Adidas was founded by a Nazi who lied that his own brother was SS to get him in deeper trouble when the brother was captured by the US. That cut-throat attitude persists. I don’t know why people want to wear All Blacks shirts. Adult equivalent of a 5 year old wearing a superman costume. But the NZRU shouldn’t let them be ripped off like this.
And $220 is a massive rip-off. Over twice the sale price in other countries. When we see that same price differential for milk, they say it’s about foreign stores buying in bulk. But NZ is clearly the world’s biggest market for All Blacks shirts. Truth is, they’re price-gouging.
Adidas is screwing the little guy at both ends. We’re meant to pay over 10 hours’ income on the average wage for a shirt. People making them get paid 60 cents an hour.
Now Adidas is trying to stop their foreign resellers doing an end run round their extortionate prices by selling to Kiwis online.
Like I say, I don’t get it myself. But seeing the most passionate fans of rugby ripped off by the foreign company ‘their’ Rugby Union gave the clothing contract to leaves a bad taste in my mouth. This is supposedly the national game. The NZRU should be inspiring that spirit. Not letting its supporters be milked for every cent they have.