Addicted to Cheap Shopping?
Why the Real Cost of Goods Keeps Going DownStreaming Video - 2008
In this program, host Libby Potter travels around the world as she takes a meaningful look at the economics behind the inexpensive goods for sale in big-box stores and malls. Cost-cutting through supply chain management and waste reduction, economies of scale achieved by shipping offshore-manufactured goods to market via super-container ships, the Wal-Mart effect, and the no-frills philosophy of IKEA are addressed. The triumphs and woes of China, in its role as manufacturer for the world, is given special attention, and the clothing industry is presented as a case study of the cheap goods cycle. But the program also considers the hidden societal costs of cheap goods, such as sweatshop labor and the environmental impact of cavalier overconsumption, and questions how much longer prices will continue to drop as China's standard of living rises.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2007
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (61 min.) : sd., col., digital file
Uniform Title: Why the real cost of goods keeps going down