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The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind

David Cay Johnston
Format
Book
Published
New York : Portfolio, c2012.
Language
English
ISBN
9781591843580 (hbk.), 1591843588 (hbk.)
Summary
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Perfectly Legal and Free Lunch presents a sobering analysis of the ways everyday people are systematically victimized by corporate interests, revealing small-print tactics in commonplace consumer agreements while sharing recommendations for how to combat consumer-targeting abuses.
Contents
  • Author's note
  • Jacking up prices
  • Corporate power unlimited
  • Buffett buys a railroad
  • Railroaded
  • In twenty-ninth place and fading fast
  • Profits upkeep commissions
  • "We lead the industry with integrity"
  • Paying other people's taxes
  • Investors beware
  • Playing with fire
  • Draining pockets
  • How we beat the garbage gougers and their stinking high prices
  • Fee fatigue
  • "Wells Fargo will take your house"
  • Giving to Goldman
  • Please die soon
  • Your 201(k) plan
  • Wimpy's tab
  • Pfizer's bitter pill
  • Hollywood robbery
  • Silly software
  • Pilfering your paycheck
  • Of commas and character
  • What it all means
  • Solutions
  • Adding it all up
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index.
Description
x, 305 p. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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