Easy on the Wallet or Easy on the Earth

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First of all, Carly LeBlanc shows that she is an active student with high ambitious in her career path. She wants to make a good impression to the CEO about her achievements. During her three months of internship, she quadrupled the Fashionforward! Facebook fan base and Fashionforward! increased the number of items offered on the site threefold. After the CEO challenged her to register 100 new clients within the week, she registered 300 new members in one night. These results are really impressive. However, when facing the difficult ethical decision of ordering the shirts from a low-cost company in China or from a fair-trade company in San Francisco, LeBlanc should carefully consider each option. The fair-trade shirts were $28.65 each, which is high. The site registers members for $30. If the site’s revenues are only based on membership fee and the number of members is low, it may not have any profit with the cost of $28.65 for each shirt. It is because the company also has fixed costs, such as salaries for employees and rents for the workplace. If the number of new members is very high, then these costs may be covered since average fixed cost declines with the increase of members. The cost for each fair-trade shirt is high, but it is organic and eco-friendly, and the company in San Francisco provided safe conditions and higher wages for the workers who made the clothing. Furthermore, in the global recession, supporting US companies is necessary to help improve the situation of US economy. In contrast, Chinese T-shirts were $5.50 each, which is a lot lower than the cost for a fair-trade shirt. However, there are a lot of issues that must be considered in this option. Companies in China have bad reputations for bad quality, low wages, rigorous work schedule, poor safety regulations, and the complete lack of worker's compensation and benefits. It seems to be

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