nation gathering, Darcy Burner pitched a seemingly simple idea to the thousands of bloggers and web developers in the audience. The former Microsoft MSFT +0.39% programmer and congressional candidate proposed a smartphone app allowing shoppers to swipe barcodes to check whether conservative billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch were behind a product on the shelves.

Burner figured the average supermarket shopper had no idea that buying Brawny paper towels, Angel Soft toilet paper or Dixie cups meant contributing cash to Koch Industries through its subsidiary Georgia-Pacific. Similarly, purchasing a pair of yoga pants containing Lycra or a Stainmaster carpet meant indirectly handing the Kochs your money (Koch Industries bought Invista, the world’s largest fiber and textiles company, in 2004 from DuPont).

Continued:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2013/05/14/new-app-...




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For any privacy nimnoes

The app may COLLECT data too, perhaps for marketing purposes or sending you coupons. There's always interest in what an individual's shopping behaviors are.

I wouldn't worry about this too much personally, they get all of your data at check out anyways.

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Looking forward to downloading this...

"Even more impressively, you can join user-created campaigns to boycott business practices that violate your principles rather than single companies. One of these campaigns, Demand GMO Labeling, will scan your box of cereal and tell you if it was made by one of the 36 corporations that donated more than $150,000 to oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food."

I wonder if there is already a user-created campaign to inform us which companies are Pro-Israeli. E.g. Coca-Cola, Nestle, L'Oreal.

Nothing against Jews. I oppose the terror-state of Israel.

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I will buy the App if it

I will buy the App if it includes the Kosher Tax Items I want to avoid buying?

The Kosher Tax most Americans dont know they're paying!
http://www.dailypaul.com/252896/the-kosher-tax-most-american...

nice

reading now but i hope it is not just on iphone and also on android. i know a few people who will enjoy this app. thanks for sharing this.

edit: ya iphone and android. sweet.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

I have to wait :(

According to this page: http://www.buycott.com/#

"Android App Coming Soon"

Sounds like a great app though. I'm sure it will be worth the wait!

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

I have always said..

To encourage a free market, you must replace government regulation with consumer responsibility. This app is an incredible tool for such a cause!

Great Product!

Great Product!

still have yet to get one product to pull up

I think their server is overloaded.

I downloaded the app but had

I downloaded the app but had trouble signing in. It said that that it experiencing unexpected influx of new users. I wonder if that' had anything to do with this post on DP :)

Technology is liberating..

5 stars.

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I try to change people every day. Do You?

Oh, I am dowloading this and using it

Brilliant idea.

Downloaded -set up throw away account

cant get a single item to pull up. Maybe with the forbes article they are getting heavy traffice.

Will keep you posted.

A man walks into a voting booth....

Heh-heh...
Just thinking here:
This is a POWERFUL tool..
just suppose:
Every politician is mandated to have his/her very own... *drumroll*
barcode...
let's put it under the 'freedom of information' Act or 'transparency in government... etc.. etc.
Newpapers would print it next to their name (just like the R or D)

Scan the code.
Voting Records.
Attendance Records.
Major Donor Records.
et
cetera
et
cetera.

They want to do it to 'us'.
Let us TURN the tables...
I can dream can't I??
:)

put it on the

white house "we the people" petition site. ill sign that.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

Great Idea

Makes it easy to see the open face of a politician. It's the hidden face though that needs exposure. For example the president's positions and desires are an open book, Mr. Carney will always put the positive spin on them. Though in sum, it would provide a good idea of who's calling the shots for that particular pol. Good collection tool for subsequent analysis.

This is great app. The only

This is great app. The only problem is that they do not support family unit and marriage. In fact they go the other way around by encouraging companies that try to distort the definition of marriage.

Untrue

It seemed pretty clear to me that the app itself is not pushing any certain opinions. Users can create certain campaigns. So you could go in and start a campaign for "companies that support traditional marriage" and others could join it.

While the forbes article seems to push it, I thought they made it clear that the app itself did not.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. -Thomas Jefferson
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k. Good to know. We all have

k. Good to know. We all have our independent opinions so it would be great if this app is configurable.

The "definition of marriage"

The "definition of marriage" is not the government's nor some corporation's business, any more than the definition of prayer is. It is the business of private, consenting individuals. A company can have any opinion on marriage it wants, so long as it doesn't abuse the force of law to push that opinion on individuals.

I'm OK with the Koch

I'm OK with the Koch brothers. I don't understand the Democrat leaning vitriol. They have as much a right to lobby and protect their business interests as anyone and they aren't stealing from me, unlike Washington.

They unfortunately throw more money behind Republicans, but I have to assume time has made them more "practical" Libertarians.

And Angel Soft donated money

And Angel Soft donated money to Ron Paul's presidential campaign. Not sure I'd trust all this. Eventually, could it not be used to get people to buy from companies you don't want to? Or to stop buying from those that compete with certain companies? I still buy Angel Soft products and from Overstock.com because they recognized an honest person such as Ron Paul.

Of course they are stealing

Of course they are stealing from you.

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Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

If anything, this app will

If anything, this app will teach people how much good stuff corporations really make and how difficult life would be without their products.

awesome!

I need to get a new phone so I can start using this.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

Just downloaded it

It requires you to sign up - so screw it. Just my opinion.

Maybe I will just make a fake yahoo account later to see how it works - but I dont know.

If I do I will post back my results.

did ya make a throw away account?

did ya make your throw away account and try it out?

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

I have never used an "app" on a phone

Not even sure my phone will support them, but I will be checking into this.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...