Whether your signature issue is decent working conditions and a living wage for workers; the company’s systematic scamming of US cities in its “search” for HQ2; or the simple fact that no one human (let alone one as notably greedy as Jeff Bezos) should be in possession of $223 billion dollars — it seems that nearly everyone is pissed at Amazon right now.
Which is a little inconvenient, given that we’ve just rounded the corner into the busiest time of the year for Ordering Stuff Online. So we’re wondering: what are people actually doing to cut down their Bezos dependency over Christmas, assuming that’s something you’re looking to do?
Personally, as a Seattle native, I’ve had a simmering vendetta against the company for years, as it’s systematically driven up housing prices and stomped on the culture of my hometown (my personal HQ1). That said, I’ve had Amazon Prime and an Amazon credit card for years at this point, and rely pretty heavily on the company to deliver cumbersome staples like cat food and toilet paper to my apartment at an artificially low cost.
Now that they’re muscling their way into New York City (my personal HQ2) and about to wreak civic havoc all over again, I’m trying to actually change my habits, and stop giving so damn much money to a company that I complain about all the time. I certainly haven’t cut them out altogether — yet — but I’ve been exploring other ways of getting things delivered from companies I hate somewhat less.
For Christmas specifically, I’ve laid a personal ground rule not to do any of my gift shopping on the site, and issued an admittedly somewhat bratty edict to my family that I’d like any gifts for me not to come from Amazon. It’s certainly not going to drive them out of business or make any kind of dent in Bezos’s net worth, but little things add up, and at least I’ll feel better about my own habits.
So tell us: is your relationship to Amazon any different than usual this Christmas?