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What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Mass Production?

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The economic debate of Mass Production or Specialised Labour has been a debate that has raged for literally a thousand years, and has turned up in some surprising places.

It is the debate as to whether it’s better to make a thousand identical items where each person puts one piece together then passes it to the next person, like lemmings in a factory line-up, or whether it is best to hire a specialist to craft the whole piece slowly and uniquely by hand so that the final product is something of high quality tailored for the individual.

To put this question another way: Is it better to make a thousand suit jackets that are “one-size fits all”, or to hire a specialist tailor to craft a single jacket designed to perfectly compliment the individual?

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