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    I was in again today. They had a gazillion of those copper baskets and the tall copper lamps. I'm kind of over the whole copper thing now though. And none of the copper stuff matches, it's all different finishes. The dish rack is way, way shinier than the basket which is a different shade to the bin which is different again to the lamp.

    I did stand there and make a pale blue bin feel awkward though. I couldn't stop gazing at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    So it's okay for K-mart to rip off the poorly paid workers to produce these items that we buy for a steal so that Coles Myer can make billions of dollars of profit, but it's not ok for someone to sell something they bought for a profit?

    If you're okay with buying K-mart items, I think it's hypocritical to say it's not okay to sell their products at a profit.

    What's next, people who buy houses for a steal and then sell them a year later for a profit are just trying to make money and the poor buyer paid too much as they had no idea what the seller originally purchased it for?

    I'm with Moxy, I don't see an issue at all.
    Believe it or not, Kmart ranks higher than many other designer brands for ethics. I will try and find the link.

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    This isn't the link I read but it ranks companies

    http://www.baptistworldaid.org.au/as...hionReport.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    So it's okay for K-mart to rip off the poorly paid workers to produce these items that we buy for a steal so that Coles Myer can make billions of dollars of profit, but it's not ok for someone to sell something they bought for a profit?

    If you're okay with buying K-mart items, I think it's hypocritical to say it's not okay to sell their products at a profit.

    What's next, people who buy houses for a steal and then sell them a year later for a profit are just trying to make money and the poor buyer paid too much as they had no idea what the seller originally purchased it for?

    I'm with Moxy, I don't see an issue at all.
    I agree, I don't see what the issue is. If you don't like it, don't buy from them. They aren't doing anything wrong and certainly nothing illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curby View Post
    I agree, I don't see what the issue is. If you don't like it, don't buy from them. They aren't doing anything wrong and certainly nothing illegal.
    Might not be illegal, but I just don't know how people can take advantage of others like that. I would have too much of a conscience to do it. Clearly some people can sleep at night knowing they have ripped someone off. I couldn't.

    If the seller has written it's from Kmart in the item description then fine, but the one who hasn't. They're just exploiting people. At least put it's from Kmart and people have the choice to pay exorbitant price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    This isn't the link I read but it ranks companies

    http://www.baptistworldaid.org.au/as...hionReport.pdf
    Not sure I'd hold Kmart up as being the bastion of corporate responsibility based on the attached.

    Kmart also rip off a lot of more expensive designer wares making them available for more people but also copying the intellectual property of others.

    As for the eBay listings so much of what is sold in these companies come out of the same factories in Asia. How would you actually know they bought it at Kmart unless you saw the label?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Might not be illegal, but I just don't know how people can take advantage of others like that. I would have too much of a conscience to do it. Clearly some people can sleep at night knowing they have ripped someone off. I couldn't.

    If the seller has written it's from Kmart in the item description then fine, but the one who hasn't. They're just exploiting people. At least put it's from Kmart and people have the choice to pay exorbitant price.
    But you are buying products sold by a company that is using designs developed by others without paying royalties. How is that fair?

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    I'm not saying that Kmart are the most ethical, my point was that if you're worried about child/slave labour then there are plenty of other companies to avoid as well. Even more expensive designer labels.

    In regards to Kmart flogging off other more exclusive brands. I wasn't aware of this, however, I have only bought a black cube display thingy, a candle, some small fake plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I'm not saying that Kmart are the most ethical, my point was that if you're worried about child/slave labour then there are plenty of other companies to avoid as well. Even more expensive designer labels.

    In regards to Kmart flogging off other more exclusive brands. I wasn't aware of this, however, I have only bought a black cube display thingy, a candle, some small fake plants.
    Look I love a bargain as much as the next person and if I can buy a towel for $20 instead of $145 then sure I'll think about it but to then turn around and accuse people selling this stuff on eBay of being unethical? Dunno either smacks of ingenuousness or ignorance. There are a lot of people working very hard to make money from unique designs and it's disheartening to see Kmart copy them so shamelessly.

    It's almost unavoidable sadly.

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    @Sonja do designers have no avenues to protect themselves after the fact? Or is it more trouble than it's worth?


 

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