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Old 01-08-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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H&M and Wal-Mart destroy and trash unsold goods

by Joanna Douglas, Shine Staff, on Thu Jan 7, 2010 8:31am PST

Cynthia Magnus holds up unworn, destroyed clothing she found in the garbage. Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/New York Times
This week the New York Times reported a disheartening story about two of the largest retail chains. You see, instead of taking unsold items to sample sales or donating them to people in need, H&M and Wal-Mart have been throwing them out in giant trash bags. And in the case that someone may stumble on these bags and try to keep or re-sell the items, these companies have gone ahead and slashed up garments, cut off the sleeves of coats, and sliced holes in shoes so they are unwearable.

This unsettling discovery was made by graduate student Cynthia Magnus outside the back entrance of H&M on 35th street in New York City. Just a few doors down, she also found hundreds of Wal-Mart tagged items with holes made in them that were dumped by a contractor. On December 7, she spotted 20 bags of clothing outside of H&M including, "gloves with the fingers cut off, warm socks, cute patent leather Mary Jane school shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor, men’s jackets, slashed across the body and the arms. The puffy fiber fill was coming out in big white cotton balls.”

The New York Times points out that one-third of the city's population is poor, which makes this behavior not only wasteful and sad, but downright irresponsible. Wal-Mart spokeswoman, Melissa Hill, acted surprised that these items were found, claiming they typically donate all unworn merchandise to charity. When reporters went around the corner from H&M to a collections drop-off for charity organization New York Cares, spokesperson Colleen Farrell said, “We’d be glad to take unworn coats, and companies often send them to us."

After several days of no response from H&M, the company made a statement today, promising to stop destroying the garments at the midtown Manhattan location. They said they will donate the items to charity. H&M spokeswoman Nicole Christie said, "It will not happen again," and that the company would make sure none of the other locations would do so either. Hopefully that's the final word. [NY Times][Huff Post]
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:27 PM   #2
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Can't b**** about Wal-Mart and shop there.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:30 PM   #3
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well the problem is they turn up being sold on the black market competing with the store. You can't blame them for not wanting that.

Trying to sell them at a cheaper store also not smart for someone already a discount retailer. Nordstroms etc just creates its on discount store.

There are some things worth getting at Walmart. Especially when it saves you money.
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well the problem is they turn up being sold on the black market competing with the store. You can't blame them for not wanting that.

Trying to sell them at a cheaper store also not smart for someone already a discount retailer. Nordstroms etc just creates its on discount store.

There are some things worth getting at Walmart. Especially when it saves you money.
Give them to charity. Good PR instead of bad and no competition.
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That stuff will probably end up down on Canal Street labeled as "designer".
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give them to charity. Good pr instead of bad and no competition.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:12 PM   #7
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We need another reason to hate Wal-Mart
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This isn't the half, my girlfriend works with them and let me tell ya...
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boy when they say they slash prices, they aint' kidding
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Instead of spending time going thru the trash, why not spend that time actully LOOKING FOR A FREEKIN JOB
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I see why they did it, but the solution is to either sell them to charities at $1 a garmant or ship them to a 3rd world nation where they wont turn up in America. I love Wal Mart and dont think this doesnt happen in other stores. I bought a wall mounted Thomas Brothers Map for my office for $20. They retail for over $100 (back in the early 90s). It had slash marks in the coating. It bubbled so they couldnt sell it so they slashed it and threw it away. Dude was probably an old employee who saw a way of selling them on the black market.
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But Wal-Mart provides endless entertainment and insight.

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/
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I see why they did it, but the solution is to either sell them to charities at $1 a garmant or ship them to a 3rd world nation where they wont turn up in America. I love Wal Mart and dont think this doesnt happen in other stores. I bought a wall mounted Thomas Brothers Map for my office for $20. They retail for over $100 (back in the early 90s). It had slash marks in the coating. It bubbled so they couldnt sell it so they slashed it and threw it away. Dude was probably an old employee who saw a way of selling them on the black market.
I'd love the Wall Mart PIMPS even more if they would allow their empolyees to join unions if they wanted too.

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"...she also found hundreds of Wal-Mart tagged items with holes made in them that were dumped by a contractor."

"Wal-Mart spokeswoman, Melissa Hill, acted surprised that these items were found, claiming they typically donate all unworn merchandise to charity."

Whoever wrote this article seems to have done a nice job of trying to smear Wal-Mart. No biggie, I guess. It's very fashionable these days to do that.
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Give them to charity. Good PR instead of bad and no competition.
Yeah as long as its not a resale charity. I agree giving them straight to needy or stored into emergency stores for natural disasters seems to make since.

I can understand a CEO being worried though that if people can go to the thrift store and get brand new wal mart jackets, maybe that would cut into walmart sales which he can't allow.

I agree totally though, better uses then just trashing them.

Even giving the to govt, to give to needy, for a tax break seems to make since.

You know give the company a little more incentive then just do whats right.
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"...she also found hundreds of Wal-Mart tagged items with holes made in them that were dumped by a contractor."

"Wal-Mart spokeswoman, Melissa Hill, acted surprised that these items were found, claiming they typically donate all unworn merchandise to charity."

Whoever wrote this article seems to have done a nice job of trying to smear Wal-Mart. No biggie, I guess. It's very fashionable these days to do that.
Yeah, I noticed that as well. We should hate walmart for doing what she says they should be doing? I don't get it...

I worked for them in high school and they aren't bad to work for. They are cheaper than others so I will always shop there. The only thing that made working there suck is I was in customer service for the last year and a half. You do not want to work wal mart customer service.
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All that stuff probably was made in China and would have fallen apart after three wearings anyway.......
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All that stuff probably was made in China and would have fallen apart after three wearings anyway.......
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I was going to say the didn't cu tthe sleeves off....they fell off.
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Give them to charity. Good PR instead of bad and no competition.
Exactly. That sort of behavior is beneath contempt.
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Graduate students living off government grants.
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That's unacceptable, they can cut the tags and get a tax credit I think.

There are alot of needy people that have lost belongings while losing homes.

It's not that complicated to donate, hey just get chinese good so cheap they don't want to lose sales, even if they trash them.
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I'd love the Wall Mart PIMPS even more if they would allow their empolyees to join unions if they wanted too.

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sure, as long as Wal Mart can fire them once they join. Employer choice too! If you dont like it, work somewhere else. My Mother in law was working there part time for a few months. Walmart gets a ton of applications to hire. You do get what you paid for but I havent noticed the service that extremely less than other stores. Why is it so hard to figure out that WalMart doesnt want Unions. Let me know next time an employee of WalMart was forced to work there.
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btw, H and M store (I believe it is called) was also in the article. Dont think WalMart is the only one. WM gives a ton to charitable events and causes.
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Another reason to hate Walmart!

Like there aren't enough already.
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WM gives a ton to charitable events and causes.


Too bad their own employees aren't one of those causes.

(We won't even go into the sweat shop labor, poorly-manufactured junk, and human rights abuses upon which WalMart's "always low prices" and enormous profits rely.)

And on that note, I send you here:

http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/bednbath.html
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