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Wirtschaftsblatt - Austria | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Consumers' tightness also to blame

The Volkswagen scandal also casts a shadow on the behaviour of consumers, who always want to buy things as cheaply as possible, comments the liberal business daily Wirtschaftsblatt: "Everything is produced on a tight budget and by as few workers as possible, who as a result have less time to do their work. And costs are also cut when it comes to materials. Taken together these factors ultimately lead to low-quality products. We like to make fun of the bad quality of products and the resulting consequences, but perhaps we should stop and think about how our own buying behaviour and wishes contribute to this problem. After all, the modern consumer wants everything to be immediately available - and at low prices of course."

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