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by Ellen Ruppel Shell
 

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ISBN-10: 159420215X

ISBN-13: 2901594202154

Pub. Date: 12/28/2009

Publisher: Penguin Random House Llc

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Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture [With Earbuds] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Science journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell offers many insights in this terse, but engaging overview of the discount industry, starting with the image of shoppers browsing mindlessly through discount store aisles filled with shoddy merchandise. Her mix of history, economics and psychology delivers a disturbing portrait of the discount industry from the industrial era to the present day. Some of her examples and arguments are repetitive or simplistic, but after reading this book, you'll think twice about every price tag or special promotion. Shell, who acknowledges that she's a bargain hunter, too, never gets preachy. Instead, she prompts you to examine the hidden financial, political, environmental and global costs of discount culture. Many so-called bargains are not good value, and shoppers pay extra tolls in wasted time and resources. getAbstract recommends this book to shoppers, economists and executives in the retailing and manufacturing industries.
phil63 More than 1 year ago
I saw the author on CSPAN3 and I enjoyed her talk. I picked up the book at the B&N store in South Bend and have gotten through 1/2 of it. It's very interesting and deals well with retail, discounting and the ways that this is harming our society. The contrasting of Wanamaker and Woolworth and the ultimate result was very absorbing.
Marlan Winter More than 1 year ago
She has lots of good info with lots of data. A little rambly, but a great topic. We need to question quality and maybe pay for it - if we have the smarts - or we will have trouble finding it if we want it.
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TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
not enough pictures, over i give two of my three thumbs up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a GIFT, it was requested by the Recipient,who had read a part of the book and wanted to have a Copy. The Rating was by the Recipient.