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#1 Old 07-24-2012, 11:40 PM
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Someone bought me chocolate milk without realizing that I do not drink it for ethical reasons. I still have the receipt. I went back to the place that they bought it from and they informed me that I could get the money back but they would just throw it out.
For however small a difference it would really make....Even though they would unfortunately throw it out...I am just wondering if anybody knows if I returned this milk would that somehow negate the supply and demand that was added when it was purchased? In other words would they make some kind of record of this that would counteract the purchase of the milk?because if so, then returning it would be worth them throwing it out in my view.
Or is the damage, in this regard, already done and too late to repair at this point?
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#2 Old 07-25-2012, 10:45 AM
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Damage is done IMO. I wouldn't return it so it can be wasted, give it to someone that drinks milk.
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It wouldn't have any effect except that the store would lose the money. Keep it, use it or throw it out, as it is ethically neutral at this point. The ideal would be to give it to someone else who would enjoy it, if possible.
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#4 Old 07-25-2012, 07:13 PM
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Yeah, the store is just taking the loss. Instead of loss of money, it is accounted for as loss of product. So the money will not be accounted for in dairy sales, if they keep track of sales of different products (which they probably do). So by returning it, you have not contributed to demand, but if you keep it it will be marked down as a sale, which gives the business the incentive to restock and reorder the product.

 

Best to return it, maybe an employee at the business will take it since it will otherwise be thrown out.
 

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#5 Old 07-27-2012, 07:56 PM
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Thankyou all so much. Great advice. I wish I did see magnetics post sooner because I already made use of it so it is too late to return it.
I wonder if there is anyway I can make up for it to the cow?? I actually feel really guilty now with that information in mind!
Darn it!
But this is still good to know for future reference., magnetic.
Thanks to all of you!
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To magnetic or anybody who might be able to answer this...
Since you were all so helpful in regards to this question I actually have another one that is kind of in the same category. I am interested in hearing others input on it.

Like I mentioned before I don't care to support the dairy industry but there is something I have been doing every now and than that I was not sure that I should be doing.

There is a local individually owned convenience store that sells milk that they just go to the store to buy ( they do not order it ). Lots of the milk at this store winds up getting thrown out when nobody buys it. I know the owner and he many times has offered me the expired milk for free or at a highly reduced price ( like half off). I have been accepting it and giving it to some stray cats or sometimes just using a bit myself in things like coffee. If I don't accept it it is just going to be thrown out.
I am figuring that since he is giving it to me so cheap or sometimes even for free he will buy less next time as he is obviously taking a loss on the milk. So I basically figure that my doing this at this point is probably not adding to the supply and demand, but maybe my thinking is wrong and I should just let him go ahead and throw it out so he will definitely get less next time.

Just wondering what others on here think about my doing this on an ethical level? Do you think I am supporting the dairy industry by doing so? Or do you think it is ethically acceptable for me to do this?

Any thought on this would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Yeah, the store is just taking the loss. Instead of loss of money, it is accounted for as loss of product. So the money will not be accounted for in dairy sales, if they keep track of sales of different products (which they probably do). So by returning it, you have not contributed to demand, but if you keep it it will be marked down as a sale, which gives the business the incentive to restock and reorder the product.

 

Best to return it, maybe an employee at the business will take it since it will otherwise be thrown out.
 

 

This ^

But of course it just depends on how the business does their accounting.

 

And keep in mind that you can use the money retured to you to purchase a vegan product. So even if you can't withdraw support of a novegan product, by returning it and getting your money back you can support vegan products instead :)

 

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There is a local individually owned convenience store that sells milk that they just go to the store to buy ( they do not order it ). Lots of the milk at this store winds up getting thrown out when nobody buys it. I know the owner and he many times has offered me the expired milk for free or at a highly reduced price ( like half off). I have been accepting it and giving it to some stray cats or sometimes just using a bit myself in things like coffee. If I don't accept it it is just going to be thrown out.
I am figuring that since he is giving it to me so cheap or sometimes even for free he will buy less next time as he is obviously taking a loss on the milk. So I basically figure that my doing this at this point is probably not adding to the supply and demand, but maybe my thinking is wrong and I should just let him go ahead and throw it out so he will definitely get less next time.

First, dairy is not a great food option for cats. They might like it but there are better choices for them. They really should just drink water. All other consumed items should be solid foods, preferably cat food!

Next, no one should be selling expired milk. That's a health hazard. You might feel like the guy is doing something nice but what he's really doing is breaking the law and endangering your health.

Last, if you feel it is safe (highly debatable), then a better option is to give it to a hungry person. Do you really need it for your coffee? Be realistic here. Isn't it about time that you found a nondairy coffee creamer? A much better purpose for the free milk would be for it to feed someone who needs food.

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#8 Old 08-16-2012, 07:19 PM
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Thanks so much for the insight. You make some really good points. Maybe if the milk is still good giving it to a poor person would be my best bet.
Thanks again.
I am still interested in hearing others input. Thanks
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