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Complaint Review: Apple Inc.

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  • Submitted: Sun, May 06, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, May 07, 2012

  • Reported By: vvvpr — Miami Florida United States of America
Apple Inc.
1 Infinite Loop Internet United States of America

Apple Inc. 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. Internet

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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. [continued below]....
..... 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?"

http://tinyurl.com/6whxws5

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 employed."

http://tinyurl.com/czcnnyd

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."

http://tinyurl.com/buvvuna

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."

http://tinyurl.com/d8gab84

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."

http://tinyurl.com/bp6ow6u

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."

http://tinyurl.com/6s298w7

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."

http://tinyurl.com/6rgoqu5

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#1 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

I am assuming that you berated you girl friend heavily for getting an iPAD?eithet way, if you google vvvpr you will see this is just a public relations group for the occupy movement. This site is not forPR groups to slander companies but for consumers to air legitimate ripoffs from companies. While i greatly dislike apple myself, i queation the political motovation of your frivalous report.
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PROTESTER SONG 90...

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

was submitted at this website on May 7, 2012.

Just stay at this site and type in- BANK OF AMERICA, and go to Ripoff Report #411913 to see if it is available in the consumer comments section.
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AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

I am assuming that you berated you girl friend heavily for getting an iPAD?eithet way, if you google vvvpr you will see this is just a public relations group for the occupy movement. This site is not forPR groups to slander companies but for consumers to air legitimate ripoffs from companies. While i greatly dislike apple myself, i queation the political motovation of your frivalous report.
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AUTHOR: Jeanski - (USA)

It's called "capitalism" and it's what we get for living in America :-)  Personally, I think Steve Jobs was brilliant.  I don't own any Apple products, but I manage a trust fund that holds Apple stock.  Many years ago my father gave me $200,000 to invest so that he could help provide a college education for his 18 grandchildren.  I bought Apple at $8 a share. Right now it's up to $565 a share. You can do the math but by anybody's estimation it's a lot of money. The fund has provided  for 16 of the 18 children to complete college (two are still in high school).  Most have gone on to graduate school, for which the fund has also paid.  I still have about $500,000 left, which will be set aside for the great-grandchildren.



The only part of your post I would agree with is that I, too, believe that American companies shouldn't be able to outsource to other countries, It may keep the prices down, but if more Americans were employed our economy would straighten itself out.



And by the way, your AT&T post was hilarious.  I had just switched from Time Warner to U-verse when you posted.  Before I made the switch I took an informal poll at our neighborhood watch meeting to see what my neighbors thought of the service.  Of the 38 families represented, 37 also had U-verse and were satisfied.  So, using your illogical application of statistics, 97.3% of U-verse customers are satisifed :-)



Did I mention I teach statistics?



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Here we go again folks...

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

From the same poster who gave us the tragedy of "PL" and AT&T we get the next installment of how bad Apple is.  Now of course the OP's "moral conviction" is directly related to the price someone pays for the item.  Because in the previous post the OP apparently had no issues with "PL" getting an iPad because she was given it.

Well I have to give the OP credit for one thing, at least they didn't make up any fake people in this one.  Now for anyone who wants some interesting reading just put the OP's name into your favorite search engine.
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