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And I doubt I’ll ever shop at an outlet mall again!

My North Face sneakers Made in China decided to stop being waterproof. At the outlets a “designer” necklace, a pair of Levi Strauss jeans, a Coach bag are often mere decoys, name brands in name only.

Korvette, one of the discount stores that really came into its own after World War II.

Then there are the environmental effects of the agribusiness system most tellingly disgusting is one process for eradicating manure; liquifying it and spraying it into the air, letting it shwll where ever it falls. These early experiments with “cheap” did away with knowledgeable cler This is a book to make you thinkthink about how you live and the ways in which the surrounding culture has influenced your actions and the implications of those actions for the world.

Perhaps they used a discount proofreader?

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If we were told that aliens were doing this to our world, we would build the laser to blast t A very insightful examination of our American obsession with getting dllen bargain.

Accessibility links Skip to eleln content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. I’m definitely a bargain shopper, but I don’t want my search for a great deal to mean that workers in Mexico don’t make a living wage or that Chinese migrant workers are standing in vats of toxic substances for 14 hours a day.


Sinceour productivity has grown almost six times faster than our wages. In this superbly researched, thoughtful, and deeply humane book, Ellen Ruppel Shell both demonstrates how close we are to social catastrophe—and how we might pull ourselves back from the brink.

Capital to such a man is an abstract fund, made up of perishable elements which are constantly replaced. Friedman, her writing is uniformly light-hearted.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Even though our penchant for cheap food put them there. Cheap also unveils the fascinating and unsettling illogic that underpins our bargain-hunting reflex and explains how our deep-rooted need for bargains colors every aspect of our psyches and social lives.

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Ellen Ruppel Shell paints a compelling portrait of where we stand today, and points to a promising and hopeful way forward. Other topics, like reference pricing, were concepts I was somewhat aware of, but I now feel much better informed.

Put Carter’s zinger together with Cohen’s astute observation and one comes closer to seeing the reason why. But how on earth am I to ascertain that? Jan 19, Kimberly rated it it was amazing. Because the staff did not need to be highly skilled, rates of pay declined. I suspect the same sort of thing is true with coconut oil and acai berries, among other commodities that have been yuppified to the detriment of the poor. A provocative look at everything from the truth behind “discount mania”, seasonal sales and sales in general, for that matterthe rise and lies of outlet mall shopping and the psychology finding a bargain to the seemingly manic desire to be “bargain hunters” rather than “thrifty”, Ruppel Shell’s book is an in depth look at what drives our emotional buying.


Though whether Cheap benefits the poor is a loaded theory ripe for arguing, which I will not do here. These things all sorts of things, like guns, clothing, housing, food, automobiles have been sold by retailers, and unsavvy buyers often choose price over quality which they cannot discern as the sole criterion in their purchasing decisions.

I specifically read the acknowledgements to identify the editor and had to laugh at her hyperbolic praise of him.

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Okay, three paragraphs are too many for a review, but I had to inclulde this: From the day we open our first lemonade stand, most of us understand that price is a relative matter, one that can infuriate, surprise, sadden, or delight. I despise purchasing items that won’t last, or visiting stores where service is nonexistent because there the only reason people are hired is to restock tuppel and check goods out.

It’s true, so true, all of it. For specific examples, the author mentions IKEA, which is some Swedish furniture company that I have never patronized, and after reading this book, never will. Here we are treated to a breezily written yet co Most of us readily understand that sex trafficking is driven largely by the demand for sexual services. The problem though is that chap means I’m not an energetic contributor to the economy, since so much stuff is made abroad or is made of components that were made abroad.

Much like “Maxed Out” did for me and my credit obsession, this book might cure me of my crap obsession.