The Price of a Bargain: The Quest for Cheap and the Death of Globalization
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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Review: The Price of a Bargain: The Quest for Cheap and the Death of GlobalizationUser 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
Review: The Price of a Bargain: The Quest for Cheap and the Death of GlobalizationUser 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