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    In regards to the 'affordable' clothing. I would prefer that the clothing is of better quality and pay more. Was really hard to find DS some t-shirts for this summer that were good as we tend to hand down through the boys. Wasn't at our regular shops when the sales were on so had to buy Target ones that were a lot thinner than what they used to sell...and cheaper, but there weren't any alternatives. They lasted one wear and the necks have all gone stupid in them. We then went to Myer/Patch when we got home and bought some proper ones for next year even though some were full price still.

    Might pop over to Target site and make a formal complaint - they used to have some nice clothes, but this year they are tacky and not very good quality at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Agree. We don't fit that category and most of the girls and boys uniforms at our school have logos so we have to go to the uniform shop. But not everyone can afford to take the high road and buy more expensive clothes. I'm not saying the cause isn't a worthy one, or that people don't have a point about the exploitation. They most certainly do. I'm just pointing out that sometimes those that have the ability to choose are privileged to even have that choice.

    In relation to 2nd hand. My kids are public school but like I say, it's mostly logo stuff and the uniforms are quite expensive so it's rare to have a single item there to buy. Parents either use the uniforms until the are thread bare and not good enough to pass on, or they sell them. Often at a reasonably high price as they are so expensive new. The ones that are cheap are jumped on straight away (often by me lol) who will buy stuff 3 sizes to big and put them aside. My point is it's not just as cut and dry as 'buy 2nd hand from the uniform shop'.
    I do agree with a lot of what you say and would like to think that I'm not blind to my own privilege - being able to make more ethical choices about clothing, food, furniture, toys etc...is a privilege that many simply don't have.

    I guess I still think this is a conversation worth having because it may prompt people who are in the position to choose to perhaps change where they shop, look at the second hand uniform shop and for me personally, I'm going to approach the uniform manager about looking into sourcing ethical uniforms for our school.

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    katiesmum, I could write for days about this topic. when I was in high school 40 years ago !!, we were discussing the foundation of the European common market and how this would affect Australian trade and manufacturing. Australia at the time had import tariffs on everything manufactured overseas. it was simply cheaper to buy anything and everything that was made here. every house had all electrical appliances made in aus, all fresh produce was grown here, there were mills that made all fabric here, and all clothing was made here. if you wanted to buy car from os you paid an extra 22% import tax. made holdens cheap and Mercedes very expensive.
    since paul keating abolished the import taxes "to make a level playing field" there has been the gradual closing of all aus industries. now you can hardly name one industry that still operates in aus. im not being political, and I know other govts could have reversed the policy but it is too late now. I get annoyed because like I said this was being discussed 40 yrs ago, and now we have to live with the outcome. as a dumb high schooler, I could see Australia could not compete with millions of chinese labourers working for the equivalent of $1 a day, and make equal products.
    that's enough of my ramblings. marie.

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    I wish could buy DS's uniform for $2 from Kmart! We have to buy from the school uniform shop stuff with the logo on and it's outrageously expensive! Luckily we were able to afford it but not everyone can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    this thread is not to put down anyone who buys cheap uniforms etc.
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    I do agree with a lot of what you say and would like to think that I'm not blind to my own privilege - being able to make more ethical choices about clothing, food, furniture, toys etc...is a privilege that many simply don't have.

    I guess I still think this is a conversation worth having because it may prompt people who are in the position to choose to perhaps change where they shop, look at the second hand uniform shop and for me personally, I'm going to approach the uniform manager about looking into sourcing ethical uniforms for our school.
    Yep totally agree. It's a worthy conversation that not only should we be having, but having with our kids. We have become such a throw away society that wastes and often not deliberately takes advantage of 3rd world countries and cheap labour.

    I just wanted to point out that not everyone buys the $2 shirts because they don't care or aren't aware. They simply don't have a choice.

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    What do people pay for school uniform shirts from the uniform shop? DS's school uniform shirts cost $25 each which I think is exceptionally reasonable. They are good quality and thanks to him only growing up and not out for the last 2 years are good to go for his 3rd year of school. From memory that's about how much they cost when I was at school which is 25+ years ago now.

    (On a side note, I recently found out that an uncle and aunt of mine only bought my cousin 1 set of school uniform, he had to wear them every day! They were a middle to high income family and he was going to a top private school. He had to wear the same uniform every day and it would get washed on teh weekends!! I'm talking Qld summer time too.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post
    What do people pay for school uniform shirts from the uniform shop? DS's school uniform shirts cost $25 each which I think is exceptionally reasonable. They are good quality and thanks to him only growing up and not out for the last 2 years are good to go for his 3rd year of school. From memory that's about how much they cost when I was at school which is 25+ years ago now.

    (On a side note, I recently found out that an uncle and aunt of mine only bought my cousin 1 set of school uniform, he had to wear them every day! They were a middle to high income family and he was going to a top private school. He had to wear the same uniform every day and it would get washed on teh weekends!! I'm talking Qld summer time too.)
    I honestly can't remember but maybe $26 for the school shirt. My daughter liked the dresses so I got 2 of those, but they will be used this year as well. So I might've spent $26 on a school shirt but she will get another year out if them and then they will fit my son when he starts next year. So will the school jackets. Will have to buy the school shorts for him but these are good quality and will last. Might even be able to use the dresses and shirts for my third when she starts school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post
    What do people pay for school uniform shirts from the uniform shop? DS's school uniform shirts cost $25 each which I think is exceptionally reasonable. They are good quality and thanks to him only growing up and not out for the last 2 years are good to go for his 3rd year of school. From memory that's about how much they cost when I was at school which is 25+ years ago now.

    (On a side note, I recently found out that an uncle and aunt of mine only bought my cousin 1 set of school uniform, he had to wear them every day! They were a middle to high income family and he was going to a top private school. He had to wear the same uniform every day and it would get washed on teh weekends!! I'm talking Qld summer time too.)
    Ours are $27 each and that's just plain, no logo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyBovine View Post
    Polos are $33 each at our school. The price went up after switching from Australian Made with an iron on logo to a Chinese manufacturer with an embroidered logo.
    Oh gesh! I'd prefer to Australian made
    Ours are Australian made. The quality is very good I must say. You can see a noticeable difference to the cheap ones.

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    most things made overseas in places like china, Bangladesh etc are likely to be made under disgusting circumstances,
    check your tags though, alot of the 30-50$ items are also made in Bangladesh etc


 
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