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2.91 out of 52.91 out of 52.91 out of 52.91 out of 52.91 out of 5 2.91 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joel Waldfogel Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Princeton University Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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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 85 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 2/20/2014

    " Short read on the whole economics of gift giving around the holidays . . . he makes some good points . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvie Fox | 2/13/2014

    " An essay, a single insightful thought is not a book. And this is not a book really, but what would have been called a pamphlet oh those many years ago. Here's the brilliant concept - a gift is worth more to the giver than the receiver. That's it. Interesting thought - but not a whole book's worth of information here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krystin | 2/4/2014

    " Couldn't decided whether or not to give it 2 or 3 stars. It was an interesting book but I skimmed over some parts b/c it was confusing. Overall though I liked his theory and thought it was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Gadsden | 1/29/2014

    " An essay, a single insightful thought is not a book. And this is not a book really, but what would have been called a pamphlet oh those many years ago. Here's the brilliant concept - a gift is worth more to the giver than the receiver. That's it. Interesting thought - but not a whole book's worth of information here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawna | 1/19/2014

    " I'm not sure what I expected from this little book. The author appeared at the Seattle Town Hall last December, and I missed it. There is much humor and discussion about American economy, but less emphasis on where we might be headed with our heightened unemployment. It might be that I missed some things because I started skimming about halfway through when I realized it wasn't what I wanted to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 1/14/2014

    " Because I enjoy having my own opinions confirmed by popular economics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/17/2013

    " An economist looks at Christmas and gift-buying. Definitely food for thought. This book is not anti-Christmas; the author wants people to reconsider some of the ways we automatically approach Christmas for a more meaningful (and efficient) holiday. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 11/23/2013

    " Abandoned. Cute little book, funny interesting topic, right? Well, it didn't love up to its title for me, or maybe I'm the wrong reader...I kind of already know all this stuff and skimmed it for added value - didn't find any. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 10/8/2013

    " While it presents some interesting points, this book was not particularly accessible for me. I only have a very basic understanding of economic, and I just couldn't understand how his math worked for some of his statistics. But that's okay. It made me think. And that's a good thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 9/24/2012

    " This book on why we shuouldn't buy presents comes in a cute stocking stuffer size. Waldfogel has an interesting argument, one with much validity, but he gives WAY too much detail on how he came to his conclusions. Read it if you would like a review of statistical methods learned in college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 6/2/2012

    " This is a nice little book. It has a clear point and makes it well. While it is an economics book it is pitched that most readers should find it accessible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/20/2012

    " More people should read this before going Christmas shopping. Give more to charity instead of buying stupid crap. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Bordwell | 10/5/2011

    " I actually reached this conclusion before reading his book, but he confirms my belief about giving presents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 6/6/2011

    " Nice read, nice little book..would make a great stocking stuffer...(I couldn't resist) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smellsofbikes | 5/7/2011

    " Fantastic single-focus book on gift-giving and economics, why Christmas destroys value and how you can do the best job of giving gifts with a minimum of waste and regret for all involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 3/3/2011

    " This is a nice little book. It has a clear point and makes it well. While it is an economics book it is pitched that most readers should find it accessible.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 2/13/2011

    " Boring book -- didn't finish it. got too bogged down in economic theory for my tastes. could have been an interesting book, but wasn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 1/20/2011

    " Short read on the whole economics of gift giving around the holidays . . . he makes some good points . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 7/23/2010

    " Drags a little sometimes but overall the message is very compelling! I would not buy Xmas gifts if I could get away from the social pressure to do so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krystin | 3/19/2010

    " Couldn't decided whether or not to give it 2 or 3 stars. It was an interesting book but I skimmed over some parts b/c it was confusing. Overall though I liked his theory and thought it was interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 1/25/2010

    " It was interesting to read about all of the money we waste in the craze of the holidays, it was written in good humor, but I love christmas and didn't like it being economically theorized. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/14/2010

    " I actually reached this conclusion before reading his book, but he confirms my belief about giving presents. "

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