Why I don’t use Amazon. Amazon is even scummier than Walmart. At least Walmart employees can use the bathroom.
While States and cities clamor to give tax dollars to Amazon….
Amazon recruited these workers as part of a program it calls CamperForce: a labor unit made up of nomads who work as seasonal employees at several of its warehouses, which the company calls “fulfillment centers”…
While other employers also seek out this nomadic workforce – the available jobs range from campground maintenance to selling Christmas trees and running amusement park rides – Amazon has been the most aggressive recruiter. “Jeff Bezos has predicted that, by the year 2020, one out of every four work-campers – the RV- and vehicle-dwellers who travel the country for temporary work – in the United States will have worked for Amazon,” read one slide in a presentation for new hires..
Outside observers gave them other nicknames, from “the Okies of the Great Recession” to “American refugees”, “the affluent homeless”, even “modern-day fruit tramps”.
Rising rents are leading Americans to live in cars and other vehicles
Chicago is offering to give Amazon all of the income taxes collected from it workers back to them. Why not just give them control of the city….oh wait that was Fresnos offer.
Amazon is absolute scum
“This basically amounts to a super wealthy corporation extorting local governments by forcing them to promise public resources and grovel at Amazon’s feet just for a chance to bring jobs to their cities
Thursday is the final day for cities to submit their bids to Amazon for the company’s competition to find a place to house their new headquarters. Over 100 cities have submitted a bid. As my colleague Hamilton Nolan has pointed out, this basically amounts to a super wealthy corporation extorting loc…
Some things never change – like capitalism massacring native people to steal their resources
‘Uncontacted’ Amazon Tribe Members Reported Killed in BrazilSHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Laterhttps://nyti.ms/2ePdrAzShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelMembers of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil in 2008. Indigenous groups in…
Amazon is a monopoly. They will use their market power to put all competitors out of business. Once a they’re the only game in town, they will be free to charge whatever they want. Amazon should be broken up!
“By cutting prices on high-volume staples like bananas, eggs and ground beef in 470 Whole Foods stores, Amazon is signaling it will compete for that traffic. Even if it loses money, it hopes it can bring shoppers into stores, win their loyalty to the whole company and prompt them to spend more money, say former Amazon executives.”
Amazon.com will bring lower prices to its new Whole Foods division on Monday. It also will bring a new rule book, further pressuring an already struggling supermarket sector.
“There is a new body of economic research, just in the last few years, that has found that the consolidation that we’re seeing across the economy—airlines, retail, media, all these different sectors—is in fact deeply linked to rising levels of inequality. The reason that so many of us can’t make a decent living has to do with this corporate consolidation. There’s growing profits going to a small number of folks at the top. We’re seeing less innovation. New business formation has collapsed; we’re now creating half as many new businesses now as we were in the late 1970s.
“So these effects are substantial, and they affect our own personal bottom line. So we shouldn’t get too distracted by Amazon and the media wanting to frame this in terms of consumers. We should remember that our well-being depends on all these other roles that we play in the economy.”
“Much of our retail and buying is going to be digitally driven, and we are facing the prospect of a single company dominating that trade.”
Amazon needs to be broken up! #antitrust
“With commerce rapidly moving online, Amazon has positioned itself as lord of the realm, which means that online commerce is no longer a market in any meaningful sense of the word. It’s now a privately controlled arena where a single company sets the terms by which we may exchange goods with one another and decides which products—which new authors, which new innovations—get to find an audience.”
Companies that want to reach the market increasingly have no choice but to ride Amazon’s rails.
It’s time to break up ALL monopolies!
“They take all the poker chips off the table, leaving nothing for the other players to exchange between themselves. And by sucking their customers and suppliers dry, such companies end up destroying the marketplaces on which they depend for revenue. It’s a form of financial obesity, where the only thing left for the company to do is acquire a new marketplace, extract all its value, and move on.”
With its mega-acquisition of Whole Foods, the retail behemoth moves to suck the value out of yet another market, writes Douglas Rushkoff.
“There is only one force that can stop Amazon from organizing and regulating basically all American retail commerce — our democratic institutions and our political system.” #breakthemup
Jeff Bezos has created an empire that’s quickly raising political questions.