Does Our $499 iPad Come at Too High a Cost?

Three workers have died and 15 others are injured after an explosion at the iPad/iPhone factory in Chengdu, China.

This has been on my mind all week, and I’m not sure what to say about it, except that it’s true. Maintaining our lifestyle in the US often means that in other countries, people are dying and human rights are being violated.

So is this what it takes to bring a $499 iPad to our doorsteps? What are the limits of human costs that consumers are willing to accept in the manufacturing of their electronics products? Would you be willing to pay, say, an extra $100 for an iPad if you could be assured that those workers who manufactured it were toiling in safe conditions, paid fair wages and not driven to suicide?

2 thoughts on “Does Our $499 iPad Come at Too High a Cost?

  1. Yes, I would gladly pay an extra amount for ethically made products but it will never happen. The conditions in China and the Pacific Rim ore one thing but right here in “Crystal City” we have Walmart leading the charge to the bottom, exploiting workers and denying humane working conditions, hours and benefits. And the union busting legislation all across the American south…WTF…I just hate to even think about all that has gone wrong here in my lifetime (baby boomer).


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