May
15
2013

Use Buycott on *your* sweatshop smartphone to identify corporate malefactors!

Wait.  What?

[Buycott] itself is the work of one Los Angeles-based 26-year-old freelance programmer, Ivan Pardo, who has devoted the last 16 months to Buycott. “It’s been completely bootstrapped up to this point,” he said. Martinez and another friend have pitched in to promote the app.

Pardo’s handiwork is available for download on iPhone or Android, making its debut in iTunes and Google Play in early May. 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, including conglomerates like Koch Industries.

So, basically, you can find out via this app that some company likes to invest in cheap energy or improved crop yields.  You will not find out via this app that the typical user of Buycott is quite hypocritically happy to use an electronic device made in a Chinese sweatshop – but then, we already knew that.

Moe Lane

PS: Seriously, you’d think that somebody would come up with, I don’t know, a fair trade smartphone.  Oh, wait, that would be expensive, and it’s not like progressives don’t say boo about Chinese human rights violations unless it’s something trendy, like Tibet.

Via

6 Comments

  • Aruges says:

    Nor that such things can easily be used against things that the other side doesn’t like, but they do.

  • Jeff Weimer says:

    What is it about the Koch brothers that drives lefty’s insane?

    • Robert Mitchell Jr. says:

      Duh. All the Left has to sell is various perversions, and they are not uniform about which ones and how much. People start getting the idea that Republicans are open to such things, just more honest about the discussion, and the Party of Hate is doomed…..

    • UtahMan says:

      They succeeded in life.

  • Cameron says:

    So the good feelings at using this app negate the bad feelings from using it on a tool made in a sweatshop?

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