Owing to Better Half’s feet being a bit larger than the apparent national average, we have started purchasing her footwear online when we cannot find them in physical stores – we do our best, of course, to figure out her size beforehand, and minimize the number of returns we will have to make to ensure a proper fit, but given that so many companies allow for free returns, things have gotten a lot easier.
That said, if/when we ever purchase shoes online in the future, I will recommend that we do it from any company other than Zappos:
…I wanted to give you a little more info on the program. By sponsoring the security bins, we absorb the cost that TSA would normally have to spend buying tables, bins, maintenance, etc. (not their primary function or responsibility). Since the airports that have the sponsored security bins don’t have to put the money/time/energy into those efforts anymore, TSA can spend the money hiring/training more agents.
There could conceivably be a day when TSA is no longer required at airports, and we’d still be advertising in airports (including bins). Right now, we have no control over the government requiring TSA to be at all airports.
It is that last comment that probably irks me the most… No, we do not really have any control over the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters regularly groping six-year-old girls in the “security” lines at airports. However, that lack of control over the organization’s existence does not likewise mean you have no control over supporting it. Zappos made a conscious decision to financially support, and continue financially supporting, an organization whose former Assistant Administrator freely admits to abridging American’s Fourth-Amendment-protected rights, and they somehow feel this is The Right Thing To Do™.
Well, I, for one, know that giving my money to a company that will turn around and give it to an organization that has no respect for the Constitution, American citizens’ rights, or the sanctity of a person’s body is The Wrong Thing To Do™, and thus I will be taking steps to ensure Zappos never has another dime from me to divert to the TSA. Just as they are free to vote with their money, so am I with mine.
(Courtesy of Anthroblogogy.)