Retail Anarchy

A Radical Shopper's Adventures in Consumption


By Sam Pocker

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Why does no one blink when they are charged three dollars for a cup of coffee?
Why do grown men sleep on the street overnight to buy video game systems?
How do Dollar Stores cheerfully charge a dollar for a 25 cent pack of gum?
What are the pitfalls of Brand Name Loyalty?

And how do you get an entire car-full of pudding for free? “Stand-up economist” Sam Pocker delves into these hard-hitting questions — and the result is a fascinating, wry, and amusing account of consumers’ non-sensical habits and the stores that prey upon them. With a dash of vitriol and a dose of sarcasm, Pocker exposes the sheer inanity of marketing schemes, the plague of rude cashiers, and shows how the “little guy” can rise up and beat the system by outsmarting the stores with their overly-complicated rules for rebates. Retail Anarchy is a satirical look at the self-imposed consumer coma that America has fallen into — and Sam Pocker’s mission is to wake readers up!


  • Publishers, June 22, 2009
    "…Pocker's canny insight will resonate with any American shopper."

On Sale
Mar 31, 2009
Page Count
224 pages
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Sam Pocker

About the Author

Sam Pocker is the creator and host of the popular (and outrageous) internet talk show YMMV Radio. He is also a full-time professional bargain hunter and tours the country as a “Stand-Up Economist.” He lives in New York City. Visit him at

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