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Critics hate RL's US Olympic Team Uniforms

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Maximus Rex, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. lasbar

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    Why is the polo pony soooo small on the blazer?

    Who seated in the nose bleeds will see that?

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    Indeed. SAD. The sign says it all.
     
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  3. PASstudy

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    +1 How else will we know who made these fantastic uniforms and where to get one for ourselves?
     
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    I am a big Polo fan, but really -- they didn't think about making the US Olympic uniforms in China prior to announcing?
     
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    That was a great uniform...
     
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    I wonder if all the critics realize that if this was made in the states they probably would be paying twice as much as the current retail price. Which would lead to another kind of controversy about RL not making clothes that real Americans can afford. It almost seems like a no win situation here.
     
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    Sure it wouldn't double the retail price for Ralph Lauren to make apparel in the USA, rather than China, Might reduce their high mark-up and vast profits though. It's $800 blazers, $300 trousers, $125 ties, $90 shirts, $165 shoes and $55 berets, I'm sure these could all be American made, and RL still makes a good profit on them. But would anyone buy this Olympic stuff that looks like flight attendant uniforms anyway?...probably not.
     
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    It's a good job Sumo is not an Olympic sport.
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    Quote: Agree! The jacket is something that a lot of people would actually wear on a semi-regular basis, as are the jeans. And, of course, it's American with a capital A.
     
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    Isn't the big point of the US that it's capitalistic? Companies are free to charge whatever the want, and make whatever profit they want?

    If people really wanted American manufacturing to come back to the country they gotta make the place more business friendly.
     
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    You outsource when materials are cheap and labor is expensive.

    You insource when materials are expensive and labor is cheap.

    Right now labor in America is cheap -- it's the unions, bureaucracy and tax codes that keep things overseas. America could easily compete on the global stage, imo.

    I'd like to meet the bonehead(s) at Ralph that thought it would be a good idea to have the uniforms made in China taking into account the current unemployment rate, and the overall negative attitude towards jobs being shipped overseas.
     
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    How can you compete with people paid less than 600 hundreds dollars a month?

    They always be a lot cheaper than your own workforce..
     
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    $600? There are place in Europe paying €200.
     
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    It's not the labor per se, it's the import tariffs and taxes that drive up the cost of doing business overseas. Obviously it's still cheaper than doing business here BUT with proper US tax protocols, and responsible union behavior, domestic labor is cheap enough that we can compete on the global stage. By compete, I mean make it worthwhile for companies to manufacture products here.

    There are plenty of people willing to work for lower wages here, its the government, tax code(s) and unions that are effing everything up.
     
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    $600 is way overstating what they make- knock a zero off and you'll be in the ballpark.

    Even if you got rid of all labor laws and taxes, it would still be cheaper to make stuff in China, since the cost of living is cheaper there and people can work for less. And I don't think we need to be aiming to bring back a world Upton Sinclair would recognize. If you do, then I might be inclined to call you a godless piece of human filth.
     
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    200 is more on the mark than 600..

    Sorry.
     
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    I'm guessing you have no idea of what lower wages would really be.
     

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