The Price of a Bargain: The Quest for Cheap and the Death of Globalization (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Nov 10, 2009 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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In this book, Laird traces the bargain – that touchstone of American culture – from its humble dollar-store origins to its recent role as global juggernaut. Along the way, he discovers that much of today’s collapsing consumer economy is dangerously dependant upon unsustainable labor, transport, resources, trade imbalances, and consumer debt. Through interviews with everyone from box store executives to illegal immigrants, a single question emerges: Is the Wal-Mart culture sustainable on a global level? From Asia’s factory borderlands to rural Mexico, from Las Vegas to the Arctic Circle, Laird explores the hidden revolution of discounting, and the promise and consequence of everyday low prices.

 

 
  

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User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

I wish I'd had time to review this sooner after I read it, because I've forgotten a lot of the more specific things I wanted to mention. It was a really interesting book, though, and it covered some ground that a lot of similar books don't mention rather than sticking to the usual examples. Read full review

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User Review  - Don - Goodreads

It can be a bit dull reading at times, but does an excellent job of describing what it costs us to get cheap stuff. Read full review

Contents

Black Friday 2008
1
Progress is Price Destruction
43
SECTION II
75
Cargo Cults of the Twentyfirst Century
113
The Small World of Hydrocarbons
147
journeys to the End of Cheap
183
SECTION III
215
Acknowledgments
245
Index
271
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Gordon Laird is a journalist who has been featured on CNN and NPR, and in Mother Jones, among many others, and has been a features writer for the Far Eastern Economic Review. Winner of several Canadian National Magazine Awards and named “one of the best and best-informed minds in the world” by The Globe and Mail, Laird is Media Fellow emeritus at the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. He lives in Calgary.

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