Originally Posted by mrjoec123
True. They haven't lost any sales yet. But this isn't going to be the last story about Apple and abuses in China. I'm suggesting that Apple jump out in front of the issue, and at least give people a sense that they're taking action, even if that action is ultimately futile.
And it's not the FIRST story about abuses in a factory manufacturing Apple products. Quick poll: anyone remember the last one? No? Didn't think so.
Ok, on this board, I'm sure there will be a handful of us that remember it, but the point still stands. How Apple reacts to this will have absolutely no impact on how the majority of people view Apple or it's products because two months from now, nobody will remember this incident.
If the pattern of previous incidents hold, Apple will put pressure on Foxconn to make changes. And the lives of the workers will incrementailly improve. Apple could abandon Foxconn, or even abandon Chinese production all together. But it would make no difference to the vast, vast majority of Apple's customers if their iPhone was made in China or Wichita, as long as the price doesn't go up (which is most surely would).
And to what benefit to the factory workers in China? They lose their jobs? Another US company comes in and since they don't have a history with Foxconn, the workers lose the improvements Apple insisted on in the past, pushing them back to square one? Perhaps the best course of action for Apple is to continue in a long-term, stable relationship with Foxconn and to continue taking incidents like these seriously and as opportunities to improve the working conditions in the factories. The Chinese government obviously doesn't care. As long as they can bring in foreign capital on the backs of their people, they will continue to do so. Because they view that as the path to their perceived destiny as the dominant world superpower.