^So ginza tailor allowed you to have 3 fittings at no extra charge? Is it a fairly good fit now? Also, is it full-canvassing?
Originally Posted by Sator
You know, I was just remembering that I chatted to some tradesmen while renovating my home over the last few weeks. My painter said that he was taught that $55 USD/hr is minimum wage for his trade. My plumber said that they do a six year apprenticeship, which is about the same time required to become a cutter and tailor. So if the tailoring business were to try to attract kids willing to do a six year apprenticeship, then it would also have to guarantee about a $100/hr income at the end of that. Yet you guys complain when a tailor charges you less than a quarter of that.
My 'complaint' didn't mean to imply that the tailors outside Hong Kong were greedy or something, I just find it odd that basically this one little city on the coast of China is the only place in the world that has figured out how to make full-canvassed, all handmade suits for less than a third of the price elsewhere in the world. If it's because they're undercharging, and the practice will die once these old guys retire, then so be it... but so long as there is a cheaper alternative for frugal folk like ourselves we might as well take it.... I don't think it's our responsibility to pay thrice the amount for a locally made suit just because it's fairer to them.
On top of that, I don't necessarily agree that so-many year apprenticeships (in fields besides tailoring) automatically deserve wages above $100 an hour... that's actually quite unreasonable I think and once we get enough hispanic immigrants here in the U.S., the over
charging will die out too. Tradesfolk make
money during their apprenticeships... do you know what happens with law students like ourselves? We have 7 years of education, exams and tuition that leave us with a debt of about $130,000 (that's just for the 3 years of law school) all to have a final bar exam at the end, after all that investment, that only 70% of the students pass... and most young lawyers would kill
to make $100 an hour. Yet some plumber kid who followed his uncle around for his first few years thinks he automatically deserves that much.
Anyway, I realize all this talk about 'deserve' 'rights' 'fair' etc is meaningless in the market economy- people pay what they're gonna pay, and sell for what they can. From what little knowledge I have, I actually very much respect what you tailors do (not sure I can say the same about shady plumbers though
), and when I'm not poor anymore I'll gladly prefer you local guys over someone half way across the world.