I can give you a little example of Economics in Pakistan.
Lets assume a machine using pillow bearings for shafts, the machine makes Rs 5,000/hour each pillow (saddle) costs Rs 10,000/- and takes 4 hours to replace. Usual life of recommended pillow bearing is 500 hours.
downtime to repair is equal to Rs 20,000/- in operating loss and then Rs 10,000/- for part and more in labor.
For some reason the Pakistani accountants will purchase the Rs 2000/- pillow bearing which has a life of 100 hours only and all will be perfectly cool, nice n dandy. They would even get promotions.
ECONOMICS at its best - desi ishtyle.
I had such arguments in Pakistan where I would see some so called ISPs masquerading as RF install entities whose technicians and mechanics would have worn out, sloppy, underpaid slave labor made tools, literally I once saw a guy using a 1 ft long adjustable spanner to tighten a 10mm sunken nut. Their office arguments were that "ozaar ozaar hota hai, china ka ho ya germany ka, adjustable sub size pe set hojata hai"