But it is also worth remembering that iPads, as an example, are manufactured in China (albeit to a high level of quality), and shipped worldwide via Hong Kong SAR. But with so much economies of scale for companies to outsource manufacturing, it's simply good business sense and it brings costs down for consumers. If Apple had manufactured their products in the US and had to charge double or triple their asking price, how many people would be able to afford?Originally Posted by jsh1120
Timbuk2, for example, allow customers to design their own bags, which are handmade-to-order in San Francisco and cost full price. You'd expect to pay, for example, $130-150 or more for a customized, SF-made messenger bag -- Timbuk2 Custom Bags. But their regular mass-market designs are made offshore by a South-east Asian country, and the same item costs half as much e.g. on Amazon -- Amazon: Timbuk2 Messenger Bag
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I agree in principle. I'm a free trader at heart and didn't mean for my comment to come across as a xenophobic protectionist. As far as I'm concerned American companies don't get a free pass in terms of adequate wages and humane working conditions just because they're "American."
By the same token, however, as a consumer I don't like to think I'm saving money because my low cost bag or my computer is manufactured at the expense of those who produce it and lax environmental laws. It's often difficult to determine whether that is true, but when I do know that a product's cost reflects adherence to high labor standards and environmental regulations, I try to support the producer.
Another factor which I should point out is that I'm not American (and so are a significant number of members here), so we don't enjoy any of the free domestic shippng offers when buying online, of which a good majority are American-based sites. International shipping can add 20-30% on top of the product's cost, not to mention local customs taxes, so anything which can bring costs down is a good thing as long as they don't compromise on the quality and workmanship.
I turned my old (and very beautiful) netbook sleeve into an iPad sleeve/cover.
It works with Apple's smart cover as well