Thursday, July 8, 2010

Today in Hate: TOMS shoes


TOMS Shoes

First of all, let's get one thing straight: TOMS shoes are manufactured in China.

Now, let's review: TOMS thinks you should spend $44+ on a pair of shoes so that, along with your purchase, they can give a pair of shoes to a barefoot child in another country. They think you should spend $44+ on a pair of shoes that cost less than $1 to manufacture (in a police state by slave labor), so that they can give another pair of $1 shoes to a child. I'm no math whiz, but the way I see it they're making $42 in this deal. Or, you know, 42 pairs of shoes.

I have another idea: if you want a shoddy pair of cloth shoes that was made in China, why don't you buy a pair at your local dollar store? That leaves you $43 to invest at Kiva, where you might actually make a difference to a struggling family overseas.

9 comments:

  1. You are awesome. That is all.

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  2. Excellent post. I've never liked the 'buy this and we donate to a cause' gimmick.

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  3. Love love love you for this post.

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  4. You just made that Chief Shoe Giver jackass from the stupid Toms TV commercials cry. Good for you -- he certainly deserves it.

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  5. i almost bought a pair last week but they made my foot look impossibly chubbo. i should have known there were dastardly forces at work. my foot is not, i repeat not that chubbo.

    there.

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  6. Anon, looks are reason enough not to buy them.

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  7. Yes, thank you for saying this... I also apply it to mass produced furniture and overly priced electronics... and so on.

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  8. Hah! You had the balls to say what I was only thinking.

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  9. Agreed. Also- how about helping the needy in our OWN country first? There are plenty of shoeless people living in the US.

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