Firstly, as Lee has already mentioned, Foxconn makes motherboards for most PC vendors, not just Apple. Secondly, such work conditions are common everywhere in China, not just at Foxconn. I remember watching the news for a month about six miners trapped in Crandall Canyon mine; I don't think I've ever heard about a Chinese cave-in not involving tens to hundreds of trapped and/or drowned miners! Then there are those who mine for sulfur. I've already outlived the better half of them, including those who manage to avoid getting killed or injured on the job.
Thirdly, I shop for the best product, not the most humanitarian company. Executives and politicians tend to be among the very most dishonest and thoughtless people on the face of the earth anyway; I don't waste my time researching personalities. I try to imagine myself at Best Buy with a client, talking them out of a Pavilion dv6 because Meg Whitman is evil. To find an established corporation with wholesome, goody-goody execs is to find the needle in a haystack. Charity is about making a difference for the people (not counting the occasional scam); business is about making a difference for the shareholders. That, and laying people off to pay for your backyard tennis court and 50-car garage.
I am not an Apple loyalist, and think most of the people who frequent these forums know this fact full well. But frankly, this is a story about a country that oppresses its people, not a corporation that oppresses it contractors. Of course, I won't go to Apple, looking for the best value on a desktop, notebook, or AIO. But unless you want to pay upwards of $1,000 for a W7 tablet with XGA or better resolution, you won't find anything to compete with the iPad.
Bottom line: buying a computer is a premeditated investment, not Saturday afternoon grocery shopping. And when you make an investment, you use your head.
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