#1 The Nature of the Beast
You do not become the most powerful electronics company in the world without doing a dirty job. You can not have $ 150 billion in cash without cutting some corners. It is difficult to keep your prices reasonable without exploiting people.
I present to you: Apple Inc.
#2 They Exploit Cheap Labor in China
To maximize the profit margin must produce Apple iPhones for cheap. Since Apple uses only top quality electronic components, the difference is in labor cheap. The New York Times that Foxconn workers, the former manufacturer of the iPhone, are $ 22 for a quarter of noon, and are often forced to work even longer. There were so many suicides in dormitories on site where workers live that Foxconn had to install nets on the sides of buildings.
#3 They Recently Shifted Production Away from Foxconn….to an Even Worse Company
Foxconn had bad press to exploit the workers they should increase the wages of workers, meaning that they had to charge more than Apple, which means Apple has its business elsewhere. Enter Pegatron. Apple’s new Chinese partner, since taking on Apple’s business has a profit margin of 0.8% and is facing violations of workers’ rights.
#4 They Pollute Horrendously
In 2011 Apple was instructed to 23.1 tonnes of emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. And while Apple said they are working diligently to reduce their carbon footprint, emissions increased by 34% in 2012.
#5 They Sell iPhones WAAAAAAY Above Cost
IHS Inc. Announces iPhone costs $ 207 to manufacture. They sell to wireless operators for about $ 580. The number varies depending on the model, but in the whole Apple usually sells at a markup 49-58%, while the industry average is closer to 30%.
#6 They Screw Over Wireless Carriers, Who Then Screw You Over
Wireless carriers know they can either offer their customers the iPhone, or see them go for a company that does. Apple knows this too, so they force the carriers to sell the iPhone for $ 200 after selling them for $ 580 ($ 380 loss). Providers “are required to make a difference by raising rates on your text, call and data. Verizon has recently eliminated data strongly loads for unlimited surpluses, and AT & T increased the price data of $ 5 per month.
#7 They Haven’t Really Innovated in Years
In 2007, Apple released the revolutionary iPhone. It’s been six years and it is the same except thinner, faster and with a better camera. Oh the iPad? This is not new. The iPad is what an engineer originally brought to Steve Jobs, who told him to make it smaller and give phone capabilities.
#8 They Use Conflict Minerals in Their Products
The iPhone and other Apple products coltan ore conflict in them. Coltan is heat-resistant, and ideal for the transmission of electrical charges. This mineral is rare, expensive (mine can be several hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars), and prevalent in war-torn Congo. Since 1998, 5-7 million people were killed in a civil war is being fought largely on the control of mines. The mineral can be found in the products of the electronics company, but Apple is the world’s largest and the trend should start to boycott the conflict minerals.
#9 They Let the Government Spy on You
A document leaked to The Guardian details a NSA program called prism legally pierce on your calls, texts, web habits, and location. Of course, wireless providers are the main culprits, but given the billions of dollars of business with Apple makes companies like Sprint, AT & T and Verizon, Apple is likely in the loop are near 100%.
#10 They Helped Kill the Record Industry
Open from iTunes, record sales have dropped by 50% overall. Borders and Tower Records have closed, as have countless thousands of independent record stores. This has forced artists selling their albums on iTunes, where Apple takes 30% and the record of 60%, leaving the content creator with about 10% of its sales.
#11 They Don’t Let You Turn off Your Phone
Even when an iPhone is “dead” it is always traceable, which is why Find My iPhone works no matter what. Moreover, even when not on Wifi or data, satellites can pinpoint the location of your iPhone. In addition, the new chip M7 makes tracking your movements accurate and speed possible. But you can always remove the battery. Oh, that’s right, no you can not.
#12 They Only Just Started Giving to Charity
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple he abandoned their charity program, saying he had to start again when they were more profitable. Well, it was not until the reign of Tim Cook as CEO of the largest company in the world, Apple has donated 100 million. Although generous, there is little for the decade to give nothing, and still 1/15th of what Berkshire Hathway gift of the same year.
#13 They Patent Every Possible Thing, Stifling Innovation
Apple recently sued Samsung for half a billion dollars claiming Samsung copied front appearance of the iPhone, rectangular, and the network icon. The worst thing is: they won. Competition is great for consumers because it lowers prices and stimulates innovation, but difficult when Apple claims ownership of the rectangle.
#14 They Try to Manipulate You
Remember adolescents insecure: Hip-wear sweater Justin Long is a Mac, and the fat balding businessman is a PC. We are already judged on our clothes, body, car, home and school, and thanks to Apple, now we are judged on the word processor that we use and the color of our headphones.
#15 They Don’t Pay Much in Taxes
Apple keeps most of his money in a company’s Irish subsidiary created to avoid taxes the U.S. government. Apple is only imposed by the U.S. on domestic sales and South America, although their CEO Tim Cook told Congress there are ways to avoid even that Apple does not use by duty patriotic. Thank you Tim!
#16 They Don’t Play Well With Others
Apple has removed the pre-installed YouTube application, started their own cards to fight against Google, Amazon and asked to pay a percentage of all sales through its application. They only hurt you. Apple Maps is a disaster, you now go to the Amazon site to buy things, and download the Google Maps and YouTube applications separate (they are among the most successful applications, anyway).
#17 They Rip You Off on Accessories
There is no information on the Apple markup applies to their $ 40 – $ 50 cases, but similar can be found on eBay for $ 5 – $ 10. They pedaled different speakers, alarm clocks, lanyards ect., Then changed the shape of the plug and now charge $ 29 for a converter so you can continue to use the products you have purchased.