- 1/25/2013 9:45:13 PM
@Beth, remember the scene in the 80s movie "Summer School" when the Mr. Shoop has his kids write to the sunglass company whose sunglasses always break, and that company ends up sending a whole box of replacement sunglasses? I have a good feeling about this email of yours!
- 1/24/2013 12:47:16 AM
I agree I think you should ask, I would love to think it is just some rouge manager who has used extremely poor judgement as opposed to some company sanction activity.
I think most companies understand that the music inside their stores should not bombard or insult, but you never know.
- 1/24/2013 12:43:55 AM
@ Broadway I suspect you are right on this issue. How many are really aware of the true ownership of what is considered a traditional American brand ? I think we would be surprised at the actual numbers.
Even those supposedly in the know, might be surprise to learn of some the big names that are run by foreign investors or majority owners.
I rarely see made in America and if I do it is usually not something I am interested in buying. That is just in general, of course there are some very good American made products.
- 1/23/2013 3:13:42 PM
@Louis, that was one of my points indeed. But more interesting to me is that "made in America" still sells and still sells for companies that are no longer made in America. That leads me to believe that the American consumer is hopelessly outdated in their corporate knowledge (which "domestic" company is actually owned by international conglomerates). And can we blame them? It is extremely difficult to figure out the webs of subsidiaries, headquarters, and domicilies of public companies, let alone private ones!
- 1/23/2013 3:10:26 PM
@Beth, you should look into it. You would assume quality national retailers have corporate guidelines at least, if not outright strict control, over music at their stores. If not, they should be warned of its importance. In the very least, maybe you can get an interesting blog post for AA.com by digging around on the topic!
- 1/23/2013 9:18:35 AM
If I could figure out the exact name of the song, I'd be tempted to ask the company whether it was on a sanctioned soundtrack or whether the individual store manager selected it. Maybe I'll ask about music policy regardless.
- 1/23/2013 12:37:56 AM
Excellent point Broadway, not much is really made in America any longer. American companies have gone outside the U.S. which is a major reason our recovery is taking so long ( yes, I know there are many other factors as well) however the point is you are right, most "American brands" have long since been sold off to foreign investors.
A trend I don't expect to end anytime soon either.
- 1/23/2013 12:33:18 AM
I agree Beth, I have heard of a similar clothing company (which I will not name) that did something similar with an Ad for some offering they had. I was quite surprised to learn that some clothing companies find it acceptable to promote divisiveness and out right racial hatred.
It is that moral code of ethics that I mentioned earlier, some businesses don't think they have any responsibility to promote positively, no their goal is to maximum revenue at apparently any cost.
Of course companies that operate in this fashion will never get my business and sadly these same companies don't seem to be going out of business. So I think the issue is more complex than most can even imagine or comprehend.