Monday, January 12, 2004

The hidden benefit of cheap DVD players

Gizmodo (great site) clips this rant about how people can make and sell perfectly good DVD players for less than $50. It moans about:
But there are hidden costs. Horrific working conditions on assembly lines in China, heightened trade tensions with Asian nations and Wal-Mart store clerks paid so little they qualify for food stamps, are partially related to relentless pressure to sell popular products at eye-popping low prices.
What the article completely misses is the obvious benefit of cheap DVD players -- a technology which 10 years ago was unknown, and 5 years ago was a luxury, can now be bought by someone on food stamps. How this does not help people I do not know.

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