Would you pay more for an iPhone or a Galaxy if they were 'made in America'? (poll results)
by Daniel Petrov / Feb 06, 2017, 3:23 AM
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.
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.Apple's
Would you pay more for an iPhone or a Galaxy if they were 'made in America'?
Meh, no way
If it's MIT's $30-$100 more estimate
I'll pay up to $200 more
I'll pay any price Apple or Samsung come up with for a "made in America" phone
Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016
This question is aimed towards the Americans not the other 70% visitors. So , can't answer
posted on Feb 06, 2017, 3:49 AM 7
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.
posted on Feb 06, 2017, 4:11 AM 5
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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.
posted on Feb 06, 2017, 5:17 AM 11
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.
posted on Feb 06, 2017, 6:18 PM 2
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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....
posted on Feb 06, 2017, 5:47 AM 1
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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.
posted on Feb 06, 2017, 9:15 AM 1
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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.
posted on Feb 06, 2017, 4:12 AM 3
No more than MIT's estimates... Bring jobs back to US is more important than a mere $100 - $150 spread over 2 years.
posted on Feb 06, 2017, 4:18 AM 6
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.
posted on Feb 06, 2017, 7:31 PM 0
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