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App idea.

Barcode scanner that tells you if the product you scanned is currently the target of a worker's strike or a widely recognized boycott

Buycott is a good app! Thanks to @neauoire and @erin for letting me know!

@rgegriff well, since everything is owned by one of like three corporations, the answer is almost always going to be yes

@rgegriff include all kind of atrocities the major food companies do!

@erin
I wanted to get it for android, but it is not on f-droid for some reason. Too bad :-(
I don't use google
@rgegriff

@Gemlog @erin If you don't mind getting the apk from G's appstore, but don't want google services on your device; you can use apkcombo.

apkcombo.com/buycott-barcode-s

Apparently (I haven't personally validated) the app complains that it doesn't have google services, but works nonetheless

@Gemlog @erin The app DOES have some tracker/adservices in it, tho; unfortunately.

So there might be some room for a FLOSS app

@rgegriff
Coolio! Works :-)
Have to hit 'back' when it whines about goog services, but then it works. So far nothing I scan has any suggestions though.
@erin

@Gemlog @erin Does it recognize the product at least?

I only scanned a 10oz can of Caffe Bustelo and it recognized it, and offered suggestions; but didn't match any of the campaigns I joined in the app.

@rgegriff
I haven't given up any info to it: I joined nothing. Already a couple of codes it didn't recognize and wanted me to add to their database, but... you et alia already made it sound dodgy so... I will likely delete it, but it proves the case that there is definitely a need for something libre and open.
@erin

@rgegriff
I scanned like 8 or 9 things. Shampoo, a&w root beer bottle, dish soap - just whatever. I found it works best if you turn on your flash.
@erin

@rgegriff
So... this apps tells which products not to buy, then sends your details to the very same big companies, so they could receive even more money?
Great app!
@Gemlog @erin

@Azt3c @rgegriff
Yeah, that's what it looks like - I gave them zero info and then deleted the app. Plus I didn't use the 'app store' on android either.
a fedi app would send anonymized data and comments I imagine.
@erin

@rgegriff
I just used your link on my phone. I don't think it will scan w/o google services tho...
@erin

@rgegriff I think the israel boycott people tried this and got kicked out of appstores? I seem to remember something like this
@Moon @rgegriff I found an argument that boycotting a product during a strike might not help because it doesn't put pressure on the execs to actually ramp up the production and give in
@coolboymew @rgegriff it works for israel boycott because the goal is to starve them not reform them
@Moon @rgegriff nice, I'm boycotting them right now and I didn't even know!
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