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Coffee Talk #443: Paying For an American Made Console


Posted on January 20th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Console Wars, Today's Specials. 19 comments

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Last night my friend Paul and I were talking about Jon Stewart’s hilarious and sad rant about Apple and Foxconn. It got us thinking about the possibility of American-made consoles. Initially I was dreaming about Microsoft, being an American company and all, pricing the next Xbox a little higher than the competition but using American factories to assemble it. Paul thought that was too unrealistic, so he proposed Microsoft releasing two versions of the Xbox 720 (or whatever it will be called): one made in America and one made in China/Mexico/insert-cheap-labor-country-here. That’s when things got more interesting.

It’s still unrealistic given how publicly-traded companies work, but let’s play this game for a bit. Would you pay extra for an American-made videogame-console? How much extra, if anything, would you pay for a console that supports American factory workers? It’s totally cool if your answer is $0; I’m sure that most U.S. Americans don’t care, but I’m curious to see if some of you do and how much more you’d be willing to spend. Kindly vote in the poll and expand on your answer in the comments section.

How much extra would you pay for an American-made videogame-console?

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  • lceman

    Unfortunately, nothing is really "made in America" anymore. Yes, there are many things assembled in America, but production of a good from raw material to finished product is how I define "made" and I can't think of anything that is truly mass produced and made in America. Maybe coal production?

    Oh, and even if you do mass produce something here from scratch, the chances are that the machinery involved in that production comes from China or elsewhere.

    -M

  • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

    This morning I used my Coava Kone. The CAD design is from Portland. The steel is from Ohio. And it was made in Connecticut. That's probably the most American-made product I have. http://www.rpad.tv/2010/12/20/coffee-wars-coava-k

    Those points aside, America could definitely use the factory jobs.

  • Smartguy

    I'd pay $50 more tops. Perhaps the costs associated with licensing and patents should be adjusted instead of hardware quality to create an acceptable margin?

    Then again I'd have to think hard what my ceiling is on price. I don't expect nor believe that the new consoles will wow anyone with their specs and feature sets. I'm definitely thinking $350 is my limit.

  • http://www.gameseyeview.com/ nightshade386

    I don't know. Watching the piece and actually seeing the working conditions at Foxconn made me feel pretty disgusting for owning a bunch of the stuff that's made there. Makes you wonder how American companies are supposed to compete with Chinese companies where their employees are on constant suicide watch.

    • lceman

      … we're not. That's the problem.

      -M

      • http://www.gameseyeview.com/ nightshade386

        Every time I hear a Republican say that "regulation stifles business," I'll remember the suicide nets at Foxconn. Maybe an extra 20% isn't that bad a thing if people aren't jumping off of ledges.

  • bsukenyan

    I would love to say $100, but I had to go with $50 because I can't pay more for something with extra money I don't have. American factories cost so much money to the point where (obviously) those items have to be marked up in price to account for production costs, but even the people who work in factories have a hard time paying extra for american made items that cost more. I don't like the idea of supporting a place like Foxcon, but none of us really want the price of the products coming out of there to increase.

  • tokz21

    I voted for $50. I'm pro not having to send my xbox out of country to get rid of rrod or HDD issues.

    • BigBlak

      Haha!

  • Lunias

    Hahahahaha! Yeah, no. I don't care where it's made, it better not cost more than anywhere else.

  • Thundercracker

    happy belated birthday Nate,

    Sorry, im usually on top of these things

    • BigBlak

      Bandwagoning!

      Happy belated birthday bro!

  • BigBlak

    I voted $50, at the end of the day it depends on quality, not where it's made. I have had 3 xboxs and luckily for me none rrod'd. One was modded and got banned from xbl, I traded one for a bong, and then I purchased the slimbox.

    • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

      So you'd be fine with high quality consoles made by Pakistani children making 20 cents a day?

      • BigBlak

        Honestly I can't say. I may have products made by children in my home now. That may sound ignorant but it's the truth.

  • lceman

    Here is an interesting article relating to the topic. I found it fascinating and amusing (especially the asinine question Obama posed to Jobs).
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46091572/

    -M

    • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

      Wrote about that article on Padvance yesterday.
      http://www.padvance.com/story/apple-and-china-the

      • lceman

        I read the article just now.

        Also, I had to respond to some jerk-off who called me and my company "evil" in the comments section.

        I'd like that guy (or girl or llama) to tell me that to my face.

        -M

        • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

          Yeah, great comment there. Thanks for that!