Cheap The High Cost of Discount Culture

ISBN-10: 0143117637

ISBN-13: 9780143117636

Edition: 2010

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Description: A myth-shattering investigation of the true cost of America's passion for finding a better bargain From the shuttered factories of the Rust Belt to the strip malls of the Sun Belt-and almost everywhere in between-America has been transformed by its relentless fixation on low price. This pervasive yet little- examined obsession with bargains is arguably the most powerful and devastating market force of our time, having fueled an excess of consumerism that blights our land­scapes, escalates personal debt, lowers our standard of living, and even skews of our concept of time. Spotlighting the peculiar forces that drove Americans away from quality, durability, and craftsmanship and towards quantity, quantity, and more quantity, Ellen Ruppel Shell traces the rise of the bargain through our current big-box profusion to expose the astronomically high cost of cheap.

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Note to Readers
Introduction: Gresham's Law
Discount Nation
The Founding Fathers
Winner Take Nothing
The Outlet Gambit
Markdown Madness
Death of a Craftsman
Discounting and its Discontents
Cheap Eats
The Double-Headed Dragon
The Perfect Price
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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