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Those Who Make Levi's








Levi's aren't for sale in Cambodia. What does this say about the lives of the people who make blue jeans?

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  2. I think since they make so little money, they may not be able to afford the jeans.

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    1. I agree with you. Factory work is hard but they get paid so much less then people who's jobs aren't nearly as dangerous or difficult

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  3. I agree with hunter: i know that that country makes a lot of garments such as jeans, but i wonder why they aren't actually for sale there? i mean it's not like they would have a lot of customers since most aren't really able to afford much, but i'm sure garment workers aren't the ONLY people there. but maybe there aren't enough of those people that Levi's sees it as worthwhile.

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    1. This makes sense because there would be no point in wasting their money on a store that wouldn't make money.

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  5. Maybe the people in Cambodia don't wear or buy Levi's because they can't afford them. Levi's may not see Cambodia as a good place to profit. It's also a possibility that the people there don't want to buy them. Cambodia has a very warm climate, so there's a chance they wear shorts and lightweight clothes instead of spending money on heavyweight clothes they won't wear most of the year.

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    1. I agree. Levi's probably think it isn't worth it if they won't be making much of a profit since most of the people are very poor.

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    2. I totally agree with you Dani. I think that they not only sell Levi's in Cambodia because they can't afford them, but also because in Cambodia they have exceptionally warm weather.

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    3. I agree with your statement about the people of Cambodia not being able to afford Levi's, but the original purpose for the first pair of denim jeans was to protect workers from minor injuries like cuts or scrapes, not to stay warm.

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  6. My opinion is that products should not be sold in the same places as the consumers and producers. The people in Cambodia sadly don't even have the money to afford to buy a pair of jeans, and like Dani said, the geographical location of Cambodia is a place where people wouldn't wear dark and heavy clothes, such as Levi's. Further more, the producers wouldn't want to see their products in markets of their own, not be sold. They would most likely want to see them in bigger, and better countries, being bought by people who have the money to buy them.

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    1. Yeah, I agree. They would probably want to open up more than just one store in a country with a guaranteed profit margin, than open up one store in a hot and humid place like Cambodia and have no one buy the jeans.

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  7. I agree with everyone that has posted before me. Cambodia has a very warm climate but also isn't a very profitable place. Levi's is a expensive brand so I would think that not many people in Cambodia would be able to afford the jeans.

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    1. I agree that no one would be able to wear the jeans because they can't afford them

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  8. I think that Levi's aren't sold in Cambodia is because it has a hot, humid climate so jeans would just trap the heat. Also Cambodia is a very poor country, and most people wouldn't be able to afford them.

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    1. I agree with you on both points thats you made!

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    2. i also agree with your comment!

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  9. I agree with Jason about the climate. Although that isn't the only reason. Obviously, garment workers don't make much money. So by selling them there, how could they make a good profit? I just believe that they don't sell them there because if you can't make a profit, what is the point of selling them in that country? There is none.

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    1. I like how to talk about how them just won't make a profit. Totally agree with you.

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    3. i totally agree with you there isn't a reason to sell the blue jeans there.

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  10. Levis are probably to expensive for any one in Cambodia to purchase them. They wouldn't sell very well and Levis would not make money from them.

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    1. This is very true, it would be worthless to put them on display if no one would purchase them. By trying to sell the jeans in Cambodia they might loose money instead of gaining because of the cost it took to make the jeans.

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    2. I agree with Ben and Shali. What's the point of selling jeans that are too expensive to afford in Cambodia.

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    3. I also agree with Ben and Shali. There is no reason to offer jeans to people who would never buy them. In that climate, they would be too hot to wear regularly, and too expensive even if they weren't too hot.

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  12. They make our jeans, but they don't get to explore the luxuries we have, so that's pretty sad to me.

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  13. They wouldn't have a lot of money, and the money that they would make would be spent on other necessity. If Levi's were sold there not many people would be able to afford a pair of Levi's.

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  14. It simply says that they can't afford them. People who make blue jeans in Cambodia don't get paid enough for their hard work to splurge on something like this, so there is no need to sale them. They work so many long hard hours to provide for their family and don't even get to enjoy name brand clothing that so many Americans take for granted everyday.

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    1. Exactly. It does state that they can't afford them and thats why they sell them to ''Levi countries.''

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    2. I totally agree that we take this for granted. Though we might not be rich but we can still afford name brand jeans without even having to slave all day in a factory.

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  15. I feel like there's not really a reason to sell then there. First, no one needs to wear jeans in Cambodia. Second, the people who live there probably wouldn't even be able to purchase a pair.

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    1. I believe you are right that they don't have a reason to sell them in Cambodia and many other wealthier countries who most of its citizen can afford them

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  16. Like many people have said, the climate is extremely hot and humid. There isn't a need to wear jeans other than fashion. Also, they likely don't see any profit to be made off of there, and it might be a conflict of interest, somehow, because their HQ is sourced in Cambodia, so they might not want to sell there.

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    2. I agree that the climate might affect jean sales in a small way, but I disagree that Levi's headquarters would make it a conflict of interest to sell in Cambodia. If the headquarters are located in Cambodia, it would make sense to sell them there because the shipping would be cheap to stores in Cambodia. I think the reason they do not sell in Cambodia is more because of the economic climate than the physical one.

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    3. Because of having Levi's HQ located in Cambodia, I don't think makes a difference of if they should be sold there or not. The people who live there, like Tabitha said, don't have a purpose, besides fashion, to wear them. The Levi's company knows that their workers are poor, and it would be nice of them to give each worker a pair of jeans for free.

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  17. The people in Cambodia can't afford to buy Levi jeans, because they don't get paid enough. Also, the people in Cambodia don't need to wear Levi jeans, because its really hot there. Since they don't get paid enough and don't need to wear them, they don't sell them there, that's why they only sell them to "Levi countries."

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  20. I think Levi's are not sold in Cambodia because the average Cambodian is not able to purchase jeans with their salaries. There a people living in Cambodia who can afford the jeans, just not enough to make the Levi company any money. The countries where Levi sells their jeans (U.S, U.K.etc.) are all affluent countries with minimum wage, child labor regulations, and other legislation to protect an average worker.

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    1. I agree with that statement completely. The average wages of a Cambodian aren't good enough to afford a pair of Levi's. The climate there doesn't really spell out jeans either.

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    2. I definitely agree with what you said. There are people who can buy the jeans, but not enough people to roll in a lot of profit for Levi's company. I also agree that Levi's does sell in mostly very affluent countries.

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  21. I completely agree with Cheyenne! Their are very few people that can afford Levi's in Cambodia but just not enough tommake a profit. But I do have to agree with some other people that the weather in Camodia is very hot and humid and I'm pretty sure that no one wants to walk around with dark and heavy jeans. I think that if they sold jeans in Cambodia they would loose more money than they would gain.

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  22. I have to agree with Cheyenne and Summer. The people that work at the factories in Cambodia probably don't make enough money to purchase a pair of the jeans and wouldn't want to walk around in thick jeans in the hot weather.

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  23. I agree with Emily . The people that make the jeans probably don't make enough money to buy jeans. Some of them don't even make enough money to live in a home that has a bathroom, and most of the women focus on providing for there kids, not buying name brand jeans.

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  24. In Cambodia the average worker makes about $1 each day. In order for any regular Cambodian to buy a pair of Levi jeans, they would have to save around a whole months worth of money or more. It's simply easier to not sell Levi jeans in Cambodia.

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  25. I think people in Cambodia can't afford Levi's because they have to spend their money on food, rent, or sending money to their family's. The people in Cambodia don't get very much money from the factories where they work.

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  26. I'd have to agree with Aliyah, Cambodia's average workers doesn't earn a lot for one day unlike in the UK or US. They have other needs they have have to spend there saved income on like food for their family and daily needs. Even if Levi does sell in Cambodia, they just wouldn't make any profit because no one would be interested or have enough to buy just one pair of their jeans.

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  27. I believe that you should sell where you can make a profit. With that said, Levi's might not make too good of a profit in Cambodia. For one thing, the climate is a bit too warm for jeans, and they might be too expensive for Cambodians. Cambodians probably put most of their money towards food, water, and home needs. All the things I mentioned are contributing factors to why Levi's aren't sold in Cambodia.

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    1. I agree that most people put their money towards more important things rather than a pair of jeans.

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    2. I agree that the people in Cambodia don't make enough money to buy a nice pair of jeans, and that is probably why Levi's doesn't sell them there because they know they won't make a healthy profit. The people there are struggling as it is to provide for their family without spending more money on something they don't necessarily need.

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    3. I agree that you should not sell something that you can't make profit out of because that is less money for levi and the people selling them.

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  29. I believe that people in Cambodia don't make enough profit from day to day to be able to even buy a pair of Levi's jeans when they wanted to. They would have to work for a long time to save up enough money to buy a pair. Also, the Levi's company probably doesn't make that good of a profit off of Cambodia's sales. This is because it is always hot there so people wouldn't even reach for a pair of jeans to put on on a daily basis.

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    1. I agree with you, they can't afford them an it would take a lot of work time.

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    2. I agree with you that people in Cambodia just don't make enough money to afford Levi's and the levi's doesn't even bother selling them cause they wouldn't make enough profit. Even if people in Cambodia could afford them its to hot there so people wouldn't buy them.

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  30. I think that Levi's aren't for sale in Cambodia because they wouldn't make a big profit because many people wouldn't be able to afford them. Most people there don't spend their money on nice clothes. The climate is also much warmer so there wouldn't be a need to wear jeans a lot.

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  31. I think that Levi's are not for sale in Cambodia because the company would not be making a sufficient profit off of them there. Most people in Cambodia would not be able to afford the Levi's. The money that Cambodians do make is spent on things like food and other daily needs, not a really nice pair of blue jeans. The climate is very warm in Cambodia, therefore the people would be wearing light weight clothing and not blue jeans!

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    1. i agree Cambodia is a very poor and hot country

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    2. I agree that people in Cambodia use their money on better, more demanding things not a nice pair of jeans.

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    3. The environment in Cambodia is very hot. I doubt that Cambodians would want to spend their hard earned money on a pair of heavy, thick material pair of jeans. The workers hardly make any money at all to begin with, so why would they want to spend it all on a pair of jeans that wouldn't be used when they need food and other clothing in order to live?

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    4. I agree Cambodia is hot and the people who live there don't have a lot of money and they wouldn't spent what money they had on jeans.

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  32. I think that Levi's are not for sale in Cambodia because the workers don't make enough money and they would lose a bunch of money if people in Cambodia buys Levi's blue jeans. And also it is very hot in Cambodia so the people would be wearing light weight clothes and not blue jeans because blue jeans absorb to much heat.

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  33. I think Levi's brand jeans are not for sale in Cambodia because it one of the only International exports Cambodia has and many of the workers can not afford to buy them or need to wear jeans in the heat of Cambodia.

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    1. I agree with you because it is very hot and many people can't afford them.

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  34. I think Levi's aren't sold in Cambodia because they can't afford them. Another reason is the weather is to warm to wear jeans.

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    1. I get what you are saying and you are right.

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  35. Timmerman says himself at the end of chapter 14, "In Cambodia, producer and consumer collide." This tells me that the people who make the blue jeans are not capable of balance between production and consumption. This, to me, is an indicator that Cambodia is not a place that would provide profit. Which means they are much poorer than the places that Levi's markets their jeans.

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  36. Cambodia is is a really poor 3rd world country were everybody is probably to poor to buy levis. plus the country is really hot so there is kinda no point to jeans.

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    1. I agree with your point it is really hot there so their is no point in wearing jeans.

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  37. Cambodia is a really poor and hot country and I don't think they can afford it or want to wear them

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  38. Based our novel we read, the people in Cambodia coudn’t afford to splurge on a pair of nice blue jeans. The people in Cambodia are struggling as it is to get their daily needs like food and the actual necessities for themselves and their families. Another reason is that they don't think they will make a healthy profit out of selling them in Cambodia because the people don't make enough money during their jobs. Another factor is that the weather in Cambodia is very warm there so they are probably wearing clothing made of cloth to stay cooler. I don’t think they would sell very well altogether.

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  39. Cambodia is a poor country that can't afford many of the luxuries like levi's.

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  40. Cambodia is a small and unhealthy country, therefor they cannot afford the supplies to make blue jeans. It is very hot in Cambodia as well so blue jeans wouldn't really make sense to be made in a hot country.

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  41. Levi's aren't for sale in Cambodia simply because the people there cannot afford them. That doesn't mean that nobody living there can't afford them, but as a general group, most people don't have enough money and selling the denim jeans there would not create a profit.

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  42. Levi's aren't for sale in Cambodia because it is very hot and would be very uncomfortable to wear and the people of Cambodia don't use their money for jeans they use it for food and shelter.

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  43. Cambodia is a very small and unwealthy country so they can't afford Levi's. It's sad that the Cambodian people make these jeans but yet can't afford to buy them. Americans don't think of jeans as a luxury but to the Cambodian people it is.

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    1. I agree with your point that its sad they can't afford the jeans they hand make everyday.

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  44. First, Cambodia is a very poor country, so many people would not splurge on jeans. Second, jeans are just too hot for Cambodia's climate. This means that if Jeans were sold there, they would probably lose more money than they would make.

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  45. Well, Cambodia is a very small and poor country. The people there simply don't need jeans to wear to work. Also the people can not afford Levi's, even if they make them.. To Americans Levi's aren't very wealthy like Levi's are to people in Cambodia.

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  47. Cambodia is a very poor country and the people who live there wouldn't be able to afford them. Plus Cambodia is a very hot place so it wouldn't be ideal to wear them.

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  48. If you lived in Cambodia and knew that no one in your city could afford levi's then you wouldn't sell them because you wouldn't make money. Also, the need for jeans there is nonexistent because it's so hot.

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    1. I agree, it would be a waste to see them in Cambodia.

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  49. I think the people who make blue jeans are mainly people who are working in a factory located in a very poor and really hot country. I got this conclusion from reading about Cambodia.

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  51. I think that it is good that they don't sell Levis in Cambodia because they wouldn't make a profit because most Cambodians can't afford a pair of Levi jeans. If you can't make a profit on what you are selling than it's less money to the people at Levi, the people selling them. Levi them selves lose money because the people selling them aren't buying them from Levi. The people selling them aren't making money because the people that would buy them are too poor to buy them. Many people are saying that there isn't a reason is because it is hot, but i disagree because I'm sure there is at least one place in Cambodia that sells jeans/pants. I just wanted to put that out there...

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  52. if they were to sell Levis jeans in columbia they would make little to no profit. As a nation columbia is very poor. there are rich people in columbia but because of columbia's hot climate it wouldn't be ideal for them to were jeans. people in columbia would buy jeans, but not levis because they wouldn't be able to afford the brand. if you think about it they'd be loosing money by shipping loads of jeans that wouldn't be sold.

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    1. I agree with you, supply and demand is a big issue for Levi jeans not being sold in the country they are made in.

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  53. Since it is too hot in cambodia there wouldn't be a need for jeans and they wouldn't be able to afford them.

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  54. In relating to the book, it states that Cambodia isn't a Levi's country. Cambodia probably isn't a place for trade. Levi jeans are hand made, they are not made by machine. These jeans are made in Cambodia but aren't sold here, because of the lack of demand. Many parts of Cambodia are in poverty and can't afford luxurious clothing, such as Levi jeans.

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    1. I agree with you. Most people can't afford luxurious things or clothing in their life.

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    2. Most men and women in Cambodia just look at the price tag instead of looking at the actual style of clothing. I agree that this is a luxurious item for Cambodians that isn't needed by the Cambodian people.

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  55. They wouldn't make a lot of money selling them there, because they are to poor to buy levis jeans. And it is to hot there to wear them.

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    1. i agree with you because if they can barely afford food how will they be able to buy a new pair of jeans

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  56. It really isn't an option to sell Levi's in Cambodia because the lack of money people have to buy them. The people are barely making enough money supplying themselves and their families.

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  57. I agree with everyone, though they make Levi's they don't make enough money to buy them. While working in a factory you make very little money. Also, the climate in Cambodia is not compatible with jeans.

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  58. those people who make blue jeans in Cambodia can't provide for their families.

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    1. Also, blue jeans should also be there last choice in bottoms to where in their hot climate.

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  59. I think it has to do with the reason the people of cambodia are poor so they can't afford jeans. and their culture doesn't accept and neither does the climate fit jeans.

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  60. The people who make our blue jeans can not even afford to buy them. The lives of the people don't even need blue jeans. It doesn't fit their daily lifestyle.

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    1. They are also too hot for their climate

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  61. The people who make Levis can't afford to buy them. This shows that they are poor and do not make a lot of money from the factory. If they sold them in Cambodia they would not earn a lot of money.

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  62. The climate is very hot and Cambodians don't make much money. I doubt they would want to waste their money on hot jeans. They would much rather spend it on other food and clothing items needed for their daily lives.

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  63. the people that make the blue jeans aren't even able to provide there family with the things they need

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  64. The climate is very hot there and jeans probably are not the bottoms of choice there

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  65. Jeans would be way to hot there i wouldn't even waste my money on that if i lived there because i would be sweating crazily

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  66. The workers can't afford blue jeans and provide for their children. Also, blue jeans would be very hot in Cambodia's climate.

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  67. The reason why Levi's aren't sold in Cambodia is because the workers aren't payed a lot of money and can't buy the jeans for everyone in their family. Also because of how their working conditions are very limited.

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  68. Even though it is hot in Cambodia, I feel like you do need a pair of jeans because some of the job that are getting done, and the jobs that are getting done they might require you to have to cover up all of your leg, maybe for safety reasons.

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