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Are people willing to pay more for ethically produces clothing?

Poll Results: Would you be willing to pay more for clothing that is manufactured here in the UK?

 
  • 63% (7)
    Yes
  • 36% (4)
    No
11 Total Votes  
post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi my name is Tom,

 

I am new to the forum, I am in the process of having a few of my designs manufactured and I am having them done over here in the UK. Which lead me to think, how many people would be willing to pay the extra cost for clothes that are produced over here in the UK? As I believe getting the clothes manufactured here in the UK generally means better quality. And find that many brands that are produced abroad may be cheaper but you are loosing the quality.

 

I also prefer to know that my clothes are being made ethically by someone who chooses to take that career and not forced to work for pennies. I am not a complete snob about it but it is something i prefer.

 

So here is the million dollar question, would you be willing to pay more for clothing that is manufactured in the UK Or are you more interested in style? 

 

Feel free to explain your reasons why, as I would be interested to know :).

 

Thanks for any replies.

Tom Chapman

post #2 of 12
I'd much rather order something that I know is constructed well and will hold up over time. It doesn't have to deal so much with the ethical conditions because I feel like clothing produced in third world countries at least gives those people some means of earning money and supporting themselves.
post #3 of 12
uk construction is good for quality. Don't particularly care about the ethics part of it.
post #4 of 12
Your test sample might be a bit bias, considering you are asking a bunch of people in a men's clothing forum.

That said, I would opt for well made quality at the cost of expense.
post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomChapman View Post

Which lead me to think, how many people would be willing to pay the extra cost for clothes that are produced over here in the UK? As I believe getting the clothes manufactured here in the UK generally means better quality. And find that many brands that are produced abroad may be cheaper but you are loosing the quality.

Welcome to the forum.

Please don't confuse product sourcing and presumed geographical superiority with true craftsmanship. You could give me a square of leather and I'd make you a honest-to-God Made in the United States leather wallet. Made in the US? Sure. Sell it to hipsters for twice the cost of a regular wallet? Undoubtedly. Will it likely be pure, unadulterated crap? Almost certainly.

Just because something is made in the UK does not make it inherently better than the same thing made in China (or elsewhere). Sure it sounds better to say that a good is made in Western Europe where civilized companies pay a liveable wage, but unless you have quality then it's just another gimmick.

I'm not suggesting your items will be sub par or rely on their sourcing alone, but please make sure the quality speaks for itself and the discovery that it is made in the UK serve as a nice plus.
post #6 of 12
I don't think you are going to find anyone on here who would prefer their clothes be made in China instead of the UK. Not sure how many people about the ethics of it though...
post #7 of 12
Moving this on a stage further I just wondered which designers / brands people admire most that are made in the UK.. Personally I'm a big fan of SEH Kelly who are British made, their product quality is incredible.
post #8 of 12
I'm concerned with quality and style first and foremost.

I'd rather buy US made if possible.

Second I'd rather buy from our true political allies - UK, Western Europe, etc. etc.

Third world locations are fine if the quality is there and the nation is at least working towards democracy/equality.

I avoid made in China as much as humanly possible, even if it means I pay more. The Chinese government is NOT a true friend of the US, nor of their own citizens and I believe I have an obligation to not support the regime by flooding it with money. This does not mean I have a total ban on made in China. As driving the economy into the ground has no good effect either. Just that I try pretty darned hard to avoid it whenever possible.
post #9 of 12

If you artificially increase the cost of labor for a region for so-called humanitarian reasons, you are actually making it more difficult for those people to find jobs. It ends up creating a type of union effect. Unions, as everyone knows, harm the vast majority of workers in a unionized field, while protecting a select few who are connected enough to get the jobs with inflated wages. Also, if employers are forced to pay more for a type of labor, they will naturally seek to do with less of it, making those jobs more scarce. Instead of trying to artificially inflate the wages of people in other locations, it's more humanitarian to pay them the going rate for their services. As they become more prosperous through your patronage, they will be able to afford the standards that so-called humanitarians would like to see them enjoying.

 

1st world "humanitarians" assume that the options are between sweat shops and the types of jobs they typically see for low wage earners in the US. The previous posters are correct, the actual alternatives are sweat shop, sell your body, scavanage, or beg. You can't assume an impossible alternative to justify eliminating what is probably their best alternative. You have not helped them, you have done great harm.

 

Prof. Ben Powell discusses "sweat shops"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2sW2wt3nLU


Edited by Pluripotent - 2/23/12 at 4:34pm
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

I'm concerned with quality and style first and foremost.
I'd rather buy US made if possible.
Second I'd rather buy from our true political allies - UK, Western Europe, etc. etc.
Third world locations are fine if the quality is there and the nation is at least working towards democracy/equality.
I avoid made in China as much as humanly possible, even if it means I pay more. The Chinese government is NOT a true friend of the US, nor of their own citizens and I believe I have an obligation to not support the regime by flooding it with money. This does not mean I have a total ban on made in China. As driving the economy into the ground has no good effect either. Just that I try pretty darned hard to avoid it whenever possible.

I always find this kind of Americanism hilarious
post #11 of 12
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post #12 of 12
Order of preference:

1. Handmade by an artisan
2. Made well
3. Made in a free country (Japan, US, Europe, S. America, India, etc.)

I am willing to trade off 2 for 3 a bit, but not endlessly. And I don't stick hard and fast to those rules, but I at least try.
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