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Shell, Ellen Ruppel, 1952-
Cheap : the high cost of discount culture / Ellen Ruppel Shell
Alternate Title High cost of discount culture
New York : Penguin Press, 2009
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 3rd Floor  HF5429.215.U6 S54 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Discount houses (Retail trade) -- United States
Consumer behavior -- United States
Physical Description xix, 296 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-285) and index
Contents Discount nation -- The founding fathers -- Winner take nothing -- The outlet gambit -- Markdown madness -- Death of a craftsman -- Discounting and its discontents -- Cheap eats -- The double headed dragon -- The perfect price
Summary An Atlantic correspondent uncovers the true cost--in economic, political, and psychic terms--of our penchant for making and buying things as cheaply as possible, providing evidence that "buying cheap" has resulted in a host of socioeconomic ills that include a blighted landscape, escalating debt (both personal and national), stagnating incomes, and fraying communities

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