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This Vending Machine Sold T-Shirts For Only 2 Euros, But Nobody Wanted To Buy Them
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Fashion, Social Issues7 years ago

This Vending Machine Sold T-Shirts For Only 2 Euros, But Nobody Wanted To Buy Them

A non-profit named Fashion Revolution has created a wonderful social experiment that has challenged people to reconsider how they shop for their clothes. A vending machine they set up in Berlin offers passers-by shirts for only 2 Euro (roughly $2.19), but there was an unexpected catch… they first had to watch a video about the exploited sweatshop laborers that make cheap clothes possible.

The video was released on April 24th or Fashion Revolution Day. This day commemorates the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in 2013, which killed more than 1,000 garment workers who had been making clothing for American brands in an unsafe work environment. The workers at such factories are often underage, and most are also underpaid and overworked since the labor laws there are practically non-existent. Fashion Revolution wants to encourage people to start asking questions about the morality of their clothes, like where they were made and under what conditions they were made.

More info: fashionrevolution.org | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram (h/t: aplus)

This vending machine in Berlin offered to sell t-shirts for only 2 Euros

Seems like a bargain, right?

However, nobody was buying them…

The machine showed who was behind the cheap clothing we buy:

Often-underage workers work as many as 16 hours a day…

…for as little as 13 cents an hour

Do you still want to buy this 2 EUR t-shirt?

Of course, most people decided to donate to their cause instead of going through with the purchase

Here’s the full video:

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JayBarryGurondiano
Community Member
7 years ago

and who did my 50€ shirt?

LeonorVerdejo
Community Member
7 years ago

same poor employers, just the company earn more money for them

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PoorMan
Community Member
7 years ago

So when no one buys the 2 euro shirts there isn't a need for poor Nanisha to work in a sweat shop so she loses her 0.13$ a day job & starves

LaszloKomaromi
Community Member
7 years ago

But if all people started to care about what they buy then companies would have to come up with a more ethical strategy.

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JoelSánchezLópez
Community Member
7 years ago

What if you choose to buy it?

HeatherDerksen
Community Member
7 years ago

you choose to buy it these people still have jobs

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EricDecler
Community Member
7 years ago

Western hypocrisy. Let those people make money for themselves and survive. Stop pushing western hypocratic ideology on other people.

RolfHawkins
Community Member
7 years ago

Because your alternatives are so much better. Oh, wait. You don't have any.

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RolfHawkins
Community Member
7 years ago

This experiment only works if ALL clothing manufacturers did this. They don't. Experiment invalid.

LianeFleury
Community Member
7 years ago

Somebody has to start the experiment and hope others will follow. Even if just 1 followed then it would be valid!!! No negative comments!!!

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CallieGe
Community Member
7 years ago

Donating to a cause is not going to pay their wages this week, buy the damn shirt , buy ten , then they ill get paid next week too.

CzernestPL
Community Member
7 years ago

do you know where i can get like 300 of those (t-shirts not children)

skyblue
Community Member
7 years ago

"People care when they know". That's very untrue. How many of you eat animal products, knowing that you support animal cruelty by doing so?

CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago

What is a way to know that the clothing you buy isn't being made by slave labour?

MehmetClnlk
Community Member
7 years ago

There's no way. Almost all of it is already

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Emily Reed
Community Member
5 years ago

Hi there, i think this is such an important topic, i know it was over a year ago now but i think this campaign needs to be kept alive, i've just written a blog post about it - feel free to read and comment - https://moralcompasssite.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/fashion-revolution-2-euro-t-shirt/ The demand for fast fashion is the cause of this cruelty there's no two ways about it.

Amanda
Community Member
6 years ago

This seems a bit manipulative. I mean you're trying to buy a shirt and all the sudden you kinda have to donate without being a jerk.

MaximeEauBain
Community Member
7 years ago

It!- a great idea, but they shouldn't only put BUY and DONATE on the screen.

EzmeGreen
Community Member
7 years ago

Yeah lets boycott all shops which sell clothes made in sweatshops.Then the workers will starve and our highstreets will die off quicker

EzmeGreen
Community Member
7 years ago

ALL clothes are made in some kind of terrible factory. The blame lies with the governments of the countries where the factories are.

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MattMcPhee
Community Member
7 years ago

And by not buying them all they are doing is letting these people starve...

GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago

The important thing is that the message got through. However, I agree with the comments below.

LeeWagner
Community Member
7 years ago

If I bought 10 shirts do I have to watch the video again?

Appl3Pi3
Community Member
7 years ago

:(

CzernestPL
Community Member
7 years ago

do you know where i can order like 100 of those?

MarkLepore
Community Member
7 years ago

Also consider. If nobody bought the 2 dollar shirt, the people willing and needing to work for 16 cents and hour will then be out a job.

SimonNadolski
Community Member
7 years ago

What if this employer is still one of the best in the region. And without it they would be unemployed with no benefits and means to live?

HoHum
Community Member
7 years ago

Rich-country people prefer to donate to rich-country NGO than to support a business that employs very poor people.

SérgioMiranda
Community Member
7 years ago

clever campaing.... but hypocrites as we are.... we will forgot it next day.... or we will buy that same t-shirt in a shop somewhere else!

JuliAliaj
Community Member
7 years ago

Will be dead starving.

JuliAliaj
Community Member
7 years ago

It will be better if u donate and buy it too. Till the companies start applying their ethical strategy Manisha and a part of her family

JuliAliaj
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that it will bë beter if u donate and buy the t-shirt too. Till all companies start applying their ethical strategy Manisha and

iBear32
Community Member
7 years ago

That's so sad for those workers... But I guess there are some viable pros and cons for this, ah, "revolution"

DarwinSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

I'd buy the shirt. I love a good shirt. And I love a bargain.

MoppiMoopenheimer
Community Member
7 years ago

I bought several right next door at Primark here in Berlin. They all are made in southeast Asia. No matter if it's adidas or Abercrombie ...

EdgarDayrit
Community Member
7 years ago

Either donate or buy,for sure the one sponsored all this matter wil do have it all,still less fortunate for workers.

LynnThompson
Community Member
7 years ago

Don't buy it and you put them out of work! Worst thing you can do.

LynnThompson
Community Member
7 years ago

So in theory... If one doesn't buy the £2 t-shirt made by the unethical company, it has a knock on effect to their margins, right? In order

NivlekEtyhw
Community Member
7 years ago

you choose to buy it they still get the donation then you give the tshirt to a homeless person everyone wins ish

skyblue
Community Member
7 years ago

"People care when they know" Thats very untrue. I know many people who know that when they buy animal products, they support animal cruelty

Clide
Community Member
7 years ago

13 cents / 16 hours / 340 days a year = $707.20 or (Bangdeshi 5437 BDT) more than there Doctors & Engineers do. http://goo.gl/mBrKjf

MitchKohan
Community Member
7 years ago

I'd still of purchased the shirt because I'm not disillusioned about where they come from and i wear h+m,sweat shops aren't a new fad cause.

MaureenDaniels
Community Member
7 years ago

Indulge your middle class guilt and they will have no work.

DominicDöring
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't understand why they put a machine that has an English video in a German city? - Obviously the Germans are more generous?

MayaAladdin
Community Member
7 years ago

If only that money goes straight to charity.. they send 10% or 15% of it to the poor and keep the rest!

DimitarShterionov
Community Member
7 years ago

Everyone donates from moral obligation. But doesn't think that from the 2euros the poor girl gets 50cents and no job tomorrow...

DimitarShterionov
Community Member
7 years ago

...and still, why don't ask the people in the big companies to donate 2 euros but the regular people, some of whom may have no job at all???

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CrystalHogg
Community Member
7 years ago

Yet we will buy gap, banana republic, Nike, old navy..etc...all clothing made in sweat shops.

StacieFrost
Community Member
7 years ago

so let's not pay them and just let them starve?

KevinParsons
Community Member
7 years ago

yes they pay what we consider nothing, but to them in the society, these are some of the highest paying and safest jobs available to them

NadineWolf
Community Member
7 years ago

and another money making racket to pulling donations and spent 80% of that money on CEO's pay checks, cars, property like most charities

exilio
Community Member
7 years ago

A bit inaccurate and manipulative...but that's marketing. At least it gets people to think about where their clothes come from.

MarcusPatterson
Community Member
7 years ago

Then we all better stop shopping at H&M !!

HugoCoelho
Community Member
7 years ago

The irony of this beeing done in Germany.They should watch how other european countries live because of them, before they buy ANYTHING!

EmilyMetcalfe
Community Member
7 years ago

It wasn't just American brands

StaceyHummel
Community Member
7 years ago

Most people said western. That doesn't solely include Americans, don't be so narcissistic.

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EmilyMetcalfe
Community Member
7 years ago

It's wasn't just American brands

JennyWrightson
Community Member
7 years ago

expensive clothes shops use sweat shops.....

KarenTaylor
Community Member
7 years ago

so very one sided. so you don't buy the shirt. then what. the cheap labour then starves. its about FAIR pay, not cheap pay, or worse NO pay.

AyeshaAhmed
Community Member
7 years ago

so it was a scam for donation ..

PiliDíazSoliver
Community Member
7 years ago

same happens with a 40 € t-shirt.

Rism
Community Member
7 years ago

Western companies build factories in Asia, in order to reduce costs and reap profits

KarlieRose
Community Member
7 years ago

Interesting. Let the comment arguments begin.

VeroChaan
Community Member
7 years ago

its the same with 50 euro shirts or shirts from companies like hugo boss, they all produce in countries like bangladesh because its cheap.

MichelePossamai
Community Member
7 years ago

Those people have a job because you buy a shirt for 2 bucks. The government won't feed them so not buying a shirt could starve a family.

RicardoFarinha
Community Member
7 years ago

And the £10 T-shirts, who makes them?

MauroSimões
Community Member
7 years ago

Basically there was false advertising and extortion through pity, good job.

SandraHuertas
Community Member
7 years ago

The real price is slavery... This does deserve a boicot.

SamanthaAmberstone
Community Member
7 years ago

I wonder what a homless person would do. I bet they would be amazed at being able to buy a new shirt for only two bucks

UroshNikolic
Community Member
7 years ago

Crap! Who is making 20 eu or 50 eur tees? Big greedy brandy bosses? Yeah, right. One thing is campaign for help, but this just sucks

UroshNikolic
Community Member
7 years ago

This is a crap! They make shirts in same conditions but some of THE BIG bosses like to earn more money so they charge a 15 or 25 eu per one

MarvaTzalach
Community Member
7 years ago

But if no ones buy the t-shirts, no one get paid at all, isn't it?

MarvaTzalach
Community Member
7 years ago

Isn't it better to pay for the shirt so they at list got the 30 cent salary paid instead of nothing?

SzabolcsDauda
Community Member
7 years ago

The problem is if you buy a tshirt for £30. The workers still get 13cent per hour because you pay it for the company not for the workers

ElaPink
Community Member
7 years ago

Yes of course nobody bought because everyone was watching. I bet they will still buy next time when they see a cheap Tshirt in a store

EvanSnyman
Community Member
7 years ago

I am not even remotely suggesting that the system is fair, but I would happily buy the t-shirt and make a donation.

SvetlozarIliev
Community Member
7 years ago

The only difference between $2 t-shirt and $20 t-shirt is that you pay the huge salaries of the european/usa traders and head office staff.

KenBromley
Community Member
7 years ago

Were the shirts in the vending machine not contributing to the problem?

RosemaryMooy
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this idea should be all over the western world

ElenaRozenberg
Community Member
7 years ago

For capitalism to work it has to be somebody who gets a lot less than others, how come people don't get it?

guess
Community Member
7 years ago

Cuz it's a cruddy part of society that no one should accept? We shouldn't have better lives than others just because of where we're born.

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JayBarryGurondiano
Community Member
7 years ago

and who did my 50€ shirt?

LeonorVerdejo
Community Member
7 years ago

same poor employers, just the company earn more money for them

Load More Replies...
PoorMan
Community Member
7 years ago

So when no one buys the 2 euro shirts there isn't a need for poor Nanisha to work in a sweat shop so she loses her 0.13$ a day job & starves

LaszloKomaromi
Community Member
7 years ago

But if all people started to care about what they buy then companies would have to come up with a more ethical strategy.

Load More Replies...
JoelSánchezLópez
Community Member
7 years ago

What if you choose to buy it?

HeatherDerksen
Community Member
7 years ago

you choose to buy it these people still have jobs

Load More Replies...
EricDecler
Community Member
7 years ago

Western hypocrisy. Let those people make money for themselves and survive. Stop pushing western hypocratic ideology on other people.

RolfHawkins
Community Member
7 years ago

Because your alternatives are so much better. Oh, wait. You don't have any.

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RolfHawkins
Community Member
7 years ago

This experiment only works if ALL clothing manufacturers did this. They don't. Experiment invalid.

LianeFleury
Community Member
7 years ago

Somebody has to start the experiment and hope others will follow. Even if just 1 followed then it would be valid!!! No negative comments!!!

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CallieGe
Community Member
7 years ago

Donating to a cause is not going to pay their wages this week, buy the damn shirt , buy ten , then they ill get paid next week too.

CzernestPL
Community Member
7 years ago

do you know where i can get like 300 of those (t-shirts not children)

skyblue
Community Member
7 years ago

"People care when they know". That's very untrue. How many of you eat animal products, knowing that you support animal cruelty by doing so?

CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago

What is a way to know that the clothing you buy isn't being made by slave labour?

MehmetClnlk
Community Member
7 years ago

There's no way. Almost all of it is already

Load More Replies...
Emily Reed
Community Member
5 years ago

Hi there, i think this is such an important topic, i know it was over a year ago now but i think this campaign needs to be kept alive, i've just written a blog post about it - feel free to read and comment - https://moralcompasssite.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/fashion-revolution-2-euro-t-shirt/ The demand for fast fashion is the cause of this cruelty there's no two ways about it.

Amanda
Community Member
6 years ago

This seems a bit manipulative. I mean you're trying to buy a shirt and all the sudden you kinda have to donate without being a jerk.

MaximeEauBain
Community Member
7 years ago

It!- a great idea, but they shouldn't only put BUY and DONATE on the screen.

EzmeGreen
Community Member
7 years ago

Yeah lets boycott all shops which sell clothes made in sweatshops.Then the workers will starve and our highstreets will die off quicker

EzmeGreen
Community Member
7 years ago

ALL clothes are made in some kind of terrible factory. The blame lies with the governments of the countries where the factories are.

Load More Replies...
MattMcPhee
Community Member
7 years ago

And by not buying them all they are doing is letting these people starve...

GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago

The important thing is that the message got through. However, I agree with the comments below.

LeeWagner
Community Member
7 years ago

If I bought 10 shirts do I have to watch the video again?

Appl3Pi3
Community Member
7 years ago

:(

CzernestPL
Community Member
7 years ago

do you know where i can order like 100 of those?

MarkLepore
Community Member
7 years ago

Also consider. If nobody bought the 2 dollar shirt, the people willing and needing to work for 16 cents and hour will then be out a job.

SimonNadolski
Community Member
7 years ago

What if this employer is still one of the best in the region. And without it they would be unemployed with no benefits and means to live?

HoHum
Community Member
7 years ago

Rich-country people prefer to donate to rich-country NGO than to support a business that employs very poor people.

SérgioMiranda
Community Member
7 years ago

clever campaing.... but hypocrites as we are.... we will forgot it next day.... or we will buy that same t-shirt in a shop somewhere else!

JuliAliaj
Community Member
7 years ago

Will be dead starving.

JuliAliaj
Community Member
7 years ago

It will be better if u donate and buy it too. Till the companies start applying their ethical strategy Manisha and a part of her family

JuliAliaj
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that it will bë beter if u donate and buy the t-shirt too. Till all companies start applying their ethical strategy Manisha and

iBear32
Community Member
7 years ago

That's so sad for those workers... But I guess there are some viable pros and cons for this, ah, "revolution"

DarwinSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

I'd buy the shirt. I love a good shirt. And I love a bargain.

MoppiMoopenheimer
Community Member
7 years ago

I bought several right next door at Primark here in Berlin. They all are made in southeast Asia. No matter if it's adidas or Abercrombie ...

EdgarDayrit
Community Member
7 years ago

Either donate or buy,for sure the one sponsored all this matter wil do have it all,still less fortunate for workers.

LynnThompson
Community Member
7 years ago

Don't buy it and you put them out of work! Worst thing you can do.

LynnThompson
Community Member
7 years ago

So in theory... If one doesn't buy the £2 t-shirt made by the unethical company, it has a knock on effect to their margins, right? In order

NivlekEtyhw
Community Member
7 years ago

you choose to buy it they still get the donation then you give the tshirt to a homeless person everyone wins ish

skyblue
Community Member
7 years ago

"People care when they know" Thats very untrue. I know many people who know that when they buy animal products, they support animal cruelty

Clide
Community Member
7 years ago

13 cents / 16 hours / 340 days a year = $707.20 or (Bangdeshi 5437 BDT) more than there Doctors & Engineers do. http://goo.gl/mBrKjf

MitchKohan
Community Member
7 years ago

I'd still of purchased the shirt because I'm not disillusioned about where they come from and i wear h+m,sweat shops aren't a new fad cause.

MaureenDaniels
Community Member
7 years ago

Indulge your middle class guilt and they will have no work.

DominicDöring
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't understand why they put a machine that has an English video in a German city? - Obviously the Germans are more generous?

MayaAladdin
Community Member
7 years ago

If only that money goes straight to charity.. they send 10% or 15% of it to the poor and keep the rest!

DimitarShterionov
Community Member
7 years ago

Everyone donates from moral obligation. But doesn't think that from the 2euros the poor girl gets 50cents and no job tomorrow...

DimitarShterionov
Community Member
7 years ago

...and still, why don't ask the people in the big companies to donate 2 euros but the regular people, some of whom may have no job at all???

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CrystalHogg
Community Member
7 years ago

Yet we will buy gap, banana republic, Nike, old navy..etc...all clothing made in sweat shops.

StacieFrost
Community Member
7 years ago

so let's not pay them and just let them starve?

KevinParsons
Community Member
7 years ago

yes they pay what we consider nothing, but to them in the society, these are some of the highest paying and safest jobs available to them

NadineWolf
Community Member
7 years ago

and another money making racket to pulling donations and spent 80% of that money on CEO's pay checks, cars, property like most charities

exilio
Community Member
7 years ago

A bit inaccurate and manipulative...but that's marketing. At least it gets people to think about where their clothes come from.

MarcusPatterson
Community Member
7 years ago

Then we all better stop shopping at H&M !!

HugoCoelho
Community Member
7 years ago

The irony of this beeing done in Germany.They should watch how other european countries live because of them, before they buy ANYTHING!

EmilyMetcalfe
Community Member
7 years ago

It wasn't just American brands

StaceyHummel
Community Member
7 years ago

Most people said western. That doesn't solely include Americans, don't be so narcissistic.

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EmilyMetcalfe
Community Member
7 years ago

It's wasn't just American brands

JennyWrightson
Community Member
7 years ago

expensive clothes shops use sweat shops.....

KarenTaylor
Community Member
7 years ago

so very one sided. so you don't buy the shirt. then what. the cheap labour then starves. its about FAIR pay, not cheap pay, or worse NO pay.

AyeshaAhmed
Community Member
7 years ago

so it was a scam for donation ..

PiliDíazSoliver
Community Member
7 years ago

same happens with a 40 € t-shirt.

Rism
Community Member
7 years ago

Western companies build factories in Asia, in order to reduce costs and reap profits

KarlieRose
Community Member
7 years ago

Interesting. Let the comment arguments begin.

VeroChaan
Community Member
7 years ago

its the same with 50 euro shirts or shirts from companies like hugo boss, they all produce in countries like bangladesh because its cheap.

MichelePossamai
Community Member
7 years ago

Those people have a job because you buy a shirt for 2 bucks. The government won't feed them so not buying a shirt could starve a family.

RicardoFarinha
Community Member
7 years ago

And the £10 T-shirts, who makes them?

MauroSimões
Community Member
7 years ago

Basically there was false advertising and extortion through pity, good job.

SandraHuertas
Community Member
7 years ago

The real price is slavery... This does deserve a boicot.

SamanthaAmberstone
Community Member
7 years ago

I wonder what a homless person would do. I bet they would be amazed at being able to buy a new shirt for only two bucks

UroshNikolic
Community Member
7 years ago

Crap! Who is making 20 eu or 50 eur tees? Big greedy brandy bosses? Yeah, right. One thing is campaign for help, but this just sucks

UroshNikolic
Community Member
7 years ago

This is a crap! They make shirts in same conditions but some of THE BIG bosses like to earn more money so they charge a 15 or 25 eu per one

MarvaTzalach
Community Member
7 years ago

But if no ones buy the t-shirts, no one get paid at all, isn't it?

MarvaTzalach
Community Member
7 years ago

Isn't it better to pay for the shirt so they at list got the 30 cent salary paid instead of nothing?

SzabolcsDauda
Community Member
7 years ago

The problem is if you buy a tshirt for £30. The workers still get 13cent per hour because you pay it for the company not for the workers

ElaPink
Community Member
7 years ago

Yes of course nobody bought because everyone was watching. I bet they will still buy next time when they see a cheap Tshirt in a store

EvanSnyman
Community Member
7 years ago

I am not even remotely suggesting that the system is fair, but I would happily buy the t-shirt and make a donation.

SvetlozarIliev
Community Member
7 years ago

The only difference between $2 t-shirt and $20 t-shirt is that you pay the huge salaries of the european/usa traders and head office staff.

KenBromley
Community Member
7 years ago

Were the shirts in the vending machine not contributing to the problem?

RosemaryMooy
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this idea should be all over the western world

ElenaRozenberg
Community Member
7 years ago

For capitalism to work it has to be somebody who gets a lot less than others, how come people don't get it?

guess
Community Member
7 years ago

Cuz it's a cruddy part of society that no one should accept? We shouldn't have better lives than others just because of where we're born.

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