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Poll Results: Would you pay more for clothes produced in the UK

 
  • 42% (8)
    Yes
  • 57% (11)
    No
19 Total Votes  
post #31 of 44
If the debate is about quality then yes, some people are willing to pay more for better quality. But people aren't going to think something is better quality just because it is made in the UK. Genuine better quality clothing people will pay for, something that claims to better quality they will not pay more for.
post #32 of 44

Quality always lasts longer, wears better, and gives the wearer pride.

 

Ethically produced clothing may be more costly, but certainly worth it.

post #33 of 44
I found the worst pair of jeans ever made the other day in the Orvis catalog. They were made with some kind of elastic denim, and had pleats and had flaps on the back pockets. They cost $98 which seemed a lot for the worst jeans ever made but I noted they were imported. I called Orvis CS and asked where they were imported from and was told Sri Lanka. I checked and found the average worker there made about $5000 a year, but my sense is that the people in the sweat shops make something less. Anyway I've spent the last couple of days wondering why we can't make jeans here (USA). I know we have cotton as I've been to Mississippi. I also know we have sewing machines. We even have illegal aliens that could work in the sweat shops. So why can't we produce our own?

Was watching CNN today and in a story about a sweatshop factory in Bangladesh learned that Disney had sent out a memo saying they would only buy ethically made clothing. I'd never heard the term Ethical Clothing before and the stuff isn't all that easy to find. Did learn that we (USA) import 98% of our clothing! It is a little curious to me that the stuff can't be made here and sold at a reasonable price. No doubt there are 20 reasons or so that I'm too stupid to grasp, but it does seem possible.

In answer to the OP's question, I'd be willing to pay a bit more for made n USA. I'm sure if I lived in the UK, I'd feel the same about UK clothing. smile.gif
post #34 of 44
a skilled factory worker in sri lanka would get around 9500 rupees a month, or just above $75.
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by acidboy View Post

a skilled factory worker in sri lanka would get around 9500 rupees a month, or just above $75.

Probably making polo shirts for Ralph Lauren, that sell for $100 each, or most other types of apparel for that matter. There also all the shit that's been going on with apparel factories in Bangladesh, with collapsing buildings, fires, etc. China is actually becoming rather expensive to make clothing now, due to increasing costs, sure that's why a good percentage is now produced in other emerging market countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or Vietnam. especially casual stuff. From what I've seen on countries of origin tags, seems China is mainly producing the more traditional types of clothing, i.e. Classic Menswear, Whereas the less developed countries like Bangladesh, etc, are mostly producing the baseball caps, sneakers, polo shirts, jeans and hoodies, etc.

AFAIK ever since the real mass production of clothing began, operating a sewing machine in a factory has always been a shitty boring low paid job. Even when most of it was done in the UK, etc.
Edited by MikeDT - 5/3/13 at 4:01am
post #36 of 44
Yes, it's best to keep the third-world impoverished.
post #37 of 44
Yup that's capitalism. The big corporations wanting to make maximum profits, like Ralph Lauren, Walmart, Levi, Nike, etc. However before much of the third world started making clothes, many of them were earning almost nothing working in paddy fields, or fighting civil wars, or whatever. Sure when a country first starts getting developed, apparel seems to be one of the first things they do. Before they move into more skilled and high technology industries, like cars, or computers, or aircraft. In another 10 years you might see a "Made in Bangladesh" Apple iPad, because China has become too expensive for Apple to make them there, and all your clothing is now coming from Somalia or Ethiopia. Who at the moment seem to be doing nothing but starving and fighting.
Edited by MikeDT - 5/3/13 at 6:53am
post #38 of 44
I'm wearing $500 chinos today.
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

I'm wearing $500 chinos today.

Do they come with gold encrusted hookers?
post #40 of 44
No, they're just pants.
post #41 of 44
As a Libertarian/Republican, I never thought I'd miss these guys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO7VUklDlQw
post #42 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

No, they're just pants.

Are you sure that's $ not rupees?
post #43 of 44
American Dollars.
post #44 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by FLMountainMan View Post

Yes, it's best to keep the third-world impoverished.

I remember several years ago I figured in a factory accident and went to the nearest clinic and get my mangled finger sterilized and sewn back. anyway, I was talking with the doctor and he was telling me the most common medical incidences in our parts are the garment workers, because either they have to meet a quota or get paid piecemeal plus industrial sewing machines are fast m'fers.
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