This topic came up in a help forum thread and I wanted to pursue the non-technical ramifications. A poster commented that he no longer does business with Dell because of all of the outsourcing they have done leading to many lost jobs in the US. The poster concluded that this was done out of greed without sympathy to the people whose personal finances would be damaged or worse.
So, this is going to be a tricky topic, trying to avoid too much political discussion and concentrating on the corporate greed angle. If this thread does not survive, I won't be surprised. Let's all be careful -- don't be hating!
My response to the original assertion was to point out that IBM also did a disservice to their employees and to the US economy by selling their PC business to Lenovo. In fact, Dell is still incorporated in the US but Lenovo, and all of IBM's former PC assets with them, are incorporated in Hong Kong. Do corporations have a responsibility to the country they do business in? Does a multinational even have a country, or are they beholden only to the "almighty dollar" (or euro, or any other currency)?