Monday, October 28, 2013

Doesn't add up

Looking at the labels on various clothing here I realised just how much is made in Bangladesh.

That's been in the news of course since the deadly fires and building collapses in factories there recently.

The excuse retailers give for manufacturing in third world cheap-labour countries is, of course, that the costs are so much cheaper.

Yet they're selling here not at prices that reflect their minimal manufacturing costs but at full-on Australian retail prices.

If you're going to charge customers thirty or forty dollars for a T-shirt, as they are, surely you could manufacture it locally?

1 comment:

David Blackwell said...

If you're going to charge customers thirty or forty dollars for a T-shirt, as they are, surely you could manufacture it locally?

Most likely not or else some budding local entrepreneur would have long ago gone into the business of manufacturing T-shirts locally for a lower retail price and in so doing undercutting and eventually driving out of business all of the T-shirt importers.