I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for nearly ten years. The easy access to thousands of products and the convenience of purchasing through an app (with free shipping) is unmatched. Amazon is home to products of all categories: home, fashion, sports, books, appliances, outdoor gear and many more.
Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon, has been reaping the benefits of 150 million Amazon users for years. But at what cost? Amazon has been known to have terrible office culture, to take money away from small businesses, and to have racist leadership.
I’m ashamed to say that such dire statistics didn’t turn me away from Amazon. I was too focused on the one-click ordering, two-day (sometimes next day) shipping, and the convenient user experience. But like many others this year, my eyes have been opened to the importance of shopping local. And my moral discomfort with Amazon can no longer be ignored.
Of course, I’m not here to force you to do the same as I’m sure it’s hard to imagine your life without Amazon. But I’m asking you to consider who you give your money too, specifically in a pandemic where businesses and individuals are struggling.
This year has shown us how important every single dollar is. Thousands of businesses have been forced to close this year as they couldn’t sustain the monthly rent, or couldn’t afford to pay labor due to lack of demand. Small and independent businesses are really hurting this year and Amazon has yet to feel any of COVID-19. It’s the classic example of the poor getting poorer, and the rich get richer.
Now is the perfect time to become a conscious consumer and stand on your morals. What will you decide?