A Rare Look At Apple`s Production Line In China

Submitted by: LazyMe484 5 years ago in Tech

If it"s made so cheaply and is so expensive, where do you think all your money goes?
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Male 729
It`s not much different from slave ownership. More like slave contractorship.
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Male 5,811
@burbclaver: He worked on this cube? :O


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Male 14,331
The money goes to feed Steve Jobs empty soul for future world dominationz!!!
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Male 878
People close to me worked in a cube as a contractor for 10 years at HP. They did the same job as employees, but got no benefits, couldn`t use any corporate facilities, couldn`t attend company social events, were forced to take unpaid vacation every year, and weren`t even allowed to drink the company coffee. They were given red name tags so they could be easily identified.
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Female 2,549
Stopped at 11 minute mark. I don`t see any worse then a lot of third world country working conditions. Yes workers are not paid enough & yes they work like robots for way longer then the brain & body can cope but it`s completely voluntary!
The suicides are management issues not Applea responsibility.
Don`t see anything that will stop me from buying apple products.
What this situation needs is local labour law activist.
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Male 406
propaganda
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Male 315
@ryan99 Not that I am defending Apple or the low pay, as honestly Apple are dicks, but that $2 a hour will go a lot further in China. I lived in Beijing for 2 months and if you looked around you could get a equivalent 3 course meal for $2. Though it was then another $1 for a coke as they have some weird soda tax that makes them expensive.
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Male 2,344
Maaan. $2 per hour. That`s unreal.
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Male 1,268
What`s the problem? Seems like a better gig for untalented uneducated tweens than joining the military. I mean, really, compare this to some guy working the flight deck on a US naval carrier.

I mean, I understand the importance of manual labor to the psyche. The amount of it required on a flight deck is probably the reason the suicide rate is no where near what these chinese are suggesting at their plant. That said, just as repetitive, same shifts, comparable wages, isolation, grievance resolution, and risks to ones health.

Big whoop.
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Male 15,832
If Apple made all their iCrap in America, 90% of their customers couldn`t afford it.
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Male 2,516
I don`t see what`s so bad about this, looks way better than my old job at Tim Horton`s
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Male 1,084
Yup Apple is exploiting everyone who buys their products
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Female 298
Propaganda. You are still exploitative bastards apple.
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Male 674
Suicide nets! Threatening to jump off the roof of the building in protest!

Sounds like a perfectly normal place to me.

Lets face the truth together: Publicly traded corporations are inherently evil. The bottom line IS the bottom line. Quality of life, welfare and the environment mean nothing.
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Male 1,084
No such thing as a bad job
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Male 563
what a bunch of stupid pro-apple propaganda. We should all love apple now because their exploits of the Chinese has resulted in these Chinese people not being AS exploited as they could be.
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Male 3,908
@dm2754 - "The labor union is the epitome of Communism"

If it wasn`t for labor unions you wouldn`t enjoy most of the paid holidays, paid vacation, and paid sick leave you get every year. Most of the negative bullsh*t you hear about them is thrown out there because whatever non-union company it is you work for enjoys getting away with paying you peanuts while the ones at the top of the food chain rake in millions.

After going through a four year apprenticeship with the IBEW as a journeyman, depending on the type of job, I can expect to be paid anywhere from $30-$55/hr. I have a friend with the exact same training and experience who makes around $18-$20/hr in a non-union shop. Sure we pay dues to the local, but that`s nowhere near what the difference in pay is between union/non-union shops, plus a nice pension & healthcare plan after retirement.
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Male 7,123
CrakrJak

Re: Putin, can`t argue with that. Russia has never really tasted freedom (you can`t really call a violent kleptoctracy freedom) and doesn`t seem likely to any time soon.

But the student activists, journalists etc. who are protesting Putin, are they useful idiots for someone?
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Male 17,511
dm2754: Labor unions, Student activists, Reporters and Socialist politicians are what Lenin called `Useful idiots`. Why? Because once communism takes hold completely, they eliminate those `Agents of Influence`, send them to gulags and prisons, or just kill them. Once the realization sets in that they are loosing all their freedoms, they`ll attempt to stop it, but by then it`s too late. The counter-revolutionary threat is eliminated before it begins to grow in strength.

Putin is already arresting protestors, crushing the free press, doing what he was trained to do by the KGB. If Russia doesn`t rid itself of him soon they`ll slip right back into a dictatorship.

A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have. - Thomas Jefferson
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Male 7,123
What was wrong with that? Safe, clean, regular work that won`t cripple you. I used to work night-shift on a powdered soup production line, got home and into the shower and I was ankle-deep in minestrone. Bloody Royco.

If there is anything outrage-worthy going on it wasn`t apparent from this.
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Male 4,239
Wow no union in a communist country? The labor union is the epitome of Communism
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Male 416
HolyGod: "So dumb. Well it goes to R&D and design with a huge portion going to the most valuable company in the history of the world."

I agree with most of what you`ve said, but AAPL is not the most valuable company in the history of the world. It`s not even the most valuable publicly traded company in the history of the world. That title (likely) goes to MSFT, which reached a market cap of nearly $850 billion in today`s dollars. Maybe AAPL will reach that valuation, but it hasn`t yet.
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Male 3,631
Mmm - shareholders.
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Male 626
I don`t know why people get so upset about this kind of thing. The same thing happened in America and Europe a century ago, but people got tired of it and forced the companies/government to make working conditions better. Eventually the Chinese and Indians will do the same.
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Male 1,010
Well, these are factory- workers doing repetitive labor, like factory- workers all over the world do, while thinking of home and that they are tired.

As in any media report, the press is only shown the "sunny" sides, so we can be sure that all Apple- products in China are not assembled under these conditions.

However, ask any Greek, Spanish, American or Italian jobless family man if he could choose - any job is better than no job. That`s indisputable.
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Male 3,331
"If it`s made so cheaply and is so expensive, where do you think all your money goes?"

Did someone not hear about $100,000,000,000 in liquid assets?
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Male 246
@Gerry...this was a horrible, biased report. He even admits to it. That was supposed to be some sort of transparency, but do you think that stops him from biased reporting? This wasn`t fair reporting. You heard nothing from anyone other than Foxconn workers and an Apple hired auditor. I bet you that their supervisors were behind camera so they wouldn`t say anything bad. Also, it`s been reported (though I don`t know the source off hand) that when they expect outsiders (reporters and auditors) that they don`t have their younger underage workers working that day. No mention of that. This was an absolutely HORRIBLE report to base your "i don`t see any problem at that factory" response.
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Male 9,761
"If it`s made so cheaply and is so expensive, where do you think all your money goes?"

So dumb. Well it goes to R&D and design with a huge portion going to the most valuable company in the history of the world. So what? Prices aren`t set by cost, they are set by demand. You think a $3,000 purse costs that much because the fabric is so nice? Or because they are paying the factory workers $500 an hour? If I developed a product that people were willing to spend $500 on and it only cost me $1 to make I`d still sell it for $500.
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Male 5,012
"If it`s made so cheaply and is so expensive, where do you think all your money goes?"

Really? Do you think that maybe most of it goes to the people that come up with the product? The people that design the parts. The people that make it work.
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Male 5,012
It is refreshing to still see actual journalism this day and age.
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Male 461
A fascinating look into Chinese manufacturing. This is the absolute pinnacle - th every top of the top of manufacturing processes in China, and it is all still mostly manual labour.

As staffing costs rise, China becomes less economically viable. Western countries are beginning to be able to compete again in some manufacturing spaces due to improvements in automated engineering - it starts to become more sensible to have machines make the things locally where there are no shipping costs, short lead times and better quality consistency. I look forward to it - however does anyone have a clue what 1bn Chinese will do when we have machines to make our socks instead of a Chinese person earning $1/hour?
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Male 39,908

It`s a brilliant product well worth the cost.
I don`t see any problem at that factory.
Lebratard whiners don`t like it but it
doesn`t take much to set them off.
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Male 10,440
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