According to this post on New York Daily News, a protest of Rent-A-Center was staged last Saturday for renting computers and appliances at ridiciulously high prices.
From the article:
Activists feel the Texas-based corporation takes advantage of inner-city residents who can’t afford to pay outright for new appliances. Rent-A-Center offers seemingly cheap deals, but the numbers quickly add up, activists and some shoppers say.
Strangely enough, this protest is led by Al Sharpton, who has found a new niche in protesting with lousy consumers who victimize their bad spending habits. Or maybe he just loves being loud.
Brooklyn, please. Here’s a few tips from “Junk Activism’s Responsible Consumerism 101“:
1) Stop renting your toys and appliances. It’s cheesy, it’s wasteful, and of course you’re going to pay a shitload more than something is worth. For a business, that’s the point of renting instead of selling.
2) Read the fine print before you sign anything.
3) Do the math before you sign anything.
4) Relax. You don’t need a 1,000,000” HDTV ultra high-res Samsung plasma TV right away, anyway. Idiot.
So, put your signs down. Just go shop somewhere else.