This is not going to be painless or cheap, but I am breaking up with Amazon.
Everything was going smoothly until I started reading articles about how they treat the businesses they do business with; demanding proprietary information, freezing seller’s accounts until they cooperate, copying their products or simply undercutting them with their own brand. The same mom and pop stores that were benefitting from using Amazon’s platform are now in constant danger of being crushed by their host if they do too well. More recently, the company has refused to offer books by select authors who don’t conform to Jeff Bezos’ personal worldview.
I began to feel like every order I placed was a tacit vote of approval for the increasingly menacing tactics of this super-mega-corporation and its despotic CEO.
And so that’s how I wound up in a local bike store yesterday, trying on a pair of over-priced shorts I had picked out from a pitiful selection… in a bathroom that doubled as a dressing room.
No one said this would be easy.. 😂