Book Review: Price of Everything

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I think one of the things I have gone through life not understanding is how prices are established.

A few months ago I finished reading Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It) (amazon affiliate link)Photos of Raul Colon Web Developer Puerto Rico which helped me with understanding a bit better how some things are priced and how sometimes our own minds trick us into over spending. A few weeks ago I decided to buy and read The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We DoPhotos of Raul Colon Web Developer Puerto Rico. I really think it was a good complement for the first read. In my opinion Priceless was a bit more technical and practical and The Price of Everything allowed me to understand the theoretical part of the establishing value.

Here I share with you my summary by some chapters on a great book I recommend you to read The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We DoPhotos of Raul Colon Web Developer Puerto Rico:

  • When Prices Fail
    • Price of orange juice has predicted the weather in florida
    • Disadvantages of a college graduate entering the workforce during a recession.
    • The correlation people not trusting the government the same way they distrust bankers.
  • Immigrants
    • How immigrants value the well being of family members over many things.
    • Most immigrants work on the books don’t get full benefits back and still they are treated without respect.
    • Illegal immigrants are tolerated by the political system because their cheap labor.
  • Price of Free
    • Be very careful with hidden prices they can be high.
  • Price of Happiness
    • Bhutan’s government has a great measurement of Gross National Happiness
      • Four Pillars of GNH:
        • Good Governance
        • Cultural Values
        • Natural Enviroment
        • Sustainable Development
    • Great Analogy with Telenovelas on how one really crossed over many cultures.
    • Happiness can be bought with other currencies such as:
      • love
      • time
    • Definition of what is fair Pay! I have a huge issue when someone comments on how well someone else is getting paid.
  • The reason the Speed limit of 55mph was imposed and how it related to reducing costs.
  • Price of things
    • How subjective the value of the product is.
    • Cost cutting strategies without moving price by removing items and being creative.
    • We often put a lower price in our lives!
    • The price of one item has to complement well with others items in the eco system
    • Rebates and coupons allow to sell to:
      • Poorer – Coupon Clippers
      • Rich – who care less
  • Price of Culture
    • The most corrupt countries are those which voters are cheapest.
    • Little to do with virtue and much to do with strategy.
    • Culture sets our personal cost-benefit analysis.
    • Price alignment with protecting animal rights.
    • Great analogy on how it is legal for Soldier to lose his life for his country  but a Kidney sale is illegal because it benefits solely another individual.
  • Price of Faith
    • Defines most religions as being composed a set of transactions in which believers assess the costs of the faith against its benefits.

What other great books can help me with understanding pricing of everything that surrounds us?

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