We’ve now watched the wall street protesters grow week over week and they have done some amazing things thus far without a leader already. The best part of a leaderless protest is that the bosses of the world don’t know how to handle it. They want rules or a list of demands and they just can’t wrap their heads around the fact that there is no one person to buy off or a list to pick a part in the media. The greatest part of their deafening silence is what happens in the meantime. While the 1% and their “hope to be’s” continue to swing in the dark looking for ways to dis-credit the movement, new ways of life are now taking place. Another step in the 99% evolution is now starting.
While no one was looking, forced trickle down economics was born. What is forced trickle down economics you may ask? This is what happens then the 99% effects the 1% so much that they spend due to fear and that increased spending makes its way down to the 99%. Remember the 1% only knows money and when they are scared they will try to buy safety because it is their only known defense. Banks have spent millions in donations to cities for beefed up police protection, banks are spending on increased call center capacity, more security guards in their locations and in many more ways. Forced trickle down is a tactic that people will soon learn to use against companies that are not socially responsible. Soon people will understand that this is the scariest weapon that the people hold in their hand against the 1%. For as powerful as the 1% is, they still need the 99% to exist. People are creative so the list of ideas that i have will not hold a candle to what America will come up with. We don’t have media outlets or massive marketing dollars but we have Facebook and Twitter. Facebook and Twitter are the way we move the message, but the message is what is dangerous. What are ways you can legally cost a company money? If you watch how a company acts it is pretty easy to see. From groups calling call centers and clogging up their customer support to pulling their finances from a company or just refusing to do business with them. There are many more ways.
Avoid paying any fees: call their call centers and get the fee removed and if that fee isn’t reversed then continue to move up their food chain. Remember the more time you take on the phone with them and the more people you talk to the more money you cost them. Plus if you hit the magic 30 minute mark you can ask for more than the reversal due to your wait time. (Works with numerous companies). If they fail to do so, leave their company.
Print your own checks and use them: Debit is the cheapest for because it is handled by Visa and is all done electronically. They have pushed us from checks because a person must be present (Now Chase and B of A are trying to change that with cell phones but avoid using this service) to process and log the check. Don’t buy your checks you can get the check paper from Staples and print your own. Force them to deal with checks again.
Work with Smaller businesses: Look for the underdog in the industry, be willing to pay $10 more to keep the cash out of the hands of larger companies. If you can, by recycled. Don’t buy new if you can get it from one of those small stores resale shops or free online websites. Barter and trade, this excludes companies and interest from credit cards and loans.
Use cash: Use cash everywhere you can. Who can get mad at the Banks and larges business for their tactics? Visa! Visa will force them to change if people quit using Visa. How long do you think B of A will keep their highly advertised $5 per month fee on debit cards if everyone took them back and canceled them. They expect 20% to drop the card but the $5 profit eats that up and people will find it as the norm later and their profits will grow again. If too many people jump off the ship then it becomes a big company getting attacked by the bigger company and Visa will win.
If you can’t afford it don’t buy it: How many times did we hear our grandfather say “If I can’t pay cash, I can’t buy it”? Well he was right, avoid interest and loans and save for it, you will thank yourself later.
Stop in and inquire on their services: The more time you can waste in their locations, their website or their call centers the more money you are wasting of theirs. Greed will keep them taking, you’re a prospect of a new customer! They will not shut down any of their services in fear that they might miss one new customer. Imagine if 10,000 people did this to a bank. They don’t know which ones coming in are real new customers or people just wasting their time, website and phones are log jammed so the real customers are mixed with the fake customers and they can’t tell them apart.
Information Collection: Large Companies use surveys to gather information how to better attack us with advertising. We feel we should help them and fill out the surveys, well fill them out in-correctly. Give them bad information. They pay to have surveys, they pay to sort surveys and they pay to analyze the data even if it is third party. Give them poor direction and they will invest in those poor ideas. It makes them try harder to figure out how to use their marketing dollars. They may even hire another firm to help figure it out and some more of that money will help growth in the 99%.
These are just some of the things I have heard about and are connected to forced trickle down economics and the ingenuity of America will find 1000’s more. When a business has to hire more people because of trash or safety, increased call center capacity or anything that they wouldn’t have spent money on before OWS we can thank Forced Trickle down for this. The goal of Forced Trickle down Economics is to force these large companies to spend more and make that cash make it to the 99%. Now many will say that they will just continue to add fee’s to make up for this tactic but how much further can they push the American public? How much more will that person take before they quit buying at that store or transfer their funds to another bank. Then next big step will be to start pressuring your lawmakers to prevent these companies from penalizing their leaving customers like you see in wireless, cable or satellite contracts.
Once this is done most large companies will be forced to become social responsible and the rest will go out of business. This is not the end all be all of the world in economics but it is just another tool in the belt of the American worker to build with.