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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 9 September 2003
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THRIFT AND THE "SAVVY" CONSUMER

As a nation of keen shoppers we've become far more determined to drive a hard bargain.

Although these days a lot of the services we consumer cost more, the price of THINGS has been falling, to the extent that lots of what we buy now costs less than in 1987.

And remember the row a few years ago about cars costing more than in mainland Europe? Well they don't anymore.

But at the same time we're actually buying much more and personal debt is soaring. So how much of this is due to changing consumer behaviour and the refusal to pay over the odds?

Are we more thrifty because we insist on bargains or are we just greedy -- wanting more goods but at cheaper prices.

Find out with Heather Payton and guests on Shoptalk.

Guests

Peter York
social commentator and expert on the 1980's and author of books such as The Sloane Ranger Handbook.

Paul Flatters
Chief Executive of the Future Foundation, which looks at consumer trends.

Jane Shepherdson
Brand Director at Top Shop

Douglas McCallum
UK Managing Director Ebay

Robin Wilson
Managing Director of Parkers of Bolton, bicycle retailer

Simon Watkins
co-owner of Labour and Wait, a traditional hardware store in Cheshire Street, just off Brick Lane in London.

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