We modern-day consumers have inconsistent aesthetic choices that affect certain factory lines in odd ways. For instance, we want our cars, smartphones and appliances to look brand new, but a subset of us want our jeans and furniture to look old and beat-up. This latter preference has resulted in some bizarre additions to the end of the production line for jeans. Take a look:
Adding these functionally-unnecessary extra steps to the production process of course help drive up the price. It seems absurd. Would you pay extra for a car or bicycle to help cover the wages of a guy being paid to whip them with a chain as they come off of the assembly line?