Down on your luck? Blame Amazon!
Things have been changing a lot these past few years as the digital revolution – or perhaps “evolution” is a better word – took over nearly every moment of our lives. As one would imagine during such a radical change in industry, many businesses have refused to adapt and were thus, left behind. Others were unable to grasp how it all worked and found themselves spinning in place… and left behind. Before long, many who failed were unable to admit their own faults, so they turned blame toward a successful business who was running commercials with a URL on the screen before most people knew what a URL was:
And they’re right for casting the blame. This new head risen from the Illuminati should be exposed every chance we get! Here is the best piece of evidence (source), so let’s break it down so you know there are no doubts about it.
Okay, the top part only talks about how quickly it grew to success, and continues to grow. We get a sense, though, that it’s evil because of the word “STRANGLEHOLD.” That word is only good when it’s a Ted Nugent song, which is available HERE. Coincidence? I think not.
Then there is a bar graph illustrating what it said, and it’s called “Amazon’s Hold.” I guess there wasn’t enough room to put “Stranglehold” there and understandably so. Even the song is over 7 minutes! Or was it 8? You’re going to look it up now, aren’t you?
Back to the chart! Back to the chart!
Next, it discusses its “Grasp.” It starts off saying there have been news reports and lawsuits about the horrible working conditions at Amazon’s 69 warehouses.
At one, there is even (reportedly) an ambulance hanging out in case an employee collapses!
These are clear reasons why the titles of that first section is called, “Work your employees to the bone.” A quick search for the class-action employee lawsuits shows how it was all about being worked to the bone, indeed! Take a look at THIS ONE and HERE about the heat. What is OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) doing about it?
I have some personal experience working at factories, handling things that were several hundred degrees (Fahrenheit) hot. I’ve seen fingers chopped off and heads crushed and very little compensation save for medical expenses covered. The guy with his head crushed lived. I think he was able to do some work at a tire shop.
And the best instance was when this factory bought plastic material from North Korea because it was cheaper. When people began to get nosebleeds, they made us all wear those cancer-testing badges. After a few days, the results came back and they removed all traces that the material was ever there. That’s nothing like working at Amazon, however, dealing with the hassles of security checks before and after work. However, I’m pretty sure all of the above was a figment of my imagination.
The hard-working employees at foundries and well, any factories or warehouses all over the country thankfully never have to deal with extreme temperatures or head offices trying to weasel around injuries (like when shavings were blown into my face and around my safety glasses, scratching my eyes – the company was right; the fault was my soft contact lenses). We need to figure out what’s so different about Amazon’s warehouses and stomp it out. Make it a priority, people!
Next over is “Free-ride on the services of brick-and-mortar stores.” This one is about as underhanded as you can get. The Big Evil “A” has this app that encourages you to enter physical stores and scan products. They’ll then let you buy the product online from them, instead, and sometimes offer $5 dollar rebates! That’s absurd!
No other store has ever been this evil in the history of capitalism. In fact, the only time I can think of where other stores have come this close is when, for decades, they would hold promotions telling customers to bring in competitors’ coupons, where they’ll either match or beat ‘em. I’ve seen this with department stores, grocery stores, auto dealerships… but this thing with Amazon is unique. I mean, they don’t have a store to bring anything to, unless you count onli– Well, it’s just different and evil. ‘Nuff said.
Finally on that row is how they “Make sure consumers have no other choice.” They say it best right from the start with “Anyone who wants to read a Batman comic or any other e-book title from DC has no choice but to acquire a Kindle and buy it from Amazon.”
Now stop and think about that for a moment. Allow the horror to settle in that you are completely unable to read a DC-owned digital title unless you acquire a Kindle. Can’t afford a Kindle or someone doesn’t want to give one to you? You are SCREWED! Want to read a Kindle e-book on your phone or iPad, SCREWED! Pretty much, if you want to read a Kindle file on anything but a Kindle, you are most totally SCREWED!
That part goes on to say how Amazon is cutting exclusive deals so customers have nowhere else to go but them to buy certain products. Once again, the evil is filled to the rim, doing things never thought of before because everyone else had higher morals in business. Before Amazon, exclusive brands never existed. It simply didn’t happen. Companies shuddered at the mere thought of such a thing.
Okay, what’s next after that? A row of graphs? Goody! I love those.
First is one showing “Jobs Per Millions in Sales.” There’s one person representing Amazon, five for Big-Box stores, and a whopping eight for Independent stores! What’s amazing is how Independent stores are employing so many more people despite being killed off by Evil “A”! That’s quite a bit of awesomeness, don’t you think?
I certainly do my share to support the Independent stores. I buy from them all the time, and from all over the country! Granted, I’m unable to travel for such purchases. See, I buy from them through this place on the Interweb where they can all gather together like in a mall, but instead of where malls demand crazy rent whether sales are good or poor, this place takes a reasonable percentage from each sale. To make things even better, this mall-type place allows the Independent stores to ship their products for storage in their warehouses. Then the place handles the customer orders. All the store owners have to worry about is collecting the money!
This ability to reach people worldwide is likely the big reason why Independent stores have been on the rise again, and yes, why they’re still able to employ more people than Evil “A”. If you want to see where this wonderful place is that’s literally saving Independent stores from extinction, go HERE. They’re sure to blow that nasty monopoly out of the water soon enough (you know, Amazon… grrr).
Okay, on to the next graphic. This one is “Author Events Each Year.” It shows 200,000 held by Independent Bookstores and Zero by You-Know-Who. And let me tell you, it makes a huge difference! The average author’s book signing at a physical store will earn enough for gas home if it’s a good turnout. If it’s a great turnout, the author can hit up some Kentucky Fried Chicken later. Meanwhile, the gas-free royalties made from Kindle royalties mean diddly-squat.
Because of the lack of events on Amazon, authors have to go elsewhere, like perhaps the wealth of author event tools available at Goodreads (*cough*owned by Evil-A*cough*). If you add that with the ability to sign e-books via Authorgraph (formerly Kindlegraph) and the worldwide reach can equal a bit more than a chicken meal – no car fuel required.
But none of that counts as an “Amazon event” so the graph is legit.
The final graph is another example of how the Market is caught in the Stranglehold bay-bay!
Hey, we’ve reached the bottom! We’re going to discuss the company’s “Grab.”
In “Get a sweetheart deal from the government,” it talks about how they don’t have to pay sales tax in most states since it’s an online store. This gives it a leg up on brick & mortar stores regarding the ability to offer better prices, etc. And hey, this would also mean that for each town a customer lives in, they’re getting a sweetheart deal from that city and county since a brick & mortar store would be paying property taxes just to be there to sell stuff! And in every location that a sale is shipped to, they’re getting a sweetheart deal from the electric companies, water departments, and probably a long list of other places because a physical store would have to pay all that if the customer shopped there instead of ordering online.
Amazon must have a separate warehouse just to hold the documents for all these sweetheart deals they’ve been making! It truly boggles the mind. Selling things online where there is no sales tax can’t possibly be legal. Perhaps if we asked other companies to look into it, they could be a big help. You check with Google, Yahoo, and Apple and I’ll ask Microsoft, Sony, and Steam.
Okay, next it tackles how the company “bullies” their suppliers, like when a publisher “resists its demands for deeper discounts,” the site will remove the “buy” buttons until they give in.
This is a very important issue that needs some careful explaining. For those who don’t know the full story, there have been multiple times when a big publisher refuses to lower the price of their e-books for Amazon, so the “Buy It Now” button will disappear until they come around. There is an article about it HERE.
See, print books cost a lot of money to maintain. There is the money to print them, store them in warehouses, distribute them, not to mention staff required to format the books so they’re ready for press. When a book is sold, the bookstore takes a large chunk, the author/agent gets a cut, and the publisher gets a little bit of profit per sale after all the expenses put into it are covered.
E-books… not so much. The publisher formats it into a digital edition and uploads it to Amazon and everywhere else they want it available. There is no other overhead. With each sale, the bookstore takes its cut, the author/agent gets theirs, and the publisher gets what is left.
But see, the big houses didn’t like e-books, especially Macmillan who thought they could punish people for buying theirs. Hopefully, customers would then snap out of it and come back to print. This was done by charging much higher prices for digital copies than for print.
Given that overhead to make print copies is higher than digital, it makes perfect sense to hike up the price of digital, right? And it’s the publisher’s product; they should be able to charge whatever they want! Amazon is just a store; they only have the choice of selling what they want. If they don’t like it and think the publisher is trying to screw customers, they don’t… have…. to… sell… it.
It’s evil! Moving on!
Next it discusses how they sold their products at a loss. Using “Wall Street’s deep pockets” it sold below cost for nearly a decade to crush the competition. During this time, it lost “a staggering $3 billion”!
Well, I had trouble finding that information on the Interweb. In the comments of the source page, the creator of the infograph, Stacy Mitchell, says, “Amazon posted losses for its first 8 years in business before it began turning a profit. The losses totaled $3 billion. Can you imagine if Wall Street handed independent bookstores $3 billion?”
Hmmm, still not finding anything to back it up, but she’s been on the ball so far. It’s gotta be here…
Ah-ha! There is something HERE! It offers nice details on the history of the Evil-A business, and it looks like they did report losses for a while there, and also while expanding rapidly, a little too rapidly. It was when Wall Street analysts warned that it was on shaky ground that Bezos put on some brakes and saw better numbers. And that was the only mention I saw of Wall Street. But if the chart says this guy, who left a million-dollar-a-year job to start Amazon, made it on Wall Street handouts for the first eight years, then itMUST be true!
Anyway, we all know new businesses never report losses for the first several years. They’re all highly successful from the beginning, and Evil-A making deals with companies like Yahoo and Toys-R-Us in its first few years wouldn’t have given it the boosts needed to keep going. It had to have been something like selling below cost and getting money from some dude named Wall Street. Business logic simply does not apply here.
Quick little factoid: The company did sell a bunch of Kindles at cost (not below but at cost) with hopes that by making the reader more accessible, more money would be made in Kindle book sales. This method proved successful and not only helped Evil-A but all the publishers & authors involved.
And finally (yes, FINALLY finally) it says Amazon is so popular that people go there instead of using search engines, and also people like to sell through them… which is evil because…
Oh, I give up! This is too much stoopid in one graph and my melon hurts!
Just keep following the whole Amazon is Evil wagon because hate is fun.