Yah, to the rat-bastards at Volcom:
If you're going to charge me $50 for a pair of shorts, put a little extra time into making sure they don't suck. The shorts are, for the most part, perfectly fine, except the pockets. A well made pocket is designed so that when one sits down, the contents do not slide out. Even your every day, crappy, cheap ass shorts from Wal Mart are made to avoid this -it's just common sense. Yet every time I sit up in these shorts, I see whatever change was in my pocket is now on the chair. I've probably lost a few bucks because of this (cause we Canadians have $1 and $2 coins). Why the hell don't these shorts have good pockets if we're being charged that much? It's not like the Queen herself sewed it with the finest of silks; it's made in China out of a cotton-polyester blend! For $50, make good pockets, you cheap swine!
And Volcom is a super popular brand among people my age, so I can't imagine how much other cheap shit they make that they charge mucho denero for by charging unspeakable sums of money. Like really, how could these shorts possible cost $50. Do they provide healthcare to the child-workers in their Chinese sweatshops? They probably make 50 cents an hour, so unless it takes them 100 hours to make those shorts, they should be dirt cheap.
In fact, while I'm at it, all of these surfer/skater/california brands can go to hell. Volcom is probably one of the best and most legitimate of all these brands, but I'm still pissed about my shorts, so they're in. I'm tired of all this American Eagle/Hollister bullshit, in Canada. All the companies that advertise this whole "so-cal, surfing, laid back lifestyle" or whatever, suck, especially when they are not in california. It's just such a joke to walk into a store full of advertising that shoves california and surfing down your throat, when if you look out the window you realize it's febuary and there's three feet of snow and you're in a different country on the opposite end of the continent and this whole idealization of whatever california is is a complete, contrived joke. Some people actually love waking up to a bed of snow, and are tired of your dumb fantasy of sunny beaches, palm trees, and surfer-dudes. I'd much rather whip snowballs at your car. It's not just the surfer/cali ones that suck, any of the "lifestyle" brands can be applied to this, just replace "surfer" with prep-school student/athlete/nerd or whatever social stereotype pleases you most. They all fall way out of their element when they are marketed and sold here (or anywhere, for that matter, since they are all completely forced attempts at being some kind of one dimensional typecast... they're just even more out of place here). Maybe this isn't constructive, maybe it doesn't help them improve their products, but they should GTFO.