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October 28, 2007 7:17 PM   Subscribe

When life imitates Simpsons (i.e. skittlebrau), it's generally funny. With the Onion, not so much.
posted by 445supermag (17 comments total)

 
Oh dear, I see bad things coming.
posted by pupdog at 7:24 PM on October 28, 2007


pupdog: "Oh dear, I see bad things coming."

Eponysterical.

posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:26 PM on October 28, 2007


To be fair, the 5 bladed razor wasn't so bad. But the end of our national nightmare of peace and prosperity - that one still hurts.
posted by bashos_frog at 7:56 PM on October 28, 2007 [6 favorites]


If anyone is interested, there was an interesting episode of TAL that dealt with the frustrations of Cambodia in trying to win business from the Gap and other U.S. businesses while still following fair trade practices.
posted by jiiota at 8:00 PM on October 28, 2007


Wait, I really CAN buy Skittlebrau?
posted by Brocktoon at 8:05 PM on October 28, 2007


Man, for some reason I read "Indian Children" as "Iraqi Children" at first.
posted by delmoi at 8:16 PM on October 28, 2007


At one point I worked for a software company that wrote supply chain management stuff for companies, and right about the time the Cathy Lee Gifford child labour scandal broke and it became common knowledge that Asian sweatshops were paying their employees $0.09/hour we were supposed to add a "compliance" module that would allow the retailers to set minimum standards for things such as wages, working conditions and whatnot which manufacturers would have to meet in order to qualify for the bidding process. Of course they didn't think to put an age field in it.
posted by furtive at 8:56 PM on October 28, 2007


Wait, I really CAN buy Skittlebrau?

No, not really. People just put skittles in beer. I don't think I'd try it though.
posted by puke & cry at 9:16 PM on October 28, 2007


Another case of mind the gap.
posted by litfit at 11:05 PM on October 28, 2007


The international chain, with more than 3,000 shops, claims that only one range of clothing from the sweatshop in Delhi was made using child labour. This was an embroidered girl's smock blouse for Gap Kids. The children hand-stitching the beads were not paid, but the garment would have sold for about £20.

thats about 30$ u.s....as someone who sews i can tell ya, ANYTIME you're buying a beaded, hand-embroidered garment for anywhere near that price, all you're buying is suffering.
posted by sexyrobot at 11:14 PM on October 28, 2007


I am pretty sure the Onion article came after the common knowledge that Gap is sweatshop inc.
posted by blacklite at 11:49 PM on October 28, 2007


This is why I've started to order my clothes from sites like No Sweat. Of course, that will probably turn out to be a sweatshop too.
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:13 AM on October 29, 2007


Much of the blame for this lies with western consumers and their appetite for what is effectively disposable clothing. If all you buy on is price, then someone will pay the price.

Nor is this in any way an elitist argument as shops like the gap are mass market. The difference is, 25 years ago, you'd have bought one top and worn it for a couple of years; now you buy five and wear them for four months. So any volume manufacturer finds itself in a race to the bottom.

The solution of, course, is to buy the very best you can afford and use it till it wears out. Actually, come to think of it, this is probably the solution to about two thirds of our problems.
posted by rhymer at 2:08 AM on October 29, 2007 [3 favorites]


Malaysia isn't exactly known for its sweatshops.
posted by divabat at 3:34 AM on October 29, 2007


445supermag posted "When life imitates Simpsons (i.e. skittlebrau), it's generally funny. With the Onion, not so much. "

What about when, instead of life imitating the Onion, the Onion imitates life? You know, the entire point of the Onion satire?
posted by Bugbread at 5:25 AM on October 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


Rhymer: I don't think that it's only price. Granted, I haven't been in a Gap since the early 90's, but I don't remember them being particularly cheap. It's probably a combination of price, advertising budget and corporate profits.

While I don't know what the officers at Gap make, I know that they used to run a fuckload of ads. But then I started running mythtv. Do they still run a lot of ads?
posted by nobeagle at 5:53 AM on October 29, 2007


Does it really matter if people are shopping based on price or anything else? The real issue is that people simply don't care if slaves, even child slaves are making their clothes.

There's been no precipitous decline in The Gap stock price, and I doubt there will be. Kathie Lee's line, even though allegations were made in 1996 (and again in 1998), continued to sell at WalMart until 2003.

It's not as if it would be impossible. Look at the "organic" movement, that's caught on in the last few years because people care about what they eat. Whole chains have grown from obscure stores founded in the mid-80s, because people were willing to spend the money and put in the effort to buy things they felt were healthier for them. The same can be said about the "green" movement taking place with vehicles. People are willing to pay thousands more for a compact car (and now SUVs) if it has that coveted hybrid badge.

Somehow, though, slave labor is much less important to people.
posted by betaray at 12:46 PM on October 29, 2007


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