There is currently a lot of noise around Apple with supposedly bad consequences for the company. The main source of noise is the condition of manufacturing of Apple products in China.
People are outraged (supposedly) by the work conditions in foxconn factories. I see that mostly as noise without significant repercussions.
A few supporting facts:
- conditions at Foxconn are overall better than in most chinese factories. Salaries are higher, infrastructures are better.
- workers line up like crazy to get a job there, they are certainly not forced to work there.
What people don’t realize is that working conditions in China are nowhere close to what we see in developed countries. That’s why there is so much manufacturing done there. That’s also why the american market is flooded with cheap chinese made items. And let’s face it, those same american shoppers who are supposedly outraged by those working conditions would never give up the availability of those cheap items they so much enjoy buying!
Time to stop the hypocrite outrage.