Regarding the Feb. 26 Business article “The #Buy Ivanka crowd”:
It was interesting to read that women such as Mary Carson are boycotting stores that have taken Ivanka Trump products off their shelves. It seems as if most stores would keep merchandise that sold well. Like the women in the article, I am an “educated” professional (a registered nurse who has worked in health care for many years). But I do not buy Ivanka Trump merchandise; I would rather save my money. That is my choice. I have talked with many people with illnesses such as cancer who are concerned with keeping their jobs and affording their health insurance co-pays. Many people today are dependent on the Affordable Care Act, which President Trump and congressional Republicans are dismantling with no plan in sight. So, when stores get rid of Ivanka Trump products, that is not a dealbreaker for me.
Gretchen May, Dumfries
The Feb. 26 Business article profiling Donald Trump voters upset over major retailers dropping the Ivanka Trump brand demonstrated a lack of understanding of boycotts by some and a disconnect from the role many Americans, particularly young Americans, wish companies would fill.
It would be a stronger political statement were Nordstrom or another retailer to maintain the Ivanka Trump line despite a decline in sales. Whether consumers are buying other clothes for political reasons or because they do not like the product, no retailer should be expected to keep a product on its shelves to the detriment of its bottom line simply because it bears the president’s name. Second, consumer expectations of brands evolve as millennials gain purchasing power. As a generation, we tend to be more socially conscious — regardless of party affiliation — and willing to pay a premium to support brands in line with our social and political beliefs. If you are upset about brands leaving stores, put your money where your social and political stances are and buy those items.
Maggie Davis, Arlington
The writer is president of
Arlington Young Democrats.
I’ve been so caught up paying attention to the impact of President Trump’s actions on immigration, the Supreme Court and our relationship with the rest of the world, it never occurred to me that his supporters could be feeling anything but pride. So it was good to read the article about women standing up for Mr. Trump and his daughter Ivanka by no longer shopping at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. It nearly brought tears to my eyes when I read that one woman was forgoing her yearly St. John suit purchase in protest. That kind of sacrifice deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom, as far as I’m concerned.
Kelly Jones, Washington