How was life prior to Amazon?
It’s hard to remember how we got around the world of commerce before this online marketplace became so popular, used by so many people, and a big part of our everyday lives. While the rise of Amazon opened up a whole new shopping world for us, the retail giant’s existence also has some troubling aspects. Naturally, Amazon would prefer that you weren’t aware of those things because you might reconsider doing business with them if you did.
To be exact, you license the content rather than own it, so you do not own your Kindle and its contents. This indicates that if you violate the license agreement that you scrolled through and accepted without reading, Amazon can remove it. Additionally, the publishers and Amazon negotiate expiration dates for the licensing rights. The content will be deleted from your Kindle at the end of that expiration date. In most cases, you won’t receive an explanation unless you call and ask.
Amazon is like magic—the website is designed to make you spend too much. If you sign up for Prime for a year for $119, you’ll get what you buy every time you shop within two days. What an easy task! After signing up for Prime, one writer said she spent $1,274 in 18 months. According to the findings of a survey, Amazon customers without Kindles spend an average of $87 per month, Kindle owners spend $136, and Kindle Fire owners spend more than $150.
Most of the time, working conditions are awful. Everyone loves to hate Wal-Mart. They destroy the livelihoods of everyone in their supply chain, pay terrible wages, and Sam Walton’s children hoard all the money for themselves. Whatever amount of that is valid, Amazon is no organization of heavenly messengers in correlation. In 2016, an undercover journalist from Britain worked in an Amazon warehouse. He discovered that there was a point system in which firing was based on six points. Even if you brought a doctor’s note, calling in sick would result in dismissal. Until an investigation by a local newspaper prompted Amazon to install air conditioning, workers in a Pennsylvania warehouse were experiencing temperatures of 100 degrees and fainting.
The pricing is not very honest. What you see on Amazon as the list price and the discount that goes with it are not always true. A vendor provides the list price, even though they rarely or never actually charge that amount. Sometimes there are genuine errors, such as an obvious typographical error and a Belkin 10-socket Surgemaster with a list price of $528.99. However, not every typo will be so obvious or simple to spot.
Customers are less likely to save money for one order because of Prime Now and the aforementioned “free shipping” offer on Amazon Prime memberships. Instead, they will order whatever comes to mind right away. The environment doesn’t matter. It’s so simple to say, “Alexa, order cat food” today, go online to buy toilet paper and paper towels tomorrow, and then remember that your portable DVD player is broken while running errands tomorrow afternoon, so you use your phone to buy one. There will be three separate shipments, each with too much packaging. This will increase airplane traffic, which is not good for the environment when millions of people order individual items one or two at a time. Amazon is all about convenience, and they won’t give that up in favor of faster or more methodical approaches.
No, this is not a political declaration about how it is wrong to try to make as much money as possible. Everyone desires financial success. However, the pursuit is very tainted when it becomes so important to make just one more sale that you are willing to ignore religious sensibilities, become overly zealous in labeling LGBT books as “adult,” and sell books that deny the Holocaust. There are many different kinds of people in the world, each with their own set of practices and beliefs. Because they want everyone to do business with them, a good company will make sure that their rules are followed.
As you might expect, none of these claims are supported by Amazon. Amazon is one of the few businesses that can say, “We have changed the world,” which is a credit to them. If you could travel back one hundred years, you would explain what Amazon is and how to use it. Probably a lot of jaws would be dragging the ground. utterly amazing and awe-inspiring to people who lived in the early 20th century with its staggering innovation.