Apple Factory Reflection


As an American consumer, I too am guilty of lumping all of our products as generally being “Made in China.”  The first aspect of the podcast that surprised me was the amount of production not only occurring within one city, but the massive amounts of workers contained in one factory.  I assumed that the factories that manufactured these products were dispersed throughout China, in thousands of factories.  This image seems more humane to me– less cramped, more civil.   While I always knew that factory conditions were not 100% ideal, it never occurred to me that so many injustices could continue on as an accepted practice

The other part of the podcast that I did not expect was the lack of Apple products in China.  The tragic irony that the man whose had was crushed by a machine in the process of building an iPad, had himself never held a working device in his hand, shocked me.  I always assumed that since all of these technological advancements were being built in China, that they must be using the products as well.  

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2 thoughts on “Apple Factory Reflection

  1. Apple is only recently entering the Chinese market with a couple of flagship stores. I believe there has been a generally strong reception to the products. However, an issue is is that there a a good amount of Apple product knockoffs and fake stores in China and Apple is frustrated as the Chinese government has done little to address this issue creating tension between the two groups.

  2. I did not experience the same amount of shock when Daisy describes the lack of Apple products in China, even though most are made there. It is common to see fake imitations in street markets, but it is rare to see an Apple store. While many shop keepers try to sell you the products as “real,” most are dysfunctional or not made by Apple at all. The government has actually done more recently to address the issue of knockoff merchandise being sold in markets and many shopkeepers have been forced to relocate underground. They now send people up to the streets to lure in tourists with brochures filled with pictures of their products. If customers are interested, the people then escort them downstairs to the individual shops.

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