Cheap for a reason

This afternoon I went to the mall because there are mad Boxing Day sales on still and I needed to replace some of those clothes I can’t stand.  I said to myself, "You are NOT going to go in to Old Navy. Their stuff honestly doesn’t even look good on you and 5 billion other people are wearing it too."  But of course, I DID go to Old Navy because their shit is CHEAP and it is especially cheap when it’s 50% off.

So I got home, and I was taking my new t-shirts out of the bags and this is what I noticed:

Made in El Salvador (x3)
Made in Peru (x2)
Made in Vietnam
Made in Dominican Republic
Made in Indonesia
Made in Cambodia

Even assuming this stuff was not made in a sweatshop (and a cursory Google search has not given me any reason to believe that it wasn’t), I’ve got little faith that workers in these countries are being treated in any kind of way that I would deem appropriate.  I have a very moral friend who does not buy anything from any of the Gap companies for this very reason.  In the past, I’ve always just thought, "Well, that’s [friend’s] thing, he’s a bigger person than me" but I am more than a bit fussed about the contents of my shopping bag today and I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do about it.

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