Episode 503: Adding Up The Cost Of The Planet Money T-Shirt : Planet Money We open up the books and explain how much went to cotton, how much went to workers in Bangladesh, and how much went places we would never have imagined.
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Episode 503: Adding Up The Cost Of The Planet Money T-Shirt

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Episode 503: Adding Up The Cost Of The Planet Money T-Shirt

Episode 503: Adding Up The Cost Of The Planet Money T-Shirt

Episode 503: Adding Up The Cost Of The Planet Money T-Shirt

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Today's show is the final installment of the Planet Money T-shirt project.

In all, each shirt cost us about $12.42. We open up the books and explain how that breaks down — how much went to cotton, how much went to the workers in Bangladesh, and how much went places we would never have imagined.

If you're into spoilers, here's a graph that lays out all the costs. (Note: Many of these figures are estimates. It turns out, even when you're ordering 24,470 T-shirts, people won't tell you exactly how much everything costs.)

Costs of the t-shirt.

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