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Is Amazon a monopoly yet?

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posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:15 PM
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Amazon reportedly wants to take over JCPenney and Sears stores to turn malls into giant fulfillment centers


Saw this coming years ago. I knew the low prices wouldn't last either.
At what point are people going to wake up?

I needed a facial tonic. The price on Amazon was 3x the store price and people are still willing to buy it. Crazy, Crrrrrrraaazy.
3x. It was a small amount, but 3x this, 3x that adds up to an enormous amount over the course of a year, five years etc.

Something about Amazon in old Sears or Jcpenney stores feels bad. Not saying Sears or Jcpenney didn't deserve failure but still

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posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:16 PM
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Why would them taking over empty stores make them a monopoly?



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:17 PM
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No.
As long as you have other options to buy from they are not a monopoly...



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:19 PM
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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: JAGStorm

Why would them taking over empty stores make them a monopoly?


We know it won't be just one or two stores, soon it will be three or four.
How many bookstores do you see these days?

www.ftc.gov...



In the end, courts will decide whether the monopolist's success is due to "the willful acquisition or maintenance of that power as distinguished from growth or development as a consequence of a superior product, business acumen, or historic accident."



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:20 PM
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originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: JAGStorm

No.
As long as you have other options to buy from they are not a monopoly...


How long do you think those options will be around?



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:22 PM
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originally posted by: JAGStorm
We know it won't be just one or two stores, soon it will be three or four.


The stores are empty, why does it matter?


How many bookstores do you see these days?


Plenty. I go to this one all the time.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:24 PM
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Amazon is primarily a warehouse shipping company.
The companies that make the products usually ship from their own facilities not just amazon..
Basically amazon is a service that manufacturers utilize.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:25 PM
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I have bought one thing on Amazon over its entire existence. It was in like 2008,2009 or something. Pretty sure It was a video game. I think it was sonic adventure two for the GameCube to replace my copy that got #ed.

Also, i've never shopped at wholefoods so never even supported them that way.
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posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:28 PM
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I want Amazon and Costco to have a baby.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:28 PM
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That one looks totally cool, but places like that used to be everywhere.

Very few left around here.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:29 PM
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originally posted by: Lysergic
I want Amazon and Costco to have a baby.



CostZon?



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:30 PM
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originally posted by: JAGStorm

originally posted by: Lysergic
I want Amazon and Costco to have a baby.



CostZon?


BEEF SUPREME



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:31 PM
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originally posted by: JAGStorm

originally posted by: Lysergic
I want Amazon and Costco to have a baby.



CostZon?


Amaco... Amacost?
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posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 06:46 PM
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Your facial tonic is probably sold by 50 other companies on Amazon at varying prices. If it's a difficult product to source then that would explain it's price.

Amazon is mostly a "middle man" company. It's all logistics, it's highly effective at getting a product from producer to consumer. That's not to say it isn't branching out. The have their own brands and do package "Amazon" products... Like coffee for instance.

If Lizzie Magie was around she'd probably say monopoly is a child's game these days. The real money is selling people things they don't know they want to buy and having it with them before the hangover wears off.

They could have orphaned at birth kids craving mum's cooking.

Ultimately though we like things cheap, we like things easy. Amazon delivers... Mostly other people's products. So no it's not really a monopoly.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 09:36 PM
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Why can't they just set all the stores free to enjoy the rest of their lives in peace without having to be slaves to the overcommercialised attitudes of consumer idiots?
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posted on Aug, 10 2020 @ 12:15 AM
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Idiocracy closer by the day.
Sorry, Ow my Ballz is on. Gotta grab a Brawndo.



posted on Aug, 10 2020 @ 02:12 AM
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Amazon = slavery



posted on Aug, 11 2020 @ 03:30 AM
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originally posted by: JAGStorm
I needed a facial tonic. The price on Amazon was 3x the store price and people are still willing to buy it. Crazy, Crrrrrrraaazy.
3x. It was a small amount, but 3x this, 3x that adds up to an enormous amount over the course of a year, five years etc.


The few times I have used Amazon since it became an option in my country, I've actually paid less for items I purchased than via going to a bricks and mortar store.

Some things are cheaper, some things are more expensive. This is why I shop around, and then go with the place that is cheaper, sometimes it's an online retailer, sometimes it's ordering directly from a 'local' brick and mortar store.

My new PC I built, all the components came from a combination of online and offline retailers. It probably cost me 2x less than buying a pre-built online or off.

When Amazon is my only option, when ebay, gumtree, local stores etc. no longer exist because Amazon has stomped them all out of existence, then I may consider them a monopoly.

I mean I have seen plenty of local stores who price things at 3x what I can buy them for online. Yet people still buy them.

Like my PC build. Came in under $1000aud. For a pretty much high end gaming computer. Yet at the same time I had a couple of friends buy pre-built machines from local computer stores that are less powerful for $3000aud.

Think perspective is important here.

There will always be people who buy things on a whim regardless of price. Always has been such folks. I know many who don't shop around, they justify paying more for 'convenience'.

But yeah until a gun is held to my head and I am forced to buy from a single retailer, and I no longer have freedom of will and choice I cannot say any company is a monopoly.

I don't have to use Amazon, I choose too. When the price is right that is.



posted on Aug, 11 2020 @ 12:51 PM
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For me I've been using Amazon while doing up my mums house and it has the advantage of knowing when stuff will be delivered as generally the normal delivery companies are hit and miss and I don't fancy waiting 3-4 days for some paint to arrive if i'm lucky with some of the UK delivery companies.

With prime its normally next day delivery and thats perfect as I can get some stuff done while waiting for whatever it is to arrive around 1-2pm normally since the house is close to the depot.

Its not a monopoly as I could get everything I wanted at other places but factoring in the hassles of getting to/from the place that sells it and a lot of places are still shut due to CV or are running very limited services with the hope that they'll have what i want in stock.



posted on Aug, 11 2020 @ 01:57 PM
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Amaco

Costzon

Zonco.

No thanks.


They should both die.
Local shops can utilise shipping too.



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