Markets For The People; The Consumer's Part by James William Sullivan

Markets For The People; The Consumer's Part

byJames William Sullivan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913. Excerpt: ... III. FROM PRODUCER TO CONSUMER--THE MOST COSTLY OBSTRUCTION. When the householder's gas-pipes or water-pipes become obstructed, he at once brings in the plumber. When the city's water-mains or sewers fail in their free inlet or outlet, it is expected that the difficulty will speedily be remedied by a public department. But the successive barriers that clog the direct flow of foodstuffs from country producer to city consumer have long withstood the assaults of would-be reformers. Our typical consumer, now on economy bent, has as a beginning informed himself as to the ways and means for selecting and conserving his food to advantage. He is done with the improvidence of unsystematized living. He is choosing his table necessaries not only with a care as to their cost but with a view to their nutritive value in maintaining the physical and mental efficiency of the members of his family. He now turns to the sources of his buying. There is no longer any novelty, at the present stage of the discussion of the cost of living, in statements of the disparity between farmers' receipts and consumers' expenditures for one and the same article. Yet a review of some of the relevant facts may here be profitable. Whether improved methods might bring him his country produce cheaper than he gets it at the usual retail shopkeeper's prices is a question the consumer can have answered on asking another: What is the difference between farm prices and city store prices? If it is more than the lowest freight rates plus the cost of the most direct and freely competitive methods of handling otherwise, the consumer is, to the amount of the excess, paying somewhere a forced toll and not simply for service. The "Long Island Agronomist" tells the story of a Chicago man finding in a barre...

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Title:Markets For The People; The Consumer's PartFormat:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021750874X

ISBN - 13:9780217508742

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