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Addicted to cheap shopping? [videorecording] / BBC Education & Training ; produced & directed by Leo Telling
Alternate Title Subtitle on container: Why the real cost of goods keeps going down [videorecording]
Princeton, N. J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, [2008]
Location Call Number Status
 Videos/2nd Flr  HF5429.2 .A33 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Economies of scale
Retail trade
Discount houses (Retail trade)
Subject Wal-Mart (Firm)
Ikea (Firm)
Physical Description 1 videodisc (61 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Note - System Details DVD
Performer/Participant Presenter, Libby Potter
Credits Camera, Jonathan Young, Paul Cox, Mark Johnson ; film editor, Damian Leask
Note Originally produced in 2007
Contents Introduction -- Are today's prices really cheaper? -- Are falling prices a problem? -- The Walmart effect -- From Sweden to Shenzhen: the no-frills revolution -- Containerization & fast fashion -- The real cost of cheap goods -- Is the cheap bubble about to burst?
Summary "In this program host Libby Potter travels around the world as she takes a meaningful look at the economics behind inexpensive goods for sale in big-box stores and malls. Cost-cutting through supply chain management and waste reduction, economies of scale achieved by shipping offshore-manufactured goods to market via super-container ships, the Wal-Mart effect, and the no-frills philosophy of IKEA are addressed. The triumphs and woes of China, in its role as manufacturer for the world, is given special attention, and the clothing industry is presented as a case study of the cheap goods cycle. But the program also considers the hidden societal costs of cheap goods, such as sweatshop labor and the environmental impact of cavalier overconsumption, and questions how much longer prices will continue to drop as China's standard of living rises"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site
Alternate Author Telling, Leo
Potter, Libby
Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
British Broadcasting Corporation
BBC Education & Training

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