Well, the recent Vera Bradley insanity is over once again.  I can’t imagine how anyone would stand in line all night just to run in and buy a pile of merchandise that was, more than likely, made in China.  But, here’s to the good, old American capitalistic profit motive.

Rush in and buy up to the maximum amount of stuff and then sell it for an outlandish price on the internet.  Good grief, are there that many crazy women out there?  And I have to wonder – did they even look at the label to see if what they were buying was from China – supporting Chinese workers at 44 cents an hour – or from the United States – supporting our own American workers?

I have to say I doubt very much whether any of the Vera Bradley fanatics even bothered to look at the label.  All that entered their minds was scooping up as much merchandise as possible to sell it for the most outrageous price possible.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Iceironman says:

    As young as I am, I can still remember when capitolism wasnt a bad word. Capitolism is what fed the spirtit to go the extra mile, to exceed what was thought possible. I remember that it founded the greatist country ever and is under threat. I guess there are just different appoaches. Capitolism and Socialism. What is scarry is that you dont like capitolism (corps), and you like big govt. The new take over of the govt into the private sector is no big deal to you. Your response to BO firing the GM ceo was “so what”. The govt owning and controling business is great for you because you love BO (HE IS ENLIGHTENED). WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GOVT CONTROLS CORPS AND IT IS A REPUB IN OFFICE???????? Does this not pose a problem. I mean after all you though GW was controling gas prices. Now imagine GW in power in four years and having control of all utilities, car companies, health care, oil companies, and all of these things you think is great under BO. Not so pleasent is it?

    Dont judge others on stuff made in china until your house is empty of all foriegn made objects. Otherwise, well you know, it looks bad.

    Why does it bother you that HER company is successful? That the people who buy the stuff are successful?

    Happy cinco de quattro.

  2. Ice:

    I don’t mind capitalism – I am sick and tired of the American worker getting the raw end of the deal. I used to think that it was great that Vera Bradley did so well, but then the corporation had to go and outsource. I guess they just couldn’t make enough profit off the items made here in the U.S. so they decided to make outlandish profits by taking American jobs and sending them overseas.

    Capitalism has its limits. Any system can go too far one way or the other. Yes, I dislike big corporations – not small ones. You have used capitalism (corps) in the same vein. Capitalism does not mean corporations and it doesn’t have to mean corporations. Capitalism is an economic system – not necessarily built by corporations.

    Capitalism used to mean something – now all it means is how big can corporations get, how much can they outsource, and how much of the world market can they control.

  3. jason says:

    I don’t believe that Vera Bradley is made in China, but rather right here in Fort Wayne. In fact, last I knew, the company was exploring the possibility of selling their products as an American luxury item to the Chinese. Which, is actually helping to level the loss of American jobs due to outsourcing.

    While I agree with you that outsourcing is generally bad, please get the facts straight before you decide to bash an American company who is actually helping the American worker.

  4. Jason:

    I hate to burst your idealistic view of Vera Bradley, but I suggest you go to locations that carry the product and check the labels.

    One of my co-workers brought in two Vera Bradley bags, one year apart. The first one from about 2006 said “Made in the USA” – the second one from 2007 said “Made in China.”

    I have a relative who purchased a large bag, and it also said “Made in China.” Finally, when I mentioned this to my brother and his wife, they started paying attention and checked out a number of the products – all had the label “Made in China.”

    But don’t take my word for it – Google it and go out and look at labels. This is simply a way for Vera Bradley to make a huge profit at the expense of its American workers since Chinese workers make about 44 cents an hour. Now, just stop and think how much those Vera Bradley items retail for.

    I don’t consider it “bashing” when the company chooses to outsource, thus hurting American workers.

  5. Iceironman says:

    How is the American worker getting the raw end of the deal again? If she keeps the jobs here, the American worker will unionize and retire at 55. If she moves it over seas, the American worker loses their job. I thought one of your favorite places was Lowes? Is that not a large corp? It just seems you are fighting agains a paper ghost just to be fighting the paper ghost. And by American worker, do you mean all of the wall street professionals that are out of work? Or are you focused on the fat lazy union guy who has never cared to better himself to secure his future after he retires at 55?

  6. Ice:

    I keep trying to get this statistic through to everyone, but many of you are so focused on hating unions that you won’t acknowledge that the private work force only contains 7.5% unionized workers.

    What about the 92.5% who are not unionized? I have said before and I will say it again – there seems to be this desire to scapegoat unions when they really are an insignificant portion of the American work force.

    I will ask you again, why do you keep ignoring the 92.5% of workers who are not unionized?

    Yes, Lowe’s is one of my favorite places. You made a comment about looking around my home and cleaning it out of Chinese products. So I started looking around. You know what – I may have some items, but here is what I found. Pretty much every piece of furniture is American made.

    I rarely buy any new dishes or anything like that, so if I received a gift from someone and it was made in China, I didn’t have any control over that. I use a set of cookware that is 30 years old, so I guarantee you that is American made. My truck – although a Nissan – was made here in the USA. My KitchenAid mixers (stand and hand) were made in the USA. My VitaMix is American made.

    My flatware is 20-30 years old – again made in the USA. I am not sure about the new 19″ Magnavox I bought for upstairs. But my downstairs TV is 19 years old, so I could almost guarantee again that it was made in the USA.

    Some of my power tools are made in the USA – I think my compound miter saw, my reciprocating saw, etc. are made in the USA – although I realize a lawsuit was filed against Sears for making false claims. So I may have some Sears items that were made somewhere else.

    The one thing that is hard to get away from is clothing, but I am going to try even harder to find products made in the USA.

    Oh, and I don’t include all those Wall Street white collar workers who had jobs making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in my realm of sympathies. I am talking about those workers who make $8 to $9 an hour (which equates to $320 to $360 a week or roughly $16,640 to $18,720) and who are not unionized.

  7. Iceironman says:

    You should include those white collar people, they have families, have played by the rules, paid for their education, pay their taxes, try to raise their kids. I guess you do see the piece of the pie as a zero sum game and that those hard workers are responsible for the others not achieving to their limit. I guess all of the 20 hour days I put in early in my career to get me where I am are just pissed down the drain, because I have somehow stepped on toes and cheated the little man on my way to being one of those “hundred of thousands dollar people”. I guess I feel empathy for anyone who loses their job. I try not to separate out what folks make and judge them.

    Also, Rush predicted back on Dec 22 that Obama would return the car companies to their rightful owners THE UNIONS. Who owns 55% of Chrysler now?

  8. Ice:

    Let me clarify the “white-collar” reference. I am talking about those Wall Street CEOs, etc. who are responsible for the financial disaster that led to this whole mess in the first place. Don’t tell me you feel sorry for the big wigs who mismanaged their corporations into the financial crisis. They certainly don’t feel sorry for you or me or any of the other citizens in this country who work their butts off to pay bills.

    I care about all workers, but I find it really hard to have any sympathy for those at the top of the heap who tried to take all they could and then ran their companies into the ground. Is that the American capitalistic way? I certainly hope not.

    I doubt you or I stepped on too many toes, so I guess I don’t see your comparison of your situation to the CEOs on Wall Street. Unless, that is, you are the CEO of a Wall Street company that has had to be bailed out.

    And just a further note – not having sympathy for someone is not the same thing as judging someone. You have written numerous comments indicating your lack of sympathy and/or feelings about those who may be on welfare, who don’t have jobs, who take the bus as transportation, etc. Are you judging them or is it that you just don’t feel sorry for them (i.e. lack of sympathy)? Again, not sympathizing with someone is not the same as judging someone.

  9. Iceironman says:

    Dont forget those ceos were only doing sub primes because the govt said to and they would back them. How perfect was that for the ceo, Make bad loans, govt told me to.

    It is time for not just the ceos to lose everything, but the govt officials who jammed it down their throats.

  10. Suze says:

    Oh for God’s sake, get a grip! Some of us went to the VB sale to buy gifts and enjoy the spectacle. VB pstill rovides many good jobs to American workers.

    We are part of a global economy now and doing biz oversea — buying, selling and manufacturing are necessary to survive the new dynamic.

  11. Susie-Q:

    I have a grip – the ones who have lost their “grip” are those who stand in line all night long just to run in and battle others (and yes sometimes physical altercations erupt) just to buy quilted items to sell on eBay for an outlandish price.

    I am so happy you enjoyed the spectacle; however, you and the thousands who show up for these ridiculous affairs are the ones who have lost their minds.

    You must be one of those people who really could care less about outsourcing to countries where workers are paid .44 cents an hour, the environment is trashed, and workers have no rights.

    Enjoy your Chinese made Vera Bradley.

    And, keep in mind – it is my blog, and I can write about whatever I like. If you can’t take it, then don’t visit.

  12. Suze says:

    My dear Charlotte, since you’ve never attended, how on Earth do you know what goes on at one of these events? The same way you know what goes on in the minds of all of us who may or may not agree with your bloggage?

  13. Well – let me see, Susie. Do you read the newspapers? Every year the coverage of the Vera Bradley fiasco makes front page news. Here is a quote from a woman at last year’s Spring sale.

    Lisa Pearson from Carmel was interviewed at 3:30 a.m. on that Thursday morning. Her comment:

    “It’s my first time, and I’ve been training my whole life for this.”

    Good heavens, and you tell me to get a grip? I don’t have to attend any of these events – the newspapers do quite a good job in covering what goes on.

  14. Norma says:

    What have you got against Chinese workers earning a living? Or this woman–whom I’ve never heard of. Is it an Indiana obsession? People buy up certain commodities all the time. Nothing is crazier than cap and trade–which is making greenies like Al Gore fat and rich and destroying small businesses and the environment at the same time, planting trees in Africa so you can burn more fuel in Canada? Al makes this person Vera sound absolutely sane.

  15. Iceironman says:

    Norma, if I was not married, you would be next on my list. Nothing better than a strong conservative woman, but watch out. If you are successful the “fish without a bike” woman will tear you apart for being truely strong and independant thinking.

  16. Norma:

    I don’t have anything against Chinese workers earning a living. What I do have something against is outsourcing our jobs. For every greedy corporation that takes its business overseas, we lose hundreds and sometimes thousands of American jobs.

    The Chinese worker earns on the average .44 cents an hour. Look how much corporations still charge for these products. Workers are ripped off, the environment is trashed, and human rights fall by the wayside. The multinational corporations could care less about any of this – after, the point of a corporation is not to be a good citizen – it is to make a profit at any cost.

  17. Tracy says:

    Dear Charlotte:

    I came across your blog while searching Vera Bradley and outsourcing. I realize these comments are more than a year old but felt compelled to defend you. These conservatives don’t give a hoot about America or American workers. They have their talking points. The could care less that their precious Vera Bradley is hiring children to make their products. They could care less that outsourcing is ruining America. After all, the richest American (Bill Gates) employs 9 year olds to make computers.

    I am not only boycotting Vera Bradley but also Levi’s, Hershey’s chocolate and Walmart. We have to stand up. Greed is ruining our country.

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