By David Bosshart

Synthetic items were getting more affordable, either in absolute phrases and relative to companies. because the purchaser costs Index used to be first introduced in 1996, the costs of "goods" have fallen an ordinary 2%; whereas the costs of companies have risen 35%. the main spoke of instance has been in textiles: due to the fact that 1996, the typical rate of garments has fallen 36%. however it isn't just outfits which have been falling in fee: new vehicles are 1.5% more cost-effective than they have been in 1996; family home equipment are 24% more cost-effective; toys are 30% more affordable, and naturally, within the audio-visual classification, you will discover issues are on ordinary now fifty six% more cost-effective than they have been 9 years in the past.

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Every year, millions of women leave countries like Mexico, the Philippines or Sri Lanka to work in households, brothels, nursing facilities and restaurants in the First World. This does give women in the First World more individual freedom, but at the same time it means an increasing lack of labour in the countries from which these love service providers come. Re-globalization – globalization works! 21 It cannot be denied that there will be setbacks again and again, above all in connection with power-political developments.

Cheap chic has a great future. As we have already mentioned, Plus is selling Ralph Lauren fashion at 50 per cent lower prices! And H&M or Zara usually has trendily dressed sales personnel, too. You can get hardware by industrial designers at Target (the Americans pronounce it almost lovingly in the French way, as ‘Tarzhay’). The big difference between Target and Wal-Mart is that Target is a company that immediately picks up on and reacts to retail trends, whereas Wal-Mart’s pace is determined by its IT system.

And the people who pay to have such operations performed are no longer the rich. 35 The pressure to ‘look and feel good’ has increased enormously. In the USA today, people are already spending more money on ‘looking and feeling good’ every day than on education or further training. Cosmetic surgery is a market with a volume of US $20 billion, and one that has seen an increase of 220 per cent since 1997. And that is without including the whole sector of well-being, which is difficult to pinpoint, as there is a lot of convergence in this area.

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