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  •  Amazon is, as of now, an outlier of a sort. (4+ / 0-)
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    Amazon has yet to consistently turn a significant profit of any kind, often failing to generate any at all. Between low prices, free delivery and an enormous digital library, Amazon tends to burn through most of the cash it takes in.

    I'm not sure there's a message in there, but I think there's something interesting or significant about the distinction that the millions Amazon steals from its workers goes to pay for server farms and overnight shipping instead of dividends. It points, maybe, to a real culpability among their customers (like me), since (for once) they're the ones benefitting from the harsh conditions, not billionaire stockholders.

    "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

    by 2020adam on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 01:35:10 PM PDT

    •  Same with Walmart... (0+ / 0-)
      It points, maybe, to a real culpability among their customers (like me), since (for once) they're the ones benefitting from the harsh conditions, not billionaire stockholders.
      I have been personally boycotting Amazon, Walmart, Target, an AT&T , because, Republicans.  

      I (blushes) violated my own boycott this week and bought a product through Amazon for our upcoming camping trip on Africa that was not available elsewhere, or was much cheaper can't remember which.

      Also got a phone off Ebay to take to Africa and put it on AT&T because their partnerships allow seamless (expensive) roaming in the countries we go to on our self-guided budget safaris  and I want to be able to call my elderly mom and my wife's elderly father with as few hitches as possible.  Besides, AT&T has more union members.  Still, the mofos gave millions to Rick Perry and that finally was the last straw.

      Until the President's speech at Amazon, and subsequent writing such as the AFL CIO Blog post I link, I honestly  did not realize how poor the working conditions were there....

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      by divineorder on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 01:53:50 PM PDT

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      •  Nah. Wal Mart makes gazillions. The Waltons just.. (2+ / 0-)
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        want people to think they're getting a kickass deal. Consumers aren't getting a tenth of the savings Wal Mart generates. They have no need for the kind of expensive maneuvers Amazon engages in to stay ahead of the market.

        Wal Mart just builds another warehouse with a big front door, directs a few of its gazillion trucks to head that way instead, they pay a few people to open the front door, a few more to unload the trucks, and finally a few more to take people's money. That's all it takes, and voilà, they're in business, selling $.25 tshirts from Bangladesh for the Shockingly Low Price!!! of $7.50.

        "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

        by 2020adam on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 02:37:22 PM PDT

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      •  Amazon, btw, was forced to respond to pressure... (2+ / 0-)
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        caused by those revelations about high heat in warehouses, installing, at least, better air circulation systems. Which indicates they may be responsive to continued pressure.

        Despite that relatively minor change, this amazing exposé of life in an Amazon warehouse is well worth a read.

        "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

        by 2020adam on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 02:42:31 PM PDT

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