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|Kickstarting a debate on originals and fakes..|
Apple does the design and outsources manufacturing to the Chinese company Foxconn to manufacture the products in China. Apple, is only designing the product, looking for the right vendors to buy parts from, to manufacture and marketing the complete product produced at a low cost by unknown vendors at exorbitant costs to innocent, gullible customers around the world. The customer buys the product thinking that the same superiority in design of the Apple product is ensured in its manufacture by Apple itself. Little do the customers know how they have been taken for a ride by Apple. The customers individually do not have power to challenge Apple for committing this breach of trust
Taking the other side of the outsourced company, Foxconn for instance here, it gets the design from Apple, has the manufacturing expertise to produce it in large numbers at good quality and low cost in China. Outside the agreement, if it tries to sell the same product, as a Foxconn or other branded product, rarely people would buy. This duplicate product is also of good quality, but may differ from the original Foxconn product (Apple) in a minor feature .. In this discussion Jack Ma refers to this as the duplicate product.
Both the original designer and the outsourced manufacturer are ethically in weak grounds, but both are able to reach the right customers at the right price.
If the customer does not mind buying Apple products manufactured not by Apple (thereby Apple committing a breach of trust placed by the customer on Apple) but by Foxconn in China at a high price and is comfortable with the thought, the customer also should not bother buying products of the same superior design of Apple at a lower cost ( again foxconn committing breach of trust placed by Apple on Foxconn).