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How Apple Inc. exploits slave labor and misplaced customer loyalty to
maintain a market cap comparable to ExxonMobil and a bank balance on par
with Uncle Sam.
SEVEN WAYS APPLE IS FLEECING THE AMERICAN SHEEPLE
If you’re often part of the iFlock we see milling in front of the Apple
Store with their eyes and wallets wide open every time Cupertino increments
the version or release number of an iProduct, consider this a wake-up call.
If as the owner of a struggling small business in desperation you’re about
to spend four times as much for a "cool" native iPhone app as you would for
a cross-platform Mobile Web app that might do twice as much for three times
the market, consider this a warning. And if you’re an Occupy Wall Street
protester or supporter reading this on an Apple iPhone, iPad or iMac, we
sincerely hope that device was lost or liberated then unlocked and donated
for your use. Now let us proceed with our observations of the obvious – in
this episode, seven ways Apple Inc. is fleecing the American Sheeple:
1. Sending jobs overseas.
"Foxconn has 300,000 to 450,000 workers which are employed in Shenzhen China
at the Longhua Science & Technology Park, a cramped, walled campus sometimes
referred to as ‘Foxconn City’ or ‘iPod City’… [They] make everything
Apple sells… One has to ask the question: How much less money would
Apple make if those 400,000+ manufacturing jobs were based in the USA?…
What kind of impact would almost a half a million manufacturing jobs have in
the U.S. economy?"
2. Slashing domestic wages.
"Outsourcing [by Apple and other greedy global corporations] has become one
of the biggest reasons for our economic decline… The desire of
corporations to seek the cheapest labor possible has led to less work for
Americans, and a larger disparity between the rich and the poor. Over the
last twenty years this gap has grown tremendously, and is fueled further by
the fact that Americans now take lower wages in an attempt to remain
3. Selling iProducts with built-in obsolescence.
"The genius factory that Steve Jobs built is just another oligopoly pushing
planned obsolescence [e.g. practically non-replaceable batteries] on a
buying public that should know better… There’s only so much market growth
a premium electronic product can wring out of the industrialized West, and
Apple’s marketers know it. They don’t waste time growing the nonexistent
iPad market among African bushmen who live beyond the reach of a WiFi
signal. Instead, they know the real money is made from selling tiny
improvements to existing customers [a.k.a. Apple Zombies] who just have to
show off the latest gizmo to friends."
4. Avoiding corporate income taxes.
"Apple’s headquarters are in Cupertino, Calif. By putting an office in
Reno, just 200 miles away, to collect and invest the company’s profits,
Apple sidesteps state income taxes on some of those gains… California’s
corporate tax rate is 8.84 percent. Nevada’s? Zero… Setting up an
office in Reno is just one of many legal methods Apple uses to reduce its
worldwide tax bill by billions of dollars each year… Apple’s accountants
have found legal ways to allocate about 70 percent of its profits overseas,
where tax rates are often much lower… Apple has created subsidiaries in
low-tax places like Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the British
Virgin Islands – some little more than a letterbox or an anonymous office –
that help cut the taxes it pays around the world."
5. Locking in vendors and customers.
"Many consider Apple to be the most vertically integrated company in the
world: All Apple hardware and software are designed in-house, and Apple
also runs its own digital content store, iTunes, along with the App Store
and iBooks store… Apple has consistently [conspired] to limit consumer
choice, creating a situation known as "lock in". As soon as you start
buying stuff from Apple, you’ll find it difficult to move to products made
by someone else without losing everything you’ve already paid for… [For
example, if] you switch to an Android device from an iPhone with iMessage
activated, anyone who’s previously been sending you iMessages will no longer
be able to send you texts."
6. Obstructing Open Web development.
"The dominance of Apple and Google mobile browsers is leading to a situation
that’s even worse for Web programming than the former dominance of Internet
Explorer, a standards group leader warned… Daniel Glazman, co-chairman of
the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) group overseeing the formatting and
effects standard called Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), said that programmers
are overlooking other browsers when they use newer CSS features – even when
those other browsers support the features. The result is that those other
browsers – Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera, chiefly – might have to
essentially masquerade themselves as other browsers. When that happens, the
‘Open Web’ – a programming foundation based on cooperatively created
standards rather than proprietary features – is being thrown under the bus."
7. Exploiting and accelerating technological dehumanization.
"Apple is an American success story… At one point this year, Apple had
more money in the bank than the United States itself. It is a literal titan
of industry… [Apple co-founder Steve Jobs] had no problem conceiving of
himself as a counter-culture hero even as he became a cultural titan and
business icon. Jobs’ success at presenting the company as counter-cultural,
as much as any design intuition, is one of the most enduring and powerful of
Apple’s assets. Apple’s success in retail is owed, ostensibly, to the fact
that its products create emotional attachments to users. People (sometimes
literally) love their iPhones and iPads. This relationship to technology
seems dangerous. It’s dangerous because Apple is not in the love business;
it’s in the business business. Apple’s goal is to make money – and lots of
it… Apple is not run by a group of longhaired hippies, and it’s primary
directive is not to save the world."
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