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    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?

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    Yes. I wouldn't touch them. I haven't been in a Kmart either for a year + for the very same reason

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    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)

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    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

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    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.

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    I don't buy them. All our school have to be brought from the uniform store.

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    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.

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    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.

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    for sure. the working conditions in many of those factories are also deplorable.


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    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.

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