Shopping is a pastime ingrained in American life, from the annual Black Friday sales to the rise in prominence of big-box stores such as Target and Walmart. But as customers have shifted to using online merchants such as Amazon, businesses have had to fight to reach consumers. This collection features articles that address trends in consumer culture, explaining the psychology behind what we buy and the significance of consumer habits to the larger economy. It also tells the story of individuals who are beginning to fight back, seeking to disrupt the powerful cycle of consumer capitalism. Media literacy questions and terms are included to further engage readers with reporting styles and techniques.