Sigh. I REALLY don't want to be all "Holden Caulfield" here, but...
Interesting that the fundamental principle of the Anglo-American justice system is being ignored by some people here -- who believe that the Chinese manufacturer is "guilty until proven innocent" of trademark infringement.
Now, to be honest, when I ordered the jacket I couldn't make out any logo in the listing photos (small laptop), so I was a bit surprised to see the Jack Wolfskin on the chest. I guess I'm a bit naïve, but my first thought was that this was either a factory over-run, or a factory run that was rejected by the contracting company (Jack Wolfskin). I guess I just don't think that the "Jack Wolfskin" brand is expensive or prestigious enough to merit counterfeiting (rampant for uber-luxury goods, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, etc.) Yeah, I know The North Face is counterfeited, but they are a world-wide "status" brand, regardless of widespread criticism of them on BPL. If I were a counterfeiter, I would make those same jackets and slap a Patagonia logo on them; then I could sell them on eBay for $40-$20 and make $38-$48 profit (aot selling them for $12 with a Wolfskin logo and making $10 profit). I'm think you're grossly underestimating the intelligence and business acumen of the Chinese clothing manufacturers, my friends! :~)
I support Roger 100% in his role, and I'm really dismayed at the bitter flavor of the criticism directed towards him. In fact, although I am still somewhat new to BPL, he seems to be quite laissez faire overall, and (bless him) often includes an element of humour in his postings. Mary Poppins was right: a spoonful of sugar DOES make the medicine go down!
I am heartened to see that some folks out there see the complexities involved in the global economy. We should all be thinking more about these issues and trying to put forward "best practices", while still understanding that our values may NOT be the only legitimate ones out there...The older I get (and I'm getting pretty old!) the more I realize that "black & white" thinking is simply irrelevant. If the issues were that simple, they'd've been solved a long time ago.
Respectfully, I propose that the ethics discussion be re-routed to "Chaff" where it really belongs, and I hope someone will set up a thread on this subject there.
And BTW, as a woman, if I HAD TO CHOOSE between a miserable factory job and working in the sex trade -- I'd take the factory EVERY time! The risks from lead/cloth dust seem laughable compared to the risks of violence/disease from men who think I'm less human than they are. Now THERE'S an issue that needs more action from the West!!!!!!