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Cheap? : the real cost of living in a low price, low wage world

Author: David Bosshart
Publisher: London ; Philadelphia : Kogan Page, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In most developed countries, in almost every trade sector, prices have decreased considerably over the last few years - in some cases, by more than 20 per cent. This title paints a bleak picture of  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Bosshart
ISBN: 9780749449933 0749449934
OCLC Number: 85783355
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: "First published in Germany in 2004 by Redline Wirtschaft as Billig: Wie die Lust am Discount Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft verändert. [Reprint of the edition] ... published in Great Britain and the United States in 2006 by Kogan Page Limited"--Title page verso.
Subtitle of 2006 edition: The real cost of the global trend for bargains, discounts & consumer choice.
Includes index.
Description: vii, 197 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 1 The Age of Cheap: Why (almost) everything is getting cheaper Why the trend towards low-priced goods is changing our lives: the link between prosperity, democracy and price orientation The four stages of development in customer behaviour The panorama of cheap 2 The axis of evil in the economy: Wal-Mart, China and the internet First axis: trade - Wal-Mart and the message, 'Demand more for less!' The second axis: the manufacturers - China and the possibilities of global sourcing The third axis: the customer - the internet and the global customer cartel Which factors are accelerating the trend? The dream becomes cheaper - the bulldozer rolls on 3 The Wal-Martization of our society: How we are all becoming Wal-Mart Why Wal-Mart concerns us all What is Wal-Martization? 4 The models for present-day rationalization: Aldification, McDonaldization, Starbuckification etc The rationalization models Why are these models so rational and so successful? 5 Faster, better, cheaper: Intensified time markets drive the Age of Cheap Time as an economic factor The logic of increase (Logic No. 1) Real markets mimic financial markets The neglect of personal resources: the logic of increase means higher hidden costs for the customer Differentiation logic (Logic No. 2): what happens when uncontrollable costs of side-effects exceed costs 6 No frills: On the illusions of the service economy 'Outsourcing to the customer': the myths of services Marketing means selling goods: the myth of customer orientation 7 What is worth what? Prices in the Age of Cheap The next chapter: The new normality in globalizing markets Index
Other Titles: Billig.
Real cost of living in a low price, low wage world
Responsibility: David Bosshart.
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