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    Chinese ipad factory sees severe worker abuse and suicides

    This is the nail in the coffin for me ever buying an ipad. Motorola pads for me.

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    Re: Chinese ipad factory sees severe worker abuse and suicides

    Quote Originally Posted by dontworrybehappy View Post
    This is the nail in the coffin for me ever buying an ipad. Motorola pads for me.

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    Are you so certain your Motorola pads are not made in the same place or at the very least, similar conditions?

    Many had initially estimated that Motorola would sell 1 million Xooms before the end of the first quarter--which ended March 31. Component makers such as Taiwan-based Catcher Technology and Foxconn Technology, which are supplying parts for the Motorola Xoom tablet, indicated earlier this year that Motorola planned to manufacture between 700,000 and 1 million Xoom tablets by the time the first quarter of 2011 closed.
    http://www.informationweek.com/news/...lets/229402272

    Motorola is saddened by the recent suicides at Foxconn, and our sympathy goes out to all the families affected,” the company said in a statement sent to CRN.com. Foxconn assembles cell phones for Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola.

    “We take very seriously the working conditions in our supply chain. Motorola is committed to ensuring that conditions throughout our supply chain are in compliance with our supplier code of conduct and widely accepted norms of fairness and human decency,” the company said.

    Motorola also said that is has been investigating labor conditions at Foxconn and would “take appropriate additional action as needed.” HP and Dell also issued statements saying they had initiated inquiries into the situation at Foxconn.
    http://www.crn.com/news/components-p...nYA**.ecappj02

    What NGOs can typically do is maximize the issue by specifying a particular product, while skirting the rest. It is a useful strategy of tainting one particularly vulnerable company and apply pressure to induce change. I wouldn't be naive enough to believe that if you buy the competitor's product you are shielded from this reality. Even if it were not Foxconn, there are other companies out there who have multiple contracts with other companies who you later buy from that will still have "sweatshop" conditions.

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    Re: Chinese ipad factory sees severe worker abuse and suicides

    Foxxconn is the world leader in bits for all electronics. No PC does not have at least one Foxxconn item on it. Got Asus motherboard? Foxxconn bits. Got a Sony TV.. Foxxconn bits.. and so on and so on.
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    Re: Chinese ipad factory sees severe worker abuse and suicides

    Quote Originally Posted by dontworrybehappy View Post
    This is the nail in the coffin for me ever buying an ipad. Motorola pads for me.

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    Need to stop posting here then, since you must give up your internet and TV.. and radio and .. pretty much anything electronic. Foxxconn is in everything.

    Other than that.. get an ASUS EEEPAD Transformer.. it blows away Ipad and the Xoom... and is cheap.
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    Re: Chinese ipad factory sees severe worker abuse and suicides

    Research has shown the suicide rate at Foxxconn is on par for Chinese society. We had this thread a year or so ago.

    Just more Apple bashing.

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    Re: Chinese ipad factory sees severe worker abuse and suicides

    Quote Originally Posted by dontworrybehappy View Post
    This is the nail in the coffin for me ever buying an ipad. Motorola pads for me.

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    Wasn't it just last year that hundreds of workers fell ill and some died because of a toxic leak and poor air circulation at one of the apple-tech plants there?

    http://www.china.org.cn/business/201...t_21948837.htm
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    Re: Chinese ipad factory sees severe worker abuse and suicides

    I'm not a big fan of Apple because of the cost, myself. I would rather spend less and get something comparable to my needs then spend more for something that's price is built on hype. I use my computer for creating spreadsheets, word documents, powerpoints, etc....and browsing the internet. I don't need to spend $1500 on a MacBook when I can spend $450 on a Toshiba laptop.

    Same with Ipods/Ipads/Iphones.

    Probably also the reason I would never own a Mercedes. It isn't that they're bad cars, they just cost more than I feel like I need to spend.
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