Linked by David Adams on Wed 30th Nov 2011 20:23 UTC
Editorial A reader asks: "Can someone comment on the legality of using my brother's old Snow Leopard DVD to install OS X? My brother has Lion, so why can't he choose to give it to me? It doesn't violate Apple's 1 license per 1 computer policy."
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RE[4]: How it works in Brazil
by zima on Wed 7th Dec 2011 23:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: How it works in Brazil"
zima
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2005-07-06

Protectionism and tariffs don't work.

They worked wonderfully for present industrial powerhouses, places which for a long time aggresively promoted their own industries - and only afterwards, when they are established, they push (if they can, easy for some of the bigger bullies / with the new-found industrial might) "free market" on others, to thwart, exploit, subsume, absorb possible emerging competition.
You can't just rewrite history, to suit an ideology pushed on you by a small group of people who would profit from it (well, I said "can't" but ...rewriting history is often precisely how ideologies happen)
And do you live in a b&w world of zero tariffs vs. virtually-all-blocking ones? (oh well, I imagine it's comforting for the outlook of small minds)

Anyway, in such case (that of goods promoted as "premium"), it often seems like a desirable policy of local branches in "lesser" markets. For an example from my backyard: a short hop across one river, EU countries on both sides, results in significantly lower prices on Apple products ...but with costs & taxes at least comparable - if anything, noticeably higher on the cheaper side.

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