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26 biggest retail boycotts of all time

Cheapism Logo By Jeff Rindskopf of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 27: Ordinary people can often feel powerless to do good through individual actions. That's where community organizing tactics such as labor strikes and consumer boycotts — including the recent boycott against fitness companies Equinox and SoulCycle — can come in, with citizens applying economic pressure against organizations perpetuating injustices by refusing to buy their products or services. Many boycotts fizzle out with little effect, while others get results by stopping the problematic behavior or simply calling attention to an underlying issue. These are some of the most powerful boycotts in history, some long gone and others still ongoing.

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Ordinary people can often feel powerless to do good through individual actions. That's where community organizing tactics such as labor strikes and consumer boycotts — including the recent boycott against fitness companies Equinox and SoulCycle — can come in, with citizens applying economic pressure against organizations perpetuating injustices by refusing to buy their products or services. Many boycotts fizzle out with little effect, while others get results by stopping the problematic behavior or simply calling attention to an underlying issue.

Click ahead to see some of the most powerful boycotts in history, some long gone and others still ongoing.

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