The New York Times has a clever feature article explaining why Apple (and other firms) manufacture in China for a host of reasons, of which low wages may be a relatively small part. The ability to hire a massive number of trained people nearly instantly is one factor, regardless of how well those people are treated by the contractors Apple employs. For instance, Americans typically won’t live in dormitories and work six 12-hour days in a row, which is commonplace in China and other developing nations. follow link
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- ExtraBITS for 23 January 2012 (22 Jan 12)
New York Times Explains Chinese Advantage for Apple
We once did just that in this country. Some soldier's still do. But typically these days, no. Bigger question is, how will this massive Chinese labor force evolve?