Garment Factory collapse highlights dark side of
Capitalism human nature
That's what you're going to blame? Why, because all those communist countries had really really amazing conditions for their workers?
This is a product of human nature. Since the beginning of time no matter the system, we have slaved out one another, or lived off the broken backs of
others. No matter the system.
There are idealistic systems of government/society where everyone gets their equal stake, but this utopian world is just not realistic.
Is it fair for some lazy ass halfwit to earn exactly the same as I do? If I put in 60-80 hr work weeks, upgrade my knowledge/skil-sets continuously,
should someone who does 1/10th of what I do be receiving the same compensation as me for their efforts (or lack thereof).
This is a product of you, of everyone, who will only buy the cheapest thing they can find. Who put all the independent discount brands out of
(By the way when I say "you" I'm not addressing you the OP specifically. It's generalized. Directed at all readers.)
You did it because instead of being happy with just a few items in your car, you wanted all of them. Instead of having a couple accessories to your
wardrobe, you wanted all of them. Because you had the option of buying a well made, hand crafted local or perhaps even foreign suit, but you went to a
discount brand and saw for the same price of that suit, you could own 10 suits. And because you don't like doing laundry you bought 20 cheap shirts as
opposed to one well made on with a respectable development/production history.
You could have one $500 belt that would last 10 years, but would rather get the $20 one, and get 10 of them. Then it looks like you are always wearing
something new, like you have just oodles and oodles of cool stuff in your wardrobe. Cause your hipsterness makes it so you don't look like some schmoe
who "sold out to the man", yea, you don't need a handcrafted Italian name on your clothes, cause being hip means you can have the coolest looks and
spend pennies on it. That makes you less pretentious. Less of a yuppy, cause it's the yuppies that spend exorbitant amounts of money on their stuff.
And they are just corporatized cogs in the wheel of capitalism. They are total sell outs man!!!
But yea, so many dumb hippies trying to say how they won't "give in" to capitalists, bla, bla, bla. That they don't succumb to social pressures and
ignore the ideals set out by mass media, bla bla bla.
Yeah those same people are the ones buying crap that falls apart after wearing it 5 times, and have to go buy more stuff made by 12-16 year olds out
of India or China.
I admit, my wardrobe is insanely expensive.
I spend 30-50 dollars on socks. Same on underwear. (individual pairs.)
I have $600 Shoes.
$300 dress shirts.
My plain shirts are usually only around $50-75.
Jeans are $200.
And sure some might same, "You is a damn pretentious, label whore, a shill to the corporatocracy, bla, bla, bla..."
Yeah, but no.
I buy for one reason, quality.
The people that make my clothes are well paid, well skilled. Sometimes I like to make purchases out of season to save money. I don't need the latest
garbage, crap trend setting waste that people spend WAAYY too much on. No, I buy expensive for one reason and one reason only.
I buy because I know it's made by real people. By skilled workers. The brands I buy are quality made. I don't buy a shirt simply because it is $300. I
don't buy the trendy stuff that is $300 only because it is trendy, and regardless still comes from the sweat shops, the higher price representing
people's naivety and not quality.
Yep, I don't by any logo prints. If you looked at my wardrobe you would be hard pressed to find the actual designer stamp without reading the tags.
I'm not a fan of logo prints, and most of the logo prints are off discounted lines that are made
in sweat shops.
All brands have different lines.
The clothes I buy, I stick to only buying classics.
Buy Classic styles that come and go every year or so, but don't vanish. Stay away from anything that is fad like.
People will scald me say, "OMG you waste so much money on clothes."
to which I
I did a comparative analysis with someone I know who buys the cheapest stuff they can find. I spend less!
"BS Boncho! I don't believe you."
Consider that a belt, a pair of shoes, socks, underwear, shirts, jackets, etc., all last me 6-10 years. Yep, this year I upgraded a belt, realized the
damn thing was 7 years old. Put on a pair of shoes the other day, had to polish them up since it was awhile since I had... Thought to myself, 'Damn,
these things are ten years old now.'
And that's how it works. If I have anything that falls apart within a year of buying it, I blacklist that maker from my wardrobe.
Think about it $40 Belt, lifespan? Maybe 6 months-year. $500 Belt, handcrafted, top quality. 10 year lifespan if not longer. Same with shoes. Best
part, worth getting repaired if damaged. You don't see many repair shops anymore for anything
. We live in a throw away society. Heck, when I
reached college age, most of my clothes were 70's era. Not because I went shopping "vintage" but because I started fitting Dad's size. So he gave me
all his clothes from the 70's. All of it was in good condition. Heck, half of it looked brand new.
Amazing how long things will last when they are made properly to begin with.
So yeah, $1200 on a pair of shoes and belt. That's cheaper than buying a $60 set ($120) every year, sometimes twice a year for some
edit on 26-4-2013 by boncho because: (no reason given)