Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros
FYI $2.5 million = roughly $35 per Apple employee. Anyone who has not donated at least that has no say in how much Apple has donated; they've essentially made a $35 donation
for each of their ~73,000 employees.
Originally Posted by andrews2547
Here we go, Apple have donated $2.5 million. It's not a lot compared to how much they have, but it's at least $2,499,500 more than what these people complaining have donated
Apples to oranges, really. Most people are not multi-billion dollar companies, and its rather unfair to put it that way. Yes, 2.5m is a large sum for most people, but if you want to make comparisons between giant corporations and ordinary people:
Apple Q3 2012 profit - 8.2bn
Apple donation - 2.5m
That is less than a thousandth of their monthly profit (roughly 2.7bn)
I'll even go with 3k as a Mr. X's monthly profit (which is untrue for many many people, myself included)
If Mr. X gives the same percentage Apple gave, that amounts to 2.74 dollars
. A far cry from those 35 to 500 dollars
Mr. X would be called stingy. BTW, Samsung paid 3.45 dollars by my estimates (roughly 2.46bn monthly profit) , so not much better.
Originally Posted by lordikon
Any corporation that announces their donation to the public did it for attention. Samsung did the same thing 2-3 days ago, not a single person in that thread complained that they were doing it to get attention, all they received is praise. It's fine Samsung received praise for their donation, what isn't ok is that people criticize Apple for doing exactly the same thing. Double standards are fail.
When applied to 2 things of equal standing, sure, but given Apple's rather recent misdoings in the industry, suing left and right, abusing the US patent system, telling customers they're taking pictures wrongly, etc, they are been seen in a rather poor light compared to the competition, who so far appears to be a lesser "evil", if evil at all (Apple does get more press, so other "evils" might have slipped by)
So while the act of giving was the same, people are more suspicious of Apple's donation than of Samsung's. "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth", but if you get two and one comes from a more suspicious individual than the other you'd be tempted not to.
Also, the fact that a foreign
company beat Apple, a US company
that should have a higher interest in helping, to the donation box by two days, and with a higher amount
, no less, despite having less money. Still mere cents to either company, but given Apple's position they should be leading, not being led by a Korean company.