More Purchase Instead of Less

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In recent years, people in Europe and America have been clearly aware that the general commodity price in their markets had dropped dramatically. A lovely Barbie doll which, In the old days, used to cost them more than ten dollars or eight euros, now, values costs less than half of the original price. But as we all know, there must be someone who would pay for such a good bargain. So what on earth is the trigger that lead to the remarkable decline? And what is the most influential factor that rewrote the numbers on hundreds of thousand of price tags? When our curiosities drive us to keep on questioning, and to trace the unusual economic phenomenon, some mysterious burgeoning factories emerge in our sights. These factories are prevalent in a world scope because of the incredibly cheap price, while, on the other hand, they are also infamous for their poor working conditions, unbelievably low salaries, threatening devices, and abusing of labors. For reasons above, those factories are called sweatshops. And most of the sweatshops are located in Asia, such as China, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and so on.

From the beginning, there were only a small group of people who paid attention to those sweatshops. But with more and more grievous news unveiled, a huge growing number of people start to keep a watchful eye on the livelihood of those workers in sweatshops. To their surprise, those poor workers were bearing that unequal contracts, that long working hours, and that potential risks of their lives everyday How could those Americans and Europeans who have been high-fed and spoiled in the last century, imagine a twelve-hour day, seven days per week, no paid holiday in the foreseeable future job with an skinny income which was only en...

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