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Retail Anarchy: A Radical Shopper's Adventures in Consumption

2.61  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Why does no one blink when they are charged three dollars for a cup of coffee?Why do grown men sleep on the street overnight to buy video game systems?

How do Dollar Stores cheerfully charge a dollar for a 25 cent pack of gum?

What are the pitfalls of Brand Name Loyalty?

And how do you get an entire car-full of pudding for free? “Stand-up economist” Sam Pocker delves into the
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Running Press
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Tori
Oct 11, 2011 Tori rated it did not like it
This seemed really promising at first, but then I was having trouble getting into it. I see now that the goodreads reviews aren't that good so I am going to stop reading. I don't think it is very appropriately named.
Jean
Feb 26, 2009 Jean rated it did not like it
Really? This was a total waste for me.
Turi
Jun 12, 2009 Turi rated it it was ok
I'd have to call Sam Pocker a "coupon curmudgeon" - the guy who relishes finding the deals that get him lots of something for free, even if he doesn't need it. He seems to take the whole retail system as some huge insult, and makes it his job to find ways to hack it. Granted, it does sound like he donates a lot of the extra stuff he ends up with to charity, but that's not the real point for him.

On the other hand, he does make some really interesting points about how the system works - which, com
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TJ
Sep 16, 2009 TJ rated it really liked it
Brilliant and subversive. There are thousands of books out there to show you how to be cheap, but Pocker takes on the entire retail framework. His abusive descriptions of the way chains and big box stores do business is sometimes over the top, but you get the feeling that his anger is genuine. The book is split about 50/50 between a really entertaining examination of America's relationship with these stores and nitty-gritty details on how to use coupons, rebates, and Internet deals to save (And ...more
Andrea
Jun 09, 2009 Andrea rated it it was ok
You know how when you are really angry and write a letter to get out your frustrations, then you rip it up and write the real letter? This book came across as that first letter. I really wanted to learn strategies from it, and granted there are some, but there were lots of anecdotes that seemed rather repetitive. I wish the editor had steered Mr. Pocker away from his extreme anger and cussing and toward real and helpful advise. I wanted to know more about the online sites that help guide people ...more
Rene Singley
Apr 26, 2011 Rene Singley rated it it was ok
Interesting perspective on retail. Sometimes it sounded like a personal rant but every once in while a nugget of useful information was provided. It's a print version of the new shows about extreme couponing.
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