Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Mar 2012 08:24 UTC
In the News Rob Schmitz, the Marketplace reporter who uncovered Daisey's lies, stated: "What makes this a little complicated is that the things Daisey lied about seeing are things that have actually happened in China: Workers making Apple products have been poisoned by Hexane. Apple's own audits show that the company has caught underage workers at a handful of its suppliers. These things are rare, but together, they form an easy-to-understand narrative about Apple." It's what I'm already seeing in the Apple-verse (and beyond): the actual issues that have truly and honestly happened are being shuffled under the carpet because some no-name dude I'd never heard of lied, as yet another way to soothe people's conscience. The west is exploiting workers in the east for a few percentages of profit margins. This is a reality, whether some dude lied about it or not.
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MOS6510
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2011-05-12

The reason a lot of companies outsource to China is because it is very cheap. If wages were to increase some other country may become cheaper and those underpaid Chinese workers will turn in to unemployed people.

Also I doubt those underaged workers can actually keep their wage. Most will probably hand it over to their parents.

In the Steve Jobs book it is mentioned Steve would have loved to manufacture stuff in the States, but it can take months and even years to get all the permits and start building.

But never mind Apple, it's a lot of companies, from tech to clothes. If they didn't do this prices would skyrocket and most people prefer to be hypocrites than to be unable to buy what they want.

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