Subject: Why's my PI3 made in China?
Do you really want to take on that responsibility?
I'm surprised you think that someone else took on that responsibility for me. The money over which I had control supported something I disagree with. I may not have known better, but the consequences of what I did have occurred and have impacted people and the environment. So yes, I would definitely prefer to have a choice in the matter, since I already am responsible.
I lived in China before it opened to Western manufacturing, and have spent time there since. It used to be polluted and one wouldn't see the sun for days on end. The people used to be poor but mostly equal and cheerful working on the land. The industrial facilities were quite primitive, but the workers I met were not unhappy. I never saw a prostitute or child orphans alone in Beijing.
Today the people who build our technological gizmos live in dormitories as second class city dwellers, with different rights. They see what rich people have, and they don't, which is painful. The level of pollution is incredible. Not just a matter of not seeing the sun for a few days, but a matter of not seeing the building next door. And one's throat hurts constantly. Now there are nets in industrial facilities to prevent employees from committing suicide. Nowadays one does see prostitution and young orphans alone in the streets of Beijing, which reflects how hard life has now become.
I do not believe the West moving its manufacturing to China was good for the average Chinese person or Chinese nature, although it did make some people very wealthy. Nor was it good for the planet, since Chinese contract-manufacturers are held to worse standards than Western ones were.
It took time for Britain to regulate the dark satanic mills, and to treat industrial workers better, and hopefully the same progress will happen in China. But when I buy something, I would prefer to avoid supporting the exploitation of people and the environment, even if it means I have to wait an extra month for my gizmo. If we all behaved this way, China would change in order to compete, and everyone would be better off for it.