Featured: You shouldn’t care that the iPhone was made by 13 year old Chinese kids for .70 an hour

| January 16, 2012 | 12 Replies

Another day, another very disingenuous article about Apple abusing little Chinese kids. Thanks to their annoying fans and media outlets the world over, everyone knows that Apple sells less than ⅓ of the worlds smartphones but makes more than 60% of the profits. Everyone knows that Apple makes products that some people simply won’t live without, and are willing to pay top dollar to get.

Everyone also knows that Apple doesn’t manufacture a single item in the United States. Everything that Apple sells is made in China, and soon enough some iPads will even come from Brazil. It’s absolutely no secret that Apple chose to make their products in China because labor is so damn cheap and plentiful there.

I thought you said disingenuous
Because of their long lines on release days, rabid fan base and huge stacks of cash, Apple has the largest target on it’s chest for this type of expose. But Foxconn doesn’t exist solely to produce electronics for Apple. All of the largest Android OEM’s also contract Foxconn to produce their devices in factories in China, Brazil, Mexico, Poland and the Czech Republic.

HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and others contract Foxconn to manufacture products for them in the same complex where iPhones are made. Their devices are made by the same over worked, under paid, under age workers, yet none are mentioned in the Business Insider article. None. Not one. Not even Samsung, the sometimes largest smartphone vendor in the world. Just Apple.

I get why. Of all the companies that I’ve listed here, only one other is a USA corporation, and Motorola isn’t exactly killing it sales wise. Apple is the company on the list that matters to Business Insider, but why? Why does BI care? Should you care?

Apple isn’t abusing Chinese workers, China is
The communist government of the People’s Republic of China is abusing it’s own people and it’s own environment by allowing Foxconn to drive workers head long in to crippling injuries, exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, death on the job and even suicide. Not Apple. Foxconn. And China.

China has manipulated it’s own people, their own natural resources and it’s own currency and there are no signs that any of this will change in the foreseeable future. Apple, as a public, for-profit business incorporated in the United States, has a legal obligation to maximize shareholder value. China aids Apple by whoring out it’s own people to make iGoods at a blistering pace. Blistering. Literally.

Just not concerned about China
Call me what you will, but I am not concerned about how Foxconn workers are treated in China. China doesn’t care. Foxconn doesn’t care. Hell, the workers don’t care. As the article points out, the average Foxconn factory worker makes 5x the monthly income of the workers in the rice paddies that surround the area. 400,000+ workers show up every day to make electronics. They seem OK with it. So am I.

I like my gadgets. I couldn’t care less who makes them, how old they are, how much they are paid or what their living conditions are. As long as the box contains the right device, with all of the advertised accessories and arrives in working order, to hell with the rest of the details.

I don’t care about Chinese workers. Maybe someday the Chinese government will.


Source: Business Insider

Category: Android News

About Randy Arrowood ()

I'm a 40 something early adopter of all things technology. I was first in line to buy both my original Verizon Droid and my Apple iPad 1. I don't hate your phone or tablet choice, but I've probably got an opinion about it. Aside from my family, the only things that I love more than a new gadget are fly fishing and going to the ballpark. Ocassionaly I find a way to blog about both. Though I'm only one more Foxconn story away from being fired, I've been writing for Android Headlines since March 2011.
  • Carl

    Wow, this was ignorant beyond anything I have read in a while. I understand that other companies use cheap foreign labor and I can tell the author seems to have a hard-on for protecting Apple. Fine, to each there own. My issue is the lack of support for your child like argument. So, you like your gadgets and therefor don’t care how people get treated. Any normally functioning adult can enjoy their new tab and still care about the complex issues of the globalized labor force.
    I am not sure how many Chinese laborers this author interviewed prior to the artical but living here and working with the Chinese labor force everyday I can assure you, no one wants to be mistreated.
    The rice paddy comment ensures anyone with a literate mind will see the author as a two bit hack red neck so, I guess, thank you for that.
    Please, stick to writing about the little gadgets and leave the global political economic concerns to the grown up journalists.


    • Anders

      Well spoken!

      Gee, ignorance is beautiful or what?! The last two sentences spells nothing else.

    • Randy Arrowood

      Name calling Carl, that’s the best that you can do?

      The rice paddy reference came from the original article, and like it or not, it’s a fact.

      You are typing your comment here, calling me names, trying to convince anyone that reads your comment that you have the intelectual high ground on a device that was made in a sweatshop by underpaid, over worked people.

      I had the balls to write what you hid behind your wallet to say: you don’t care either.

      • Carl

        To start I must say you are correct. Sorry for the name calling. Of coures that doesn’t take away from the ignorance of your stance. There are a number of arguments both for and against exploitive labor practices that are convincing. Not one includes the workers wanting the conditions in which they work.
        On the side of pro “sweat shop” labor, many will suggest that it is a simple economic development pattern that is followed by all evolving economies. Another argument is that the alternative to this labor is worse, something I think you were alluding to with the rice paddy scenario. These are both good arguments.
        On the opposing side, humanity has developed in to a civilized society, in much of the world. (This of course is not always true but we can hope). The west prides itself on that civility. When it condones these sweat shops it brings that civility into question.
        I am not claiming to either know the answers or be innocent of non-compliance in the matter. I am writing this on my tablet computer made in the very factory making all the headlines. What I am pointing out is the ignorance of the article. You say, explicitly, that you don’t care about the Chinese worker, as long as you get your tech. Well, myself and many others care. As hypocritical as it sounds, and ultimately is, I want both my tech and my humanity. This,of course, is no more hypocritical as a society claiming to be civil, turning a blind eye or worse knowingly taking advantage of, the mistreatment of other human beings regardless of there location, race or governance.
        Again, I am sorry to have had gone as low as name calling. It was wrong. The ignorance I am refering to is the lack of knowledge on the issue and the use of opinion as fact. How you believe people want to be treated this way is beyond me. It is not as much the topic or opinion that bothers me but the way in which it was presented.

    • Mr.Scot

      Anyone replying to this and saying how sick the author is for not caring about the Chinese workers is a hypocrit. The electronic device you use to connect to the internet was made in or from components from China. By buying or using electronics you are supporting the Chinese government and it’s blindness to workers rights.

  • Chris

    Supply and demand. If the demand for the product isn’t there, it wouldn’t be produced. Ask yourself why these products aren’t manufactured in Europe or the US? The reason is money, Apple wants to make as much money as possible and that is why they along with others have their products made where they are. You would expect to get paid too much. Typical American ignorance.

  • Jon

    yea because it’s not like all android devices are made in the same factory…

    • Numpty

      Not to mention xboxes, kindles,wiis and many other electronic items popular in the US and, quite possibly, the author’s home.

  • T

    Your “disingenuous” point is entirely valid but this is still a disgusting opinion piece not worthy of Android Headlines and definitely not something I care to read with my Android news.

    I’d explain how wrong you are in more detail but others already have and it seems very likely you wouldn’t care.

    You just lost your site a reader.


  • http://lproven.livejournal.com/~profile Liam Proven

    You know, you’d make your case more persuasively if you knew the difference between “its” and “it’s” and the correct use of “their”.

    But aside from that, the fact that everyone does this doesn’t make it right. The fact that the workers chose the work doesn’t justify or excuse the working conditions.

    Your case is valid, but it’s a simplistic view.

  • wittgenfrog

    The fact that lots of people or organistaions do something doesn’t make it right, or even OK. The Nazi SS was a big organisation.

    The fact that so many Chinese people ‘choose’ to be exploited is a consequence of their having no options. Our antecedents fought for generations to free us from being treated like this.

    Instead of finding excuses for the greed and stupidity of Western companies we should be trying to force them to actively improve things in China, or to repatriate manufacturing to civilised democratic countries….

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