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With inexpensive cost of them, suppose the bean counters win

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05:09 Jun 16, 2001
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
Spanish term or phrase: With inexpensive cost of them, suppose the bean counters win
Which is the meaning of the sentence:
"suppose the bean counters win"
Adolfo Valenzuela
English translation:See explanation
Explanation:
Bean counters is a derogatory expression to describe accountants or auditors who stick to irrelevant detail. They prefer to count the beans than weigh a bag full of them.
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José Henrique Lamensdorf
Brazil
Local time: 16:16
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Mr Johel:

Thanks for your help. I did not know that bean counters was a pejorative expression of accountants.
For sake of simplicity I did not put the complete sentence, which is inserted in a comparison study between the traditional photographic cameras with 35 mm films and the new emergent family of digital cameras.

The complete sentence was:
Especially with inexpensive cost digital images and the high costs of large expensive film based 35 Single Len Reflex Systems, "suppose the bean counters win".

I am still in doubt on what the author wanted to say with the last sentence. My first interpretation was:

Con lo poco oneroso de las imágenes digitales y el alto costo de las ampliaciones de las películas de 35 mm basadas en los sistemas de un solo lente Reflex,las cámaras de 35 mm tienen los días contados.
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Summary of answers provided
nacon costos baratos, suponiéndose que los contadores ganen
Carol Hart
na(BELOW)
Henry Hinds
naSee explanation
José Henrique Lamensdorf


  

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Explanation:
Bean counters is a derogatory expression to describe accountants or auditors who stick to irrelevant detail. They prefer to count the beans than weigh a bag full of them.

José Henrique Lamensdorf
Brazil
Local time: 16:16
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 1
Grading comment
Mr Johel:

Thanks for your help. I did not know that bean counters was a pejorative expression of accountants.
For sake of simplicity I did not put the complete sentence, which is inserted in a comparison study between the traditional photographic cameras with 35 mm films and the new emergent family of digital cameras.

The complete sentence was:
Especially with inexpensive cost digital images and the high costs of large expensive film based 35 Single Len Reflex Systems, "suppose the bean counters win".

I am still in doubt on what the author wanted to say with the last sentence. My first interpretation was:

Con lo poco oneroso de las imágenes digitales y el alto costo de las ampliaciones de las películas de 35 mm basadas en los sistemas de un solo lente Reflex,las cámaras de 35 mm tienen los días contados.

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Explanation:
Ya que su costo es tan económico, ¿y si ganan los que hacen numeritos?

"Bean counters" son contadores (despectivo), o sea que el que habla quiere algo más caro y si los contadores se guían por el precio obligando la compra de lo más económico, va a ser un desastre. Algo así.


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Henry Hinds
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Local time: 11:16
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con costos baratos, suponiéndose que los contadores ganen


Explanation:
inexpensive = barato, no caro

suppose = suponer

bean counters= Contadores (accountants) en forma despectiva) (sort of like a nickname for Accountants)


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Carol Hart
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