Prada stores carry a few obscenely expensive items in order to boost sales for everything else (which look like bargains in comparison). People used to download music for free, then Steve Jobs convinced them to pay. How? By charging 99 cents. That price has a hypnotic effect: the profit margin of the 99 Cents Only store is twice that of Wal-Mart. Why do text messages cost money, while e-mails are free? Why do jars of peanut butter keep getting smaller in order to keep the price the "same"? The answer is simple: prices are a collective hallucination. In Priceless, the bestselling author William Poundstone reveals the hidden psychology of value. In psychological experiments, people are unable to estimate "fair" prices accurately and are strongly influenced by the unconscious, irrational, and politically incorrect. It hasn't taken long for marketers to apply these findings. "Price consultants" advise retailers on how to convince consumers to pay more for less, and negotiation coaches offer similar advice for businesspeople cutting deals. The new psychology of price dictates the design of price tags, menus, rebates, "sale" ads, cell phone plans, supermarket aisles, real estate offers, wage packages, tort demands, and corporate buyouts. Prices are the most pervasive hidden persuaders of all. Rooted in the emerging field of behavioral decision theory, Priceless should prove indispensable to anyone who negotiates.
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The Wall Street Journal called him “a living legend.” The London Times dubbed him “the most famous art detective in the world.” In Priceless, Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement. The headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow. The rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation’s first African-American regiments. The breadth of Wittman’s exploits is unmatched: He traveled the world to rescue paintings by Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, often working undercover overseas at the whim of foreign governments. Closer to home, he recovered an original copy of the Bill of Rights and cracked the scam that rocked the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. By the FBI’s accounting, Wittman saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities. He says the statistic isn’t important. After all, who’s to say what is worth more --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? They're both priceless. The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. The smuggler who brought him a looted 6th-century treasure turned out to be a high-ranking diplomat. The appraiser who stole countless heirlooms from war heroes’ descendants was a s
This study traces the emergence of changing attitudes about the child, at once economically "useless" and emotionally "priceless", from the late 1800s to the 1930s. It describes how turn-of-the-century America discovered new, sentimental ways to determine a child's monetary worth.
This pathbreaking book shows how credit markets functioned in Paris, through the agency of notaries, during a critical period of French history. Its authors challenge the usual assumption that organized financial markets—and hence the opportunity for economic growth—did not emerge outside of England and the Netherlands until the nineteenth century. Drawing on innovative research, the authors show that as early as the Old Regime, financial intermediaries in France were mobilizing a great tide of capital and arranging thousands of loans between borrowers and lenders. The implications for historians and economists are substantial. The role of notaries operating in Paris that Priceless Markets uncovers has never before been recognized. In the wake of this pathbreaking new study, historians will also have to rethink the origins of the French Revolution. As the authors show, the crisis of 1787-88 did not simply ignite revolt; it was intimately bound up in an economic struggle that reached far back into the eighteenth century, and continued well into the 1800s.
Presents a retelling of a traditional Italian tale in which a kindly Genoese merchant, richly rewarded for solving an irritating problem for the king of the Spice Islands, causes a greedy rival to try and gain a fortune in the same way.
In today’s culture, there are countless opposing voices seeking to shape your identity as a woman. But above the noise, a resounding call rings out: “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10 You are a priceless creation, uniquely made and loved by Father God. It’s time to awaken to all that He created you to be! From more than 50 years of experience in life and marriage, Billie Kaye offers profound insight on vital topics like attitude, anxiety, pain, the power of words, and the principle of submission. Softening tough truths with transparent reflection, Billie’s words will be a source of wisdom worthy of revisiting time and again.
Three things in my life were fact. I needed Sarah to survive. I needed sex to remain sane. And I could never mix sex with Sarah. I just knew—deep in my marrow—that if I did, I’d somehow lose her. All my deepest darkest secrets would crack open, bleed out, and ruin everything between us. I wouldn’t unleash the shit inside me on my worst enemy, let alone her. So she stayed strictly in the friend zone. People probably thought I never went there with her because of her cerebral palsy, but f*ck them. She knew she was the most important person in my world, and I wasn’t about to risk hurting our relationship just to make my c*ck happy. Until the moment she begged me to take her virginity. Now it’s all about to hit the fan, because how the hell do you resist the one person forbidden to you when she says please? --Brandt Gamble
- Author : Malati Shinazy
- Publisher : Balboa Press
- Release Date : 2016-06-14
- Genre : Business & Economics
- Pages : 144
- ISBN : 9781504355247
Listening To Millennials: 56 Priceless Tips For Managers is a practical guidebook for managers, filled with immediately useful advice about collaborating with millennials and sprinkled with insightful quotes from millennials themselves. Each chapter describes common challenges, case studies and, most importantly, tips that will gain you lasting results successfully managing your millennial employees. A quick and fruitful read for managers in any sector who want to shift the balance from stress to success so they can enjoy managing their youngest employees. Malati Marlene Shinazy, MEd
Welcome to Millionaire, Montana, where twelve lucky souls have won a multimillion-dollar jackpot. And where one millionaire in particular has just… CLAIMED HER "EX" AS HER OWN All of Jester is abuzz with news of Air Force captain Sam Cade's return. Sources say he has come home again to win back his wife, Ruby. Fed up with her military husband's daredevil ways, "Main Street Millionaire" Ruby filed for divorce months ago. But the pair has been spotted around town looking as cozy as can be, sharing romantic candlelit dinners and slow dances. The sparkle in Ruby's eyes has everyone wondering if the two have resolved their marital woes and recaptured their past love. Will their purported reunion lead to a second honeymoon?
When Nia Roge received the news that the business proposal she had submitted to the city council of Atlanta was approved, she was elated. She had dreamed of opening her own law fi rm in Atlanta with her best friend, Zoe. The women were well on their way to a new life, when everything they had dreamed of came crashing down. Between the betrayals from Nias husband to the secrets that they both kept from each other, the ladies realized that life was a lot more complicated than they had bargained for. Nia soon found herself falling in love with one of her business associates, and it turned her world upside down. She was unsure as to what to do when he did not want the same things she did. He took her on a whirlwind ride, then left her wanting more. Feeling like she was being kept at arms length, she vowed to move on with her life but found that she kept on coming back. The ladies learned to adjust to what life had thrown at them and roll with the punches. In this novel, you will be on the edge of your seats from start to fi nish, wondering who will win in the end. Will Nia fi nally get the man she dreamed of? Will Zoe be content with being in Atlanta? All these questions and more will be answered in this novel, where love, romance, family, career, and betrayal all meet at the same time.
While sitting on her patio, LeVerta Massey watched children throwing stones into a lake and the ripples their playing caused. The Holy Spirit spoke to her that day, telling her that personal evangelism is the same. Every stone tossed into that muddy lake was the love of God being expressed by His people, and the ripples were the Word, spreading farther and farther. Priceless Stones and Endless Ripples provides real-life examples of personal evangelism. This is a spiritually rich, deeply reverential book that shows the significance of God’s love and grace in our lives. Every time you touch a life through your testimony or conduct, that touch has a ripple effect. You touch a life today, that life touches another life, and so on it goes. As we journey toward the afterlife, throw a pebble into the lake, and watch ripples of compassion, peace, and grace spread to those you love and beyond.
In 1968, four -year -old Celeste and her two older brothers are spotted in an alleyway in Los Angeles, digging in garbage bins for food. They wait at a police station until being shuffled off to a foster home. Celeste's brothers are subsequently taken away to other homes, leaving the girl alone to contend with her alcoholic foster father who molests her for the entirety of her childhood. As Celeste develops, year by year, we begin to understand the salient inner strength that allows her to endure, not merely life in the foster home but the several losses throughout her youth--potentially more emotionally damaging than the abuse itself. You Are Priceless is an honest account of a young foster girl and her scurrilous care taker, examining the human complexities of both. Celeste is not saintly. Her foster father is not portrayed as purely monstrous. In the depiction of foster home living, loss of family and abuse, we find love, learning, yearning, and family dynamics that we can all relate to.
Thirty-two million Americans consider themselves artists, and nearly 100 million consider themselves art lovers. They--along with anyone else who enjoys a good laugh--will appreciate the edgy blend of art, comedy, and pop culture inside comedian Steve Melcher's popular blog-turned-book, That Is Priceless: Art's Greatest Masterpieces . . . Made Slightly Funnier. It all started when Melcher stumbled upon a postcard in a museum gift shop for Peter Paul Rubens's The Finding of Erichthonius. Inspiration struck, and Melcher scrambled for a Post-it note and scribbled down what he thought was a more appropriate title: Worst Secret Santa Gift Ever. And with that, That Is Priceless was born. More than 150 images are gathered inside the book's full-color pages--from Courbet's The Desperate Man reimagined as Johnny Depp Realizing He Left the Oven On to Degas's Portrait of the Artist James Tissot retitled as Portrait of the Artist in Mom Jeans. Part art history, part parody, and entirely laugh-out-loud funny, That Is Priceless gives musty old paintings a 21st-century pop culture face-lift, enlivening the artist's canvas with playful comic irreverence.
Ruby Ashworth is a damsel in some serious distress. I’m no prince charming. Everybody’s life hangs on a thread, including Ruby’s. All it took to topple her from wealth and riches was a short series of catastrophes. She’s off her high horse now. Enter me. I can make all her problems disappear with a snap of my fingers. Of course, the tradeoff is that she’ll have to watch me cart off her family’s priceless belongings and sell them to the highest bidder. Then she’ll need to repay me. I want her on her knees. That’s the only payment I’ll accept. And time is running out for this princess to pay her dues.
The Boss is back! From Bestselling Author, Lexy Timms, comes a billionaire romance that'll make you swoon and fall in love all over again. Erica is back, and everything should be back to normal. They're the happy little family Mark envisioned again. Right? But it just isn't that simple. And even though Mark had known that they would have to really work at it, it seemed harder than he'd imagined. Even though Erica is seeing a therapist. Even though she's trying with Emily. Even though they have a couple's therapist now. But Erica still doesn't want to sleep with Mark. She won't even share a room with him. And Mark doesn't know for a fact that she won't leave again. And Amber is still around with the promise that she will be there once Erica leaves, making Mark wonder if he is fighting for the right thing. Their history, by the way, is still a secret. Just before it all falls apart, Mark and Erica seem to break through the invisible wall that separates them and for the first time, there is hope that they can get through this. Until Amber tells Erica what happened between her and Mark. Will Mark and Erica be able to get through yet another trial? Or is the fragile structure of their relationship just not strong enough? Managing the Bosses Series: The Boss The Boss Too Who's the Boss Now * Gift for the Boss (Christmas Novella) Love the Boss I Do the Boss Wife to the Boss Employed by the Boss Brother to the Boss Senior Advisor to the Boss Forever the Boss Christmas with the Boss NOW COMING: Billionaire in Control Billionaire Makes Millions Billionaire at Work Mark's Story - Precious Little Thing Mark's Story - Priceless Love This is steamy romance, NOT erotica. SEARCH TERMS: FICTION / Romance / Contemporary FICTION / Romance / New Adult FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy F, sexy, hot and steamy, sport romance, hired wife, fake girlfriend, happily ever after, sweet love story, romance love, romance love triangle, new adult romance, billionaire obsession, contemporary rom
The Priceless Bride is a story about a child who while in the womb was declared evil by a fetish priest and foretold shall bring about the destruction of the kingdom should he be allowed to see the sun, though he mysteriously survived all effort by his family and community to have him aborted or dead, yet, he however became their beloved king in-spite of the twisting drama and tragedies that follows, upon his friendship with a mysterious lady whose destiny according to prophesy was intertwine with his, but foretold by the fetish priest, "to be his eternal archrival." With this two friends coming from tribal family and a kingdom that is hostile to each other, was their task of uniting the divided kingdom as the precondition of their marriage successful? How about their marriage, is she an angel, a demon, or a human, the story continues
The story revolves around rivalry between two princes. One viciously plots to kill his brother to dethrone him. The rivalry is centered on a royal spear that disappeared with an elephant in the jungle. Without this spear no prince can inherit the kingship. The search for this treasured spear takes the elder prince through terrible and deadly ordeals in the jungle almost costing his death. He retrieves the spear from the midst of elephants but, the elephants kills the sons of the prince and the kingdom collapses due to the bitter blood between the brothers.
Plan a wedding that reflects your commitment—to each other and to the things you truly value. How you and your partner plan your wedding can set a precedent for how you will be as a family. How do you work together to merge two different sets of ideas into something bigger and better? How do you disagree in constructive rather than destructive ways? How do you honor the input and experience of family members while simultaneously maintaining ownership of your lives and choices? In this part-memoir, part how-to handbook, popular wedding blogger Sara Cotner shares how you can resist the pressure to create the wedding of someone else's dreams and instead reclaim the real purposes of a wedding: community, connection, commitment, and fun. A Priceless Wedding covers all the basics: securing a location, finding a dress, deciding on flowers, selecting a wedding party, planning the ceremony, choosing rings, and everything in between—but it goes beyond the elements of a "traditional" wedding to help you plan an eco-friendly, hand-crafted, budget-minded celebration that will be both memorable and meaningful. Featuring do-it-yourself projects that help you create your own unique wedding favors, sew a homemade wedding quilt, and more, this book will inspire you to begin your own traditions and rituals that will clarify your values and let you live them out loud.