The Nexus Q is $300, and much of that price is from the increased labor costs of not making it in China. Google said it hoped that people would be willing to pay more, but also that costs would probably come down as volume increased. If you spend a moment (just one!) perusing Twitter or Facebook today, you’ll notice that many, many people are already complaining about that price tag. The reality is of course that we can’t have it both ways — electronics are cheap exactly because of those ethical issues (low wages, long hours, terrible living conditions, lax environmental policies) that so many of us have thought, read, written, or complained about.
Laura June for The Verge.