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    Default H&M and Wal-Mart destroy and trash unsold goods

    This week the New York Times reported a disheartening story about two of the largest retail chains. 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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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    This week the New York Times reported a disheartening story about two of the largest retail chains. 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]
    I saw this today too...... very sad!
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    what is H&M?

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    Swedish clothing store with European and online outlets...recently expanding into the US


    the have trendy clothing with very "upscale" guest fashion designers doing some clothing lines priced for the common man

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    Yet another reason to not shop at Wal Mart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-roc View Post
    Yet another reason to not shop at Wal Mart.
    Hesburger (a fast food chain here in Finland) throws out hamburgers if they haven't sold them in like 45 minutes. Not even the employees are allowed to eat the burgers after that, unless they pay for them. I mean, why do they even have to make burgers that haven't been sold? Sell first and make the burgers after that.

    A lot of companies throw stuff away. I'm not saying it's acceptable but if I started boycotting companies that do not throw stuff away, I would save a lot of money. In fact, I think I wouldn't need to buy anything ever again.

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    before everyone starts going nuts on their "anti Walmart" bandwagon, this is pretty standard practice for almost all clothing retailers. Its completely retarded, but its definitely not a "walmart" only issue.

    I know... its sad that it can't be the basis for a good twenty page rant, but its true.

    the process needs to be changed, and I've got no clue what the real basis for it is, but I did have a manager tell me years ago when I worked in retail that it was "for tax reasons" or some crap like that.

    We were working in a warehouse for the store, and there were PILES of clothes in one section. When I asked if we couldn't either sell it insanely cheap, or donate it, they said absolutely not. Apparently they claim the items as returns, are credited the money from the manufacturer, and then have to file some sort of taxes on it.

    it sounded crazy, but I have seen it happen in a couple places that have nothing to do with everyone's favorite "evil empire".
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    What a bunch of whiny socialist liberals.

    Why should anyone get anything for free?

    Let the poor earn money and buy their own damned clothes.

    Walmart isn't in the business of welfare for the lazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    what is H&M?
    It's like CVS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinkiller View Post
    before everyone starts going nuts on their "anti Walmart" bandwagon, this is pretty standard practice for almost all clothing retailers. Its completely retarded, but its definitely not a "walmart" only issue.

    I know... its sad that it can't be the basis for a good twenty page rant, but its true.
    Very true. As much as I despise Wal-Mart I have to defend in this case. I work in the transportation industry and EVERY retailer destroys their product. In fact if product is undeliverable, many of them request that WE destroy it on their behalf. We are required to take digital photos of the process in order to provide proof. This is also a standard practice for many other industries including electronics and furniture.

    The biggest risk that these companies are trying to avoid is having their product show up at flea markets etc. A secondary variable is that in many cases it costs them more to return the product to their distribution centers and put it back in to their inventory. It is sad to think that it is cheaper to produce another batch of DVD players in China and have them shipped to North America than it is to have a shipment reworked within their supply chain.

    For note I think this practice is brutal but you can't nail this one to only one or two retailers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lil'devil View Post
    What a bunch of whiny socialist liberals.

    Why should anyone get anything for free?

    Let the poor earn money and buy their own damned clothes.

    Walmart isn't in the business of welfare for the lazy.
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    Walgreens does the same thing. I think it's a common practice.

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    everyone does this...if they didn't do it their name brand gear would end up at the flea market and other people would be making money off it.

    It's not as simple as "aw man, these are leftovers, let's give them to the poor."

    Whether it's magazines, books, clothes, electronics...whatever the industry, as odd as it may be, there are a lot of cases where they need to just destroy left over merchandise and have their accounts credited rather than to have brand new merch sold at unauthorized dealers like flea markets.

    This is becoming somewhat less common though as we're seeing outlet malls and clearance centers pop up all over the place. Things that would have been destroyed are being shipped to places like TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls. Furniture stores are putting up clearance outlets in their major markets and it allows them to get outdated merch off their books without trashing it.

    I'm going to try really hard to not go on a rant about the idea that retailers should give their left overs to the poor.
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