How Much Would You Pay?

Would you be willing to pay for more “fair-trade” electronics?

The host of This American Life, a public radio show based in Chicago, revives that debate in a recent segment on Mike Daisey —  the author of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs  and his visit to Shenzhen (so polluted, it looks like “Bladerunner threw up on itself”).

The issue over China’s labor practices, the show finds, boils down to that question.


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About Mike

Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow