Where was my PowerBook built?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Demon Hunter, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Apr 8, 2006 11:02 AM

    Departed FedEx location


    I ordered it with the 100GB option. I'm guessing it was just built because the shipping was 1-3 days instead of 24 hours. My last PowerBook came from China, but since it's a 12-inch, it was probably sourced to a smaller factory in the U.S.
  2. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
  3. MacHarne macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2005
    Virginia, U.S.A.
    In China by people working for pennies per hour. FedEx is getting fast enough that they sometimes cut back the international location tracking when it takes only moments to get across the Pacific. I don't recall how quickly my PB came in after I ordered it, but a friend of mine bought an identical machine at the same time and I recall him telling me it was sent from Taiwan to Boston in 48 hours.
  4. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Nice! Thanks. :)
  5. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    So that's how it works! According to that little program, it was built in China between 3/20 and 3/26. Cool. :) There must be a steady stream of 12-inch orders still.

    On a side note, PBS had a special last night on Tiananmen Square and China's new economy. Mind-boggling stuff...
  6. calebjohnston macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    Everything's made in China now. Low cost labor, low quality, and high profit for the company. It's sad.
  7. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Yeah, it is. It's also terribly ironic... the working situations which Marxism is supposed to fight against, is firmly established in a Communist nation-state. :eek:
  8. calebjohnston macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    Ahhhh good old politics. I'm very bitter about the bad quality. I had an iBook with a titled display right off the bat and I just bought a PB and the same thing. Titled right off the bat. Ah well. Such is life.
  9. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Custom machines often show shipment from California, even if they have "made in China" stamped on them. I'm assuming that the extra RAM, bigger disk etc. are added in the US to imported mostly-finished stock.
  10. xcalibur macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Kuala Lumpur
    Correct me if I am wrong but I think most Apple products are made in Taiwan and sticking a "Made in China" is for political reasons. Taiwan products are generally regarded as in between China and Japan in terms of quality but when it comes to computers most of the top brands are from Taiwan and Asustek(widely regarded to be the top one), is known to supply most of Apple's laptops and is rumored to have the deal for the upcoming 13.3" Macbook.
  11. cnakeitaro macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    Virginia Beach
    I think my iMac Core Duo is a mystery. According to the Coconut Identity, it knows when it made made, but country is unknown. Same goes for my system temps and fans....nothing can pick them up. :(
  12. Sutekidane macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    They're made in china. Can everyone stop bashing china quality? the quality of the product depends on how much is funded into it. A low funded item is going to be crap quality no matter where it's made. Its been stated, and proven many times.
  13. finalcoolman macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
  14. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Okay i'll bash any company that does business with China, how's that? When you have slaves instead of workers, you are going to have an excellence problem. "Funding" in China means greasing more greedy local labor bosses' hands; it doesn't mean the workers who actually put together the iBooks get more money. They probably just get their backs whipped harder. It is our own greed and stupidity that makes us do business with China, while US manufacturing (and jobs) has come to a complete standstill. I guess the Chinese are also just "doing the jobs Americans don't want to do".


    Just think about it if Apple paid any of the college students on MR 12 bucks an hour to make iBooks. How cool would that be?

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