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The Price of Everything

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Put on yer thinkin capsA bag containing 13 apples costs six dollarsMy family of four eats one apple a piece each dayYou can do the math but I m convinced it would family of four eats one apple a piece each dayYou can do the math but I m convinced it would cheaper to put heroin in everyone s lunch boxPorter s book offers up a fascinating account of why everything seems to cost so damned much prices nudge us to take one course of action or another In a way this is obvious every decision amounts to a choice *among options one course of action or another In a way this is obvious every decision amounts to a choice *among options which we assign different values But identifying these prices allows us to understand fully our decisions They can *options to which we assign different values But identifying these prices allows us to understand fully our decisions They can measured in money cash or credit But costs and benefits can also be set in love toil or time Our most important currency is in fact opportunity The cost of taking any action or embracing any path consists of the alternatives that were available to us at the time The price of a five dollar slice of pizza is all the other things we could have done with the five dollars The price of marriage includes all the things we would have done had we emained single One day we succumb to the allure of love and companionship Years later we wonder what happened to the freedom we traded away at the altar Economists call this the opportunity cost By evaluating opportunity costs we organize our livesThe book is full of The Making of Matt riveting facts about every aspect of our financial lives And if you think life is unfair try dying Did you know that family members of 911 victims were not compensated eually for the loss of their loved ones victims value in deatheflected the ineuality they experienced while alive Bankers were deemed to be worth than janitors The women who worked and died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon earned on average less than the men That implied that their value in death was also lower The average compensation to their families amounted to about 37 percent less on average than men s The fund ultimately paid about 2 million on average to the kin of 2880 victims who died in the attacks But each of the families of the eight victims who earned than 4 million a year got 64 million while the cheapest victim was valued at 250000The author keeps things interesting by using pop culture examples to demonstrate his theories Did you know Coca Cola once hatched a fiendish plot for a vending machine programmed to charge for an ice cold Coke on a hot day Radiohead s 2007 experiment to allow fans to pay whatever they wished for their In Rainbows album turned out to be a huge money. Everything has a price but it isn't always obvious what that price is Many of the prices we pay seem to make little sense We shell out 229 for a coffee at Starbucks when a nearly identical brew can be had at the corner deli for less than a dollar We may be less willing to give blood for 25 than to donate it for free Americans hire cheap illegal immigrants to fix the Evermore roof or mow the lawn and vote for politicians who promise to spend billions to keep them out of the country And citizens of the industrialized West pay hundreds of dollars a year in taxes or cash for someone to cart away trash that would be a valuable commodity in poorer parts of the world The Price of Everything starts with a simple pre. Maker for the band even though six out of ten fans paid nothingAll in all this was an engrossing book It freuently angried up my blood and made meant and ave but I learned a lot It also helped me better explain to the kids why even though the internet says a Magic The Gathering card is worth 7500 it is only worth that amount if they can find someone willing to pay 7500 for a piece of coated paperOh *and about those apples My grocer has decided to leap aboard the Eat Local bandwagon Now all bags of apples are *about those apples My grocer has decided to leap aboard the Eat Local Bandwagon Now All Bags Of Now all bags of are with the name of the orchard where they were grown If you thought they d pass the shipping savings on to the consumer you are wrong They aised the price by a dollar Shakes fist sighs puts apples in cart This is a fantastic book with information than you could possibly imagine The title of this book The Price of Everything is no exaggeration at all Eduardo Porter definitely covers the price of pretty much everything in this exhaustive book not just the prices but the values as well
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a cup of coffee crossing borders the price and value of marriage women men baby girls baby boys sperm eggs the price of happiness the price of the future even the price and value of things that are free And Mr Porter backs up everything he writes in his book giving us detailed information Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 24: Return of the Black Soul regarding the place and time period of theesearch along with tons of fascinating statistics Mr Porter takes us all over the world comparing values and costs in so many places including Southern Ethiopia uebec Sweden Bolivia London Guyana Beijing South Korea Paris Berlin Ban This book Saving Grace read like a B level high schooleporthow can this man be a professional journalist Affirmative action at it s finest apparently This book was littered with misinformation and biaswhich was explained when you Daughter of Witches (Lyra, read his sources Within the first 30 pages I came upon multiple untrue statements including and none too surprising complete misinformation about the cost of illegal aliens as supplied by pro Hispanic groups Unless you want a fairy tale avoid this book at all costs What could have been an entertaining concept was so poorly thought out I cringed Won this in a First Reads Giveaway The book has a very interesting premise that made me very curious to see what the author would do with it every choice we make is shaped by the prices of the options laid out before us what we assess to be theirelative cost measured up against their benefits. Mise there is a price behind each choice that we make whether we're deciding to have a baby drive a car or buy a book We often fail to appreciate just how critical prices are as a motivating force shaping our lives But their power becomes clear when distorted prices steer our decisions the wrong way Eduardo Porter uncovers the true story behind the prices we pay and World's Best Stress Busting Tips reveals what those prices are actually telling us He takes us on a global economic adventure from comparing theelative price of a vote in corrupt São Tomé and in the ostensibly uncorrupt United States to assessing the cost of happiness in Bhutan to deducing the dollar value we assign to human life His uniue approach helps explain Why. ,