It showed it being made in a Chinese factory where the average worker earned $2 per hour
dumbass wrote:Actually the vast majority of bikes made today and for the past 50 years come from China. And the North American Trade Agreement has nothing to do with it. However, I agree with you 100%. The problem is greed. Did you see the clip on the IPod on the news this evening? It showed it being made in a Chinese factory where the average worker earned $2 per hour. Where as the average worker doing the same job here in the US would be paid $23 per hour. So what is the real problem? Is it the fact that we Americans want to make to much money? Or is it the fact that Apple waht to much profit? Personally, I think it's both...I have always told my wife I would be very happy to pay extra if I knew the product were made here in the USA. But how much more? I'd be willing to pay an extra 10% for a comperable product if it were made in the USA. I would think many other people would agree with this. But would that be enough to actually get it done? There are already bike manufactures here in the US. But I'm guessing any ebike they manufactured would be well out of my reach.
StudEbiker wrote:If you are so graciously willing to pay an additional 10%, do you think Americans would be willing to work for $2.20/hr. (presumably without benefits of any kind) building Ipods ? How do you think that will fly with the unions?
Dave Ramsey said something recently I really liked. Can't remember it word for word but it was basically, "The new definition of greed seemes to be something like 'If you have something I want and you won't give it to me, then YOU are greedy.'"
DAND214 wrote:It showed it being made in a Chinese factory where the average worker earned $2 per hour
If that's the case. Why do they cost so much? Like you said Greed!.
If they make $2 per hour,
then how can they afford to buy a "I-POS" thing?
neptronix wrote:Gosh, how about $12 per hour to work in a factory?
Wouldn't be a problem telling someone to stop being a lazy slacker on welfare & get a job, would it?
We'd go from a lack of jobs to a surplus rather quickly.
I've worked harder for less when i was younger. I never made $23/hr. in my life even doing network administration.
oldpiper wrote:OK, I will go on record saying that when I win the lottery, I will use that to do whatever I can to help the cause of producing AFFORDABLE, QUALITY e-transportation vehicles in the USA. Until then, I still have to work full-time at my day job.
Notice, I didn't say that I'd start an ebike factory, at least not at first. In order to accomplish this goal, before the factory, we need to:
1. Develop a cost-effective method for purifying rare-earth metals in large quantities. We have the metals in the ground, we need to get them to a useful state (pure) without losing our shirts. Then we can develop the magnets we need.
2. Expand the development and manufacture of lithium (or better) batteries in the US, and find a way to make the good ones catastrophe-proof. You can get good batteries from China, but I keep on reading about the poor quality control, which has apparently even affected the big users (i.e., Chevrolet).
With those two out of the way, guaranteeing a stable supply of the essential parts for an EV, perhaps we can then start building them in reasonable quantities, develop an EV-friendly infrastructure, and work on the legislators to get reasonable laws and regulations for their use.
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