Originally Posted by Mark it 8
Well, fortunately the market has expanded and we can now buy Bobs by Skechers in protest. It could be the most blatant, hilarious ripoff I have ever seen.
And they even admit it
Per their website;Inspired by the South American alpargata shoe and the idea of gifting a pair with a purchase we created the BOBS collection to help children worldwide. It isn't a new idea, but it's a great idea-and we are happy to be part of a charity movement that has the potential to impact so many.
Those kids sure are going to get a hell of a lot of shoes. What happens to the discards? Is there a huge landfill somewhere with a mountain of ugly discarded shoes?
Originally Posted by Mark it 8
Tom's shoes isnt doing anything different than any other corporation in the US. They are taking a tax write off, but instead of donating money they are donating goods and exploiting the hell out of it. The reason those shoes are so obnoxious looking is so they are recognizable. People can wear them around and discreetly say "look at me and my obnoxious shoes- I gave shoes to a poor kid. Arent I great?" This is pretty funny because it is much more efficient to donate to charity, but of course, there wouldnt be a badge of honor to wear.
If people want to help chlidren by buying TOMS then let them. Everybody wants a little recognition for their good deeds (even if it is self serving).
Originally Posted by Mark it 8 I dont disparage Tom's for making a profit- I disparage them for making it look as if that is not the principle mission.
Well they can't come out and say "Hey we're going to sell you some shit shoes that are going to cost you alot more than what it costs to make them but it's OK because we're giong to give a free pair, that's right you heard right free pair
, to children who really need them."
Like any other company, they're in it for the money and the day it becomes expensive to give a free pair of shoes to needy kids, i gurantee you they will stop.
Originally Posted by TOMSUCK!
okay so first of all, the person who made TOMS, is name is NOT Tom. It is Blake. They do not fall apart in a week either! I've had mine for 4 months, and many more pairs too. These are stylish shoes, (Oh, which you probably wouldn't know that.) They got this design from a small town in argentina. Not china. And people are buying these shoes for a good reason. ONE FOR ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by LucasCLarson
Well, I know one thing for certain.
Blake is sitting back in an incredibly expensive office chair, in an incredibly large house that has incredibly expensive cars in the garage and is watching his revenues skyrocket thanks to idiots.
Man, that good-hearted marketing gets people every time.
he probably doesn't even wear TOMS.
FWIW I bought a pair of TOMS for a friend of mine as a Christmas present last year. I knew I was paying way too much but I didn’t really care because she really wanted them. She got a pair of shoes, a kid in South America got a pair of shoes, and I got the joy of giving. Everybody wins! Yay!