You're absolutely right. That's a solution for "I want my Hasbro toys to be ethical". That is a goal that is possible.
However in the broader category of "I don't want the Chinese Far Right Conservative sleeping on bedbug mattresses and working 12 hours with hardly any bathroombreaks", the solution there is pretty much Invade China and take over.
But then our glorious toys and gadgets wouldn't be dirt cheap. I saw this at other boards: people harking about moving production to "better places", but don't realize to pay what we would consider a decent wage...prices would have to go up.
Considering how much bitching that goes on about Convention stuff, imagine how much you would see if a retail deluxe Transformer was $30 or more!
If you made Transformers in the US, with the same production rate, paying $15/hr (cost to employer $22/hr), prices would go up...Two. Dollars.
(Three, minus the CN-US fuel cost, which is money burned up.)
If Jet Fair stopped screwing with their employees, and heck, even doubled the pay rate, the cost increase would be tiny enough to be absorbed by small QC improvements. And even that $2 mentioned above would quickly be wiped out if production were partly streamlined or QC improved.
This stuff is completely unnecessary.
The first thing to do is to go home and make dinner.
The second thing to do is to print out this article and hand it out to everyone we know.
Edited by Autobus Prime, 19 December 2011 - 06:31 PM.