That data-driven consumption is somehow mindless is nonsensical [“The slide toward an impulse society, thanks to big data and Amazon.com,” Opinion, Aug. 30]. Having access to more information about products, and access to many more sellers, has made consumers savvier than ever. Targeted ads based on my interests are more worthwhile to me than…More
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Amazon’s tax strategy is competitive Excellent and very gripping piece on Amazon.com’s charring in the U.K. over taxes by reporter Jay Greene [“Brits Cry Foul,” Page one, Aug. 26]. What is truly frightening is the ignorance of the politicians who were doing the grilling. What they don’t realize is that corporate taxes are simply indirect…More
In the article on the Amazon versus Hachette dispute, the reporter Katharine Schwab writes that it’s a question of “convenience versus conscience,” with people of conscience supporting Hachette and people who put convenience ahead of conscience supporting Amazon [“Amazon vs. Hachette: Soul searching in techie, bookish Seattle,” Local News, Aug. 9]. This way…More
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I like the idea of Amazon.com delivering their products with drones [“Amazon delivers some pie in the sky with drones plan,” Business Dec. 3].
It is a unique idea that allows me to order something on Amazon and see it delivered as soon as 30 minutes later. However, I can also see many things that could go wrong with this idea.
I don’t know if I should trust drones to deliver my products because drones couldn’t operate under all weather conditions. The packages could be a target for thieves who could watch where the drones flew. If drones are being used to deliver products, the sky would be filled with drones.
Superb example for Seattle businesses In my July 14 op-ed piece in The Seattle Times, “Building a Bicycle Renaissance in Seattle,” I specifically called on Seattle’s business community to support improvements in cycling conditions as evidence of their commitment to environmental sustainability, public health and the economic future of Seattle. Thus, I was pleased to read…More
Act might not benefit brick-and-mortar stores Although I do quite a bit of online shopping, I don’t shop at Amazon.com [“Internet sales-tax bill backed by Amazon passes Senate,” Business, May 7]. In fact, at least 90 percent of my online purchases are for items that are not available in any brick-and-mortar retail outlet in Seattle or…More
Seattle’s progressivism may not be global The recent protest that took place in South Lake Union at the headquarters of Amazon.com should serve as a reminder to us all that Seattle may not be as “progressive” as we like to believe. Protesting Amazon’s refusal to negotiate a union-wage contract with its currently nonunion workforce in Germany,…More