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Hi,

A friend and I are trying to open a small business catering to older people. We will be modifying a linux distro to help improve ease of use for seniors. Hopefully its a market we can be successful in.

Since I doubt Gramps is going to be playing Black Ops in his spare time, we are opting towards a low power solution like Atom. (When AMD Fusion boards get released, we'll see what the pricing is).

The problem is with selling computers is you actually have to thinking about making a profit. The Intel branded boards (Foxconn), and the regular Foxconn boards are very cheap. They are also among the best quality for the money. Some other brands use some crappy capacitor brands that 50/50 chance of blowing up...The Intel boards actually use Nichicons/Nippon Chemi-Cons + Solid caps on the CPU.

They aren't bad at all...

But I have an issue. Maybe I think things over too much. Maybe I'm too considerate of other people. Foxconn is one of the most controversial companies out there. Some seriously messed up things have gone on within their plants...and I bet there's more that never got out.

I need someone to convince me otherwise...

I don't know why I made this thread...now that I'm done with it. So, if you don't feel like responding, I understand.

Adios.
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post #2 of 68
Morals or money.

Pick one.
    
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Do what you need to do to build your business. Just remember that customer service is massively important. Older people don't need ASUS Rampage boards or anything, so I don't see any reason why you should feel bad about using Intel boards. Hell. Look at OEM's, They use Intel boards in all their products.
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There's nothing wrong with you having an ethical business! It may ultimately affect profits, but it may also help with sales... I can't attest to any of the Foxconn issues, I have neither read enough on them or had immediate contact with them, but the quality of their product is also an important consideration. Perhaps you could offer both and attempt to better inform your consumers? Some may opt for a cheaper rig, others may want to demonstrate their principles.
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Look at it this way, if you use Foxconn, you won't let all the ill treatment their employees get be in vain. Maybe you can think that you gave them a purpose for working in those unpleasant conditions because you'll be introducing technology to a group of people (senior citizens) that technology just doesn't really appeal to and who are not benefiting from the wonderful uses a computer has, and thus give senior citizens a better quality of life through computers.

hope this helps!
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What about using a Zotic mini itx 775 build?
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Originally Posted by Robert_J;11903926 
Look at it this way, if you use Foxconn, you won't let all the ill treatment their employees get be in vain. Maybe you can think that you gave them a purpose for working in those unpleasant conditions because you'll be introducing technology to a group of people (senior citizens) that technology just doesn't really appeal to and who are not benefiting from the wonderful uses a computer has, and thus give senior citizens a better quality of life through computers.

hope this helps!

Haha. Interesting take.

I'll try to see if I can find a perfect balance.
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Originally Posted by SmokinWaffle;11903887 
Morals or money.

Pick one.

This. And how many old people are truly going to know what Foxconn even means?

I'd feel much better in the long run knowing I sold someone a product that is built correctly and will last longer then other alternatives.

EDIT: If it's your personal moral beliefs and you truly don't want to buy Foxconn then don't. The truth is China is a communist country and Foxconn isn't the only company over there that doesn't treat their employers very good.
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When it comes down to it, at first you should be buying the parts that work the best for the money. Once you get your buisness started I would say, GO TO BETTER COMPANIES. But at first there is nothing wrong with foxconn and intel. Though fusion will rock smile.gif


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Robert_J;11903926 
Look at it this way, if you use Foxconn, you won't let all the ill treatment their employees get be in vain. Maybe you can think that you gave them a purpose for working in those unpleasant conditions because you'll be introducing technology to a group of people (senior citizens) that technology just doesn't really appeal to and who are not benefiting from the wonderful uses a computer has, and thus give senior citizens a better quality of life through computers.

hope this helps!


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