Bodog wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:49 pm
I think the harsh reality is that the average person would rather have low priced products made by slaves than fairly priced products made by free people. As long as they don't have to think about the slaves and their environment, it's okay. The hypocrisy is kind of sad to see, people wanting slave labor but not wanting to admit they want slave labor.
The world is okay with subjecting Chinese, or Cambodian, or Malaysian, or Ugandan people with the worst living conditions possible. People are okay with these people being whipped and murdered in the name of cheap, globally available markets. But would they themelves be willing to host those conditions where they can see them? No. You show them what it takes to produce products as cheaply as they want and people cringe, close their eyes, plug their ears, and push "check out" at amazon like they never saw nor heard that they're supporting a messed up system.
If we cut out the double standards we'd either accept accept slave labor or not. If we accepted slave labor, we'd have to figure out who would qualify to serve as slaves. If not, then we wouldn't stand for it in the US or China or Cambodia or wherever, prices be damned.
I seriously doubt that it will ever end, some people are just cheap, frugal or whatever other words you use to describe them.
To stop it would take changing the mentality of the public in general when it comes to money and that will NEVER happen.
Having worked in retail and or customer service for most of my life I can say that in general people want something for nothing and or want to "GET OVER". Now, that's not all people, but it is a large majority of the mentality.
We see it in a lot of different industries from the knife world to the computer world and into a variety of others.
And this mentality gets spread in reviews, almost all cheap stuff gets great reviews on the typical websites like Amazon while the quality stuff or should I say more expensive stuff doesn't normally. Those reviews don't mean anything though as most are the result of they got the product undamaged and or it worked at the time they wrote it. So in effect those reviews are useless and mean nothing in general.
This gold for a lead price mentality or what is commonly referred to as the Wal-Mart mentality has been engrained into Society for as long as I can remember.
What do you think would happen if the prices of products in general went up say 30% in price over night? The quality would be higher, but the prices would reflect the increase in quality.
Don't you think people would be screaming for lower prices?
All of that said all we can really do is educate and or try an help people when we can to make wise choices, those people who actually want help that is. Those others who don't will vigorously defend their cheap products that they buy to the end as a lot of us have seen over the years. And some of us have ended up on the defensive as the result of actually trying to help people and or educate them. We end up fighting the mentality, I have learned the hard way that only the ones who want help can actually be helped.
So we have to pick our battles and or decide if it's worth it or not.