Would you pay more for an iPhone or a Galaxy if they were 'made in America'?

Would you pay more for an iPhone or a Galaxy if they were 'made in America'?
President Trump rose to prominence on the wings of many promises during the election campaign period, and one of those was the "made in America" battle cry. It would result in manufacturer mandates to assemble their goods here, and bring paying employment back to the Rust Belt, compensating somewhat for the exodus of manufacturing jobs to China and other places over the last few decades. Well, there might not be mandates just yet, but some companies are being singled out as examples, and getting coerced into investing in US factories through an intriguing mix of tax incentives and plain old Twitter storms by the President himself. 

Apple's Tim Cook was summoned not long ago to discuss making some of its gadgets here, and yesterday the President shouted a loud "Thanks you!" to Samsung for building an imaginary factory here in the US, which caused a bit of a confusion, as those plans are apparently neither finalized, nor approved just yet. In any case, if and when iPhones get assembled here, partially or in full, it would add up anywhere between $30-$100 to the basic $649 price of one, calculated MIT researchers, and the same probably goes for a high-end Galaxy. 

In fact, one popular Apple analyst already suggested that there should be a special "made in the USA" model for which Apple may charge between $100-$200 more, depending on the version. That is why we wanted to ask you if you would be willing to pay more for your phone provided that it had the "made in America" stamp on the back. Tell us in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.

Would you pay more for an iPhone or a Galaxy if they were 'made in America'?

Meh, no way
70.19%
If it's MIT's $30-$100 more estimate
18.97%
I'll pay up to $200 more
2.29%
I'll pay any price Apple or Samsung come up with for a "made in America" phone
8.56%

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95 Comments

1. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I really don't care if it's from another country if they know what theyre doing and still gives me a quality product

27. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Exactly. This poll is kind of stupid. "Made in USA" tag does not warrant a quality product.

33. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

It's not about a quality product. It's about providing manufacturing jobs to the US. So, in a sense, the article is asking if you would pay more for a Samsung or Apple phone to give the US more manufacturing jobs.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

No reason to pay more. They gonna save on corporate tax and wont have to spend as much on shipping. basically the cost to make them wont go up. if they increase price its to make more profit on your head.

48. jaskaran

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

If the profits were same companies would have never moved there production out of country. I believe there is significant difference in cost of production. So until unless govt is providing significant tax exemptions or helping out companies with cost reduction in any way there would be price difference.

49. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats because they currently cheat on corporate tax something Trump will eventually eliminate. also the current importation rate is pretty low in USA. when thats rate go up to 45% and they cannot cheat anymore on corporate tax they will have to cooperate or loose major sales. So yes they will get big discount if they make it in USA. I am pretty sure they will calculate thing correctly and give the right incensitive. but the thing is we all know big corporation even if they dont loose any profit will still use this as an excuse to increase price.

57. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

C'mon. You can't honestly believe that Trump is going to close the loopholes he and his friends currently benefit from, do you?

90. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Profits aren't the same because they can get the labor overseas for way way cheaper than what they can here. Its the same reason why immigrants are "taking our jobs" they will do the jobs we don't want to do for less money.

45. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

well it kinda does i have levis which are made in usa and they are much better quality then those made in china

60. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

"Made in USA" = "Made by fat lazy USA workers"

75. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Talking about your self. Bet you don't even get out of the basement.

88. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

But a "Trump Approved" tag could warrant great value if it prevented you from being sent to a FEMA *cough*concentration*cough* "Rehabilitation Camp" in a possibly soon-to-be rather bleak future.

2. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

I may think about buying if and only I pay less

38. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Well that's quite greedy but that won't happen

93. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not really, the problem here is Apple taking advantage of slave labour in China and sell their product in US at a premium price. They are taking advantage of an unfair broken system, maximising profit and keeping the money offshore. How could that be a sustainable economy!? US citizen money are flowing only in one direction-> OUT!! Their local hiring are only slowing down the rate by a little.

94. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

US is the new Rome. The root cause is money in politic. No country great or small could be sustained indefinitely if there is high level of corruption. US citizen need to do what your fore father had done which is to fight for your freedom again!! Otherwise, the outcome is written in the wall.

95. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Am fine by that it's ok

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3099; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Pay more for the already high asking price with the US tag on it ? Nope.

64. TerryTerius unregistered

This is what has ALWAYS been stupid about these type of efforts. At the end of the day, people care about what they can afford. They don't really care about where it was made, no mater how much they rant and rave at rallies and angrily post online. Economics trumps patriotism for 99% of people. Then again, I can't blame a company for monetizing patriotism. The point of a company is to earn a profit, it has never had anything to do with morality or the common benefit.

4. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

I want them both in my bed

5. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Hell no, prices are already borderline absurd especially when you compare the manufacturing costs per unit to the retail pricing.

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

You're going to pay higher anyway, 20% border tax already imposed if it's not made in USA. If you don't want to pay border tax for a racist wall, buy Americans

65. TerryTerius unregistered

Patriotism doesn't magically change economic reality. People will almost aways buy what they can afford, regardless as to where it was made. Feelings only go so far. And I *promise* you, as gung ho as you seem to be for a trade war the reality will be massively different from what you envision.

7. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I will love to buy American made phone. It will surely have better quality. I still remember the quality of Made in Hungry and Finland Nokia.

10. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yes, much better quality. They never fell apart (insert laughter here) and the plastic was oozing refinement. ;-)

78. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Nokia's heyday was pre-smart phone. I don't recall seeing a pre-smart phone era phone that wasn't solidly built. Without a touch screen they were pretty much all big, solid and heavy!

92. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

100% of your comment is sh!t

8. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Increasing the price is totally a nightmare.

41. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Why? Just don't buy it it's that easy

50. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yep exactly thats what i recommend if they increase price dont buy from them. Pretty sure many of those corporation will see this as an opportunity to gain more market share and will not increase price.

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