I thought this was called The Midas Touch, and I thought it was by Thomas Disch. But I can't seem to locate it.

  • I think this isn't the right title, since neither of the two stories by this name ring a bell to me, whereas I'm pretty sure I've read this story. Now if I could only remember where.
    – user56
    Commented Aug 12, 2012 at 20:11
  • Duplicate of Story about a future of over-production. Commented Aug 12, 2012 at 21:40
  • If you don't mind my asking, Margot, did you search on SciFi.SE before posting this question (which is good on it's own merits, by the way)? The reason I ask is because one of Jeff's complaints about *-identification questions is that they don't help the next person with the question (because everyone recalls a different set of trivia) and that may be the case here. Commented Aug 12, 2012 at 22:17
  • This is a common theme in many science fiction stories up through the 1970s. I'm not sure this is answerable unless more information is given.
    – John O
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 0:34

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You're probably thinking of "The Midas Plague" and its sequels, by Frederik Pohl, collected in Midas World.

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