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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Analysis I Expected, October 21, 2010
This review is from: Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture (Hardcover)
This book covers to exhaustion the fact that we ARE cheap, giving histories of the likes of Walmart, Ikea, and outlet malls and their role in our discount culture. I think we all knew that. I hoped to find an analysis of what that attitude is doing to our culture and our future. Is it hurting us? Is it the boon to our economy that we think it is? Does outsourcing cheap production overseas free us up for more leisurely service industries, or does destroying our manufacturing base ultimately cut the legs off the middle class? Where will our cheapness lead us - down or up? That analysis is conspicuously absent. Only in the final chapter does she take a tentative stab at it. I only labored through this book to find answers to those questions. If you're looking for answers, skip it. Find another.
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Initial post: Oct 1, 2011 9:26:17 AM PDT
Jeff says:
The author does tend to beat some issues to death ad nauseum.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 12:03:49 PM PDT
D. Thornes says:
Does anyone know of this book? "The price we pay for buying cheap goods." In terms of quality of life, exported jobs, etc.
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