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Old 04-28-2018, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Cida View Post
I agree, I find it very perturbing.

However, you're late to the party, because you should have started worrying long ago about companies like Monsanto and Microsoft. Or Staples? Or how about the Koch brothers? Or the way a single cable provider dominates an entire region? Or the general media consolidation as mentioned in Outfoxed? Or the food industry consolidation?

So you can start by quitting Amazon. Anyone paying attention could see the way Amazon early on had been destroying the book business. Support local NYC businesses instead.
The thing is its pretty tough to duplicate the market reach Amazon has. I have an extensive technical library as an engineer and from time to time i cull out my books I never use or areas of study I have no interest in returning to. If it were not for Amazon I would basically have to toss them out or get pennies on the dollar at some book store trade program.

With Amazon I have been able to recover 400-500 from text books I would have otherwise had to toss or had take up space and slowly burying me alive. I can then use that money to buy equipment or another reference, etc.
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:57 AM
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I don’t see how the internet companies are any more consolidated than any other industry. Food, chemicals, banking, car manufacturing, *insert industry here*. Every industry in dominated by 10 or less companies.

They’re oligopolies not monopolies.

Also, who is to say Amazon doesn’t become a lumbering giant hampered by diseconomies of scale? The more industries they touch, the more slow moving and complicated they may become. The struggles of conglomerates are studied all the time. Calls from activists frequently seek to spin off businesses and break them up because at some point, they destroy value by being together. I don’t understand why people think Amazon is going to have some smooth glide path to domination.

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