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Don't like Apple? Use Samsung as an alternative. [View all]

Most electronics manufacturers, including Apple, don't just assemble in China but use it as their supply chain. They buy displays from one company in China, batteries from another, plastics from yet another, flash memory chips from someone else, and assemble it all there before shipping it. Buying parts cheaply, and then assembling them cheaply, is how they make their money. A lot of money, in Apple's case, since Apple products are fairly overpriced. For instance, Apple sells it's 16 GB iPad 2 with WiFi only for $500. Acer's 16 GB A500 tablet with WiFi only--but also HDMI out, USB host, and a better screen--is $300.

Samsung, however, does things differently. For starters, their manufacturing is in South Korea, not China. South Korea has not just a minimum wage which is by law reviewed and adjusted annually, but also the worker protections you would expect from a civilized country with a remarkably high standard of living.

Add to that that not only is the final product assembled in South Korea, but almost all the components are as well: Samsung makes their money by being their own supply chain. They manufacture their own displays, their own batteries, their own flash memory, their own processors, etcetera. Virtually every component in a Samsung-branded device was manufactured by Samsung, in South Korea, unless they literally could not get it anywhere else--for instance the hardened "Gorilla Glass" which is only manufactured by Corning Inc. in either Harrodsburg, Kentucky or Shizuoka, Japan.

If you're looking for an alternative to buying things made by Chinese factory workers, there IS an alternative that is manufactured almost entirely by well paid and protected workers in a country with a high standard of living, without having to sacrifice your wallet.

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