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Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays par [Waldfogel, Joel]
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Christmas is a time of seasonal cheer, family get-togethers, holiday parties, and-gift giving. Lots and lots--and lots--of gift giving. It's hard to imagine any Christmas without this time-honored custom. But let's stop to consider the gifts we receive--the rooster sweater from Grandma or the singing fish from Uncle Mike. How many of us get gifts we like? How many of us give gifts not knowing what recipients want? Did your cousin really look excited about that jumping alarm clock? Lively and informed, Scroogenomics illustrates how our consumer spending generates vast amounts of economic waste--to the shocking tune of eighty-five billion dollars each winter. Economist Joel Waldfogel provides solid explanations to show us why it's time to stop the madness and think twice before buying gifts for the holidays.

When we buy for ourselves, every dollar we spend produces at least a dollar in satisfaction, because we shop carefully and purchase items that are worth more than they cost. Gift giving is different. We make less-informed choices, max out on credit to buy gifts worth less than the money spent, and leave recipients less than satisfied, creating what Waldfogel calls "deadweight loss." Waldfogel indicates that this waste isn't confined to Americans--most major economies share in this orgy of wealth destruction. While recognizing the difficulties of altering current trends, Waldfogel offers viable gift-giving alternatives.

By reprioritizing our gift-giving habits, Scroogenomics proves that we can still maintain the economy without gouging our wallets, and reclaim the true spirit of the holiday season.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 187 pages
  • Editeur : Princeton University Press (5 octobre 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004EYT8AQ
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Christmas is a religious observance, right? Marketing departments ... 17 janvier 2016
Par reuben - Publié sur
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Christmas is a religious observance, right? Marketing departments and advertising have PERVERTED Christmas to the point where they have taken the ONE day for gratitude (Thanksgiving) and made it merely a calm before the biggest annual shopping feeding frenzy storm. How did this happen? They couldn't have done it without people waiting in line until midnight for stores to open. This book exposes this elephant in our cultural room: As a society, we are literally throwing money away. I'd prefer if this author used graphs, pie charts, and tables to explain his points, as economics is complicated. Remember that a picture is worth a thousand words. I can forgive that, since this is a story that needs to be told.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Nice Stocking Stuffer for Economists 28 décembre 2010
Par Ken Montville - Publié sur
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This book got a lot of press during the Christmas season of 2009. I thought the idea was cute - that gift giving is really not productive or efficient economic activity. It seems that current events are bearing this out with the news that Amazon is patenting a way to avoid getting all those tacky gifts you would just be returning anyway.

According to Scroogenomics, it seems that all the gift giving around the Christmas season is lots of wasted time and wasted effort and wasted money. It would be better to just give the recipient cash or, better yet, give it to charity.

I like the premise (I am so over the gift giving thing) but the writing is really pretty dry. No doubt the economist in your family will love this book. If you have the stamina, it's really not that long and it's small (thus, making it a great stocking stuffer). Go ahead and get it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 very enlightening 26 décembre 2012
Par LL - Publié sur
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i was looking into this book for some justification of my reservations about Christmas gifts and the purpose of Christmas. This did not really answer that but it did show me that we waste a lot of money on misguided gift giving.

In the end, I have concluded, gifts don't equal a replacement for love. If you really want to show love, say something nice to someone. Tell them verbally what they mean, DO something. Not give junk that has a 99% chance of being wasted.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awesome book - I have read it three times! 22 juin 2014
Par Lena - Publié sur
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I never get gifts for anyone because I read this book and you shouldn't either! What a waste of the world and our resources. But unfortunately us, in North America, just continue to buy and buy and buy and our houses are crammed to the brim with stuff we don't need or want.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great overview of gift deadweight 9 mars 2015
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A great overview of gift deadweight. Not for those with a huge background in economics, but perfect for the lay public.
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