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Why Iphone Production Won't Be Moving Here Soon

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ucbruin

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"While I believe the Made in America movement is real, I doubt consumers would be willing to pay double — or more — for their smartphones.

There’s also skills. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said iPhones are produced in China for efficiency. Employees are taught manufacturing and speed skills they don’t get here.

That’s a problem and it would be interesting to see if anything changes here over the next four years during the Trump Administration, which has pushed heavily for tariffs from China and Mexico."



http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/...ne-production-wont-moving-here-soon/95976582/

Anyone willing to pay $5.00 or more for a head of lettuce? :)
 

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So in China it costs $15.20 per day for an Iphone worker. US would be $120 per day. So the gross difference would be $105 per day. Based on the production cited in the article the worker makes 1.42 phones per shift. So the $105/1.42= $74.

The cost would also be lowered by eliminating the 3 flights per day across the world. So how much more would a US made Iphone really cost? 10% more +/-? So instead of 700 it would be 770 and people would have jobs.

Count me in!
 

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It's cheaper to make an iPhone in China than here. If built here, the price would be more than $800 for sure. In such a case, fewer people will buy it; only the rich can buy them. Cheaper costs in China help the common folks here to afford Apple products.
 

Randolph Kinney

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Wonder how much people will pay for a Samsung Galaxy 7? After all, it could explode or catch fire. Price is not the only discriminator.
 

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It's cheaper to make an iPhone in China than here. If built here, the price would be more than $800 for sure. In such a case, fewer people will buy it; only the rich can buy them. Cheaper costs in China help the common folks here to afford Apple products.

The common folks among the 94 million not working?
 

J Grant

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People (us), the consumer, have to stop demanding "cheaper" since we should know by now that cheaper means loss of American jobs. It should not always be up to a President to save us. Nobody can save us from ourselves. We can get off our butts and write to the manufacturers, that we will pay more for their products if they make them here in the USA. And then we can do that by making better choices; buy quality instead of quantity, buy less soda or other crap to make up for it..

Most people don't buy an iphone with cash upfront. Even at $600, they are too expensive for that. Most expensive smartphones are sold on monthly payment plans. So if it were $150 more, they could just add $5 more a month to the plan and it would not affect consumers much.
 

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Recently returned from a Vietnam/Cambodia trip.

Almost everyone was using a smart phone but, according to the tour guides, nobody has Apple; too expensive. You can buy an Apple-clone that looks just like an I-Phone but sells for $30-$50. Wifi is everywhere and the avg. phone bill is abut $10/month.

There's two huge Samsung factories and another being built, 15-20,000 workers each, that have moved from China because Vietnam labor is cheaper. Avg. factory worker makes about $250/month for 6 day work weeks and they're happy to get it, per the guide.

First things were made in Japan, then Taiwan, then China, now Vietnam. Where's cheaper than $10/day?
 

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I read a article over the weekend that Foxconn is planning to replace all human workers with foxbots. They have a three stage plan to do that. If that is actually becoming possible then they probably can manufacture I phones in the US.
 

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So sounds like what we really need is those foxbots and robots in general to be manufactured and serviced In the US.
 
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