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Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture

Authors: Ruppel Shell, Ellen
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: SOC022000, BUS018000, BUS016000
ISBN: 9781101135471, Related ISBNs: 0143117637, 1101135476, 159420215X, 9780143117636, 9781101135471
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 320,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: 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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