Think for a second about some of the purchases you've made and how cheap they might have been. As much as I love to find a good deal I have a pretty strong suspicion that the people who made my $3 tank tops were not paid a fair price.
With fair trade often times the price set by the maker's themselves. Who else knows better what their time is worth or what they need to support their families than themselves? Even if they don't set the price strict guidelines are followed to ensure they're being paid a fair price. Equal pay for equal work is strictly adhered to and workers are paid on time.
Creating sustainable income starts with paying workers, farmers, and artisans enough to sustain themselves. It's a good foundational business practice, not just so the business can keep its workers, but so the workers can stay in the business.
Your Fair Trade Friend