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(The New York Times)   Black Friday was better for Tommy Hilfiger, The Gap, and Wal-Mart than Burned Saturday was for their 'skilled labor': "These brands have known for years that many of the factories they choose to work with are death traps". Yay profit   (nytimes.com) divider line 22
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2012-11-26 09:28:46 AM
A paywall NYTimes? REALLY?
 
2012-11-26 12:06:35 PM
Working in a factory entails physical labor that will cause your weight to drop below 300 pounds and not checking your Facebook account for several hours.

The number of Americans that can handle that will fit into a Dodge Grand Caravan.
 
2012-11-26 12:29:07 PM

Anonymocoso: Working in a factory entails physical labor that will cause your weight to drop below 300 pounds and not checking your Facebook account for several hours.

The number of Americans that can handle that will fit into a Dodge Grand Caravan.


blog.hubspot.com
 
2012-11-26 12:41:03 PM
The Gap = "Hey, look at our great deals!"

Wally World = "Buy our shiat or we'll KILL YOU!"

/too soon?
 
2012-11-26 12:55:30 PM

Anonymocoso: Working in a factory entails physical labor that will cause your weight to drop below 300 pounds and not checking your Facebook account for several hours.

The number of Americans that can handle that will fit into a Dodge Grand Caravan.


Plenty of people would be able and willing to do these jobs for $20 an hour. Few are willing to do them for 20 cents an hour.
 
2012-11-26 01:18:12 PM

doglover: A paywall NYTimes? REALLY?


This.

Anonymocoso: Working in a factory entails physical labor that will cause your weight to drop below 300 pounds and not checking your Facebook account for several hours.

The number of Americans that can handle that will fit into a Dodge Grand Caravan.


I cannot confirm the contents of this article due to the NYT paywall BS, but from the Fark headline, I assume it is about the factory fire that killed over 100 workers in India. Why the hell do you want to regress this country to the 1910s?
 
2012-11-26 02:34:48 PM

roc6783: Why the hell do you want to regress this country to the 1910s?


Suffering job creators, lazy union people...or something
 
2012-11-26 03:35:41 PM
$20/hr labor plus benefits means a $40 T-shirt.

USA: no thanks, we'll just keep killing brown folks with funny accents.
 
2012-11-26 04:15:31 PM
This link appears to be working. Same article.
 
2012-11-26 04:22:29 PM

jaybeezey: $20/hr labor plus benefits means a $40 T-shirt.

USA: no thanks, we'll just keep killing brown folks with funny accents.


Pre-sale Tommy Hilfiger already has those.
 
2012-11-26 05:00:23 PM
This is an example of the high cost of low prices. Using overseas sweatshops should be illegal, but nobody gives a damn about anything but grabbing a buck in the United States of Avarice.
 
2012-11-26 06:23:27 PM
Is it me or have many of the "Top Tier Nam Brands" been pumping out sub-par, substandard-quality goods? I swear that stuff from Target is just as good, if not better quality.

/I dunno...
 
2012-11-26 07:50:42 PM

Walt_Jizzney: Is it me or have many of the "Top Tier Nam Brands" been pumping out sub-par, substandard-quality goods? I swear that stuff from Target is just as good, if not better quality.

/I dunno...


It's not just you. I have noticed this especially with jeans. The material seems paper thin, and almost feels like plastic. I have a few old pairs (10+ years old) that I use for house/yard/car work that I can't seem to destroy. Yet the back pocket of my brand new Calvin Klein jeans tears off when my 2 year old goes for my wallet. Quality is going to shiat and we only have ourselves to blame. We wanted cheaper stuff and we got it.
 
2012-11-26 09:23:52 PM
Skilled labor? More like grilled labor, amirite?
 
2012-11-26 10:00:07 PM

Walt_Jizzney: Is it me or have many of the "Top Tier Nam Brands" been pumping out sub-par, substandard-quality goods? I swear that stuff from Target is just as good, if not better quality.

/I dunno...


No one ever outsourced their manufacturing to increase quality.
 
2012-11-26 10:10:41 PM

Faps_in_the_kitchen: Walt_Jizzney: Is it me or have many of the "Top Tier Nam Brands" been pumping out sub-par, substandard-quality goods? I swear that stuff from Target is just as good, if not better quality.

/I dunno...

It's not just you. I have noticed this especially with jeans. The material seems paper thin, and almost feels like plastic. I have a few old pairs (10+ years old) that I use for house/yard/car work that I can't seem to destroy. Yet the back pocket of my brand new Calvin Klein jeans tears off when my 2 year old goes for my wallet. Quality is going to shiat and we only have ourselves to blame. We wanted cheaper stuff and we got it.


The screw job on it, however, seems to be that while the goods are cheap in quality, the same is not true for price. I bet CK jeans that fall apart easily are still expensive.
 
2012-11-26 11:21:12 PM
There are plenty of people to blame for this:

1. Consumers who want everything more inexpensive.
2. Corporations that hear this, outsource, but don't hold manufacturers to the same standards as they do in the US.
3. Government allowing imports that do not have abide by the same regulations as US companies do (OSHA, safety testing, etc.)
 
2012-11-27 04:44:55 AM

jaybeezey: $20/hr labor plus benefits means a $40 T-shirt.

USA: no thanks, we'll just keep killing brown folks with funny accents.


No.
In a 20$ T-Shirt, labor-cost is less than 1$.
$20/hr labor plus benefits would mean maybe 1 or 2 $ more. Because we made some progress in manufacturing since the 1800's.
But that is 1 or 2 $ less profit
 
2012-11-27 09:40:47 AM

Anonymocoso: Working in a factory entails physical labor that will cause your weight to drop below 300 pounds and not checking your Facebook account for several hours.

The number of Americans that can handle that will fit into a Dodge Grand Caravan.



words of wisdom from someone who's never worked in an exploitive online order warehouse fullfilment center. well done. you've just proven how ignorant you are.

you must be a typical american.
 
2012-11-27 09:41:27 AM

Geotpf: Anonymocoso: Working in a factory entails physical labor that will cause your weight to drop below 300 pounds and not checking your Facebook account for several hours.

The number of Americans that can handle that will fit into a Dodge Grand Caravan.

Plenty of people would be able and willing to do these jobs for $20 an hour. Few are willing to do them for 20 cents an hour.



communist chinese are!!
 
2012-11-27 09:42:03 AM

macdaddy357: This is an example of the high cost of low prices. Using overseas sweatshops should be illegal, but nobody gives a damn about anything but grabbing a buck in the United States of Avarice.



Pig Nation.
 
2012-11-27 09:42:39 AM

fozziewazzi: Walt_Jizzney: Is it me or have many of the "Top Tier Nam Brands" been pumping out sub-par, substandard-quality goods? I swear that stuff from Target is just as good, if not better quality.

/I dunno...

No one ever outsourced their manufacturing to increase quality.



nope. just to make the stockholders happy.
 
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