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Happy Thanksgiving to all from Techsnoop

funny-cartoon-turkey-picturesMay your day be merry and blessed.

In the spirit of being thankful, don’t forget to skip shopping on Thanksgiving so retailers will begin letting their workers stay home with their families. For every big sale that is successful on Thanksgiving, a family is robbed of their mother, father, sister, brother or grandparent.

Black Friday gives plenty of opportunity to shop sales and save money and some retailers are offering the discounts on-line which lets you shop in your stretchy pajamas. While buying gifts, don’t forget to shop your local small business owners. Supporting small business provides neighborhood jobs, local tax income and keeps communities healthy.

 

When making out your Christmas shopping list, keep in mind what values your dollars support.  If you support processes that cripple the economy, you are creating an economy that will cripple your children.

That said, take a few minutes to research the items on your family’s gift lists.  For instance, much was made during the election of jobs being outsourced to China.  One of China’s biggest manufacturing firms is Foxconn who makes tablets for Apple.  Foxconn was criticized because they had an epidemic of employee suicides due to poor working conditions.  Now, they have chosen the oh so compassionate route of ending employee dissatisfaction by replacing them with robots.

Yes, they are going to replace the troublesome humans with robots.  Techsnoop finds this disturbing.  If Apple continues to use this company and allows this to go forward, US dollars will be used to outsource jobs to Chinese robots.

What a concept.  We will go from sending our dollars to support humans in another country, to supporting robots in another country.  This might be marginally acceptable if the price of an iPad dropped to $100.00, but these prices are not dropping, each edition is more pricey than the last.  Not to pick on Apple, their products are great, but this is just the most glaring example of a massive company using your consumer dollars to support human slavery.

As you seek to get the best value for your Christmas shopping dollars, remember that your money decisions create more than immediate happiness for the recipient.  Money and how it is spent reinforces how large companies treat their employees and customers.

Buying fewer gifts from local merchants and businesses keeps your neighborhood clean and safe and makes sure your children  remember the little store on the corner.  When businesses such as these disappear, the community suffers.  Who will hire and train your teenagers?  Robots?

TabletsWe can all agree that a tablet is one of the most wished-for items for Christmas.  Moms, Dads and students all want a tablet of some kind.  Although the iPad 2 is great, there are many other tablets that may possibly suit your lucky recipient better.  Particularly if someone already has an Android based smartphone, they may do better with an Android based tablet.

Samsung has quietly been perfecting the Android based tablet.  Front and rear facing cameras and a dual core processor are standard features and The Galaxy Tab is leading the pack in offering the user size options, it comes in 7″, 8.9″ and 10.1″ configurations.  Another plus is that the Galaxy tablets are Flash-enabled to let you view all content on the web.

The screen is crystal clear and with so many sizes to choose from, you can pick the one that suits your business or lifestyle needs.  Hype aside, the Galaxy Tab family offers choices and flexibility.  The Android market is a great resource to further customize this gadget and make it truly yours.

Happy shopping.