I’d like to ask people in Europe and North America. What would you feel if Philips and HP sell computers and electronics products produced in factories located in your own cities filled with employees living in your counry 20-30% to 200-300% cheaper in regions (imaginary) where income per capita is a few times higher than your own. And what would you do (personally and peacefully) to correct the situation?
Which reminds me of the HP lawsuit several months ago discussed in the DVDplusRW.org forum. Consumers have so little power even in this 21st century.
Well, some more off-topic stories…
Just heard from one of my friends in Seoul that Ritek 2x DVD-R media now cost as little as 2,000 Won, the equivalent of about 1.65 USD, that sell for 0.8x USD in some US webstores. I’ll pay cache for the two units of external Sony OEM drive by Thursday. He will also participate in the KBench.com’s Samsung DVD-R “field test” and receive some free discs and test them with this Pioneer DVR-A05 and the OEM Sony DRX-500UL. Samsung itself is not into the DVD recordable media market. It will be funny to see how the South Korean media manufacturers (SK, Samsung, LG, Saehan, BeAll, and other smaller ones) will compete in the DVD media market against Ritek, Prodisc, CMC Magnetics, Princo, Gigastorage, InfoDisc, BenQ, etc. in Taiwan/China. At first, I used SKC (of SK group) mainly in the 90s. And then Woong-Jin and others. Later, very cheap Ritek bulk discs. Sometime in late 1999, Taiyo Yuden OEM discs became so cheap that there was not much use in considering any other makers. But throughout the early 21st centuries, the Taiwanese makers were selling 50-packs, 100-packs, and 150-packs for like $0.1 per disk in Europe, Asia, and the US. Then the South Korean government intervened every year to protect domestic manufacturers, trying to charge over 50% tax for CD-R media imported from Taiwan (while many of them were actually produced in the mainland China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, etc. and then imported directly to South Korea) which was a foolish policy and ineffective after all. I know Taiyo Yuden also has recordable media factories in South Korea and the Japanese media company helps a lot of helpless people with their profits every year.