Because of these ideas that encapsulate a consumer’s mind today, being a consumer with conscience, avoiding products that came from sweat shops and paying premium prices for those that did not is actually only hypothetical but not quite a reality.
With this said, should consumers choose to be a practical buyer, buying within their means or should they start being a conscientious buyer, not promoting products or brands that come from sweat shops by paying at a higher price? In my own opinion, it is just common knowledge and behavior to abhor companies that are involved in inhuman working conditions for their employees just to be able to cut on costs and be able to sell their products at a lower price to their customers. However, I strongly believe that being a “consumer with conscience” is very impractical especially when prices of goods that did not come from sweat shops are incrementally high. Also, conscientious buying would not stop these companies who are involved in sweat shop activities to stop their business. The least they would probably do if they do not reach a certain sale would be to sell a different product. Also, I don’t think the solution to put a stop to the proliferation of sweat goods is in promoting the campaign for conscientious buying, instead, should be more on the promotion of corporate social responsibility for these companies. I say so because consumers are not going to stop buying goods just because they come from sweat shops especially when it is a need needed to be satisfied. However, companies who are taught how to be “responsible” in doing business indeed can do a lot of great things to a company’s image and profitability and being able to send this message across to them can stop many consumers from just saying what they say they will do in surveys, to pay a higher price for sweat-free