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Old 12-20-2012, 01:19 PM   #1
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So I'm sure many of you have heard a while ago about the horrible working conditions at the Foxconn plant in China, best known for manufacturing Apple products.
However, Foxconn is one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world, and produce equipment that is sold under various brand names, including (but not limited to) Acer, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Nintendo, Sony, Samsung and Microsoft.

When you buy a computer, how do you know what conditions it was made in?
Is there anything the consumer can do to provide better working conditions? Other manufacturers exist, but who knows what their employees have to go through.

On one side, we need technology, but on the other, is it right to support an industry that drives workers to suicide? What can we as consumers do to stop this? Would you be willing to pay more for electronics if it meant better working conditions for the employees?

EDIT: Ok, we don't need technology, but there is a huge demand. Is it worth making other people suffer to meet that demand?
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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So I'm sure many of you have heard a while ago about the horrible working conditions at the Foxconn plant in China, best known for manufacturing Apple products.
However, Foxconn is one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world, and produce equipment that is sold under various brand names, including (but not limited to) Acer, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Nintendo, Sony, Samsung and Microsoft.

When you buy a computer, how do you know what conditions it was made in?
Is there anything the consumer can do to provide better working conditions? Other manufacturers exist, but who knows what their employees have to go through.

On one side, we need technology, but on the other, is it right to support an industry that drives workers to suicide? What can we as consumers do to stop this? Would you be willing to pay more for electronics if it meant better working conditions for the employees?


No we don't
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Anyways, the main thing consumers can do is voice their opinion or refuse to buy products they know were made under such conditions. Of course this usually means paying more, and being inconvenienced in the search for alternative products. And most people aren't willing to make those sacrifices.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:34 PM   #3
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It's not one of the things I consider when buying electronic equipment or anything else for that matter. It's not that I'm unaware of poor conditions for factory workers, it's just that it's extremely easy to forget where items come from when you come to buy them.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:35 PM   #4
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Boycotts work relatively well. I can't say that I've ever boycotted something because of worker conditions, though. I don't own apple, if that makes you feel better, TS.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:40 PM   #5
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There's pretty much no way around buying electronics that aren't made with exploited labor. Ironically, Apple is going to be trying out US manufacturing next year.

Aside from extremely low wages, China has way more line level engineers. Even if most US companies wanted to manufacture stuff in the US, there isn't enough of those engineers to make it viable.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:44 PM   #6
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I thought this thread was going to be about all the lazy pricks that sue companies and shamelessly avoid responsibility; Such as the people suing mcdonalds for making them fat, Or the guy recently driving on the wrong side of the highway because his gps told him to.


oh well...
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