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Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America's Independent Businesses Paperback – October 1, 2007
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Her follow up--BIG Box SWINDLE defrocks the myth making and PR that BIG BOXES use to not only financially swindle communities but also to influence your local decision makers. All is done in the innocent sounding name of "economic development".
BIG BOX SWINDLE includes greater detail and more research based information on the negative impact of the BIG Boxes on communities and their economy. It reveals the mythmaking for what it is: a well financed fraud on the community. Only after the community has become trapped in the web of myths, are the true costs to the community revealed, often, too late to reverse direction.
BIG BOX SWINDLE is an easy read. Each chapter can be read on their own independently. Each chapter focuses on different aspects of this myth making swindle. It gives those who value locally owned and grown communities, the information needed to preserve them. Information can be used to bust the BIG BOX's myths and to help decision makers make better and wiser economic decisions.
Mitchell's recounting of real life experience of those average citizens paving a better path for communities is heartening and hopeful.
Big Box Swindle is a "must read" for anyone wanting to preserve the integrity of their community and for those rejecting the negative aspects of the global economy.Read more ›
Diane C. Donovan
Reading this book is like accidentally walking into a store's backroom and coming across some dirty sweatshop where everyone is in chains. Then some cleancut, smiling guy hooks your arm, leads you out and gives you some urgent story about how they're trying valiantly to keep such conditions from being necessary in every store in the world. Then stuffs a 30%-off coupon into your hand and guides you to the weekly sale rack.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a guy who likes popping into Target, Home Depot and a host of other chains. But seeing behind the shiny laminated displays makes you think....
-But going the complimentary route isn't her direction. Author Mitchell takes the mega-retailers to the mat and delivers a carefully thought-out knockout punch to the notion that The Big Box Stores exist for other than their own mega-huge profits. She's put together tough details about the operation of these mammoth stores ... the Walmarts, Targets, Best-Buys, Borders, Walgreen's, Albertson's, among many others ... and tells how and why they control shoppers, communities and local governments. Our eyes bug wide open ... as she explains how the big-box stores' steady growth is not about top-flight business practices or high-quality customer-service in a free marketplace. They get bigger and bigger, Mitchell claims, pretty much because they're already big. -And they all expect to get even larger, stronger and will exert expanded control over consumers, manufacturers, employees, governments, environments.
For instance, Mitchell says, Big-Boxers regularly take over small town business districts and even encroach on established, well-run big-city small businesses. Their local buildup is most always sanctioned by local governments through, among other things, giant tax breaks to these massive companies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The effect of chain stores on independent businesses has always been an interest of mine. All I have to say about this book is Wow ! Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Kathleen L. Dooley
Stacy Mitchell's Big Box Swindle is an excellent resource to educate government decision makers about the economic perils of big box chains.Published on August 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Muckraking journalism at its very best. Well documented studies of the effects economically, socially, and environmentally on our lives. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by P. B. Traverso
Read this book. It's not easy, the truth can sometimes be painful and disturbing. But if you want to be educated, if you want to really goes on in the world of big-box stores you... Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by NotGreg
I just want to add my "5" to those already posted. They do a good job recommending this fine book. It should be required reading for local and state officials and anyone who has... Read morePublished on November 22, 2010 by Thomas Atwater
When I opened this book I thought I already knew a fair amount about the issues it contains. But Big Box Swindle really shows so many angles on the struggle between small,... Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by WorkingGirl
This book can only be written by someone who has never started or operated a business (successfully). Read morePublished on April 18, 2009 by Reader
A book every caring American should read. It tells you what Wallmart has realy done to us.Published on April 7, 2009 by Edward Weinstein
Very well researched and documented. Easy and interesting read, even an involved story at times. I liked the book and the presentation very much. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by T. Ellison