Originally Posted by dahl5yankees
Haven't been thrifted in awhile but went out tonight and scored a few things
including a Burberry rugby shirt for $9. I was pretty happy about it, then got it
home and saw the Made In China tag, pretty nice fake. =(
Is Burberry not in China? It seems like the majority of their competitors are producing stuff in similar waged countries, so I'm not sure if that's why I would call it a fake.
In fact, I just did a quick google search to confirm this confident hunch: http://reviews.ebay.com/Authentic-Burberry-Guide-and-Where-It-apos-s-Made_W0QQugidZ10000000007977833
I wouldn't think that Burberry would be able to compete on price or volume if they stayed out of low wage manufacturing. In fact, on that thought, I was in Marshall's the other day perusing (I saw a bunch of $8 dollar leather PRL belts, none in my size). But look at all the mountains of excess crap. And discount stores don't even get all of it! I bet around 20% of manufacturer's items get destroyed with no sale, and a huge number get heavily discounted. Guess who's paying for this?: the customer at the cost of quality (or ridiculous starting retail prices). What caused this? Probably some initial corporate pressure to compete on volume. But as volume expands and heavy discounts ensue, revenue will return less and less profit.
It's going to be interesting to see what happens with retailer expansion on the internet: more and more "boutique online" manufacturers seem to be competing with popular designer's on retail price and quality - and they're selling in relatively limited quantities. I wonder if this pressure will eventually cause corporations to start cutting some of these china factories (or american factories - if they can find any to close) at the cost of volume. This will likely yield immediate reductions in discounts, but ultimate improvement in quality (if sale environments start to diminish, customers will likely start buying clothes for a little more longevity).Edited by threeleggeddog - 9/29/11 at 8:20pm