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A "Computer Assembled in USA" sticker made its way onto an iMac purchased this weekend

Apple may be assembling certain hardware in the United States instead of China, according to a recent CNN Money report. 

The report referred to a reader, Aaron Gong, that purchased a new 21-inch iMac at an Apple Store in San Jose, California last weekend. When he opened the box, the label said "Computer Assembled in USA" rather than China, which is normally the case. 

This is a bit of an odd case, though, since the iMac was an in-stock, entry-level model that had no custom specifications at all. In the past, only "made-to-order" iMacs were assembled in the U.S. 

This doesn't mean that Apple is moving all of its hardware -- or even just iMac -- manufacturing the U.S. Another 21-inch iMac buyer purchased his product at the Manhattan Apple Store last week and had an "Assembled in China" label on it. 

It's not clear what's going on with Apple's assembly locations, but Gong's Saturday iMac purchase has certainly raised a few questions. 

Apple's gadgets are mainly manufactured and assembled at its Foxconn plants in China, but these plants have had several issues this year ranging from poor working conditions to employee abuse in the way of excessive overtime, crowded dorms, and low pay. 

Source: CNN



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RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By JediJeb on 12/3/2012 4:04:06 PM , Rating: 5
I remember a story about Toyota shipping over Camry's that were missing only a couple pieces(like wipers or trim) and calling them "automotive parts" then sending them to a plant in the US where the missing part was installed and then the car was labeled as "Assembled in USA".

Just one of the ways large companies avoid paying taxes and tariffs, and if fixed could probably bring in more revenue to the government than we could ever raise by making the rich "pay their fair share."


RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By Flunk on 12/4/2012 12:25:43 AM , Rating: 2
No, it wouldn't bring in any where near as much as making the rich pay at even the same percentage as everyone else. Tarifs are just a tiny drop in the bucket compared to the huge cash cow that income taxes are.

You are right about the Toyota scam though, they did do that. Although they have changed and a lot of their cars are actually assembled in the USA and quite a few parts are made there too. That's why I drive a Mazda.


By someguy123 on 12/4/2012 1:39:18 AM , Rating: 2
The hell are you talking about? Personal income taxes for those legally living in the US is much higher as you go up the income bracket. top 10% pay 70% of all taxes, and the top 50% pay nearly all taxes according to the IRS at 97.75%.


By Just Tom on 12/4/2012 10:25:43 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
I remember a story about Toyota shipping over Camry's that were missing only a couple pieces(like wipers or trim) and calling them "automotive parts" then sending them to a plant in the US where the missing part was installed and then the car was labeled as "Assembled in USA".


Except that would be illegal. The law is pretty clear, from the BCP "A product that includes foreign components may be called "Assembled in USA" without qualification when its principal assembly takes place in the U.S. and the assembly is substantial. For the "assembly" claim to be valid, the product’s last "substantial transformation" also should have occurred in the U.S. That’s why a "screwdriver" assembly in the U.S. of foreign components into a final product at the end of the manufacturing process doesn’t usually qualify for the "Assembled in USA" claim.
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A car coming over from Japan with just its wipers or trim missing is still a car. Labelling it "Assembled in USA" would violate the law.


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