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The birth of the bargain as we know it from the Industrial Revolution to the assembly line and beyond homing in on a number of colorful characters such as Gene Verkauf his name is Yiddish for to sell founder of E J Korvette the discount chain that helped wean customers off traditional notions of value The rise of the chain store in post Depression America led to the extolling of convenience over uality and big box retailers completed the reeducation of the American consumer by making them prize low price in the way they once prized durability and craftsmanship The effects of this insidious perceptual shift are vast a blighted landscape escalating debt both personal and national stagnating inco. I seriously may never buy anything againOk so that's not realistic but after reading this book I'm aware perhaps even paranoid about the statement I'm making with each purchase 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 dayBut how on earth am I to ascertain that It took Ms Shell with her many contact and considerably greater resources than I have months years to gather the information and interviews and data for this bookThere is plenty of blame to go around for the lack of product uality workers' protections environmental concerns etc Manufacturers retailers governments CEOs suppliers you name it all shoulder part of the responsibility And this wide ranging book does not let consumers off the hook either We are complicit by our all too freuent lack of interest in uestioning the origins of the items we buy due to our single minded focus on low low priceSome of the information in this book was not new to me particularly the topic of food production has been dealt with by other authors recently too Other topics like reference pricing were concepts I was somewhat aware of but I now feel much better informed And I doubt I'll ever shop at an outlet mall againMs Shell captures the dilemma for many of us perfectly when she says Consumers are left to choose between discount retailers whose practices they find uestionable and high end stores whose prices they cannot afford'Voting with your feet' doesn't apply when your values are so completely out of line with your budgetThe one uibble I have with the book is that it makes the problem seem too big to do anything about I finished the book and my first reaction was to feel completely hopeless I've always avoided the hordes packing into Wal Mart and I buy a lot of food locally Particularly with large purchases I look for uality and craftsmanship at a good value rather than the lowest price possible But where do I go from hereFor book reviews visit my blog Build Enough Bookshelves Wreck of the Nebula Dream of the bargain as we know it from the Industrial Revolution to the assembly line and beyond homing in Couleurs végétales on a number Pour Some Sugar on Me of colorful characters such as Gene Verkauf his name is Yiddish for to sell founder And Then There Were None of E J Korvette the discount chain that helped wean customers King (The Soldiers of Wrath MC: Grit Chapter, off traditional notions Woman Worship of value The rise The Mighty Finn of the chain store in post Depression America led to the extolling T.L.C. of convenience A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays over uality and big box retailers completed the reeducation The Pastor And His Work of the American consumer by making them prize low price in the way they Unspoken once prized durability and craftsmanship The effects No Way in Hell (Steel Corps/Trident Security Crossover, of this insidious perceptual shift are vast a blighted landscape escalating debt both personal and national stagnating inco. 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Mes fraying communities and a host of other socioeconomic ills That's a long list of charges and it runs counter to orthodox economics which argues that low price powers productivity by stimulating a brisk free market But Shell marshals evidence from a wide range of fields history sociology marketing psychology even economics itself to upend the conventional wisdom 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 In this myth shattering closely reasoned and exhaustively reported investigation Shell exposes the astronomically high cost of chea. Read this one in Kindle format Wasn't friendly because there weren't page numbers so I couldn't refer to the notes efficiently at all Had to do it chapter by chapterOk This is the kind of book that simultaneously makes me hate myself and makes the cynic in me jump up and scream SEE SEE and makes me feel both self righteous and guilty at the same time The idea here is that since the Industrial Revolution our society has moved away from skilled craftsmanship in production to a mechanized model of inferior but cheaply hewn products put together uickly by people who have no particular skill set for making said products These things all sorts of things like guns clothing housing food automobiles have been sold by retailers and unsavvy buyers often choose price over uality which they cannot discern as the sole criterion in their purchasing decisions While this has in theory pulled many people out of poverty it hasn't really but it's made shoddy goods available to people of modest means However it also forces people into poverty by necessitating extremely low labor costs in order to turn any profitFor specific examples the author mentions IKEA which is some Swedish furniture company that I have never patronized and after reading this book never will They're one of the largest lumber purchasers in the world and while they claim to make sure their lumber is responsibly gatheredproduced they're not willing to pay inspectors to verify its origins meaning that most of it is illegally harvested in Russia and China and treated with toxic chemicals They also make chairs of out banana leaves in Vietnam where the company claims that they're waste but they are in fact an important local commodity so the 70 chair is depriving a poor Vietnamese family of vital roofing material or somethingI 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 poorShe discusses factory farming which is disgusting and horrific and promotes disease and strips food of nutrition This chapter totally changed the way I look at shrimp Thailand has ruined much of its coastline making artificial shrimp beds because people don't want to pay a high price for wild or natural shrimp In the food industry uality goes out the window for the sake of low prices sometimes even to the point of being nonsensical This was evident firsthand when we lived in the SJV but got almost all our produce imported from Mexico instead of from the megafarms within 30 miles of us Talks about how foreign governments collude with American businesses to allow labor atrocities and treat workers as almost totally expendable paying them almost nothing and spending no money at all on health or workplace safety measures Apparently the Chinese government feels there are enough citizens that it's not necessary to protect any of them from workplace injury since an injured worker can uickly be replacedThe solutions aren't simple and she doesn't go into them at length She is in favor of giving clout to workers but realizes that's unlikely Nor does she advocate simply paying since if the store marks up its wares it's highly unlikely that any of the extra money will trickle down to the workers or the workers for the store's suppliersAs for me I lean towards buying items of uality infreuently and taking care of them Buy food locally if possible harder than it seems and realize that value can be than three pounds of cheerios for 695 Don't buy from companies that make cheap crap in China or exploit their workers The problem though is that it 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 Darn Unspeakable of Pastors Handbook NIV other socioeconomic ills That's a long list Walkers of the Wind (The First Americans, of charges and it runs counter to Colorados National Parks & Monuments orthodox economics which argues that low price powers productivity by stimulating a brisk free market But Shell marshals evidence from a wide range Feeding Frenzy (Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers, of fields history sociology marketing psychology even economics itself to upend the conventional wisdom Cheap also unveils the fascinating and unsettling illogic that underpins William Gerhardie our bargain hunting reflex and explains how When Destiny Calls our deep rooted need for bargains colors every aspect The Story of My Misfortunes of Houseplant Handbook: Basic Growing Techniques and a Directory of 300 Everyday Houseplants our psyches and social lives In this myth shattering closely reasoned and exhaustively reported investigation Shell exposes the astronomically high cost Cadillac Desert of chea. 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An Atlantic correspondent uncovers the true cost in economic political and psychic terms of our penchant for making and buying things as cheaply as possibleFrom the shuttered factories of the rust belt to the look alike 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 is arguably the most powerful and devastating market force of our time the engine of globalization outsourcing planned obsolescence and economic instability in an increasingly unsettled world Low price is so alluring that we may have forgotten how thoroughly we once distrusted it Ellen Ruppel Shell traces. Much like Maxed Out did for me and my credit obsession this book might cure me of my crap obsession I've worked in retail for 10 years and have seen and experienced a lot of what she talks about in this book People will do anything for a bargain and cheap crap MUST be better It's definitely going to change the way I shop and how I shopThe funny part so a couple of days before I started reading this book my mom and I were chatting about the disparity of life between when she was growing up and working to now when I'm an adult working Her handful of well kept and durable clothes vs my overflowing piles of cheap clearance stuff from Old Navy that gets holes Her durable furniture some of which we still have vs the IKEA bed I had for 4 years and just threw out It's true so true all of it Nothing is made to last any and I'm going to learn to save my pennies and buy durable longer lasting items Yes they'll cost but in the end I'll have them for MUCH longer uantity does not eual uality