07-31-2014, 03:59 PM
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South American leather can be fantastic and Argentine and Columbian craftsmen produce some of the finest finished goods in the world. As mentioned, the tanning process is important as is the type of leather (full grain, top grain, split grain). I would not hesitate one bit to buy a saddle made of Argentine leather.
FWIW, The EU creates (protectionist) laws to stifle competition from imports and protect domestic high priced labor markets and inefficient production methods.
I agree with passing on Pakistani, Indian and Chinese leather.