Was watching Nightline tonight and the episode was dedicated to the manufacturing of Apple products in China. To be fair, apparently Dell, Nintendo, and Intel have similar practices. At any rate, Apple is paying it's China based manufacturing folks a whopping $1.73/hour. They work 12 hour shifts, have to buy their own meals from the company store, and try to eat as fast as they can so they can catch a nap before going back to work. They sleep 7 folks to a room. They space they get is minimally better than a submariner but the actual accomodations are a lot more spartan. They also have trapeze like nets strung out along the bottom of the buildings to help reduce deaths by defying the effects of gravity after jumping from "x" floor. These same workers have to work 47 hours of OT just to have any kind of tax taken from them. Some might think this sounds like a deal except they are already working 60 hour weeks. All in all if Apple wasn't having their manufacturing done in China those $400-500 iPads would probably be going for triple that price. I don't know what the answer is but our need for relatively inexpensive electronics has repurcussions well beyond the outsourcing of jobs. I know the vast majority of electronic type products are made in China and if you have the want or need to have one then the heck with where it's made. There is no way any of these jobs are coming back. I don't know how you compete with a person who is paid $1.73/hr.