Originally Posted by merkaba
You can't compare our economy to indias. We had a former student come and talk to us about practicing yoga in india, and according him you could live well on a dollar a day. To you it seems horrible and immoral but you live in a completely different society with different standards. I forget what branch of philosophy it was, but according to that particular sect it's actually wrong to even try to judge a culture because its impossible.
And anyway, glass blowing is a skill. Not something they would have kids do?
you do know that a lot of glass blowers in places that have a big history of it start learning the trade as young as 10 if not younger some times, and to learn it you have to work in it. one prof at my school who is like a 7th generation glass worker gathered his first glass at 10.
even if wage is cheaper raw materials dont get cheaper, in fact the raw glass would get more expensive if anything, a lot of boro is coming from corning so that has to be imported into india or where ever your looking at, propane prices dont magically drop, oxygen prices dont magically drop, still have to pay for electricity. good quality materials are running right at your over all cost range, sure get shity materials and drop the price but the product will suffer
just because you find a place that has a lower wage doesnt mean you can just get a product cheaper. the 20 buck glass for vases is just that crappy 20 bucks pieces. a well made vase of that size totally blown by hand (as apposed to the moulds they use) would run 2-400 bucks easy and have no issues with it if you went to a glass blower here and got them to make a one off. if you had a production shop here mould blowing them your looking 40-100 depending on color, and how fast they can get the process to be. but again the glass isnts the shit of the glass world