Lane03 wrote:I don't see how you can say taking business away from one company (AA) wont lose jobs, but giving business to another company (Anvil) will create jobs. That just doesn't make sense.
It's certainly possible. If a company that used to make 50,000 of something per month, then gets a new customer that adds ANOTHER 50,000 per month, they're almost definitely going to have to make some new hires to handle the 100% increase. On the flip side, if a company that makes 5 million of something per month, then loses a customer that bought 50,000, they might not need to let anyone go because of the 1% decrease. I'm pretty sure that's not the case in this instance, as both Anvil and AA seem to be fairly large companies with several very large customers. Just pointing out that it's possible.
cmillard1 wrote:Anvil is based in NYC. While the costs of production (i.e. wages) might go to central America, most of the money goes to (US) Americans.
I seriously doubt that most of the money comes to the US. Obviously, they have to pay their employees working in the US offices, and they're paying rent, utilities, etc for their US offices. But all their profits can be invested/banked directly from Honduras without bringing them back into the States. And of course they're paying for the labor in Honduras, as well as the rent, utilities, etc for their Honduran factories & offices. It's possible that the US costs outweigh the Honduran costs + profits, but I don't think it's likely.
lozerette wrote:If there is no one in the USA manufacturing an item, no US jobs are threatened by buying it from somewhere else. You can't threaten jobs that don't exist.
On the other hand, every time you buy something from elsewhere that *is* produced in the US, you take away from the US market for that product.
You can't compare apples to oranges.
That's got to be one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. If there was demand for the foreign-made stuff to be made domestically (As in enough demand to override the demand for cheap stuff), then jobs would be CREATED domestically to be able to manufacture that stuff.
Darquis wrote:Lots of really reasonable, well-thought-out comments
Hey now! That kind of reasonableness isn't allowed in this here thread!
greenlightgo722 wrote:As for the outcry of support for american apparel. They are a pretty vile company as far as their upper management, sexual harrassment lawsuits inside the company, poor public relations in regards to their ... "curvier" clientele.
Even american based companies can be full of yuck. (or should I say "especially").
I had never had a reason to learn anything about AA before Tuesday. Once this all blew up, and several people mentioned AA's (And specifically Dov Charney's), erm, "problems", I decided to take a look. And wow, I didn't think it was possible for a company in the US to be so horrid. I'm actually GLAD that Woot! is moving away from them, even if they are going to a company using Honduran manufacturing. I'll take a stand-up company from anywhere over a sleazy one from the anywhere (including the US), any day. I'm also not sure if there's even an AA store around here, but I plan to find out, to try to make sure that my nieces never, ever shop there.
sunflowergirl17 wrote:You will notice. I ordered a few shirts that ended up being printed on Anvil...cute design, but are my least favorite shirts because of the quality/make of Anvil. So disappointed.
Wait, you've received some already?? Maybe Woot!'s using the savings to somehow print & ship the shirts quicker?