Brand Name shoes & clothing are stupid ripoffs

If you look at the kids these days there all wearing nikes, jordans, vans all these stupid name brand clothing and shoes. Nike is the biggest rip off ever that’s not named Jordan. Nike is like the Mcdonalds and Wal-mart of the shoe world. And everyone should attack Nike. Because Nike is not being attacked enough. Nike sells its clothes and shoes for 10x the profit of what it was made in China. China is communist and they have laborers little kids making all those nike shoes. Or they go to Mexico where the kids have no homes and they make nikes there. And of course stupid American teenagers buy those stuff. Teenagers buy name brands because they believe it will make them popular in school. But guess what!!! Name Brand clothing does not change your personality. So if your a shy person or a jerkoff your still shy or a jerkoff. You won’t get any people noticing you with name brands because every stupid teenager wears them. No good looking girl will ever talk to you just because you wear nikes. Nike is such a rip off come on they sell their clothing the cheapest at 50 dollars of for some reason it never goes down. The Airforce 1 shoe which is a major ripoff. The Airforce 1 shoe was created for basketball. Your suppose to be able to play basketball with them. And it’s the most worst shoe to play basketball. And it cost 80-100 dollars. What a ripoff!!! Plus nobody in the NBA even plays basketball in that shoe except for crazy Rasheed Wallace. And Jordan should rot in hell with his invention. Have you ever seen how much Jordans cost? You can not even get Jordans for less than 100 dollars. “Jordan is no saint he is a curse to the Black community”. And jordans are ugly. And most name brand shoes do not even last long. They are not a better quality than shoes at Wal-mart. Look a lot of people believe name brands make them look rich or cool. But they don’t they just make you look like a idiot. Everytime I see people wearing name brands I think their idiots that just got riped off. You wanna dress like a celebrity? Well real celebrities wear suits and tuxedos or for girls million dollar dresses all the time why don’t you copy that you’ll look classier. That’s why we should all thank Shaq and Stephon Marbury for creating their cheap shoes. That stupid people do not even buy because its sold at Payless and Walmart. Someone needs to make a shoe like Kobe and sell it at Footlocker or something. And if you must go buy name brands go to Ross. You know they sold Kobe1 Nikes once a 100 dollars a year ago for now only 30 dollars. Not to put anybody down with his blog but it’s my just my personal experience and opinion. And I love Michael Jordan as a basketball player even though I think Magic Johnson and Bill Russell should challenge him for the best player ever to play in the NBA.


Look at what MJ’s wearing you wanna dress like him than try wearing that everyday. Even he doesn’t wear Jordans. And why is he laughing so much? Because you jordan wearing jag offs are all making him richer and richer.


Starbury should be everyone’s hero not Jordan


If only Kobe or Lebron made their own shoes.

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~ by Travis on October 21, 2007.

62 Responses to “Brand Name shoes & clothing are stupid ripoffs”

  1. Stop Hating!!!!!!!!

  2. you stupid idiot! Well not neccesarilly i mean ya dey rip you off sort of but not exactly. Starbury is great but if you compare it with jordan shoes the jordan’s give better quality on the court. Also lebron and kobe both make shoes (not exactly cheap though because i got lebrons for over 200-but they are only sold in china! and i know your thinking you cares, but i do, and people who love shoes- PEACE OUT BRO AND BRAND NAME SHOES AND CLOTHING ARE NOT STUPID RIPOFFS- I DON’T KNOW THIS FORE SURE BUT YOU’RE JUST PROBABLY SAYIN THAT CAUSE YOU CAN’T AFFORD THEM- WELL SOME PEOPLE CAN!

  3. You know there is some truth to what you said,but that does’nt mean that you have to be so derogative with your opinon on why people spend over $100 for shoes that were manufactured for less than $5…well some people have money and some dont.and even the ones who dont have money,find some way to get it just to look their best.and you said that clothes or shoes cant change who you are..thats true,but in other’s peoples eyes it can…so next time just watch what you say,because i am a HUGE fan of nike and its merchandise and i will continute to buy it,because i have the money,its what makes me happy.

  4. I am a technical engineer for the production of brand name products in Thailand. If you knew the markup from factory to shop you would never buy again. I have also worked in China and seen the exact same materials and production process used for non brand name products which cost a fraction of those with fancy labels.
    Fashion victims brain washed by the media are feeding a greedy inefficient system.

    Electronic products are by far the worse. They have a carefully planned set of technoloy upgrades which are trickle fed to the consumer knowing that the “must have latest model” will make him buy.

  5. Nike products are no longer produced in Mexico, China yes, Mexico no.

    Next time please do your research.

  6. I have pairs of Starbury’s in my collection and to say that the shoes at Wal-Mart are of the same quality is asinine. Everytime I’ve played ball in my Starburys my feet were in a ridiculous amount of pain afterwards. So you my friend are obviously not a basketball player. You might play, but probably only recreationally and you’ve certainly never played at a high level so you wouldn’t understand the purpose of wearing high quality shoes to play sports. You may feel that people are being ripped off but you wouldn’t understand. Name brands are a lifestyle choice. You only live once…so why live cheaply?!
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  7. I’m not talking about basketball. I understand that basketball players might need nikes,jordans to play basketball. And those name brand shoes are probably better than ones from Wal-Mart. But the rest of the world don’t happen to play basketball. A lot of children don’t play basketball and yet they wear name brand shoes that are basically designed for basketball players. They spend hundreds of dollars or more to buy name brand shoes. Waste their parents money. Because they are influenced by basketball players NBA especially the black community. And many people who buy name brands happen to be poor. I’m not endorsing Starbury’s I personally have never wore any. And from what I’ve heard from everybody is that the shoes hurt very much and have bad material. But I am endorsing that normal income Americans stop buying name brand clothing and shoes. Because I personally think that they are ripoffs especially when they cost sometimes hundred dollars or more. Like Jordans which I’ve never seen in the mall cost less than hundred dollars. Why must it be hundred dollars? Is it worth the quality? Why not buy Wal-Mart shoes that cost only ten dollars? Wal-Mart shoes even last longer. Rich people can buy whatever they want but unfortunately more poor people actually buy name brand clothing. I’m not endorsing Starbury but I would like to see somebody like Lebron, Kobe make a nike shoe that cost 20 or 30 dollars. This will never happen. But its time for the NBA basketball players who are ridiculously overpaid to promote a shoe that all people can afford. It’s just shoes afterall right that people are wearing? And 100 dollars for a stupid shoe with a Jordan sign on it is simply ridiculous.

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  9. buy ’em from the Nike outlet. i haven’t spend more than $36 on a pair of nikes in years

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  12. Dude,
    I get your point, but I wonder what products you can use if you are opposed to capitalism. I think it is very difficult to buy products nowadays which arent made by people earning a lower wage, and other people profiting of it. Welcome to the global village comrad!
    Also, you shouldn’t forget that people might be happy to work in a factory bacause they can earn money so they can raise their standard of living. Have you ever visited a Nike production facility? I have. To us it may seem shitty, but many people are happy to work there. School is provided for their kids, and food and shelter are there as well. These are things they otherwise wouldnt be sure of.
    Furthermore, hating on a company like Nike is pretty easy. 10 years ago I would have agreed with you: They did some shitty things. Nowadays, however, Nike is becoming more and more transparent. I agree they still arent where they should be ideally, but at least they are trying. The story about child labour etc. is definatly not true anymore. Do you really think Nike couldt still pull this off, operating from under a microscope with people like you watching? This cant be said for many other companies on which the entire corrupted American economy is built. Start digging a little deeper than what was actual 10 years ago. Some companies DO change.
    Furthermore, I think the life you and I lead wouldnt be possible if capitalism hadnt happened as it did. Wasnt it us demanding ever cheaper products? It is a catch 22. We want cheaper products, but we also want to keep the production fair and local. Tell me how to fix it, and I will. It’s easy to be bashing, but start thinking about a solution!
    Finally, saying that Nike is selling shitty products? If there is one company which always has focused on the needs of athletes, it is Nike. How else would you explain why they have been the leading sports brand for more than 30 years now?

  13. Also, you shouldn’t forget that people might be happy to work in a factory bacause they can earn money so they can raise their standard of living. Have you ever visited a Nike production facility? I have. To us it may seem shitty, but many people are happy to work there. School is provided for their kids, and food and shelter are there as well. These are things they otherwise wouldnt be sure of.

    -So people in China are happy?

    Finally, saying that Nike is selling shitty products? If there is one company which always has focused on the needs of athletes, it is Nike. How else would you explain why they have been the leading sports brand for more than 30 years now?

    -Go to the mall sometimes. Go look at nike shoes in Sears, Ross, Mervyns and tell me their worth 50, 60 dollars. Those nikes are ugly as hell.

    How else would you explain why they have been the leading sports brand for more than 30 years now?

    -Jordan shoes cost 184, 149, 119, 89, 79 dollars. Are those shoes worth that much money?

  14. I wasn’t aware that Nike or the athletic apparel industries were the only ones with huge margins. Thanks for enlightening us.

  15. huge margins? Whats that suppose to mean?

  16. I dont know if people in China are happy. But if they are not, are they because of Nike, or are they because of a communist regime which has beaten down on them for years?

    What you think is ugly doesnt necessarily mean other people find them ugly too. Try to expand your horizon a bit… Furthermore, if you think they are ugly, dont buy them. This is the strongest message you can send a company: just dont buy their products!

    Finally, the reason for some shoes to be ugly, is that they are desiged for functionality, not fashion.

  17. In response to your comment to me, you say that poor people are the ones who are buying Jordans when they can’t afford it. Let me tell you, nobody buys a pair of $200 shoes or even $100 shoes if they don’t have the cash for it. You said that MJ is a curse to the black community …hmm. It’s usually not smart to comment on something that you really have no idea about or can relate to. I wouldn’t try and turn this into a race issue which is what it sounds like to me. I don’t know where you live, but here in Chicago (and lots of other places that I’ve been) everybody wears Jordans and Nike. Even those who don’t particicpate in sports. Black and white people. But, if MJ is a curse to the “black” community like you said, then Steve Jobs is a curse to every community because everybody has an iPod and now even iPhones. Yes, even “poor” people have them too. And do you see how much they cost? I’m willing to bet that you have one don’t you? Bill Gates is a curse to every community because everyone has a computer. Yes, even poor people. And they aren’t cheap either. MJ and Nike should be applauded for creating a brand that is world reknown. Before he did it, the entire model of branding yourself didn’t exist. He’s a trendsetter and thats pretty cool. Besides, he doesn’t set the prices Nike does. If they set a shoe price at $100 or higher and people then go out and buy them and over the years have continued to do do, then why is the company or even the athlete to blame? You don’t have to buy them — and you said it yourself — there are other options. Let’s not throw people or companies under the bus because of our own personal convictions of what makes sense and what doesn’t. Last I checked, Nike or Jordan didn’t hold a gun to anyone’s head and say buy this shoe. You think that the shoes are ugly and that they cost too much so therefore you don’t buy them and that’s your own personal choice and opinion. But because you make that choice doesn’t make you better than the person who feels the opposite, nor does it make them any less intelligent either. And don’t hate on Jordan or Nike because let’s face it, if you had a product on the market that was priced as a “luxury item” and people supported your product and bought it over and over again, I’m sure you would be OK with that right?

  18. illanoyz thanks for your comment.
    -I do not own a ipod or iphone. I do own a computer of course. 🙂

    you say that poor people are the ones who are buying Jordans when they can’t afford it. Let me tell you, nobody buys a pair of $200 shoes or even $100 shoes if they don’t have the cash for it.
    -Most people that buy name brand clothing and shoes are teenagers. Most have no income. And where do they get their money? THEIR PARENTS A lot of African American people also wear name brand clothing. And a lot of them are in poverty. Why?

    My problem is why must Jordans cost $100 or $200 dollars? Why not $10 or $20 dollars? You know what I mean? 🙂

    Mcdonald’s, Walmart, Starbucks, is always being attacked why not Nike?

    MJ is a curse to the “black” community. Every kid goes and spends 100 dollars for Jordans. Why don’t they spend just 20 dollars for some Shaq shots? Afterall, they are just shoes right?

  19. Finally, the reason for some shoes to be ugly, is that they are desiged for functionality, not fashion.
    Name brand clothing and shoes are suppose to be designed for fashion right? 🙂 Otherwise, people would buy clothes and shoes from Wal-Mart. If I’m spending 100 dollars on shoes then it better be good looking.

    I dont know if people in China are happy. But if they are not, are they because of Nike, or are they because of a communist regime which has beaten down on them for years?

    -It’s a little of both. Of course their government is communist and controls them. But countries like America are also to blame because they have companies like NIKE in China setting up factories where poor Chinese people work to make your NIKES.

    But of course Wal-Mart does this too. 🙂

  20. To make the stereotype that a lot of black people are in poverty is a pretty baseless statement. In fact it’s borderline racist. Poverty is poverty no matter what color your skin may be. But my point is this, if you can afford to buy your kid a pair of sneakers that cost $100-$200…are you really that poor? Poor people are the ones who absolutely under no circumstances whatsoever can afford to spend that type of money on a sneaker. So the next kid that you see on the street with the $200 pair of Air Jordan XX3’s and the designer clothes is probably not the one who is in poverty.

    And to answer your question, Nike has always been attacked. Whenever you’re the king of the hill people are always trying to knock you down. And if you want to say that MJ is a curse to the black community because kids buy his shoes and not Shaq’s then go right ahead. Theoretically, they are just shoes…but it’s more to it than that and it’s just something that it looks like you won’t be able to grasp my friend.

  21. But my point is this, if you can afford to buy your kid a pair of sneakers that cost $100-$200…are you really that poor?
    -Why are earth would you buy your kids $100-$200 shoes? Parents only buy name brand shoes because children ask and beg for it.

    To make the stereotype that a lot of black people are in poverty is a pretty baseless statement. In fact it’s borderline racist.
    -Is it not the truth? 🙂 So every black guy I see with nikes is a rich man?

    And to answer your question, Nike has always been attacked. Whenever you’re the king of the hill people are always trying to knock you down. And if you want to say that MJ is a curse to the black community because kids buy his shoes and not Shaq’s then go right ahead. Theoretically, they are just shoes…but it’s more to it than that and it’s just something that it looks like you won’t be able to grasp my friend.
    Nike has seen more love than hate. Otherwise people would stop wearing nikes and this has not happened yet.

    MJ is a curse to the black community. Let me explain this to you what I mean. Because MJ prices his shoes at 100-200 dollars range. Mostly teenage children buy his product. They waste their parents money to buy his product. A lot of teenagers do not just buy one pair of Jordans. They constantly want more and more. They want to have the newest shoes and clothing. Let me ask you this question why doesn’t Jordan price his shoes at #10 or $20 dollars. Why $100 or more ?

  22. I try to respect everyone’s opinion, but you are just ignorant. I guess in the world that you live in, black people are the only people who are poor, nobody else right? White people are certainly not poor right? I guess one of the pre-requistes to having wealth in your world is to be white because obviously you think that they’re the only ones with the money. Not only does that make you ignorant, it also makes you racist and because of that I’m officially done with you. I will no longer post anymore of your comments on my blog. Enjoy life in your world.

  23. illanoyz,

    Don’t just assume I’m a white racist. I am not even white. The majority of poverty in America is black, mexican. Are their poor whites? Sure theres a lot. Your the one who is making this about race. The fact that I am putting down Michael Jordan is because he is selling brand name shoes to a African American population that the majority of is poor. And I don’t want him to take advantage of poor people. In fact, I am defending black people. Don’t get so emotional. Now who’s ignorant? 🙂

  24. I don’t make assumptions…I just go by what people say. You took the rope and hung yourself, not me.

    Black people arent the only ones who buy Jordans. He’s not taking advantage of poor people at all. If you can afford to buy his stuff, then fine. If you can’t then don’t. It’s just that simple. You aren’t defending black people by insinuating that they’re all poor.

  25. I don’t make assumptions…I just go by what people say. You took the rope and hung yourself, not me.
    Did I tell you I was white or something? Because it looks like you assumed that. Not every black person is poor. But the majority in America are. That’s not racism. That’s the truth.

    Sure everybody buys name brands. Every race. But the majority of the people who do buy name brands are black people. Is that racist to say that? There are a lot of kids out there who are influenced by peer pressure and beg their parents to buy them name brands even though their parents cannot afford him. What I want is MJ to create a shoe that everybody can afford. Because afterall its just shoes their wearing.


  26. Here’s a good video about Starbury shoes. Now, why can’t MJ do that?

  27. A majority of black people in America are poor? A majority of the people who buy name brands are black people? Where exactly do you get your information from? I’m very curious…

    Clearly this is a one sided argument because all you’re speaking of is brands that have been labeled as “urban”. But there are far more expensive brands out that cater to white people and they buy them off the shelves. You think Jordans are expensive? Try Salvatore Ferragamo. I bought a pair of HOUSE SLIPPERS made by him that were $125…on sale! I can’t even hoop in those! My wife wears Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Prada and not only their shoes, but if they make handbags then she has them as well. Every one of these brands cost way more than Jordan Brand or Sean John (try $500 and up) and white people spend tons of money on this stuff. So let’s boycott them too…after all, why would you spend that much money on that? It’s just shoes right? Seems to me that Mr. Ferragamo and company are taking advantage of white people and even well to do blacks who spend money on their products.

    It’s not a race or a cultural thing, It’s a matter of style and some people will pay top dollar for style. If that’s not you then fine. You should really expand your knowledge base.

  28. I like what Stephon did and like I said earlier, I have Starbury stuff in my collection. But the shoes are nowhere near the same quality as any product on the market right now. They’re just cheap and you get what you pay for. There is value in quality.

    Oh yeah, I’ve seen white people buy those off the shelves too…

  29. A majority of black people in America are poor? A majority of the people who buy name brands are black people? Where exactly do you get your information from? I’m very curious…
    -Go to Brooklyn. Go to Watts. Are those people not poor?

    It’s not a race or a cultural thing, It’s a matter of style and some people will pay top dollar for style. If that’s not you then fine. You should really expand your knowledge base.

    -I’m talking about Nikes only. I’m sure rich people can afford that other stuff you mentioned. To me it just says how stupid a lot of people are. But, hey its there money. And I’m sure MJ is making a lot of money off you. 🙂

    Oh yeah, I’ve seen white people buy those off the shelves too…
    – Of course white people buy name brands. I didn’t say they didn’t. But name brands like nike, jordan are apart of African American culture. And that is the truth.

  30. In the video they say that Marbury shoes and Jordan shoes are of the same quality. And it took about $14 dollars to actually make both shoes. Marbury sells his shoe at $14. Jordan sell his shoe at $100. Style matters you say? Seems like a huge ripoff to me. 🙂

    Also in the video when the reporter tried to ask Nike, Adidas, Reebok why they price their shoes so high in price they declined to answer.

  31. Brooklyn & Watts huh. Ever been to any one of those places? I doubt it very seriously. Those are probably just the places that you’ve heard that black people live and so automatically you make that assumption. Just because a certain demographic live in a certain place then it automatically determines their financial status? That’s very narrow thinking. That’s like saying because you live in Mexico then you’re automatically poor.

    As far as that video…I’ve seen it. Big deal. And yes, I buy Jordans. But I’m not poor and I can afford it. I can also afford to buy my kids Jordans and buy my wife the designer shoes and bags that she likes as well. And guess what? I’m black too. That should blow a hole in your theory.

  32. It just ocurred to me that I’m debating against someone who is from CA..probably the Bay Area. Also, someone who is in HS who sees the “cool kids” wearing Jordans and designer clothes and wishes that he could be like them. But since he can’t he makes it up in his mind to go “against the grain” and against everything that’s popular. It would seem to me that the black kids are the ones who are wearing the designer clothes and expensive shoes in your school, but a lot of them may live in housing projects or areas deemed to be “low income” so that automatically means that they’re poor and can’t afford it.

    You on the other hand probably live in a nicer neighborhood…probably a nicer house and people in your circle don’t do what the black kids do. No, instead of buying Jordans you guys would rather spend your money on Guitar Hero and expensive lattes from Starbucks. I read this blog called “Stuff White People Like”, it’s on WordPress…pretty entertaining stuff, mostly because it’s true. #62 is Knowing What’s Best For Poor People. So I guess that’s why you feel like you’re standing up for us “poor” little black people that big bad MJ is taking advantage of. Gimme a break! Here’s something that might shock you, Michael Jordan, Nike and the black people that you think are poor or stupid or whatever…don’t really give a damn about what you think anyway.

  33. -Your making wrong assumptions again. 🙂 What made you believe that I’m living in CA? Or that I’m in high school? And you keep assuming that I must be white. Is everybody in this world either black or white? 🙂

    -Wasn’t this a discussion about name brands? Whats up with the personal attacks? Just because you don’t agree with my opinions doesn’t make it ok for you to insult me so you can feel better about yourself. Your behavior is childish. You believe I’m a high school kid right? I might assume the same about you 🙂

    I read this blog called “Stuff White People Like”
    -You call me racist. The blog name itself is racist. The way you keep assuming I’m a white racist. I hint some racism in you toward white people. 🙂

    Getting back to the point. If you watched the video I agree with Stephon Marbury and all of my points are in there. None of my points are wrong.

    You on the other hand probably live in a nicer neighborhood…probably a nicer house and people.
    – My friend I am poor.

  34. It’s interesting that you think that none of your points are wrong while everybody else’s is. No I’m not racist at all, but I have very little tolerance of stereotypical behavior, especially those that automatically associate being black with being poor. You accused me of insulting you, well I find your opinions to be rather offensive and insulting as well. As far as the Stuff White People Like blog…it’s actually written by someone who is white. So how can that possibly be racist for someone to make fun of themselves and their race? I’m not attacking you personally, I just feel that your ideologies are pretty off base and I think that you’re a person who could stand to get outside of your comfort zone a little bit and to actually go and see for yourself that while some black people still live in poverty, the number is very very small in comparison to those who don’t live that way. You seem to care a great deal about the poverty of african american people, so what are you doing personally to help people of color to better themselves and their situations? I think you should champion the cause to remove black peolpe from a state of poverty. You should also champion the cause to improve the living & working conditions of Asians in order to make them happier since you seem to care so much about that as well.

    This discussion was about name brands, but when you start saying that MJ is a curse to the black community and that a majority of black people are poor and that people living in Brooklyn and Watts are poor, well that kind of changes the scope of the entire discussion wouldn’t you say? If you are poor then God bless you. But you seem to have an axe to grind with people who aren’t poor and can afford to spend money on nice things. That’s why you call it stupid and a rip off. Maybe it’s because you’d like to see how it feels to not be poor? Maybe it’s because instead of shopping at Wal-Mart and other discount places, you’d like to be able to walk into Macy’s or Footlocker and spend a few hundred bucks on clothes or shoes. I myself am not poor, never have been poor and have always been fortunate enough to enjoy the finer things in life which translated into me being able to provide my family with those same things.

    We’ll just leave it at this. I was wrong to make the assumption that you are white. You could be a green alien and it still doesn’t matter. I think your views are very narrow, regardless of what color you are or what race you may be. You feel that name brands are stupid rip offs and that’s fine. Who am I to try and change anyone’s opinion? This is America and we have a right to think however we’d like to and we have a right to articulate those feelings into blog posts such as this. There are some people who are poor and have a burning desire to get out of that state, and there are some people who are poor and have resigned themselves to feeling like they will always be poor and that’s it. The real question is since you’ve admitted to being poor, which type are you?

  35. It’s interesting that you think that none of your points are wrong while everybody else’s is.
    – I don’t believe your opinions are wrong. I never said that your opinions are wrong. Your the one who is saying my opinions are wrong.

    No I’m not racist at all, but I have very little tolerance of stereotypical behavior, especially those that automatically associate being black with being poor.
    – There are a lot of black people in America who are poor. And there are a lot of white people in America that are poor. Me saying black people are poor is not racist. Because many are. You might be a rich black man in America. But you need to open your eyes because many black people in America are poor.

    You should also champion the cause to improve the living & working conditions of Asians in order to make them happier since you seem to care so much about that as well.
    -What am I asian now? 🙂 Where did you get the idea I care much about them?

    MJ is a curse to the black community. How come you never answer my question? Why doesn’t MJ price his shoes at the $10-$20 dollar range. Why must be price his shoes at $100-more. 🙂

    My post ^ there is to encourage people to stop buying name brand clothing and shoes. What’s wrong with that? I’m not stopping anybody from buying them. I’m just trying to say that the products they are buying are not worth the tons of money they spend on.

  36. This discussion was about name brands, but when you start saying that MJ is a curse to the black community and that a majority of black people are poor and that people living in Brooklyn and Watts are poor, well that kind of changes the scope of the entire discussion wouldn’t you say? If you are poor then God bless you. But you seem to have an axe to grind with people who aren’t poor and can afford to spend money on nice things. That’s why you call it stupid and a rip off. Maybe it’s because you’d like to see how it feels to not be poor? Maybe it’s because instead of shopping at Wal-Mart and other discount places, you’d like to be able to walk into Macy’s or Footlocker and spend a few hundred bucks on clothes or shoes. I myself am not poor, never have been poor and have always been fortunate enough to enjoy the finer things in life which translated into me being able to provide my family with those same things.

    – Why must you always assume what my life is like? What are you a psychologist?
    ” Money isn’t everything when you have it” 🙂

  37. First, I never assumed what your life was like. You yourself admitted to being poor. Did you forget? As far as the Asian comment, you should go back and read what YOU YOURSELF wrote about Asians being unhappy.

    And to answer your question as to why MJ doesn’t sell his shoes for less. The answer is why would he? What sense would it make? If I have a product that costs me $15 to make and then I can take that same product and sell it on the open market for $100-$200 then why wouldn’t I? People are still going to buy them no matter what they cost. MJ has a right to make money for himself and his family to live comfortably. Besides, a majority of his income came from endorsements anyway. He hardly made anything from actually playing basketball. Sure he got two 30 million dollar contracts at the end, but todays athletes make way more money playing ball than MJ ever did. Look it up…

    95% of what we buy isn’t worth the price that we pay for it and it always costs a company less money to actually make the product. But that’s capitalism and that’s what makes this country so great. I’m all for it…

  38. Never assumed what your life was like?
    Maybe it’s because instead of shopping at Wal-Mart and other discount places, you’d like to be able to walk into Macy’s or Footlocker and spend a few hundred bucks on clothes or shoes.

    You on the other hand probably live in a nicer neighborhood…probably a nicer house and people in your circle don’t do what the black kids do. No, instead of buying Jordans you guys would rather spend your money on Guitar Hero and expensive lattes from Starbucks.

    It just ocurred to me that I’m debating against someone who is from CA..probably the Bay Area. Also, someone who is in HS who sees the “cool kids” wearing Jordans and designer clothes and wishes that he could be like them. But since he can’t he makes it up in his mind to go “against the grain” and against everything that’s popular. It would seem to me that the black kids are the ones who are wearing the designer clothes and expensive shoes in your school, but a lot of them may live in housing projects or areas deemed to be “low income” so that automatically means that they’re poor and can’t afford it.

    Ummmmmmm what do you call that? 🙂

  39. And to answer your question as to why MJ doesn’t sell his shoes for less. The answer is why would he? What sense would it make? If I have a product that costs me $15 to make and then I can take that same product and sell it on the open market for $100-$200 then why wouldn’t I?
    -Maybe if your a person that doesn’t want to take advantage of people. And instead want to help poor people like Shaq, and Marbury are trying to do.

  40. MJ has a right to make money for himself and his family to live comfortably.
    How much of your money does he need to live comfortably? 🙂

    95% of what we buy isn’t worth the price that we pay for it and it always costs a company less money to actually make the product. But that’s capitalism and that’s what makes this country so great. I’m all for it…
    -I hope you feel happy at night with your all your name brands that poor little children from China, Cambodia, Mexico, Thailand are breaking their backs working on.

    Just because its the “American” way doesn’t mean its not corrrupt.

    It’s not exactly Jordan that is benefiting from name brands clothing. It’s also the “White people” in Oregon. 🙂 You ever thought about that? The very white people you hate.

  41. I’m pretty much done with this conversation. I think I’ve made it very clear as to where I stand. It’s an individuals perogative if they choose to buy name brand clothes and shoes. It’s also an individuals perogative to choose not too. Either way, nobody is being taken advantage of. I have no more time to waste on this. Fin…

  42. People can do whatever they want. But it’s pretty clear that people who actually buy name brands are being ripped off. Many of which are black people. Name Brands is a highschool thing and people who are GROWNUPS ought to grow up and stop buying name brands. But many never do. 🙂

  43. illanoyz, though we will never agree. Thanks anyways for the comments. I appreciate it. Don’t ban me from your site. 🙂 I never knew I actually commented so much on it. I go on NBA wordpress and write comments on everybody’s blog. Thanks, for your time.
    Fin…

  44. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law works for Nike in China and is not happy. They look happy when the “tours” come through so they do not lose their jobs as they only make $100.00 – $200.00 usd a month. Slave labor is how China makes their money. Let alone the fact if you have 2 kids instead of 1. Not only do you get fined but one or both parents ends up doing prison time. But when the earthquake came and the schools collapsed. The Chinese government considered the death of all the children population control. these are parents who don’t have a pot to piss in. Their pride AND JOY HAS JUST BEEN SMASHED BY SUB-PAR BUILDING CODES. How would you feel. My husband left China because of the oppressive communist government. I have been there and seen things….God forgive our son should never see.

  45. MJ doesn’t sell his shoes for less.

  46. Nike helped the U.O. tear my house down. To watch six videos I have posted at Youtube about the problem go to the Youtube site and do a search there with keywords:nike university of oregon.

  47. why do people always compare black people to white people? why do black people blame white people for their problems and white people blame black people for their problems? it doesn’t even make any sense. and yes, it is JUST shoes and the trend does change every year and yeah you can buy shoes just as good and comfortable for like $30 but some people express them self through fashion and it could be a hobby to collect shoes for some people.. and today there are clicks that if you dress good, than you get invited to the click i.e. MAKE MORE FRIENDS. making more friends can change your personality. all with the help of shoes.

  48. christyyyy,
    thanks for commenting

    -I believe black people deserve and SHOULD hate white people. Because of past white people racism toward black people such as slavery, lynching, racial segregation, and discrimination. Some people say people need to CHANGE and forget about those things. So racism in the world can finally end. But its different if you’re family member in the past was killed by racism and its hard to forget and forgive such things that were in the past. The Holocaust happened and millions of Jews were killed. Should Jewish people just forget that ever happened?

    -Sure, nicer more expensive clothes can make you more popular. I disagee, though that it will change you’re personality. And if you’re rich and you want to buy expensive clothes nobody is stoping you. It’s America. But I would just like to see the whole name brand thing end. And it probably will never end. But I hate seeing the same blue sweater one at Wal-Mart for $20 and the other at the mall for $50 just because there is a little swoosh nike sign on the sweater. I think theres something a little wrong with that.

  49. For one, in the picture with MJ he is wearing Jordans. You should know what a Jordan looks like it you are going to bash them. You want to know why kids want his shoes? Because he is a role model. It is more realistic for a child to become a pro basketball player then it is for them to become the next president. Why should it be so bad for a child to look up to a man who has done so much for the black community? If you a call him a curse then you need help. Second off I am a white woman and i am an avid wearer of Jordan shoes and so are all my white friends. As a matter of fact I have more pairs of Jordans then my black friends. WOW!! That must shock you! Jordan promotes individuality with his products. That is something that walmart can’t offer. Infact I was at walmart yesterday and saw a plaing white pair of shoes for $24. That is a rip off especially for a discount store. Did you know that Kathy Lee was selling her shoes at walmart and it was found out that they were produced by children in sweat shops? SHOCKER!!! not!
    Real celebrities wear tuxedos? You watch too much tv award shows. you think they go shopping in tuxedos and thousand dollar dresses? I would be a plain white pair of walmart shoes that they don’t.
    Have you ever tried to take a used pair of walmart shoes back to the store because they broke? I guarantee they will look at you like you are an idiot. I took a pair of Nike shoes back and they gave me a new pair for free. They are a much better quality then the shoes at walmart.
    If Jordans are so ugly then why do so many people love them? I think the problem is with you.
    Money is an object and you put it on a pedestal.

  50. politely_shutup thank you for the comment.

    “Because he is a role model. It is more realistic for a child to become a pro basketball player then it is for them to become the next president.”

    -I can’t tell you how wrong this statement is. It is not more realistic for a child to become a pro basketball player than the next president. It’s both nearly impossible goals. But if a child chooses to pick between the two. As a parent you should persuade your child to pick the president. Why? Because most presidents have to go to college. And graduate with a degree and usually go to law school. So even if your child doesn’t become the next president. He might instead become a lawyer or a judge. If a child chooses to become a pro basketball player. He’s got a hard almost impossible goal ahead of him. He must be the best in high school and then continue to be the best in college to make it to the NBA. How many kids dream of playing in the NBA and don’t make it.

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  52. HAHA so funny. Anyone can be a Nike company. It just takes marketing. In 1984 their Nike running shoes were not as popular as they once were in the 70s, that is when they seen MJ’s rookie year in basketball and signed him to a $2.5 million deal. You see, it isn’t like Nike is actually the best, they just pay to say they are the best. Jordan doesn’t even wear Jordan apparel, havent you seen Hanes commercials?

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