Here's an update, late 2009 (thanks, Jon, for this item):
It is about Apple computers. All of their hardware is totally made by
ODPs. As they have different product lines, the Powerbooks, Iphones, etc are
made by Communist Chinese ODPs and NOT at all in the U.S. They are no
different than the low quality Dells, HPs, etc.
Apple is absolutely paranoid with keeping the truth about their company
staying within Apple. They want nothing whatsoever to go out to the public.
However, the truth is that Apple uses Communist Chinese ODPs for their
Power Macs, absolutely nothing is manufactured in California or anywhere
else in the U.S.
With the Ipods and Iphones, they were the largest user of Communist
Chinese ODP's on record, but that was from 2006 and I am not aware if that
is still true today.
They are cheap, low quality trash, just like the other vendors and have a
horrific record of failure, as they fight like heck to keep quiet. The only
thing that guarantees a Apple employee to get fired, is to talk about
anything to do with work to people outside of Apple. I am sure you must be
aware of that and seen all the publicity about that.
To bet it better than I can, this is from a post on a Apple forum from a
long time Apple user:
"I wish someone could explain to me how Apple managed to sell $1500
PowerMacs back at the turn of the century that were made in the USA? How did
they produce those quality machines and pay people here at least minimum
wages? How is it now when they're more popular that they've RAISED prices
AFTER moving to slave labor Communist China. Shouldn't they be saving money
now? Why aren't prices lower now that they're making computers on the backs
of people in bad working conditions making pennies on the dollar??? Maybe
that $34+ Billion in cash reserves they have might have something to do with
it all? "
I am sure you are aware that as time goes on, the large companies
(Dell, Apple, HP, Toshiba, IBM, etc), have been putting enormous pressure on
their Communist Chinese ODPs to reduce prices and will have Compal
manufacture some of their line and have Quanta handle other parts of their
lines. The pressure on these Chinese ODPs has also resulted in a lowering of
quality of all of the major portable computer companies. But none are made
in the U.S.
Theer are some companies that DO manufacturer and sell their own portable
computers (as well as act as a ODP for others). Companies like MSI and ACER
do manufacture their own products.
I just got an incredible custom made notebook, where the core shell was
made by MSI, and is a one of kind, made only for a particular firm, and
everything else is totally custom, as per my choice by this U.S. company.
I just hope you can update the excellent article, because people should
understand the truth, for several reasons. I have to laugh when I see fomr
posts on forums where some people "swear" by a particular company and put
down another company, when in essence, they are both made by the same
company and are virtually the same.
Certiainly which Communist Chinese ODP is a moving target, but the fact
is the Apple and the other largest portable computer companies are NOT made
in the U.S. and are all ODP made.