Breaking Apart An iPhone’s Cost

It’s still shocking to see just how little of the profits from an item go towards those who made it. From a piece on the power of transnational corporations, via Reports from the Economic Front:

The production of the iPhone offers one of the best examples of the logic and operation of these transnational corporate controlled cross border production networks.

Not surprisingly, the division of profits, as shown below, reflects the overall hierarchy that structures this and other cross border production networks.

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  • Ronniedobbs

    Why is it almost every single asshole I know that is an Apple snob also likes to talk about their concern for human rights in China…

  • Ronniedobbs

    Why is it almost every single asshole I know that is an Apple snob also likes to talk about their concern for human rights in China…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mathew-Thalakotur/518140520 Mathew Thalakotur

    What percent of Apple’s profits represent the R&D and marketing costs?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mathew-Thalakotur/518140520 Mathew Thalakotur

    What percent of Apple’s profits represent the R&D costs?

  • Godozo

    For the first time ever, I feel sick over my devotion (might as well admit this: Been an apple nut since 1985) to Apple.

  • Godozo

    For the first time ever, I feel sick over my devotion (might as well admit this: Been an apple nut since 1985) to Apple.

  • Ulysses1

    The only true role of any corporation is to sell more widgets, not change society. That’s our job.

  • Ulysses1

    The only true role of any corporation is to sell more widgets, not change society. That’s our job.

  • Joke

    This is no surprise. All corporations operate on this same principle. Even the so-called humane ones. In fact I’ll go so far in saying that their is no possibility of being humane in a world established upon the sickness of man. 

  • Joke

    This is no surprise. All corporations operate on this same principle. Even the so-called humane ones. In fact I’ll go so far in saying that their is no possibility of being humane in a world established upon the sickness of man. 

  • Joke

    This is no surprise. All corporations operate on this same principle. Even the so-called humane ones. In fact I’ll go so far in saying that their is no possibility of being humane in a world established upon the sickness of man. 

  • Joke

    This is no surprise. All corporations operate on this same principle. Even the so-called humane ones. In fact I’ll go so far in saying that their is no possibility of being humane in a world established upon the sickness of man.