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We are stating the exact same solution in different words. Apple can and should force their factories to be safe because they have the fanbase to buy their product regardless of price. Then other companies can follow suit.

And North American made does not necessarily mean quality, which is a common misconception. This, coupled with the fact that the cost of producing things here is often times prohibitive to making money makes me think that even if Apple decided to produce product in a safer environment, it would still not be in North America.
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The problem with this is that companies too often take advantage of this. How many times over the last 100 yrs have corporations come out with a high quality product, only to cut quality in the name of greater profits?

I should have re-phrased that, I know this isn't always true nowadays in modern consumer electronics. However, a lot of us computer enthusiasts will pay for quality parts such as PSU's and motherboards.
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We are stating the exact same solution in different words. Apple can and should force their factories to be safe because they have the fanbase to buy their product regardless of price. Then other companies can follow suit.

And North American made does not necessarily mean quality, which is a common misconception. This, coupled with the fact that the cost of producing things here is often times prohibitive to making money makes me think that even if Apple decided to produce product in a safer environment, it would still not be in North America.

I hate when I end up doing that biggrin.gif. I know that in made in America =/= quality necessarily but it is a lot safer with the rules and regulations. As far as quality goes, that is up to the company to set quality into motion. You wouldn't believe all the quality checks that happen here at Harley and the plant I'm at is just the paint plant, so the quality mostly comes from how the company decides to handle things.
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Apple should offer tiered products - two virtually identical products, one made ethically and the other made unethically with chinese slave labor that way everyone can be happy.

o wait.
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Please actually read the article. Sheesh, highlight one interesting part and no reads any of the context around it. Sigh.

Apple + OCN = riots.

It's nice to see a company finally caring about worker's conditions and punishing manufacturers who don't abide by the rules. I've never seen any other company care enough to even publish a report, much less, put it on their company website. All the OEMs in my sig rig who use the same exact manufacturers sure don't care.
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I know that quality = higher prices, pretty much everybody does. This is the cost of people wanting lower priced products, HOWEVER would you not agree that Apple would be an exception to this? Everyone knows that they are not a cheap brand. They are the highest priced out of any of their competitors, what excuse could they possibly have that would justify it over other manufacturers? What makes the iPhone? The parts? Or the OS?. I personally say the OS and maybe a little credit to the case quality. For everything else however, how do you say that their situation for what is being made overseas justifies their prices on the phone to be higher? Why wouldn't they be able to bring jobs here or at the least help improve the conditions. I know there is kind of a line between what they can do overseas. I suppose my thing is, why can't they cut into their profits to help this cause out or raise the prices if they wan't to keep that margin up.

I keep seeing the bolded statement, and I don't get it. Competing brands like Samsung and Motorola churn out $200-$300 phones all the time, and people keep hammering home the point that Apple charges a premium price. Where is this coming from?
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