March 1st, 2018
I try to keep our posts about Amazon to a reasonable minimum--ultimately, I know it's more important to show you what *we* offer instead of what *they* take. But this, this, THIS is so disruptive to local economies and communities that we can't not open a discussion about it.
I'm going to be straight as can be: as a self-employed business owner, more than 30% of my income goes out the door in income tax.
When you ask indie bookstores why they can't "do better" on the retail price of a book, the multifaceted response to that question includes elements like this.
We're not blind to the realities of necessary economizing; frankly, we're all barely making it ourselves. But what does it mean to hand over this much money and power to a company that pays nothing to support your local and national infrastructures? And whose CEO's net worth is $125 billion dollars? What does this look like in two, five, ten years?
As Jarek Steele of Left Bank Books in St. Louis puts it: "Amazon thrives on poverty mentality - save (or think you save) a dime here and a dime there. Pretty soon you can buy groceries.
What they don't want you to know is that you will buy your groceries from them too. Plus your kids won't have education or opportunities because you've now eliminated the tax base and all competition that creates public education, innovation and jobs (except the jobs amazon provides).
They own you because you sold yourself to them.
If you support Amazon you only impoverish yourself."
Thanks, as always, for listening. What are your thoughts?
ps: Read the full article on Amazon and sales tax by clicking here.
June 17th, 2017
The Amazon/Whole Foods editorial from Lacy you didn't even know you needed.