The Price of a Bargain

The Price of a Bargain
Gordon Laird

In the same spirit as books like Jeff Rubin’s Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller and Ellen Ruppel Shell’s Cheap, Calgary-based author Gordon Laird analyses the coming twilight of our post-industrial, “bargaineered,” consumer economy in the face of scarce resources, environmental degradation, the credit crunch, and worsening labour conditions. Befitting a book on the “death of globalization,” Laird travels far afield to places like Las Vegas, Tibet, and the Canadian arctic, to get a firsthand look at how our system of international trade and transportation is in danger of coming undone and how our bargain culture may soon be faced with sticker shock when it runs up against the true costs of things.