The Resource Cheap, Ellen Ruppel Shell, (eaudio)

Cheap, Ellen Ruppel Shell, (eaudio)

Label
Cheap
Title
Cheap
Statement of responsibility
Ellen Ruppel Shell
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Language
eng
Summary
From the shuttered factories of the rust belt to the look-alike strip malls of the sun belt-and almost everywhere in between-America has been transformed by its relentless fixation on low price. This pervasive yet little examined obsession is arguably the most powerful and devastating market force of our time-the engine of globalization, outsourcing, planned obsolescence, and economic instability in an increasingly unsettled world.Low price is so alluring that we may have forgotten how thoroughly we once distrusted it. Ellen Ruppel Shell traces the birth of the bargain as we know it from the Industrial Revolution to the assembly line and beyond, homing in on a number of colorful characters, such as Gene Verkauf (his name is Yiddish for "to sell"), founder of E. J. Korvette, the discount chain that helped wean customers off traditional notions of value. The rise of the chain store in post-Depression America led to the extolling of convenience over quality, and big-box retailers completed the reeducation of the American consumer by making them prize low price in the way they once prized durability and craftsmanship.The effects of this insidious perceptual shift are vast: a blighted landscape, escalating debt (both personal and national), stagnating incomes, fraying communities, and a host of other socioeconomic ills. That's a long list of charges, and it runs counter to orthodox economics, which argues that low price powers productivity by stimulating a brisk free market. But Shell marshals evidence from a wide range of fields-history, sociology, marketing, psychology, even economics itself-to upend the conventional wisdom. Cheap also unveils the fascinating and unsettling illogic that underpins our bargain-hunting reflex and explains how our deep-rooted need for bargains colors every aspect of our psyches and social lives. In this myth-shattering, closely reasoned, and exhaustively reported investigation, Shell exposes the astronomically high cost of cheap
Accompanying matter
technical information on music
Cataloging source
Midwest
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Shell, Ellen Ruppel
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PerformerNote
Read by Lorna Raver
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  • Raver, Lorna
  • hoopla digital
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Consumer behavior
  • Discount houses (Retail trade)
Target audience
adult
Label
Cheap, Ellen Ruppel Shell, (eaudio)
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Publication
Note
hoopla date: 02/15/2013, 02/15/2013 to 12/31/9999
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unknown
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digital storage
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unknown
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  • not applicable
  • unknown
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Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 30 min.))
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unknown
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  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
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not applicable
Isbn
9781400192793
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(sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
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unknown
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digital.
Publisher number
MWT10757099
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Sound
sound
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digital recording
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  • other
  • remote
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other
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10757099
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MWT10757099
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Label
Cheap, Ellen Ruppel Shell, (eaudio)
Link
Publication
Note
hoopla date: 02/15/2013, 02/15/2013 to 12/31/9999
Antecedent source
unknown
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Color
not applicable
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Dimensions
  • not applicable
  • unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 30 min.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781400192793
Isbn Type
(sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
digital.
Publisher number
MWT10757099
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
access
Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Speed
other
Stock number
10757099
System control number
MWT10757099
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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