$2 Polo Shirts - Exploitation???? | Bub Hub
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 9 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 89
  1. #1
    BH-KatiesMum's Avatar
    BH-KatiesMum is offline Community Manager
    Winner 2008 - The most optimistic poster
    Winner 2014 - Most Helpful Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Perth WA
    Posts
    22,324
    Thanks
    5,279
    Thanked
    5,714
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    Awards:
    Past Moderator
    200 Posts in a week100 Posts in a week

    Default $2 Polo Shirts - Exploitation????

    In doing some back to school shopping, I noticed both Kmart and Target have school polo tops out for $2 each.

    Now I am all for a bargain - but ...

    these are made in Bangladesh - how can they manufacture them, ship them to Aus, distribute them to the store and sell them ... for $2 ... and make a profit ?

    How can they do that AND be paying any kind of wages or maintaining conditions acceptable to basic standards of any kind?

    There is no way possible without major exploitation of people in 3rd world countries.




    Does this kind of thing affect where you buy your goods from?

  2. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to BH-KatiesMum For This Useful Post:

    BettyW  (22-01-2015),Gentoo  (11-01-2016),Tahli  (12-01-2016)

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    2,526
    Thanks
    861
    Thanked
    542
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Yes. I wouldn't touch them. I haven't been in a Kmart either for a year + for the very same reason

  4. #3
    bunkx's Avatar
    bunkx is offline Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    The Hills WA
    Posts
    6,573
    Thanks
    565
    Thanked
    1,250
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    To be honest I don't think of where the item is made 😳😳 or slave labour or that kind of thing, I just think $2 umm the quality must be horrid ( I don't buy them as I only buy school ones with the logo)

  5. #4
    Mod-biscotti's Avatar
    Mod-biscotti is offline Administrator Administrator
    Winner 2012 - Naughtiest/Cheekiest Mod
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    16,243
    Thanks
    1,687
    Thanked
    3,670
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    I can't bring myself to buy them, I just can't

    I do know someone though who does, she buys a load at a time (say 15) and then when one gets dirty, or badly out of shape (which with the quality is pretty quick), she bins it and pulls out the next ready to go shirt and on it goes. They are almost like disposable shirts

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    21,572
    Thanks
    15,030
    Thanked
    11,148
    Reviews
    14
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the WeekBusiest Member of the Week - week ended 5/2/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 31/10/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 24/10/14Busiest Member of the Week
    Also remember that km art and target sell them at a loss. They do this to get you in the door. Once your there you are like to buy other stuff.

  7. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to LoveLivesHere For This Useful Post:

    FearlessLeader  (22-01-2015),SuperGranny  (22-01-2015)

  8. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    21,572
    Thanks
    15,030
    Thanked
    11,148
    Reviews
    14
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the WeekBusiest Member of the Week - week ended 5/2/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 31/10/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 24/10/14Busiest Member of the Week
    I don't buy them. All our school have to be brought from the uniform store.

  9. #7
    BH-KatiesMum's Avatar
    BH-KatiesMum is offline Community Manager
    Winner 2008 - The most optimistic poster
    Winner 2014 - Most Helpful Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Perth WA
    Posts
    22,324
    Thanks
    5,279
    Thanked
    5,714
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    Awards:
    Past Moderator
    200 Posts in a week100 Posts in a week
    I dont buy them either - just walking past makes me think about it.
    @HappyBovine - yes, having companies such as KMart etc operating in Bangledesh makes a big difference to their life. It does provide money for food, water etc ...

    But that doesnt make exploitation ok. Paying them an extra few dollars to make it humane should be a something a rich country like Australia should be forcing.

    Allowing our corporates to go to another country, and pay essentially slave wages isnt acceptable.

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to BH-KatiesMum For This Useful Post:

    Gentoo  (11-01-2016)

  11. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    8,245
    Thanks
    1,772
    Thanked
    2,017
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a weekBusiest Member of the Week - Most posts for the week ended 19/6/2014
    I think it's a bit hypocritical singling out cheap products and refusing to buy because they may be unethical, all whilst the bulk of us browse these forums on our iphones, samsung and similar devices which are manufactured in factories overseas that expose their workers to harmful chemicals and have suicide nets attached to the buildings because suicide is such a common occurrence.

  12. The Following 19 Users Say Thank You to HarvestMoon For This Useful Post:

    AngelicHobgoblin  (21-01-2015),atomicmama  (21-01-2015),BH-KatiesMum  (21-01-2015),delirium  (21-01-2015),Elijahs Mum  (21-01-2015),FearlessLeader  (22-01-2015),Gothel  (22-01-2015),Janesmum123  (17-01-2016),LaDiDah  (21-01-2015),maternidade  (21-01-2015),MissSparkles  (11-01-2016),Pusheen The Cat  (21-01-2015),snowqu33n  (21-01-2015),SpecialK  (21-01-2015),SuperGranny  (22-01-2015),ThenThereWereThree  (22-01-2015),waterlily  (21-01-2015),Wise Enough  (22-01-2015),zoz  (22-01-2015)

  13. #9
    BH-KatiesMum's Avatar
    BH-KatiesMum is offline Community Manager
    Winner 2008 - The most optimistic poster
    Winner 2014 - Most Helpful Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Perth WA
    Posts
    22,324
    Thanks
    5,279
    Thanked
    5,714
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    Awards:
    Past Moderator
    200 Posts in a week100 Posts in a week
    for sure. the working conditions in many of those factories are also deplorable.


  14. #10
    BH-KatiesMum's Avatar
    BH-KatiesMum is offline Community Manager
    Winner 2008 - The most optimistic poster
    Winner 2014 - Most Helpful Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Perth WA
    Posts
    22,324
    Thanks
    5,279
    Thanked
    5,714
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    Awards:
    Past Moderator
    200 Posts in a week100 Posts in a week
    the problem with computer / high tech stuff (including tv's, phones, tablets, computers and most high end electronic goods) is that their are limited manufacturers ... and ALL the manufacturers engage in these practices.

    Foxconn is one of the major suppliers to apple - and has had many suicides due to the long hours and poor working conditions ... but they arent the only one.

    Unfortunately, if you want a phone or tablet, you must purchase from one of them.

    Governments need to be the ones to force the changes in the practices we allow companies supplying goods and services to engage in

    In the clothing sector however, we can actually make that choice ourselves not to buy from them.

  15. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to BH-KatiesMum For This Useful Post:

    HarvestMoon  (21-01-2015),SuperGranny  (22-01-2015),waterlily  (21-01-2015)


 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Free weekly newsletters | Sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
sales & new stuffsee all
Little Kickers
Little Kickers Soccer/Football classes for children 18 months up to age 7 yrs. Contact us for more details on the fastest growing preschool program in Australia!
featured supporter
Baby U & The Wiggles - Toilet Training Products
Toilet training can be a testing time but Baby U is there to assist you and your toddler with the daunting task of toilet training. With a range of products that can be used at home, on holidays or out & about.
gotcha
X

Expecting your first baby?

Not sure what to do?

We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the
14 Pregnancy Must Dos!