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Shelves in many shopping malls are lined with a vast, colorful variety of merchandise. Rows of curious items catch one’s attention upon entering a sterile-smelling shop, each piece specifically crafted to be sold and taken home. Compared to this consumer-happy paradise, the world in which the worker lives, who fashions these objects, is usually little more than torture. Take, for example, child labor in India. These child laborers work for little pay and in harsh conditions, to generate products for American consumers to buy. Keeping production-related atrocities in mind, what should one ethically be liable for while shopping? The ethical responsibility of the individual consumer is to have general product knowledge and take action in response to that information. The awareness of unethical products, taking action according to this awareness, and social empathy toward the people who receive negative impacts from irresponsible buying habits are duties that every buyer must comply with when browsing the marketplace. One should take these duties upon his/herself to evade the greater neg…
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