a reply to: Puppylove
Balance in all things
But we do not have balance here. We have cries for vengeance. Show me where Bezos is harming anyone and I might change my mind; I do not consider
being successful in itself as harming anyone. Indeed, if Amazon did not exist, there would be a lot of people who work for them who would be in much,
much worse shape. Because of Amazon, they have jobs, and apparently decent-paying jobs. The argument seems to not be that his workers don't make a
good wage; it seems to be that his workers don't make as much as he does.
I remember Amazon when it was an online book store. That's all it was. It helped a lot of college students, because the textbooks were available for a
fraction of what they sell for at the colleges. At least 90% of all my textbooks have come from Amazon, most of them used. That is one way I managed
to get through school debt-free.
Over time, I watched as they added other merchandise, slowly, until they became the retail giant they are today. And today I am a Prime member and
yes, if I need something I simply order it. Vitamins and supplements, tools that are hard to find in a small rural setting, even parts and supplies
for my work. They're all there. Computer modules are especially helpful to have access to; the nearest decent computer store is an hour's drive away,
and even they don't carry everything. On Amazon I have access to the latest and greatest video cards, processors, motherboards... and I also have
access to replacement parts for smaller computers if I don't need a monster machine. All at usually a lower price than Newegg.
I can get solar panels, bulk deals on paper products, nice things for my home, and anything else I can usually think of, all at a lower cost than
Walmart with greater selection. Amazon even helps with the ecology... I wonder how many people condemning Bezos also condemn people driving around in
cars, but every order from Amazon is one less trip to town.
So who has Bezos hurt by growing Amazon into what it is? Certainly not me. Certainly not his employees. Who?
Just being rich is not evil. Money is not the root of all evil. The love of
money is the root of all evil, and I would bet good money that
everyone screaming for Bezo's head because he's got money are deep into loving money. One need not own a thing to love a thing.