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September 3, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Big data makes for savvy consumers

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…

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August 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Eliminate corporate taxes: Amazon’s lashing in U.K.

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…

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August 13, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Amazon vs. Hachette: Amazon prices e-books at a rate favorable to writers

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…

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December 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Amazon drones: is technology going too far?

Advancing technology could make a large impact on our lives

This image shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Dec. 1 there's no reason Drones can't help get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)

This image shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Dec. 1 there’s no reason Drones can’t help get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)

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.

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August 20, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Amazon plans to accommodate bicycles

Superb example for Seattle businesses John Pucher, famed Rutgers professor and scholar of bike safety and bikeable cities, rides down Dexter Ave. N. with Robin Randels of Seattle during a recent visit to Seattle. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.] In my July 14 op-ed piece in The Seattle Times, “Building a Bicycle Renaissance in Seattle,”

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May 10, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Senate passes Marketplace Fairness Act

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…

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March 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Amazon and German activists dispute on labor

Seattle’s progressivism may not be global The internet retailer Amazon’s logo is seen behind barbed wire at a logistical center in Rheinberg, Germany. Some activists are demanding the retailer negotiate a union wage contract with its current nonunion work force in Germany. (FRANK AUGSTEIN/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) The recent protest that took place in South Lake Union at the…

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