@TaimoorZ Yes, I've heard that you can look into which products are manufactured under the conditions you'd prefer. It does take real commitment, though, for consumers to willingly pay more for these products. I'd imagine many people are content not to look into it in accordance with "ignorance is bliss."
I heard Foxconn replaced much of their workforce with 100,000 robots. One more cue Chinese companies are taking from the West on how to counter rising labor costs. China shows it is willing to "race to the bottom" wage-wise, along with other countries where workers have earned a better deal.
I think there are certain issues like animal cruelty, child-labor, mistreatment of workers that may be linked with manufacturing in countries like China. There are ways consumers are getting informed about these. For example, there are mobile apps which consumers can use within supermarkets to scan a barcode and find out if the manufacturer of the product is charged with any human or animal rights issue or anything related to environmental degradation. For socially proactive customers, this is an important step.
I agree with you on that Jay_bond but then don,t you think some times the quality of a product sometimes has to do with where it comes from too.
In my location, most of the consumer goods that gives problem the most especially eletronics are labelled "Made In China" so you will see comsumers looking for a particular product made from any where like Japan ,Korea, Malasia other than China to buy. There must have been a reason for this in time past.
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