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Large retail chains have become the most powerful corporations in America and are rapidly transforming our economy, communities, and landscape. In this deft and revealing book, Stacy Mitchell illustrates how mega-retailers are fueling many of our most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising water pollution and diminished civic engagement.

Mitchells investigation takes us from the suburbs of Cleveland to a fruit farm in California, the stockroom of an Oregon Wal-Mart, and a Pennsylvania towns Main Street. She uncovers the shocking role government policy has played in the expansion of mega-retailers and builds a compelling case that communities composed of many small businesses are healthier and more prosperous than those dominated by large chains.

More than a critique, The Big-Box Swindle draws on real life to show how some communities are successfully countering the spread of mega-retailers and rebuilding their local economies. Mitchell describes innovative approaches — from cutting-edge land-use policies to small-business initiatives — that together provide a detailed road map to a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Review:

"Mitchell, chair of the American Independent Business Alliance, has produced a compelling indictment of Wal-Mart and other 'big box' stores, based on numerous national examples. Deep-pocketed chains like Home Depot flood the market to drive out competition, she points out, then advertise some products at or below cost, while most other products may offer no better value than at independent stores. Meanwhile, she argues, independent businesses not only return profits to local communities and remain more civic-minded and accountable, but offer resiliency rooted in diversity, in contrast to the big-box 'monocrop.' She even provides evidence that Wal-Mart lowers, rather than boosts community economic well-being, and that firms with fewer than 100 employees give twice as much in charity per employee as those with more than 500 workers. Mitchell challenges Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory, suggesting that an indie bookseller's passion about a product can be more critical to its sales than wide access via a Web retailer. Mitchell catalogues diverse ways indie-minded consumers can fight back, by campaigning against government subsidies to big-box stores, and advocating for sales tax collection on Internet sales and stronger antitrust enforcement. Visible citizens' coalitions can fight big-box expansion, especially if communities fine-tune their land use policies. The big-box trend, she suggests, can be countered by increasing public awareness." Publidshers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Mitchell, chair of the American Independent Business Alliance, has produced a compelling indictment of Wal-Mart and other 'big box' stores, based on numerous national examples. Deep-pocketed chains like Home Depot flood the market to drive out competition, she points out, then advertise some products at or below cost, while most other products may offer no better value than at independent stores. Meanwhile, she argues, independent businesses not only return profits to local communities and remain more civic-minded and accountable, but offer resiliency rooted in diversity, in contrast to the big-box 'monocrop.' She even provides evidence that Wal-Mart lowers, rather than boosts community economic well-being, and that firms with fewer than 100 employees give twice as much in charity per employee as those with more than 500 workers. Mitchell challenges Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory, suggesting that an indie bookseller's passion about a product can be more critical to its sales than wide access via a Web retailer. Mitchell catalogues diverse ways indie-minded consumers can fight back, by campaigning against government subsidies to big-box stores, and advocating for sales tax collection on Internet sales and stronger antitrust enforcement. Visible citizens' coalitions can fight big-box expansion, especially if communities fine-tune their land use policies. The big-box trend, she suggests, can be countered by increasing public awareness." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"What Nickel and Dimed did for the Wal-Mart worker, Mitchell does for the community threatened by mega-retailers." Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

Review:

"Mitchell has uncovered a movement to curb the proliferation of the megaretailers and create policies that favor local enterprises." Booklist

Book News Annotation:

The economic structure that mega-retailers are propagating represents a modern variation on the old European colonial system, says Mitchell, which was designed not to build economically viable and self-reliant communities but to extract their wealth and resources. A consultant to communities on retail development and independent business based in Maine, she first sets out the impacts such as fading prosperity, blighted landscapes, and monopolized consumers. Then she looks at the legal and political support for the giants, and reports on successful efforts to think--and act--outside the box. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Mitchell illustrates how mega-retailers are fueling many most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising water pollution and diminished civic engagement.

Synopsis:

In less than two decades, large retail chains have become the most powerful corporations in America. In this deft and revealing book, Stacy Mitchell illustrates how mega-retailers are fueling many of our most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising pollution and diminished civic engagement—and she shows how a growing number of communities and independent businesses are effectively fighting back.

Mitchell traces the dramatic growth of mega-retailers—from big boxes like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Costco, and Staples to chains like Starbucks, Olive Garden, Blockbuster, and Old Navy—and the precipitous decline of independent businesses. Drawing on examples from virtually every state in the country, she unearths the extraordinary impact of these companies and the big-box mentality on everything from soaring gasoline consumption to rising poverty rates, failing family farms, and declining voting levels. Along the way, Mitchell exposes the shocking role government policy has played in the expansion of mega-retailers and builds a compelling case that communities composed of many small, locally owned businesses are healthier and more prosperous than those dominated by a few large chains.

More than a critique, Big-Box Swindle provides an invigorating account of how some communities have successfully countered the spread of big boxes and rebuilt their local economies. Since 2000, more than two hundred big-box development projects have been halted by groups of ordinary citizens, and scores of towns and cities have adopted laws that favor small-scale, local business development and limit the proliferation of chains. From cutting-edge land-use policies to innovative cooperative small-business initiatives, Mitchell offers communities concrete strategies that can stave off mega-retailers and create a more prosperous and sustainable future.

“What Nickel and Dimed did for the Wal-Mart worker, Mitchell does for the community threatened by mega-retailers.” —Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

“Through rich, real-life stories, Stacy Mitchell reveals that those ‘low prices so proudly promoted by big-box behemoths come at an intolerably high cost to our communities and culture. Can we beat the behemoths? Yes! And Mitchell shows us the way. Read on, take heart, and take action!” —Jim Hightower, national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and best-selling author

“Stacy Mitchell provides an astonishing exposé of the broad-reaching implications of our shopping habits. Big-Box Swindle should be required reading for everyone who cares about Americas main streets, as well as a call to arms for small businesses everywhere to organize and take action.” —Kennedy Smith, former director of the National Trust for Historic Preservations National Main Street Center

“A well-researched and frightening book about an economic pandemic engulfing the United States . . . The big boxes are draining cities and towns of money and bankrupting neighborhood businesses that have long been the backbone of American communities. Big-Box Swindle is a book every citizen needs to read.” —Ben H. Bagdikian, author of The New Media Monopoly

“A great read! The big-box shadow looms over us mightily, but, as Stacy Mitchell documents, hundreds of communities have already saved themselves. She tells us how they did it and firmly invites us to step forward into the light. Change-a-lujah!” —Reverend Billy, leader of the Church of Stop Shopping

“Mitchells new book, Big-Box Swindle, is a devastating critique of the social impact of big retailers on American life.” —Guardian, interview in December 6th issue

“In the muckraking tradition of "Fast Food Nation" and "Nickel and Dimed," this is a searing indictment of the impact of behemoth retailers (Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, et al.) on this country, its landscape and small towns, as well as the global marketplace. An independent business activist from Maine fills this urgentt book with eye-openers on every page, including many trenchant examples from the Northwest.” —John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Big-Box Swindle" is an eye-opener, especially as South Mississippians decide how to rebuild the Gulf Coast.” —Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS, article in the December 31st issue

“This book is a valuable read for anyone who covers growth and development and the impacts of large businesses . . . Feisty and controversial.” —Society of Environmental Journalists, review in the Winter 2006 issue

Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. A regular speaker and adviser to communities on retail development and independent business, she is the author of The Hometown Advantage and chairs the American Independent Business Alliance. She lives in Portland, Maine.

About the Author

Stacy Mitchell is a regular speaker and advisor to communities on retail development and independent business. A senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, she chairs the American Independent Business Alliance and lives in Portland, Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807035009
Subtitle:
The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America's Independent Businesses
Author:
Mitchell, Stacy
Author:
Mitchell, Stacy
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Small Business
Subject:
Retail trade
Subject:
Industries - Retailing
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Small business -- United States.
Subject:
Retail trade -- United States.
Subject:
General Social Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.06x6.34x1.16 in. 1.40 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mitchell, chair of the American Independent Business Alliance, has produced a compelling indictment of Wal-Mart and other 'big box' stores, based on numerous national examples. Deep-pocketed chains like Home Depot flood the market to drive out competition, she points out, then advertise some products at or below cost, while most other products may offer no better value than at independent stores. Meanwhile, she argues, independent businesses not only return profits to local communities and remain more civic-minded and accountable, but offer resiliency rooted in diversity, in contrast to the big-box 'monocrop.' She even provides evidence that Wal-Mart lowers, rather than boosts community economic well-being, and that firms with fewer than 100 employees give twice as much in charity per employee as those with more than 500 workers. Mitchell challenges Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory, suggesting that an indie bookseller's passion about a product can be more critical to its sales than wide access via a Web retailer. Mitchell catalogues diverse ways indie-minded consumers can fight back, by campaigning against government subsidies to big-box stores, and advocating for sales tax collection on Internet sales and stronger antitrust enforcement. Visible citizens' coalitions can fight big-box expansion, especially if communities fine-tune their land use policies. The big-box trend, she suggests, can be countered by increasing public awareness." Publidshers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mitchell, chair of the American Independent Business Alliance, has produced a compelling indictment of Wal-Mart and other 'big box' stores, based on numerous national examples. Deep-pocketed chains like Home Depot flood the market to drive out competition, she points out, then advertise some products at or below cost, while most other products may offer no better value than at independent stores. Meanwhile, she argues, independent businesses not only return profits to local communities and remain more civic-minded and accountable, but offer resiliency rooted in diversity, in contrast to the big-box 'monocrop.' She even provides evidence that Wal-Mart lowers, rather than boosts community economic well-being, and that firms with fewer than 100 employees give twice as much in charity per employee as those with more than 500 workers. Mitchell challenges Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory, suggesting that an indie bookseller's passion about a product can be more critical to its sales than wide access via a Web retailer. Mitchell catalogues diverse ways indie-minded consumers can fight back, by campaigning against government subsidies to big-box stores, and advocating for sales tax collection on Internet sales and stronger antitrust enforcement. Visible citizens' coalitions can fight big-box expansion, especially if communities fine-tune their land use policies. The big-box trend, she suggests, can be countered by increasing public awareness." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "What Nickel and Dimed did for the Wal-Mart worker, Mitchell does for the community threatened by mega-retailers."
"Review" by , "Mitchell has uncovered a movement to curb the proliferation of the megaretailers and create policies that favor local enterprises."
"Synopsis" by , Mitchell illustrates how mega-retailers are fueling many most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising water pollution and diminished civic engagement.
"Synopsis" by ,
In less than two decades, large retail chains have become the most powerful corporations in America. In this deft and revealing book, Stacy Mitchell illustrates how mega-retailers are fueling many of our most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising pollution and diminished civic engagement—and she shows how a growing number of communities and independent businesses are effectively fighting back.

Mitchell traces the dramatic growth of mega-retailers—from big boxes like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Costco, and Staples to chains like Starbucks, Olive Garden, Blockbuster, and Old Navy—and the precipitous decline of independent businesses. Drawing on examples from virtually every state in the country, she unearths the extraordinary impact of these companies and the big-box mentality on everything from soaring gasoline consumption to rising poverty rates, failing family farms, and declining voting levels. Along the way, Mitchell exposes the shocking role government policy has played in the expansion of mega-retailers and builds a compelling case that communities composed of many small, locally owned businesses are healthier and more prosperous than those dominated by a few large chains.

More than a critique, Big-Box Swindle provides an invigorating account of how some communities have successfully countered the spread of big boxes and rebuilt their local economies. Since 2000, more than two hundred big-box development projects have been halted by groups of ordinary citizens, and scores of towns and cities have adopted laws that favor small-scale, local business development and limit the proliferation of chains. From cutting-edge land-use policies to innovative cooperative small-business initiatives, Mitchell offers communities concrete strategies that can stave off mega-retailers and create a more prosperous and sustainable future.

“What Nickel and Dimed did for the Wal-Mart worker, Mitchell does for the community threatened by mega-retailers.” —Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

“Through rich, real-life stories, Stacy Mitchell reveals that those ‘low prices so proudly promoted by big-box behemoths come at an intolerably high cost to our communities and culture. Can we beat the behemoths? Yes! And Mitchell shows us the way. Read on, take heart, and take action!” —Jim Hightower, national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and best-selling author

“Stacy Mitchell provides an astonishing exposé of the broad-reaching implications of our shopping habits. Big-Box Swindle should be required reading for everyone who cares about Americas main streets, as well as a call to arms for small businesses everywhere to organize and take action.” —Kennedy Smith, former director of the National Trust for Historic Preservations National Main Street Center

“A well-researched and frightening book about an economic pandemic engulfing the United States . . . The big boxes are draining cities and towns of money and bankrupting neighborhood businesses that have long been the backbone of American communities. Big-Box Swindle is a book every citizen needs to read.” —Ben H. Bagdikian, author of The New Media Monopoly

“A great read! The big-box shadow looms over us mightily, but, as Stacy Mitchell documents, hundreds of communities have already saved themselves. She tells us how they did it and firmly invites us to step forward into the light. Change-a-lujah!” —Reverend Billy, leader of the Church of Stop Shopping

“Mitchells new book, Big-Box Swindle, is a devastating critique of the social impact of big retailers on American life.” —Guardian, interview in December 6th issue

“In the muckraking tradition of "Fast Food Nation" and "Nickel and Dimed," this is a searing indictment of the impact of behemoth retailers (Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, et al.) on this country, its landscape and small towns, as well as the global marketplace. An independent business activist from Maine fills this urgentt book with eye-openers on every page, including many trenchant examples from the Northwest.” —John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Big-Box Swindle" is an eye-opener, especially as South Mississippians decide how to rebuild the Gulf Coast.” —Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS, article in the December 31st issue

“This book is a valuable read for anyone who covers growth and development and the impacts of large businesses . . . Feisty and controversial.” —Society of Environmental Journalists, review in the Winter 2006 issue

Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. A regular speaker and adviser to communities on retail development and independent business, she is the author of The Hometown Advantage and chairs the American Independent Business Alliance. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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