Originally Posted by christopher126
Agreed! This is my only complaint of Apple. Me too, I would pay extra for the factories to be in USA. If Toyota, Honda, BMW can get American workers to produce quality products here (cars) then Apple should do the same!
I suspect that assembling it in the US would increase the cost by a lot more than $50.
I don't know the minimum wage in China, but in the US it is $10 per hour. With taxes benefits, etc. the cost to the employer is $20 per hour for a $10/hr employee-- everything the Govt(s). deduct from your paycheck, a like amount is paid to the Govt(s) by the employer.
But, these are skilled workers and would, likely, earn $30-$50/hr US-- costing the employer $60-$100/hr.
Then, there are all kinds of legal, regulatory and environmental requirements/restrictions that add to the cost of manufacturing in the US,
If I were to SAWG it, I'd guess that US assembly would add $75-$100 to the price of the iPhone-- that would be particularly onerous for a 16GB iPhone that currently sells for $199,
The automaker comparison is not quite the same-- in most cases the wages are set buy the company and the Unions and are [relatively] competitive worldwide.
My son-in-law just lost his job at Toyota, when they closed the plant in Fremont, CA. They moved the operations to Kentucky, primarily because it is too expensive to manufacture in California. He was offered a transfer and the same pay-- so, obviously there were other costs contributing to the CA plant closing.
Sadly, few companies can afford to manufacture in the US and remain competitive.