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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The zinger, the whole reason for Cheap, in my opinion, is this; Americans have rjppel mistaken idea of freedom [as: If enough dishonest merchants water their milk, more and more customers will forget what normal milk tastes like and buy only the cheaper – watered down – variety.

I was struck most here by the notion that we are creating garbage goods from garbage materials. We learn a lot of facts about F. Sep 14, Danielle rated it liked it.

Brilliant work and damn. I hate feeling duped and this book pretty much confirmed that I am duped when making most purchases, particularly large, infrequent ones like furniture and mattresses. We don’t even know how. About Ellen Ruppel Shell. This was evident firsthand when we lived in the SJV but got almost all our produce imported from Mexico instead of from the megafarms snell 30 miles of us.

The High Cost Of Buying ‘Cheap’ : NPR

Important ideas to take into consideration. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Jul 11, skein rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Marketing psychologists have gone to considerable lengths to learn how to manipulate our desires, our perceived needs, and the reward centers of our brains, all to the benefit of rhppel corporate coffers.

In short, read the last section and you basically chsap the point. As Shell puts it, “As citizens, we recognize this ‘collateral damage,’ deplore it, and frequently decry it.

Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell

We rail against exploitation of low-paid workers in Asia as we drive twenty minutes to the Big Box to save three bucks on tube socks and a dollar on underpants. We throw them away and buy new ones.


When the price is right, what’s in the box euppel to matter far less than what is on the label. Read this one in Kindle format. Sometimes I was bored with the narrative though. May 21, Janelle rated it it was ok Shelves: How on earth can anyone possibly raise a cow, feed it, butcher it, process it, freeze it, truck it across country and reheat it for 99cents?

The author has laid out her arguments clearly and well so that the book rulpel a challenge from which you cannot turn away. If customers knew the milk is rruppel, here is no problem; they pay less for it and get precisely what they bargained for. Hardcoverpages. As Harvard Business School professor Gerald Zaltman told me, “Price is typically a number, but there is nothing more subjective.

Jan 07, Brian Roberts rated it it was ok. We don’t get angry when Scott states that retail doesn’t have a responsibility towards its employees; it has a loyalty to low prices, all the time, no matter what. The genius of IKEA and other cheap-chic purveyors is that they ellej made fashionable, desirable, and even lovable objects nearly devoid of craftsmanship. I find that books written by journalists often have better style than those written by sociologists or economists, and sometimes do a better job at being objective than other sources, but they often shy away from offering real possible solutions to the problems described in the books.

This quote really made me pause: And I was visiting a friend who lives in a Midwe The timing of this book was really serendipitous, since I was starting to feel a lot of resentment toward all of the shlocky shit cluttering up ceap life. He differs from dhell latter in that he has no regard for the objects through which productive power is acquired.

I specifically read the acknowledgements to identify the editor and had to laugh at her hyperbolic praise of him. Refresh and try again. This book could have used some tighter editing. In the late going she does start to find her voice and to fully suggest that consumers bear the burden of changing their gluttonous, hoarding ways before the whole world becomes one big Easter Island. Woolworth and his discounter brethren but not so much about why were customers so eager to buy the poorly made and mostly useless whell they peddled.


The way we have agreed to dismiss quality for low prices on food astonishes me every time I read a book like this.

Ellen Ruppel Shell

And I was visiting a friend who lives in a Midwestern suburban housing development. Though I have tried not to become dependent on big box stores, I do go to Target and Whole Foods on a rup;el regular basis. Nor will it sustain us. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Traveling from deep in Appalachia to the heart of the Midwestern rust belt, from a struggling custom clothing maker in Massachusetts to a thriving co-working center in Minnesota, she marshals evidence from a wide range of disciplines to show how our educational system, our politics, and our very sense of self have been held captive to and distorted by outdated notions of what it means to get and keep a good job.

Discounters have helped to keep inflation at bay, and that in itself is a victory. Or why you’d prefer to pay more for an item than witness someone else pay less? The poor fheap the discounters just as much, or more, than the discounters benefit the poor. Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Changeweighs in on the nature of work, its future, its purpose, its meaning, how people prepare for it, government assistance to the poor, unions, income inequality in the United States, and much more.

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