Idea #5: Consign, consign, consign.
If you just can't let go of your favorite brands despite their *ahem* less than favorable business practices, you can still stick it to the man by purchasing them used. Consignment and previously owned products are not limited to clothing. Furniture, bikes, toys, and baby gear can all be purchased via craigslist if consignment store shopping is too labor intensive for you. Many children's consignment shops operate on a trade system, so you bring in the stuff your kids have outgrown and get store credit toward things they can use.
My two favorite shops are Bella Stella and Piccolina. And while I'm at Piccolina, I can jump across the street to Mother Nature's.