I've admittedly fallen for the H&M game before. When I was a teenager living in Hong Kong, it was cheap, it came in sizes that fit my inconveniently-not-Asian-shaped body, and it looked awesome, so I basically lived off of it. Now that I've learned more about the cost of clothing and the exploitation involved in fast fashion, I'm not keen on H&M opening in Melbourne.
Indulge me in a quick rant:
This opening of H&M in Melbourne is another step in the wrong direction. If we consider globalisation and free trade, and the increasing disparity between the rich and the poor, this is all leading to further exploitation and poorer outcomes for all involved - including you, unless of course you're already very wealthy and personally own the means to production or privatised services. A competitive market encourages a better economy, yes, but is it really worth it if that means less attention and emphasis on the social welfare of people? And these people I'm talking about aren't just the workers making these clothes for us in factories overseas; these people also include the very citizens of Australia that require financial and government help to get by each day (that includes us, uni students!).
Moreover, if we're allowing large overseas companies to dominate our market and economy, then think about where your dollars are really going. Are you actually supporting our economy?
The race to the bottom is not race we want to win.
Read up more on the implications of H&M opening in Australia by checking out this article from Junkee - DEFINITELY worth the read.