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Does anyone else worry about employee conditions when shopping?

Over the years, shopping has become much easier for the consumer. Within a few button clicks we can order *anything* (subject to laws).

Some of the larger companies, such as Apple and Amazon have become famous for great customer service. But at the same time we see reports of immense suffering in factories / sweat shops. Low pay and terrible working conditions, enabled by the lax employee laws in third world countries.

I use Amazon quite often, but am getting more and more reluctant to do so.

We see reports like this

http://www.businessinsider.com/brutal-conditions-in-amazons-warehouses-2013-8

 

and this

http://venturebeat.com/2013/07/29/oops-china-labor-watchs-report-on-apple-working-conditions-confirms-cheap-iphone/

 

And of course it isn't just these 2 compaies, it's most of the big boys...

 

So does anyone else feel that something is wrong here, or do we simply accept it and hope it gets better?

 

 

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RE: Does anyone else worry

Sure do.

 

My brother is high up at Tesco and I asked him about it after the Bangladesh disaster. I'm not a Tesco fan to be honest for many reasons but they do seem to be being far more proactive than many of the Primarks of this world. If I get to hear of companies not doing the right thing then I will boycott them, especially if it regards treatment of employees, suppliers etc.

And large companies not paying taxes is getting my goat.

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Some people are better off

Some people are better off than me, some are worse off, it's the way of the world and I certainly don't worry about it.

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RE: Some people are better off

mykspence wrote:

Some people are better off than me, some are worse off, it's the way of the world and I certainly don't worry about it.

 

Even if the ones who are being treated like shit are being done so to make your life better?

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