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Wave to the Workers

Interact with the folks in the sweat shops
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This is inspired by the message underlying http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/U-Pick_20Cattle_20Ranch: more interaction with the process behind our purchases.

In-store live interactive video feeds from the sweatshops where our clothes and sneakers are made. How many stores could dare to do this? What would the workers think?

syost, Jul 26 2000

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       I bet that Nike would really show the quality that goes into its shoes.
mika_ranta, Jul 26 2000

       Foofy, fancy craft stores that specialize in "handmade" items occasionally have videotapes of "the artist at work". Sometimes the artist themselves is visible; if you visit the Corning Glass Factory and take their nice polished tour, you'll get to see workers on the factory floor, and look closely at artists blowing glass figurines and such.   

       How much of this is fake? Your guess is as good as mine. But people do it, as long as it's sufficiently picturesque. I'm guessing Nike's factories aren't very picturesque.
egnor, Jul 26 2000

       I got a good laugh from the tag on a Patagonia article, showing a guy in overalls in a barn with some article of clothing draped over an anvil. The tag inside showing where it was made clearly contradicted this image. Not that they expected us to take the image literally, but the contrast was funny.
syost, Jul 26 2000

       My dad has an American flag that says "Made in Hong Kong" I believe. But in response to PeterSealy's remark, how could you say that they would be forced to participate in docucams without their permission? Anyone can make the decision not to work there. Just because they don't make as much as their American counterparts does not mean that the factories aren't an overall asset to the citizens of that country.
VeXaR, Feb 16 2001

       VeXar baby,   

       I think you'll find that many of the poor fools in sweatshops are there because they have no choice. And with the amount of profit Nike etc. make? Asset to the host country it is not.
Jabarh, Jun 27 2001


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