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

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A brilliant investigation into the true cost of our bargain economy — and the end of consumerism as we know it

Ours is the age of discount: we want more, cheaper, better. But the result is low wages, urban blight, environmental damage, labour abuses, a cookie-cutter model of progress, and now an international economic crisis. With an eye for documentary storytelling and inv
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Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2009)
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Jul 16, 2012 Karin rated it really liked it
A very interesting and insightful read! Expect to spend the time to read it slowly or you will miss stuff- must have your whole mind fully engaged!

Laird explains how we got our goods so cheaply over the past 20 years and why the whole set-up is now in jeopardy. I learned everything from how bargain-hunter companies do their negotiating in Nevada to the pros and cons of having all the major manufacturing of our goods done in China. Did you know that huge truck containers are pilled into gigantic
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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.
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