One would expect that a book with a subtitle like “How to Skirt the Law, Scam Your Enemies, and Screw Big, Fat, Stupid, Lazy Corporations” would be angry and mean-spirited. In fact, “Stick it to the Man” is a playful and upbeat get-even kind of book. And it’s not so much about revenge as it is about avoiding financial booby traps—those designed to ensnare unwitting consumers and empty their wallets.
Among other things, readers have the opportunity to learn: how to demand better customer service; negotiate more favorable deals; and sidestep the costly fees and service charges that are the linchpin of the American economy. The book may be especially useful for anyone in the market for a car, new computer or cell phone carrier. There’s even advice about printers (you know, the kind that are programmed to stop printing before they are empty), not to mention the pricey print cartridges they utilize, which are arguably the biggest rip-off in retail.
Of course, it only takes one valuable pointer to recoup the $12.95 cover price. Our advice? Next time you’re at a bookstore, give this book the once-over and see if there’s anything that can help you … stick it to the man.