Consumer Retorts: Hewlett-Packard

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CONSUMER RETORTS

Consumer Retorts

HEWLETT-PACKARD

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FINDING AMERICAN-MADE electronics is hard enough without manufacturers actively thwarting your efforts. Surprisingly, the notoriously secretive Apple details right in its annual report where its iPods (Taiwan) and other products (China, Czech Republic, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, and California) are assembled. Technology giant Hewlett-Packard, on the other hand, claims that some of its products are made in the US, but won’t discuss which ones. This despite the fact that HP lists where each product is made right on the packaging. “It’s not that HP is trying to make things difficult for consumers,” a spokeswoman told me. “Our decision for non-disclosure is based on issues of competitive advantage, intellectual property and accuracy. Hope this makes sense, even if it’s not the kind of detail you are looking for.” It doesn’t, and it isn’t.

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We just wrapped up a shorter-than-normal, urgent-as-ever fundraising drive and we came up about $45,000 short of our $300,000 goal.

That means we're going to have upwards of $350,000, maybe more, to raise in online donations between now and June 30, when our fiscal year ends and we have to get to break-even. And even though there's zero cushion to miss the mark, we won't be all that in your face about our fundraising again until June.

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