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

Would you pay more for an iPhone or a Galaxy if they were 'made in America'? (poll results)
We asked you last week if you would be willing to pay more for your phone provided that it had the "made in America" stamp on the back, and the answer was a resounding "meh." Patriotism is good and all that, but not if it hits your own pocket, it seems, as 70% of our 3401 respondents think flagship phone are expensive enough as it is. Still, 19% don't mind paying up to $100, while 9% are ready to do whatever it takes to bring iPhone or Samsung factories on American soil.

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.

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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56 Comments

1. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

This question is aimed towards the Americans not the other 70% visitors. So , can't answer

2. Rafishant

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

I'm American and I won't pay extra for no more value and quality. Products came from China is now following parents company standards, and that is fair enough.

8. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

No offense but I think he mean American American, not an Indian migrated to USA. Of course you will say no. That's logical.

9. PhnArenaUsr

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Sorry but didn't get u. He is living in US and paying dollars to buy a phone. So ideally his opinion should count. Plus mobiles are built in China, not India. So not sure what logic are we dsicussing here.

11. Rafishant

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

American American? You mean the 1℅ of our native American population?.

13. danny_a2005

Posts: 358; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

As far as I know, America is a continent

34. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

exactly, but all people of the US think that america is only the US, smh.

42. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

I think that most people in the US have never had an Earth globe map... they only know America as their country, what a shame.

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Do you have proof we all think the US is the only America? The US is the worse of the Americas.

19. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Yeah. If you're not native American, you're an immigrant really

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, but even the native americans immigrated over the ice age land bridge. so, are you a native aardvark? No.

35. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

everyone is a inmigrant.

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

You can also be a descendent of the one who established the country. So if you guys like playing with words.

44. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

If someone is born in the US, they are not an immigrant. Jeez where does pa get these commenters.

43. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

American American as in people born in the US. Dont act dumb.

22. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

>implying immigrants don't count as costumers.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Haha, thank you for saying it. I was gonna be a sarcastic asshole and point it out to him, but you saved me some time. This comment chain is ridiculous.....

41. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Why should you pay more? Apple already rapes everyone on price, they manufacture phones at sub $200 price, and sell them for 5 times that value. If they select America to manufacture, that's Apple's choice and increasing pricing is something they should absorb - because god knows they can afford it.

45. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

If apple makes the iphone for $200, the Pixel must be made for a peanuts.

7. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

They should be made in USA. I agree with you this question should be aimed towards Americans.

12. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

PA could filter out votes originating from non USA IPs to see what the answer really is. I doubt it would be much different though....

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? With things loke VPN and apps that hide IP's? What planet do you live on?

20. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It's silly because they can't be made in America. They can only be assembled in America. China has the most rare earth minerals used in electronics and the only one with the infrastructure to extract them.

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Assembled would already be a start.

46. TerryTerius unregistered

When people say made in -insert here-, they are almost never talking about the raw materials.

37. jasrockett

Posts: 123; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Definitely not for this Australian especially because President trumpet requests it

3. raerae

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I would pay more for samsung phone coz it gives me more features than iphone at lesser price. I don't mind if it doesn't made in America. People can build phone factories everywhere as long as the services and the quality control are good enough.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

No more than MIT's estimates... Bring jobs back to US is more important than a mere $100 - $150 spread over 2 years.

48. TerryTerius unregistered

I don't understand this sentiment at all. Why do people keep trying to bring back the past? Instead of pining for the days of manufacturing jobs or coal... Why not train people for new jobs? We have thousands of positions open spread across various industries because there simply aren't enough people available to take them. Instead of trying to literally rewind global economics and bring back past glories, it makes a lot more sense to prepare for the future. Same reason I think it's idiotic that we have politicians who are pushing doubling down on fossil fuel's and intentionally pulling funding away from renewables.

50. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

There are many open jobs, but tech companies simply prefer to hire foreigner with lower salary. Abused outsourcing, one might say.

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