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Sold Out!: The True Cost of Supermarket Shopping [Paperback]

William Young
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Book Description

22 April 2004
As supermarkets become dominant players in the globalised marketplace and revolutionised British shopping habits this thoroughly researched book explores whether supermarkets are indeed a force for good.

Product details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Fusion Press (22 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904132405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904132400
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for responsible consumers 7 May 2004
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A recent article in the Independent on Sunday got me interested in this book. It’s a must-read for all those who care where our food comes from, how it is produced and sold. This book presents all the facts consumers must know to make a conscious choice when they are shopping. If you liked Naomi Klein’s No Logo you will love this book. Since we are all consumers there is something everybody can do. But we must know the facts. And this book closes this gap.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point 25 April 2011
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Sold Out is an interesting look at how supermarkets have come to radically change the way that we shop. This book attempts to educate readers about the social and environmental impacts and looks at whether this way of shopping is sustainable or some...moreSold Out is an interesting look at how supermarkets have come to radically change the way that we shop. This book attempts to educate readers about the social and environmental impacts and looks at whether this way of shopping is sustainable or something that we need to move away from. In short, straight to the point chapters, Sold Out gives introductionary insights on a range of hotly debated topics. Some of these include: how supermarkets deal with suppliers and farmers, the devastating effects they have had on our local communities and UK agriculture practices, how they treat employees and foreign workers, their abuse of power and environmental consequences.

I'd recommend this to anyone interested in finding out more about supermarkets and consumerism; read it and make up your own mind about whether you'll continue to shop with the 'Big Four' (Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys & Morrisons). Do bear in mind though that this was published in 2004, so some of the info is a little dated, but it's ideal as a starting point to cover basics with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 30 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
I expected much from this book - it failed to deliver.

The style of the book was very dry - rather like a college student's essay. It is repetitive - sometimes it even reuses the same quotes from others. Everything it says could be condensed into about 50 pages.

I didn't really learn very much that I didn't already know either.

What a disappointment. I expected this to be a really interesting read.
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