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(SeattlePI)   All those championship shirts and hats already made up for tonight's losing Super Bowl team really will go to Africa. Here's how they'll get from New Jersey to Nairobi starting tomorrow   (seattlepi.com ) divider line
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2014-02-02 12:28:38 PM  
I've heard that people who travel for missionary or aid-based work buy them from the locals for a couple of dollars. And from the local people's perspective, getting ten US dollars is a fantastic deal for one piece of clothing.
 
2014-02-02 12:49:26 PM  
NPR planet money covered this a few weeks ago. I've also heard this screws up local economies because no one makes new garments. But hey, it is recycling (rather, reuse) at it's best.

Maybe some web savvy africans could do more of the bespoke shirt mods.
 
2014-02-02 12:58:20 PM  
treasure.diylol.com
 
2014-02-02 01:04:58 PM  

wildcardjack: NPR planet money covered this a few weeks ago. I've also heard this screws up local economies because no one makes new garments. But hey, it is recycling (rather, reuse) at it's best.

Maybe some web savvy africans could do more of the bespoke shirt mods.


I have heard that too, not from NPR. A textile industry is a pretty basic industry for even a developing country that can provide decent jobs (relatively). But if you are getting free shirts there is no market for making shirts.
 
2014-02-02 01:09:56 PM  
Does anybody not know this by now? It's part of the standard taunting repertoire these days.
 
2014-02-02 01:14:04 PM  
This is weird, there would be a market for "wrong" shirts, one would think.
 
2014-02-02 01:27:08 PM  

mechgreg: wildcardjack: NPR planet money covered this a few weeks ago. I've also heard this screws up local economies because no one makes new garments. But hey, it is recycling (rather, reuse) at it's best.

Maybe some web savvy africans could do more of the bespoke shirt mods.

I have heard that too, not from NPR. A textile industry is a pretty basic industry for even a developing country that can provide decent jobs (relatively). But if you are getting free shirts there is no market for making shirts.


This.
 
2014-02-02 01:34:56 PM  
Losing mascot will also be sent to Africa. They're eating big on birdies or ponies tomorrow.
 
2014-02-02 01:41:54 PM  
There used to be a website that bought and resold shirts from 3rd world countries. I forget the name of it. Went to their site once, but, they were pretty much sold out of everything they had listed. Never went back.

I would pay good money for a Patriots 16-0 Superb Owl shirt.
 
2014-02-02 02:07:55 PM  

spiritplumber: This is weird, there would be a market for "wrong" shirts, one would think.


My Dutch relatives sent me an Amsterdam Olympics t-shirt after they lost the bid for 1992.
 
2014-02-02 02:08:59 PM  

iron_city_ap: I would pay good money for a Patriots 16-0 Superb Owl shirt.

i47.photobucket.com

 
2014-02-02 02:21:48 PM  
dailycaller.com

/Thank you President Romney!
 
2014-02-02 03:00:20 PM  
Hmmmm ... the last time I was in Nairobi it was in Kenya. When did they move Nairobi?
 
2014-02-02 03:14:11 PM  

spiritplumber: This is weird, there would be a market for "wrong" shirts, one would think.


Not if the NFL can help it. They'll fine a guy $50,000.00 for wearing the wrong socks, just imagine the platoon of lawyers that would be on your ass.
 
2014-02-02 03:41:24 PM  
Hmmmmmm....my daughter is volunteering at world vision in a couple weeks.  I may have to tag along and.....help.....
 
2014-02-02 04:01:10 PM  

spiritplumber: This is weird, there would be a market for "wrong" shirts, one would think.


That's why they go to Africa. They want as much physical distance as humanly possible between the winning team's fans and the losing team's shirts. You want a 19-0 shirt, Mr. Giants Fan? Get your passport out, fly to Nicaragua and rip it out of the hands of some peasant who's just happy to have something to wear. THEN you can have it.
 
2014-02-02 04:05:16 PM  
..,.holy shiat someone actually did fly to Nicaragua and hunt down some peasant for their 19-0 shirt.
 
2014-02-02 04:19:44 PM  
Tax write off that harms local economies.

/yes almost all Africans have clothes FFS - they could use money, however
 
2014-02-02 04:38:25 PM  

iron_city_ap: I would pay good money for a Patriots 16-0 Superb Owl


Oh rly?
 
2014-02-02 05:13:25 PM  
Dahnkster:

Hehehe. I love that picture everytime.
 
2014-02-02 05:15:22 PM  

Mantour: /Thank you President Romney!


That may be in the top 10 greatest things I've ever seen.

It works on so many levels.
 
2014-02-02 06:30:41 PM  
Why don't we just buy both shirts from the poor countries textile industry?
 
2014-02-03 06:13:21 AM  
Are they going to sell the Orange / Blue confetti on craigslist?
 
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