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What Does $14 Shirt Really Cost

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We begin to think that businessmen in those parts of the world are cruel and would like to play savior of their ill-treated workers. The reaction is very noble only that it is very naïve. We condemned those factory owners who employ workers in such hazardous workplaces at a basement wage as the main culprit of these horrible business practices. Unknown to us, we are part of the problem that caused such terrible working condition. We may be tempted to pass the blame on globalization but ultimately, but it is only the stage because ultimately the problem redounds to us as consumers in the first world? How? First, we have to understand that every time we make purchases, it is a vote on what kind of manufacturing set up or company we would like to exist in the market. In the market place, we, the consumers or customers are kings and the businesspeople are only there to cater to our demands. So when we prefer to buy cheap clothes without knowing how and where it was made, it is tantamount to supporting this kind of business practice. In the same vein, every time we shun goods that have ethical practice because of their premium price, it is also tantamount to saying that we do not approve of their ethical business practice. If we want to stop the inhumane practice of businesses, we should stop patronizing their products and only patronize products that do ethical business. And yes, the products of ethical business do cost more because doing business ethically that includes paying their workers right costs more. Unit 2: King of the Hill Dean Simon’s story is indeed inspiring. It embodied the entrepreneur’s unfaltering and never say die spirit to pursue a dream of building his ski resort. He faced many challenges which could make a regular businessman give up because they seemed to be insurmountable. Had it been for Dean Simon’s dream, I think he could have given up also. The challenges that Dean faced in building his ski resort typified the problems that a businessman faces in putting up a business. Except that in Dean’s case, his challenges were extraordinary because he has a big dream. The most obvious and persistent problem that Dean Simon had is the absence of capital to build the necessary infrastructures of his resort and pay his bills, the most nagging of which is his insurance bill. Such, he needs to perpetually raise it to fund the many activities of his starting business ranging from continuing the infrastructure of his ski resort, paying his bills, acquiring equipment etch. He is so short of money that he lives on hand to mouth existence that if not for family and friends, he would have nothing to eat. At some point, even his cramped trailer was repossessed for the obvious reason that he could no longer pay them. Since all of his money went into his business and even short at that, he had no salary and no social life. This kind of hardship went on for many years and his persistence is laudable, to say the least. The documentary was incomplete because it did not show any update on what happened to Dean Simon now. The nagging question whether he failed or succeeded was not answered. It would have been wonderful to know that his business has grown and is now successful to make him a good example that with dream, persistence and hard work, anything can be achieved even if the challenges seemed to be insurmountable.