Not Buying iPods Becomes A Patriotic Issue In South Korea

from the made-in-south-korea dept

Apparently, the widespread success of the Apple iPod in South Korea is ticking off some Korean consumer electronics companies, who are taking out newspaper ads trying to encourage a patriotic boycott of the iPod in favor of South Korean-made portable media devices. Of course, the simple solution to this issue is to make a better product.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Not Buying iPods Becomes A Patriotic Issue In South Korea”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
dorpus says:

Not to be taken lightly

“Buy patriotic” is a much stronger theme in that small, homogeneous country. Korean pop culture loves to make imitations of other singers from Japan or the USA, so it’s not clear how strong a stomach ipod will have for Korean consumer tastes. Every week, hundreds of new songs that sound just like US/Japanese pop music are spewed out by local artists, with the lyrics changed so Koreans like it better.

Chomper says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Not to be taken lightly

Hahaha, finally someone who is at least educated in these issues.

America has barely any competitors to South Korea in TV’s other devices of the such. Take a look at Electronics stores. Zenith is owned by LG.

If anything, it’s just a last ditch effort by the South Korean MP3 companies. I’ve seen a lot of them and they are good products.

alaric says:

Free Market?

So what happened to free market and competition? Nothing yet. Product from a korean company has an advantage because it is korean. That is part of the market.

I must i am little surprised that mp3 players have stirred up so much emotion though.

Where does apple make those things anyway? China? Taiwan? malaysia? Maybe its nice to see people caring about employing their own citizens, something americans don’t care about

Dominic says:

Re: Free Market?

Americans to care about employing their citizens. The problem is that we also care about paying them. That’s why the LOW paying jobs go to Asia and our standard of living increases.

5.6% unemployment rate in America. Germany is over 13% unemployment. Before you spout your ‘Hate America’ dialog, get some education.

Vincent (user link) says:

No Subject Given

First, to take the companies’ side. Let’s say your a Korean company. You know some Koreans might by the argument that they should buy locally to fend off the latest affront of those damn imperialists. If I were a Korean company and thought that would work and increase my sales, I’d do the same thing. That’s the joy of a free market economy: companies can do whatever they want to if they can trick some unthinking consumers to make a few purchases. And that includes pretending there’s some fuzzy nationalistic advantage to buying domestic at a higher price and/or lesser quality.
Then there’s the obvious other side… buying because of the country of origin – as opposed to product quality – lets domestic producers sit more complacently with inferior products rather than stepping up to the plate and really competing with the threatening companies.
Let’s not kid ourselves here though… Korea’s not the only one to have companies jump on the nationalism boat to boost flagging sales. In particular, this sounds a heckuva lot like U.S. automakers’ reaction to Japanese imports. U.S. automakers eventually decided to get down to business.
In the end though I question how effective this will be. Even in this era of Republican-induced hyper-patriotism, if you started flying the flag and telling American kids to buy Xbox instead of Playstation 2, how effective do you think that would be? I doubt it’ll be much more effective in Korea.

oranckay (user link) says:

Here's the ad!

The advert in question can be found here. Again, there is no mention of a “boycott.” The company just promises to defend Korea’s pride as an MP3 device producing nation. It does not mention Apple by name. Also, it starts by discussing how its a problem to entrust the work of producing electronic handheld dictionaries to foreign companies (which the company also produces), the defense of the Korean language being celebrated cause because of what the Japanese tried to do to Korean during colonial rule. Microsoft learned that quickly, though it was being heavy handed about expanding its market share in Korea.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...