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NYT Report: Chinese Workers Endure Low Wages To Make iPads, Do Consumers Care?

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The New York Times recently reported that many Apple products, including iPads and iPhones are manufactured overseas where workers must endure low wages and hazardous conditions. But the question is, do consumers care?

“I have a PowerBook, I have about three iPods and an iPhone.”

Millions of Americans enjoy Apple technology each day. But when asked, most have no idea where they come from.

“I actually don’t know where they’re made,” said one Apple user. “If Chinese children are making them, it would be a problem for me.”

Sunil Wattal teaches outsources at Temple’s Fox School of Business. He says American consumers are socially responsible and usually avoid products where workers are exploited during the manufacturing process. But, tech companies like Apple, many times do not directly control manufacturing.

“The product not only has to be good, but they have to feel good about buying the product.”

He says companies can influence manufacturing practices through close monitoring and creating guidelines for workers.

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  • SicPhillyBoy

    whats a consumar? this stroy mades no cents at all

  • d

    Yeah, it is funny that Apple particularly is mentioned. I have been reading the Steve Jobs book and I was just reading about a time when they had a meeting with President Obama and a bunch of the tech CEOs including Jobs, and one of the big reasons that their manufacturing was over there was because to have a large plant running they needed to have tons of engineers supervising. And the truth of the time was that there weren’t enough engineers being trained here and available to hire. America really needs to get on the ball training its upcoming workforce or of course they will look elsewhere.

  • Zzbar

    “But the question is, do consumers care?” My guess is NO.

  • Yin MIng

    Child labor exists all over the world including the United States! What they need to do is focus here and less about China? America is similar to any other nation. Many minorities work for cheap labor to survives in this country. So whats the big deal? Blame china for everything but America has problems too!

  • Nostromo

    The unspoken thrust of this story is that in addition to the low cost of manufacturing overseas the result is the lower wages, the dearth of jobs, here, leveraged by these sweatshops. China still has a half-billion peasants wandering the countryside to cover sick-outs at the iPad plant. Sheer numbers.

  • hadenoughuc

    all so the fat a s s CEO’s ect can overcharge for a product and buy a 11 home somewhere. while the rest of the world struggles.

    • Stan from the NE

      yep ur a fool also read the comment below you … Most likely your computer was made by or with Foxconn parts.

  • Patriots

    Why single out APPLE on this?
    Is it because you get more clicks when you talk about APPLE?

    Foxconn manufactures Amazon Kindle, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 to name a few.

    Here’s the list of their customers

    (country of headquarters in parentheses)
    Acer Inc. (Taiwan) (United States)
    Apple Inc. (United States)
    ASRock (Taiwan)
    Asus (Taiwan)
    Barnes & Noble (United States)
    Cisco (United States)
    Dell (United States)
    EVGA Corporation (United States)
    Hewlett-Packard (United States)
    Intel (United States)
    IBM (United States)
    Lenovo (China)
    Microsoft (United States)
    MSI (Taiwan)
    Motorola (United States)
    Netgear (United States)
    Nintendo (Japan)
    Nokia (Finland)
    Panasonic (Japan)
    Samsung (South Korea)
    Sharp (Japan)
    Sony (Japan)
    Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)
    Vizio (United States)

  • Body

    Take a guess where you cell phone was made?

  • Thomas

    This is exactly why I refuse to buy their products. Everyone in my family has an iPhone but me.

    • Stan from the NE

      your a fool

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