Linked by KLU9 on Mon 18th Mar 2013 09:22 UTC
Apple Every year on World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), government-controlled China Central Television (CCTV) broadcasts a special report (in Chinese) damning companies for abusing Chinese consumers. This year the targets included Apple. Apple was accused of giving Chinese consumers worse service than customers in other countries, specifically of giving them replacements that included cases from their old phone, while customers in the UK would get a 100% new product.
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RE[2]: Pricing in China
by Priest on Mon 18th Mar 2013 11:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Pricing in China"
Priest
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2006-05-12

Foxconn is considered one of the best companies to work for in China. It is a 40 - 48 hour week of factory work. Hundreds of people show up every day to apply for jobs.

Every single job I have ever worked in the US was over a 40 hour week. At times in the military I worked close to 120 hours a week doing work that was demanding for like $20k/year. I've worked numerous jobs where 80+ work weeks were not uncommon.

I know for a fact that many of the largest companies in the united states abuse "salary exempt" status of workers to circumvent labor laws for overtime. The suit brought against EA games by wives of their workers is a great example of that.

There is always some deadline or temporary constraint that serves as a carrot on a stick. Americans on average work as many or more hours than just about any country in the world with South Korea being the one real exception.

Americans make significantly more than workers in China but it's a totally different economy. There are several major cities/employment centers in the US where 3 bedroom houses are over $500,000 + taxes etc.

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RE[3]: Pricing in China
by ilovebeer on Mon 18th Mar 2013 16:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Pricing in China"
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2011-08-08

Foxconn is considered one of the best companies to work for in China. It is a 40 - 48 hour week of factory work. Hundreds of people show up every day to apply for jobs.


Most of China is undeveloped and in poverty. All those people are showing up to apply because they're one of the biggest employers, not because they're one of the best companies to work for. Remember, Foxconn is also the place where there have been multiple suicides from workers due to work conditions. So many in fact that they've installed nets around the buildings to deter people from jumping.

It's no secret that life working at Foxconn is horrible. At least that's what the people who actually work there think. You're free to think whatever you want.

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