TLDR: clothing in Argentina is expensive for locals, reasonable for hard currency. The industry is subsidized, and lends itself to various corrupt practices. A prime example of argentine political cynicism.
Ries: I also like the Ombu pants. But, at $6,000 they represent about 10hs of work for the person making them. At u$d60-70 the US-made Carhartts equal 3-4 hours of work in their KY/TN plants.
Not sure where your money comes from (and I say this very respectfully), but if you enjoy foreign-earned hard currency then, yeah, those Ombu look OK. The argie worker is stuck though. OTOH, the US worker can get for u$d30 a pair of Carhartts made in Mexico, lighter fabric. Or just go to Tractor Supply and get a pair of their just fine Blue Mountain, Mumbai-made, work pants for u$d12. All places with decent working conditions.
And, as you know, capital expense in textiles is an important fraction of cost....in Argentina, most machines are imported...at the official rate! a nice subsidy, but to get them you better grease the wheels...
But wait, there is more! ....or you think I was forgetting the subsidized energy costs?
And the Pro-Tejer lobby...and the unions...
With all the above you wonder: subsidized expensive clothes....where does the money go? Well, you might ask your friend about that, but yeah...and of course the coimas....and of course, inflation that magically thinly spreads all these inefficiencies among all, the poorer the worse....
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In short the subsidies and "protectionism" for this sector make pigs fly (if you're the owner of one of those ubiquitous Argentine brands charging very high prices for very low quality, that is...)
This article describes people angry at a right wing Macri supporter, but doesnt tell us anything about subsidies.
Every major industrialized country subsidizes industries to keep jobs.
Argentina spends peanuts, compared to Germany, Japan, the US, or Korea.
I am in favor of subsidies to keep argentine textile and clothing companies afloat.
The US has not done so, and, as a result, we import almost all clothing.
No jobs at all is worse, in my opinion, than the jobs they have here in Argentina.
not sure where you buy $30 carhartts, but the ones I wear when working cost $60 and up.
I was, as I mentioned, in a mid sized argentine textile factory last month.
Yes, just as in the USA, many of the standard sewing machines were imported from Taiwan or China.
However, all the pressing machines were Argentine made.
The young manager has recently replaced his entire washing and drying line with modern, low energy and low water use machines.
Imagine a row of ten foot tall, 8 foot wide washing machines, with centralized automatic soap dispensing, All Made in Cordoba.
Same thing with his new gigantic energy efficient dryers- Cordoba.
And he had these two gigiantic spin dryers, which the clothing goes in before it actually goes into the dryers- 25 hp or so each, the size of jet engines. Industria Argentina.
His manual cutting machines were all Argentine.
His one CNC cutter was turkish, and the laser he uses for "whiskers" and those slits you see in jeans was, I believe, Korean, but probably 75% of his machinery was Argentine in origin.
Argentina still has a large (and, no doubt, subsidized) manufacturing sector including forging, ag equipment, industrial motors and transformers, food machinery (all those pasta machines you see in the fresh pasta places are Industria Argentina) woodworking, light machining, hand tools, along with many more things. All of which mean local jobs.
I generally find that NeoCon antipathy against subsidies and tariffs are more emotional and moral in nature than economic.
No mention is ever made of what jobs will replace all the jobs that cheap imports take away.
I have seen this happen again and again in the US- no replacement jobs for all those lost in industries I have been around, going back to the seventies when I worked in loudspeaker manufacturing, which once got all its parts from Chicago, bicycle building (they used to make bikes in the US- now, its all china, including 2500$ Specialized framesets) Argentina still has bike factories.
This is repeated over and over in the Argentine economy- jobs exist here because you cant get the cheap chinese, vietnamese, and bangladeshi imports.