A local fashion enthusiast says he’s unimpressed by the unexplained price hike of Kmart’s award winning $6 t-shirt range. Yesterday, Daniel Vander noticed that some of the monochromed t-shirts in Kmart’s popular range were retailing for 25% more than what they have normally been priced over the last couple of years.

A disconsolate Vander spoke to The Watsonia Bugle yesterday to discuss the increase, claiming that it would potentially impact where he chooses to source his wardrobe staples in the future. Vander said, “Look, I understand that the price had to go up eventually, but I was still shocked by the timing and the severity of the price hike. Them six buck t-shirts have formed the foundation of me personal image over the last three or four years.”

To add insult to injury, Vander didn’t notice the increase until he reached the check out, leaving him to ponder the age-old conundrum of whether to just silently cop the two-dollar increase, or make a fuss and be publicly outed as a cheapskate. Reflecting on that moment, Vander said, “It was the self-checkout so I had time to mentally process it all. I almost called for assistance to ask to have it removed from my purchase but, in the end, I just sucked it up and paid the full price. It was hard to do, but I think I did the right thing.”

Falling back on an ancient fashion prophecy that says people should always aim to get at least one wear per dollar for any clothing that they purchase, Vander explained that he would still come out way ahead. He said, “I mean, going by the one dollar per wear theory, even at eight bucks they’ll still be well worth it. I’ll probably tick that box within the first fortnight if I’m totally honest with myself.”