It can often seem as though the message to ‘buy buy buy’ is everywhere in our society. Everything from food to electronics can now be bought with just the click of a mouse – meanwhile, personal debt is soaring, consumers are increasingly the victims of fraud and identity theft, and the high street is suffering as more people take advantage of online bargains. There is also the thorny problem of how to be an ethical consumer to be considered. This book looks at the issues surrounding consumerism and rights, and at how we can shop in a more ethical way. The information comes from a wide range of sources and includes government reports and statistics, newspaper articles, features, magazine articles and surveys, literature from lobby groups and charitable organisations.