questionswhy were the us olympic uniforms made in china?

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You too can own a Chinese-made USA Olympic uniform for the low low price of $1,945 for men, and $1,473 for women. Available on Ralph Lauren’s website as a full set. Who says stuff from China is cheap?

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I think the answer is that some clown thought he could save money and make some points with the boss believing no one else would know or care.

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I noticed! Pretty sad when $1,473 is saving money by having it made in China.......how much would it have cost using better paid American labor :(

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@jjeff: Could have been the same price but for considerably less profit. I'm guessing they're making at least $1900 and $1400 profit off each sale. It's completely ridiculous and only one of the many gaffs the US olympic committee has made this year. At least we can be sure our team will get the gold medal for the ugliest and most stupid outfits this olympics.

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I think it is silly to expect the uniforms to be made in the US when you are fine to let everything else be made in China. The cost of the uniforms would be astrological because the equipment would only be used every two years (winter and summer Olympics). Perhaps the true anger should be at the outsourcing, not pretending to have American pride when it is fashionable to.

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(shaking his head) ... this is just sad. When companies don't even consider supporting our own manufacturing base for something that's to represent America, is it any wonder why our economy is the way it is?

(I still miss the old USA made Woot shirts.)

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@wisenekt: "The cost of the uniforms would be astrological"
I assume you mean astronomical? anyway don't you consider $1900 or even $1500 to be astronomical? I would hope at that cost that they could afford to pay an American worker instead of a underpaid Chinese worker......
When I purchase a $2 piece of plastic(or even $69 POC electronic device) I don't mind that it was made in China but come on, with the markup on a $1900 outfit I expect more. (note no way I would pay $1900 for some pieces of clothing(US or Chinese made) but just saying).

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I don't know, maybe because it was cheaper there to do it?

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@mkentosh: Probably waaaaaaaay cheaper. Still no excuse though.

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@narfcake: Still haven't bought a shirt since I took a chance on one 3 months ago. Removed my s.w. favourite and spammed out the weekly newsletters, don't even want to look, it just makes me sad to see cool shirts for sale that don't fit me!

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Everything's made somewhere else. It's Globalization, get used to it.

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@wisenekt: I'm pretty sure that the equipment to make olympics uniforms could be used to make other uniforms the rest of the time. I don't think they are that much different from college uniforms that the machines couldn't be used for both, even if the raw materials might be slightly different.

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@lparsons42: The point of the comment was that they are pushing for things to be made in America now but outside of the Olympics they don't care, hence the factory would only be used once every two years.

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@jjeff: Sure the price is high but the reason for making it in China is profit, and if you want to maintain the same profit while using more expensive methods, the prices will be higher in the US. If you think that the price is bad now, add in wage floors, limit on work hours, health care, mandatory pay for overtime and watch the prices rise.