posted on Nov, 25 2012 @ 12:57 AM
If they moved clothing factories back to the US or here in Australia, with the wages so much higher as well as much better conditions in them, the
price of clothing would absolutely sky rocket. Who knows how much; 300%, 400%, 500%? No one would be buying them. They wouldn’t be making any money
and they’d be shut down again and moved offshore. The sad truth is we cannot have it both ways. we cannot have locally made clothing at an
affordable, sustainable price. I’m certainly not condoning the pay and conditions that the factory workers in mostly Asian countries endure (and
it’s not limited to clothing - cars, electronics) but it’s literally not possible to make much of these things in Western countries with our wage
expectations and condition - things like OH&S, super, redundancy funds. How much would an iPhone cost if it were made 100% in the US using US parts?
At least double. They wouldn’t sell and if they don’t sell they make no profit and like all companies that don’t make any profit they go
As an example; I’m a chippy (carpenter). The Japanese power tool brand Makita has a budget line called Maktek. Makita power tools are blue. Maktek
are red. Makita is usually still made in Japan (some tools are made in Japan but assembled in China but using Japanese parts). A good Makita
electronic plane, here in Australia) usually retails for around the $200-250 mark.The Maktek, which is based on the old N1900B model but using
different parts, they aren’t the same quality internally, retails for around $100. The reason is the Makita is built with Japanese parts - bearings
and all of that, often assembled in Japan but more increasingly assembled in China. Maktek parts are inferior. Their bearings and other internals are
made in China and the machines are built in Chinese factories similar to sweatshops by workers on next to nothing. Japanese wages are much higher, the
parts are far better. It costs much more to make Makita blue then it does Maktek. Without this, they’d be no Maktek. They’d be no budget lines,
like Bosch Blue (professional) and Bosch Green. Home handy men would be paying double or more for a drill or a power saw to use around the house.
Those Asian factories give people a cheaper option. Bosch Blue is made mostly in Europe - mostly Switzerland but they have plants in countries like
France, the UK, Russia, Japan and the US (probably more). The green line is built in China or Malaysia.
Point is, we need stuff to be made in these countries otherwise everything would be completely unaffordable. I know they work in disgusting
conditions, get paid a dollar or two a day, work 12 hour days constantly but what other option is there? The only other thing I could think of is if
everything was made here, industry would be hugely subsidised by the government with our money - like bailouts but permanent bailouts.