I've never been to South America, I'm sure there are beautiful parts.
The issue I am most offended by is that this is standard 3rd-world thinking.
What? Tons of iPhones coming in? Ban them, that'll teach them!
Grey/Black Market: 200%
Now. Think about this... What's the value (not just revenue or profit) for iOS and iOS (web-app) related industries? A heck of a lot more than you'd get from low-wage manufacturing. The Argentinian government, in this case, is looking at their butt instead of in front of them.
I've complained at length previously about Malaysia, and 3rd world is really, a state of mind. The facts, figures and attitudes only differ by a bit, but it makes a big difference in the big picture, long-term outlook of a country. Just like the genetic difference between ape and humans is just a bit, yet it makes a huge difference. And I'm not just talking about non-Caucasian countries, Scotland, the Irish Isle, Spain, Greece and Italy are all going to have an entire "lost generation" ~ we're talking 30% or more unemployment for those under 25. The US is not far behind, 20% youth unemployment.http://www.economist.com/node/21528614
In the next 20 years, what industries are going to be most important? Manufacturing? Or IT. Fossil Fuels? Yes, but also renewables dovetailing behind it as energy costs rise. Argiculture? Important, but more for self-sustenance of a country.
At the unemployment centres in the UK, across Europe, the Western world and the third world, what skills should we be teaching them? How to make the cheapest crap at the cheapest prices? Microsoft Word? Or web, iOS, Android and real knowledge-economy skills?
Even Vietnam now is pulling in quite a bit of IT outsourcing. Vietnam, not Argentina, Peru, or Colombia.
Brazil managed to get a manufacturing deal. This looks like Argentina wanting a piece of the pie, but to go up against not just China but Brazil as well, while restricting your own people from becoming more skilled, is... just tragic.
Originally Posted by xtrmtrk
So tell me again why Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mercedes had to build factories here in the USA? Because our labor is cheaper than in Asia or eastern Europe? I don't think so.
Oh yeah, and why does Boeing have to build parts of the new 787 in a dozen different countries? You think it's cheap shipping huge parts of planes around the world?
Every country does this. Some with more grace than others....
Full disclosure - I love Argentina. I've spent many many months there driving around the country, meeting the wonderful people, seeing the beautiful scenery, enjoying the fantastic food and wine. And just about everything related to technology or banking there is ridiculously complicated, especially for a foreigner. Still love the place though.