20 Jul '13, 7pm

How can retailers afford to sell shirts for just $14? It's easy if you pay your workers just 12 cents per shirt

With such a standard product as a T shirt, the pressure against any upward movement on labour must be the threat to reduce the $0.12 even further by automation. The $3.69 material cost of the T Shirt feeds many fewer mouths than it once did because textile production is totally automated everywhere. 300 years ago most were agricultural workers everywhere, sowing and reaping for a living and there was little more than subsistence consumption anywhere. Today the economy has expanded in an explosion of consumption. However as the economy expands machines take over the work, not only because machines do it so much better and cheaper but because nobody wants to do repetitive or dangerous manual labour. We are undergoing a technical and consumer revolution, which at some stage will level off when everyone on the planet is overweight and has all the consumer toys. The bigger chal...

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