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Dominated by activities, he thinks of capital as a means to a particular end. If enough dishonest merchants water their milk, more and more customers will forget what normal milk tastes like and buy only the cheeap – watered down – variety. She took a while to get around to “the high cost of discount culture”.

These early experiments with “cheap” did away with knowledgeable cler This is a book to make you thinkthink about how you live and the ways in which the surrounding culture has influenced your actions and the implications of those actions for the world. Low prices lead consumers to think they can get what they want without out necessarily getting what they want – or need. The book is undeniably biased and one-sided. Another of the costs is less obvious: We read stories of sausage makers, firefighters, zookeepers, hospital cleaners; we hear from economists, computer scientists, psychologists, and historians.

The analysis is fine here but the discussion is covered in much chap elsewhere by Michael Pollan. Today, low prices are the circuses. And I doubt I’ll ever shop at an outlet mall again! Wasn’t friendly because there weren’t page numbers so I couldn’t refer to the notes efficiently at all. I found the chapter on Ikea particularly fascinating.

The first half of the book is theory and backstory: Dec 25, Sara Kaiser rated it really liked it. This chapter totally changed the way I look at shrimp. And that’s why America is so effed up. He desires not land, but a given farm, not horses or cattle and machines, but particular breeds and implements; not shelter, but a home….

Hard to argue with a race to the bottom. I thought sheell author zhell redundant in her presentation.


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Since retail traditionally had one of the lowest median rates of pay, the suell of discount retailers that paid even lower wages contributed to a spurt in poorly paid jobs. Nothing is made to last anymore and I’m going to learn to save my pennies and buy durable, longer lasting items.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. It is rambling and would have greatly benefited from better editing. Work gives us our identity, and wllen sense of purpose and place in this world.

Daily commutes and price of gas. We’ll put an IKEA bookcase out on the curb because it’s easier to buy a new one than disassemble and move an old one. As the book says, “By cutting back on customer service and most other frills, discounters not only saved money but created the impression that their merchandise was cheap due not to low quality but to low overhead.

I despise purchasing items that won’t last, or visiting stores where service is nonexistent because there the only reason people are hired is to restock merchandise and check goods out. If we were told that aliens were doing this to our world, we would build the laser to blast t A very insightful examination of our American obsession with getting a bargain.

Harvard cultural historian Lizabeth Cohen has pointed out that mass-market consumption offers the facade of social equality without forcing society to go through the hard work of redistributing wealth.

Anti-chain protesters in the s represented almost 7 percent of the nation’s population. The Chinese call those who make, sell, and profit from substandard and counterfeit goods the heixinor “small, black- hearted ones,” and as we will see, the heixin come in many nationalities.

See all books by Ellen Ruppel Shell. As Shell puts it, “As citizens, we recognize this ‘collateral damage,’ deplore it, and frequently decry it. The second half gets to the real-life, modern day examples: Jun 28, Liz rated it it was ok.

Of course, she is talking about…IKEA.

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We tend to invest less in their purchase, care, and maintenance, and that’s part of what makes them so attractive. This book got a lot of press when chrap was released so I was surprised at horrible editing in it, but we’ll get to that in a minute. And it’s not only outlets that lead us astray.


If prices are so damn low, why are we all just scraping by? Work, in all its richness, complexity, rewards and pain, is essential for people to flourish. Then there are the environmental effects of the agribusiness system most tellingly disgusting is one process for eradicating manure; liquifying it and spraying it into the air, letting it fall where ever it falls.

Oct 25, Ciara rated it it was ok Shfll Those who remember the early s, writes Atlantic tuppel Shell Fat Wars: IKEA makes furniture available to all at a low price, which means college students, young couples, and others on a budget can furnish their homes in style. This was discussed particularly in context of local eating, and ruplel treated as a systemic problem – that only the middle and upper classes can really afford to eat in the ways that nutritionists and food advocates recommend.

The High Cost Of Buying ‘Cheap’

Read this book and you will ruppwl twice before your next discount purchase. Korvette, one of the discount stores that really came into its own after World War II. Pay the extra 3 bucks for the free trade products, the produce from your local farmer, the eggs from your local chickens, the milk from your local dairy.

And as bad as it is in America, it’s worse overseas.

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This book was a solid “eh. The history of discount stores was quite interesting as was the alternative-business-model of Wegmans, which unfortunately doesn’t exist here in the midwest.

Manufacturers chase cheap labor across the planet in order to produce ruppel, which in turn lowers the labor value of American workers. I was interested in this book because my recent thoughts have been running towards our decreasing value for expertise, which Ruppel Shell addresses as a decline in appreciation of craftsmanship, replaced by a fixation on “design.

Suppliers have to comply, because stores can just find another supplier who’s willing.