In this story, we are introduced to a couple that is "poor" (i.e. not rich). The story goes on for a bit.

At the end of the story, we realize that being poor means that they are required to buy and consume material goods. Rich people are not required to do so.

This has been bugging me for quite a while. I read it back in the 80's or 90's, out of a library book.

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    Are you certain it was Asimov? I've read most of what he's written, and this doesn't ring a bell. But of course, "most" is not "all".
    – user36119
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 0:34
  • The story exists, but I'm pretty sure it's not by Asimov; It may have been in a collection that had the good doctor's name on it though.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 0:45
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    Not Asimov. Pohl. "The Midas Plague" and we've got questions on it already. Ah ... here's the master. Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 0:45
  • Ah, thank you! I'm reading the linked page on the other question, and I think that is it. No wonder I couldn't find the Asimov short story.
    – Anthony C
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 21:08


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