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Jul 26, 2013 05:12 PM

Buycott App - Is anyone out there using it already?

If you are, how do you find it works?

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  1. I installed it and removed it immediately after reading the reviews. It won't function unless you create an account or sign in through Facebook.

    Waaay too intrusive for my taste. I see no reason to give them personal info.

    1. Your question reminded me that I had downloaded the app but never set up my account. I just did and I've been going through the kitchen scanning bar codes to see if I bought anything "evil" haha. I think it's pretty cool. People have "campaigns" for or against different causes, for example, "Say No to GMO - Monsanto Products Boycott; Non-GMO Buycott." If you join that campaign, when you scan an item containing GMOs it'll tell you.

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      1. re: Carrollton Foodie

        Do you find it invades your privacy as JonParker clearly does? Was it easy to use in your home? This could save me hours of reading at the supermarket.

        1. re: Googs

          I created an account rather than signing in through Facebook. I don't mind the app creators knowing what I scan, but I wouldn't want all that nonsense on my Facebook feed any more than I would post on Facebook about what my dog just did or that I'm about to take a shower, haha. Don't know if it would "push" info to your Facebook page if you sign in that way, but I don't want to take the chance. The app also doesn't know what you purchase, just what you scan.

          I've used it on a few shopping trips now and it's very informative. It's time consuming, at least at first, but after a while I'm sure I'll remember products that I'm trying to avoid without having to scan so much. Being a responsible consumer is challenging, too. Try finding a laundry detergent that isn't made by a company owned by a company that opposes bans on GMOs, for example. The app is eye opening. You'll find that lots of organic and "natural" foods are also manufactured by companies that, for instance, oppose GMO labeling. So far I love it!

      2. I like other apparently, downloaded it when I first heard about it but have never actually used it. May have to boot it up and see how it goes. I loved the idea of the app . . . .we'll see if it works.

        I'll have to see about creating an account and how I feel about that. I don't use Facebook so that won't be an option.

        1. I downloaded the app after seeing this thread and created an account, you do not need to provide too much info. Its pretty cool. It seems the products you scan are only verified against the campaigns that you have joined. Curious who maintains the campaigns and what specs are checked exactly.
          I think this app will be useful.