I just finished reading this story written by a journalist who worked in a online retail distribution center in the US -- it is a really interesting read and sheds light on the labor practices that enable us to consume cheaper and cheaper products in the US:
"I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave"
It really opened my eyes to another piece of the cheap and disposable consumerism industry -- dangerous and miserable working conditions overseas, the huge environmental footprint of manufacturing and shipping, and the mentally, physically, and financially unhealthy conditions that US workers endure to get us those products cheaper and faster.
I hope that as more and more people learn about these labor practices (that the corporations are working hard at keeping hidden!)we can demand change. In the meantime, it's just further motivation to keep on the "buy nothing new" year!