The High Cost of Cheap Fashion: Problems vs. Solutions Every morning, working Americans rise from their slumber and begin their eight hour days at their jobs or in their careers that they may or may not enjoy, but one fact remains the same, money is a necessity. People go to work because of their constant need for money, regardless of what their job is. But let’s switch gears, if you were being treated badly in the workplace, being discriminated against, or you felt that you were not safe, would you still go? I cannot answer for most people, but my answer is no.
Many customers are shopping at lower priced stores because the economy is not allowing them to spend extra money. At these lower priced stores there are lower quality products. The consumer then has to make the decision on whether or not to spend the extra money to purchase the higher quality product with the higher price or the lower quality product with the lower price. Going along these lines, some customers will pay any price to have the name brand that they like. Many different stores offer the same name brand and you have to make sure your store offers the lowest price.
Although there are more women than men who are consumers, one cannot think that it is just the women who consume. Men can have the impulse to purchase objects they like; “...both sexes are powerfully attracted to the world of ￼things.” (Twitchell 45) Today, people have the ability to express who they are through material items; be it the latest shoes, clothes or hair color. Another thing I noticed while reading the article is the ending. Although I agree with the entire essay as a whole, but the last paragraph stood out to me. Twitchell states “We have not asked to go this way, we have demanded.” (Twitchell 51) In this day and age, people are demanding stores to be built, items to be bought.
The store he was working at was dull and monotonous, and he did not want to end up like his store manager Lengel, who was telling the girls they cant wear bathing suits to the A&P. Sammy mainly quits his job because he wants to move up in life and actually live it. When he sees the “queen” of three girls walk up to the register with the “Kingfish Herring Snacks” it suddenly hits him. He realizes that these girls are from a wealthy class, “ all of a sudden…picking up herring snacks on toothpicks off a big plate” (Updike 134) who are living the good life. Sammy also saw a foreshadowing of his future if he had kept his job.
Believing sexism will go away without putting major changes in place, is not a reality. Sexism blatantly exists in the work place. Obvious (and most common) examples of this would be: women are often paid less than their male counterparts for the same position, men often receive rapid job promotions in comparison to women and women are usually the targets of gender based harassment. Women frequently struggle with the lack of pay they receive, in comparison to their male counterparts. A woman working in the same job as a man will usually earn less, despite the fact that she may have the same or better training, education, and skills required for the job ("Study Shows Female Managers in Britain Earn Less than Men, and Equality Could Be 57 Years Away."
The person who is as described is known as a shopaholic. Statistics show woman are not the only out of control shoppers, men are spending as much on credit cards as women.Shoppers go to extreme measures to make purchases from borrowing money, or having someone else to make the purchase, opening up new credit cards, taking out loans, and closing out children’s college fund accounts. A known shopaholic will spend several hours at a mall or in stores throughout the week. Leaving work early to go buy special item or shopping online at the job in some cases will satisfy some sensation during work hours. What a shopaholic will do to curb the bad
Unlike his manager Lengel, he finds the girls a distraction from his everyday job where Lengel finds them arrogant for walking in to his grocery store with no shoes and only their bathing suites. Lengel tells the girls that “This isn’t the beach”. (Updike) At this point you think the way that Sammy is acting is immature because he is just thinking about how he likes the way the
The sight distracts Sammy resulting in a mistake made while ringing up a customer, who “gives him hell” for the mistake. With no more customers in his isle, Sammy tracks the girls as they make their way around the store. He watches closely, giving them names of his own: first, “Queenie”, the leader of the group as well as the prettiest, then “Plaid”, the chubby one in a two piece, finally “Bid Tall Goony-Goony”, the tall, plain looking one. His behavior resembles that of a typical teenage boy. He enjoys looking at the girls bodies as well as joking with his co-worker Stokesie about them.
The store was not being managed well currently and the store director Heather was resentful of the companies hiring practices that excluded her from the process. Shortly after Tricia was hired Heather left the company and Tricia was promoted to the position despite almost no experience in retail management. She again was very motivated and rose to the challenge. The company had a ranking system in place that tracked the stores by their sales and goals met but all stores were held to the same standards despite being different sizes. This made it difficult for goals to be met, if at all, thereby creating tension and turnover in the smaller stores.
Nevertheless we take a chance and the outcome is often horrible. Then what you blame others for your misfortune you never take responsibility for your actions. One day I went shopping , as I casually stroll through the stores aisle something catch my eye. A young woman was busy stuffing some items in her pocket, right above her was the stores camera. I thought to myself , how silly or bold is she to do such a thing, with so many unseen eyes watching .