Coworker of mine recently told me of a business idea he briefly entertained where he would deal with telecom companies on behalf of clients. This has led to me imagining the potential benefits of consumer unions across many industries.

These consumer unions would collectively negotiate prices, act as industry watchdogs, and orchestrate class action lawsuits. If the gov is no longer interested in protecting consumers or preventing oligopolies, this may be our next best option.

@zacharius At least in Portugal such a union exists. I'm a member. They also publish monthly magazines with articles on tax issues, insurance, and other bureaucracy, test products, and put out safety warnings and lobby for recalls on defective stuff.

@zacharius I think it’s slow because they’ve conditioned us to imagine we have to act on our own. They never advertise the fact that you can generally designate a third party to act on your behalf.

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