Cheap: [the high cost of discount culture]
(Audiobook on CD)

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[Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, [2009].
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From 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 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 quality, 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 incomes, 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 cheap.
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Audiobook on CD
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Unabridged.
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10 audio discs (11 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Language:
English
ISBN:
1400112796, 9781400112791

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Subtitle from container.
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Lorna Raver.
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An Atlantic correspondent evaluates America's penchant for making and buying cheap products while assessing the true economic, political, and psychological costs of such goods, in a report that argues that a focus on low prices is promoting negative practices.
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Compact disc.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Shell, E. R., & Raver, L. (2009). Cheap: [the high cost of discount culture]. Unabridged. [Old Saybrook, Conn.]: Tantor Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Shell, Ellen Ruppel, 1952- and Lorna. Raver. 2009. Cheap: [the High Cost of Discount Culture]. [Old Saybrook, Conn.]: Tantor Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Shell, Ellen Ruppel, 1952- and Lorna. Raver, Cheap: [the High Cost of Discount Culture]. [Old Saybrook, Conn.]: Tantor Audio, 2009.

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Shell, Ellen Ruppel, and Lorna Raver. Cheap: [the High Cost of Discount Culture]. Unabridged. [Old Saybrook, Conn.]: Tantor Audio, 2009.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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