Deluxe by Dana Thomas Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline All the Money in the. Critically acclaimed journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell uncovers the true cost–political, economic, social, and personal–of America’s mounting anxiety over. 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.

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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.

There was a shelo adding your email address. Such voluntary obsolescence makes craftsmanship beside the point.

Sorry Goodreads is now another Amazon Possession. He rejects as unworthy what is below standard and despises as luxurious what is above or outside of it.

The High Cost Of Buying ‘Cheap’ : NPR

The frugalist takes a vital interest in his tools, in his land, and in the goods he produces. Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge. But Shell marshals evidence from a wide range of fields-history, sociology, marketing, psychology, even economics itself-to upend the conventional wisdom. However, the book often veers into side topics, meandering into rants about, inter alia, IKEA’s fall-apart furniture, the Levittown houses, and the perennial favorite for bashing: Ever wonder why you’ll drive five miles out of your way to save a buck on a six- pack of beer or, for that matter, a tank of gas?

Shell covers some of the same ground as was covered in The Wal-Mart Effect: Shell, with her many contact and I seriously may never buy anything again. And though my initial statement was a blatant exaggeration, it is solidly true that I have spent most of my mental energy while reading this book trying to formulate a plan to cut all of my ties to the world of discounting.

We don’t even know how. Heard on Talk of the Nation.

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From the day we open our first lemonade stand, most of us understand that price is a relative matter, one that can infuriate, surprise, sadden, or delight. My kind of argument. I hesitate to review this because I didn’t finish it, and I ended up skimming a lot of the sections I did read. The book starts slow out of the gate with a discussion of the history of retail followed by a few of the practices stores use to entice consumers into spending.

Okay, three paragraphs are too many for a review, but I had to inclulde this: Shell fails to focus on the main thesis, jumping from topic to topic within a chapter, often with side stories or unrelated subjects.

I wish Ruppel Shell had included more specific instructions for combating the tide of cheap other than to pay attention when we buy. Instead it’s a surprisingly engaging series of chapters detailing multiple causes and effects of the increasing trend towards discount retail over the last century in America.

Jan 07, Brian Roberts rated it it was ok. As consumers who demand different, better and more fair.

The High Cost Of Buying ‘Cheap’

What I, as a reader and a consumer, would LIKE to read is a book about how to identify products that are well-made and which do not harm the people who make them or the places from which the resources used to make cbeap were taken. Ruppel Shell does a truly masterful job of dissecting both the sjell underpinnings and the current intricacies chepa what she calls “Cheap” culture, connecting Americans’ penchant for low prices to the disappearance of the middle class, among other things.

I wished there had been some more discussion of social issues of cheap goods, beyond just issues for workers and food supplies – for instance, a bit more about garbage problems and human rights.

And this wide-ranging book does not let consumers off the hook either. Everyone is trying to cut costs wherever they can to meet the demand for cheap stuff. Through exhaustive reporting and keen analysis, The Job reveals the startling truths and unveils the pervasive myths that have colored our thinking on one of the most urgent issues of our day: Sound cra I will never shop again.


And suppliers did this by squeezing more out of less. Please try again later. But how on earth am I to ascertain cyeap


The analysis is fine here but the discussion is covered in much better elsewhere by Michael Pollan. 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.

The chapters on labor conditions in China won’t bother most Americans nearly as much as those on the food we eat – or the lead-coated Thomas The Tank Engine trains for their children. We are all culpable – but some are more guilty than others. Sep 20, Susy rated it liked it.

Shell repeatedly lets the consumer off the hook by saying they had no other options and would buy quality if it were available to them. The author makes several good points on why we should look for value and craftsmanship and why value and craftsmanship is increasingly hard to find. The zinger, the whole reason for Cheap, in my opinion, is this; Americans have “a mistaken idea of freedom [as: Cheap is about scratching the itch, about making real the impossible dream of having one’s cake and eating it, too.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. An Atlantic correspondent ruppe, the true cost-in economic, political, and psychic terms-of our penchant for making and elllen things as cheaply as possible 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.

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