Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I Don't Wanna Buy Pirate!
The American Chamber of Commerce surveyed 1,000 Mexicans in four cities, revealing some alarming figures about pirate merchandise: nine out of ten Mexicans purchase pirate materials, which costs the would-be legitimate manufacturers and retailers of such goods around $75 billion annually. It also deprives the Mexican government of about $35 billion per year. Even assuming that the Chamber of Commerce is inflating the estimates (and I don't believe that 90 percent of Mexicans regularly buy pirate goods), compared to drug trafficking, those are simply huge numbers, and pirate merchants are, in a lot of cases, closely linked to organized crime. So where's the outcry?