Upload & Sell: Off
K, I see.
Yeah, there are a lot of sweat-shops in Korea and China these days producing copy-cat goods with copy-cat stylings. I assumed this was common knowledge. Even companies like Apple are getting lots of criticisms for their sweat-shop like ethics in those countries. And corporations like Walmart see the other end of the same stick. To me, it's pretty disgusting just in general, yes.
i associate that much more with china than korea (in fact i believe there are substantially more korean sweatshops in china than in korea). i expect canon, nikon, panasonic, and sony also take advantage (interpret that word either way) of cheap labor in the countries in which they manufacture. no idea who takes care of their low wage workers the best. As you say big american corporations like walmart do it as well, how could one tell by the sound of the name? i actually tend to assume that the made in korea stamp on my rokinon indicates that the workers who made it were probably in better conditions than many of workers assembling products for more well know camera companies. to be honest though, since nearly all of my camera equipment is bought used and was discontinued long ago, i don't pay much attention to where it was assembled or by whom. i'm not giving the companies any money directly. and yes it is pretty disgusting.