Many of you who have read this blog have probably heard of Polvos Azules. Polvos Azules is internationally known as the best place in Peru to get...well, anything! The place is crazy! You walk in there and there are just rows upon rows of goods and services available at a fraction of their regular cost. Sure, the grand majority of them are just cheap knock offs or pirated DVDs/Software, but most of it works just as well as the real deal (probably because it's all made by the same people).
Polvos Rosados is the slightly tamer version of Polvos Azules. I only know about it because of driving past. I would never stoop so low as to actually buy a DVD or anything at a place like that! I mean, after all, if you go and buy, say, "Mission Impossible 3" you're essentially STEALING food right from Tom Cruise's mouth and giving it, instead, to some impoverished person in a developing nation. I mean, the moral rules you break with such an act are astounding. It's much better to give Tom Cruise the money so that he can then spend it on a variety of caritable programs of his choosing. You can't have people going out there and just creating viable occupations for themselves out of thin air! No, all chairty must be approved and filtered through Hollywood.
But for people who don't share my noble belief, here is what Polvos Rosados looks like from the outside:
When you go in, you'll find row after row of kiosks with various DVDs available. Many of the displays look like this:
But they also have just big plastic binders with all their titles listed. Seriously, they have just about every movie or item ever made.
I can never figure out how it is that places like this are allowed to operate. Every now and then there are police raids (because it's illegal to download movies from the internet and then print them onto a DVD and sell them), but Rosados is never closed down for very long. Those people have even learned to scoot out of there fast.
I guess the Peruvian government has just got bigger problems on their hands that worring about whether or not a few American copyright laws are respected or not.
Hey! Here's a great idea. Hollywood always claims to be extremely liberal, and they always want to help people out in developing nations. Why don't they just universally declare that it's LEGAL for people in places like Peru to sell dvds that they've downloaded off the internet. Did I mention that the price for one of these DVDs is about 5 Soles (1.66$). This way, Hollywood wouldn't be providing charity, they'd just be legitimizing an industry that already exists! Where's the harm in that? They should get a Nobel Peace prize!
I guess we already know what the reaction is going to be to that idea.