ajgeek: dumbobruni: these are clothing items that are given away FOR FREE, then sold in developing nations.You didn't just reference clothing. If we're giving away cars and selling them to people in countries around the world, we have other problems going on. So again, how do these people afford the stuff?
ajgeek: dumbobruni: second hand clothing exports have done done a great job of farking up native textile industries in sub-Saharan Africa.the few companies that survived from the used clothes onslaught were taken out by Chinese competition.repeat this for many other industries: automotive, electronics, furniture, etc.The way you say that makes it sound almost like we did too good a job at producing and everyone else suffered. My thoughts then turn to costs. How, if we're the richest country and have to pay the most, did lower-currency countries pay for our stuff? Logically this is disconnected.
dumbobruni: these are clothing items that are given away FOR FREE, then sold in developing nations.
Devolving_Spud: There are collection boxes all over south Florida that say only "DONATION BOX". They are clearly not related to any known charity. I suspect the clothing that gets dropped in them is only making money for the person responsible for the box, and nothing ever actually gets to a charity.
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