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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover; First Edition edition (October 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591845807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591845805
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Americans love a bargain, and our passion for a good deal has sparked a paradigm shift in the retail industry. Journalist Ellwood offers surprising statistics that indicate that bargain shopping has become a permanent way of life. As a result, businesses have to operate differently, even those not traditionally associated with discounts. Buyers are informed, expectant, and entitled, and they hold all the power. Ellwood calls this new buying reality Shopping 3.0, and explores the effects of dopamine on the brain and the hormonal buyagra resulting from successful customer&'s experiences. While stereotypical bargain hunters may be low-income consumers, Ellwood shows that the wealthy are not immune to the thrill of a deal. He examines the Groupon phenomenon, yo-yoing air travel fares, J.C. Penney&'s disastrous Every Day Prices policy, and the emergence of super-fakes—counterfeit luxury items almost identical to the real thing. While Ellwood discloses intriguing tidbits about how American&'s shop, he also explains the vastly difference purchasing habits of the Chinese, Germans, and Japanese. Well-written and illuminating, Ellwood reveals the implications bargain shopping holds for American retailing not just in the present, but for years to come. Agent: Erika Storella, Gernert Company. (Oct.)

From Booklist

In 2011, most retailers sold 40 to 45 percent of their inventory at “some kind of promotional price” (10 years previously, it was 15 to 20 percent). And people seem to be more accepting about an advertised sale. In 2006, about a third of shoppers took a “70 percent off” sign at face value; now it’s two-thirds. This is a highly informative and entertainingly written book about a radical shift in the relationship between consumers and sellers. One can blame the recent economic slump for this sale-conscious mentality but not entirely. Consumers’ quest for the deal goes back a century or more. What we have now is an environment in which consumers demand bargains all the time, and sellers are always looking for new ways to convince consumers they’re getting a deal, even when they’re not. Like Paco Underhill (Call of the Mall, 2004), Ellwood helps us understand our own frame of mind as consumers while also providing insight into the point of view of the people whose products we buy. --David Pitt

More About the Author

British-born, New York-based Mark Ellwood has lived out of a suitcase for most of his life.

After studying for an undergraduate degree in English Literature at Cambridge University in England and a Masters on a scholarship to the University of Chicago, he spent several years as a tour director leading art tours around cities like Florence, Rome and Paris. After college, Mark moved to New York to become a print and broadcast journalist, specializing in luxury goods: travel, fashion and contemporary art.

He has written regularly for the Financial Times Weekend and How To Spend It Magazine, T: New York Times style magazine, Wall Street Journal Weekend, Bloomberg Business Week and Departures among others. He has interviewed the world's oldest supermodel (she's 75 and counting), trekked to a $10bn art island in rural Japan that looked like a Bond villain's lair (he brought his own white cat) spent a weekend in an all-psychic town (and yes, they did know he was coming because he called) and confirmed where & when men first slipped into a speedo (Sydney, 1961).

Ellwood's new book Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World will be published by Penguin-Portfolio on October 17 2013. In this book, he examines our culture's newfound obsession with deals, discounts and never paying full price (like the unadvertised discount savvy shoppers can wrestle out of Prada staff with a few choice words or the woman who earns more than a $1m a year reselling coupons).

As a host and producer, Ellwood was one of the longtime onscreen talents for luxury network Plum TV. He hosted Plum's first ever travel show, Local Currency: Mark hopscotches around Europe learning from residents of cities like Amsterdam and Vienna what it takes to pass for a local and then testing out the tips first hand with a hidden camera chronicling every one of his bungled mistakes. As a correspondent for the weekly lifestyle show Plum Daily in its key markets from Miami Beach and Aspen to the Hamptons, he wrangled interviews with everyone from Calvin Klein and Alison Janney to Russell Simmons and Mario Batali. Ellwood learned how to play croquet from a pro (yes, they exist) and spent a Thursday evening at the Manhattan offices of some upscale dermatologists who cater to last minute gala-goers in need of pre-Hamptons Botox and fillers. Mark also hosted and produced live special coverage of splashy events from Art Basel Miami Beach to Aspen's Food + Wine festival.

Favorite assignments have included hitting the nightclubs of Maputo in Mozambique with Europe's twentysomething jetset, watching the cowboy poets of Wyoming rap by the campfire, and judging the finer points of vodka-swigging at the cocktail set's answer to Miss World in New Zealand. He's also spent a weekend trawling through the menswear stores of Tokyo trying to find something large enough to fit.

Customer Reviews

Enter this book, which was worth reading for this point alone.
janderbing
In just one trip to the grocery store, I saved over 20% off my bill using the knowledge I gained from this book.
S. Moore
The book has great tips and is full of fascinating information.
Emily Lawi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Olney Falcon on October 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Or you didn't learn a thing and wasted the money you paid for it...

Read the book based on having seen the author interviewed...

He would be the first one to tell you to make sure you get a discount for the book...

There's a fair amount of interesting help in this book, but if you're shy and reluctant to ask for a discount you may as well not bother with it...
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Phat Nguyen on October 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book from the local library; that is how I shop in my discounted world.

1. If you expect practical shopping tips like those from ShopSmart (I'm not affiliated), I doubt that you'll find any.
2. There is nothing new in the content (dopamine, .99 price tag vs. round number, outlet stuff, superfakes, etc.), and the attempt at humor did not work quite well (maybe just me?).
3. There is no coherent structure, no flow of ideas. It reads like gossipy tidbits bundled together: contemporary, historical, scientific studies, stock market, Turkey, yadayada.

Bottom line: if you are interested in the origin and evolution of coupons or want to know why retailers prefer red color, this book can be entertaining to you. If you hope to be more savvy in shopping, I doubt this book can help.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Auntie Christine on November 8, 2013
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This book is not a how to book the title is very misleading. Instead this book gives long flowery anecdotes on characters with specific examples that would be rarely applicable to the average reader.
I.e. If I don't live in NYC and have never been invited to some high end sample sale and this book offers no tips or information on how to gain an invite then I don't consider it a how to. Instead it offers a long colorful description of the clientele designed to give the reader a visual.
Or, on the other end if it tells me the state that I live in is one that does not double face value on coupons and offers no tips or suggestions to compensate what good dues that do?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NorthernReader on January 16, 2014
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not really a lot of practical information I can use now that I've read it. Writing style is not that direct or simple leaving me to often wonder what the point is. The author does have a wealth of information though so he gets a solid three stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margie Cader on December 6, 2013
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If you've ever wondered how "blue light specials" came to be, where the world's first "bargain basement" was born or what was the first coupon, this book is for you. Mark Ellwood's fast-paced book investigates how we've ended up in today's discounted world. It's a must read before you head to the mall!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Brown on December 6, 2013
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Wow - I never knew shopping could be this fascinating! From how people make millions hoarding coupons to how your brain chemistry goes cha-ching! for sales signs, Ellwood covers it all. It's rigorously researched, but reads like a witty magazine article. You'll be able to recognize all the tactics retailers are trying to use on you after you read this book - plus you'll be a hell of a lot more interesting at cocktail parties. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Cook on December 29, 2013
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Interesting book, especially Chapter 1 which explains why we are affected by sales. However, the balance of the book gives the history of different types of retail venues. From the title, I expected hints, ideas, etc on how to shop for bargains, "How to Shop in a Discounted World", wasn't there.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane Middleton VINE VOICE on December 8, 2013
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This is a good discussion of the various types of discount shopping and some history of the same. However I had hoped for some advice on how to utilize discount shopping for myself and didn't find anything here that I didn't already know
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