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Subject:Re: Don't believe the offshore hype? From:"Anameier, Christine A - Eagan, MN" <christine -dot- a -dot- anameier -at- usps -dot- gov> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 11 Mar 2004 11:07:24 -0600
Richard G. Combs wrote:
"Of course, in the short run, some people benefit immediately (people
working -- or applying for jobs -- at Compaq, which sold a few thousand
computers to the 24/7 call center), while others are temporarily hurt
(the laid-off US call center workers). Do we stop or slow economic
progress, making us all poorer, in order to avert or ease the temporary
pain of a few?"
I feel compelled to point out that if those call center jobs had stayed
in the US, Compaq could have just as easily sold a few thousand
computers to US call centers. Each call center worker needs a PC in
front of them, whether they're overseas or in the US. (If the US call
centers already have PCs, perhaps they need an upgrade. Or maybe a new
cut-rate call center opens up in the US and needs PCs.) This seems a
poor example of a "benefit" of offshoring...
My weekend starts in approximately four hours, and I'm on digest; so I'm
going to just lob this thought into the discussion and sign off.
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