let us explore amazon's evil ways...
Dishing Junk – The act of dispensing ideas of little value in a casual or silly manner.
- They force publishers to LOWER the costs of their books! When the publishers say no, “I want those sales dollars – you are hurting the authors!” – Amazon doesn’t feature their books as much as other books. You know, on their site. The site they own, pay costs to maintain, worked hard in making it the number one retailer and all that. How dare they!
- Amazon likes to make money and they are competitive. Their competition is more online with Wal-Mart, not B&N or Google, they don’t have nap pods, massage rooms and gourmet cafeterias like Google, or foster a bookstore vibe like B&N, but they are expected to act accordingly.
- They control what books are shown to the customers! They decided what books are featured, based on reviews, sales and product advertising. Who cares that B&N and local bookstores do this with “end caps” and promo areas? It’s Amazon, so it’s wrong. And it’s not like some quirky guy with teal hair read the books and thought it would be awesome to feature the book on a display. Nope, because it’s featured via Amazon it means that some employee, chained to a cubicle analyzed a data minef spreadsheet and marked a checkbox that features it. Soooo Orwellian!
- They are a Bully, yes that is right, they are the big man in charge and they tell us what to do. If you don’t like it, you can’t sell your books, products etc.
- People don’t want to go to actual bookstores now that they can just go online and order them! Even people in rural areas that had no access to bookstores can actually get new books and products delivered right to their door! They never leave their small town because they don’t have to go anywhere. It’s perpetuating shut-ins.
- They actually have the AUDACITY, repeat after me, AUDACITY, to remove posts from THEIR website that they find might not be on the up and up. From the millions of reviews and posts that occur on their site every day, they’ve taken to removing some that have a few flags that might indicate a “fake” review or a review from an over-zealous company that just created 100 amazon accounts so they can post a few 5-star reviews for their product. How dare they tell you what you can or can not post on their site?
- They’ve created a market for Indie Authors to be able to publish their books easily, even created a subscription service so those authors are FORCED to only sell via Amazon (who started this whole eBook Indie Author thing) and now they’ve up and changed it so authors actually have to PROOF their books before they publish it.
This is all very tongue-in-cheek, I hope you’ve picked up on that. The moral of this story (I usually don’t give morals to my DJ posts, leaving the satirical posts open for interpretation by the reader) is that yes, Amazon is a heavy hitter in the world of capitalism, much like Wal-Mart, and because of this they are hated and often misunderstand by the casual users. We cannot know what goes on in the mind of billionaire Jeff Bezos, the dude could be a sociopath bent on world domination, he could also be just another guy set on making a lot of money and solely focusing on the bottom-line (the usual for big corporation CEOs). Sales are number figures, employees are just that – employees, they are not family members or friends, and authors and publishers are just vendors. That is my bottom-line when having thoughts on Amazon. Like it? I’m not a huge fan of big corporations that are driven by bottom-line, who would? It stinks of greed and no one likes greedy people. But, and this might make me a little greedy too – if that bottom-line will benefit me in some way, I have no issue with jumping on the Amazon train. Just like to save a lot of money I shop at Wal-Mart.
When I see posts come out about Amazon is targeting bloggers who use affiliate links, or will remove your book from KDP if you use slang terminology, because it doesn’t pass their algorithms. Or that Amazon is TARGETING author friends and family and removing their reviews, I get a little worried. But, then my logic kicks in and I read on and do MY OWN research. Just because JOE BLOGGER wrote a post on how they spoke to their “Amazon Rep” and that rep said Amazon is removing reviews that have associate links in them, does not mean it is actually happening. It just means JOE BLOGGER wanted to write a blog posts that got people commenting and page views, the views in the post are not substantiated by any Amazon TOS verbiage or in their FAQ section. Does it mean he’s wrong? No. It could very well be a change Amazon is putting into effect, but chances are, there might have been a miscommunication along the line, which led to a panicked blog post and then a lot of panicked bloggers and authors. Yes, people are getting their reviews removed. That is a fact. But, before we panic. Before we start posting that Amazon is EVIL. Before your remove all your reviews or your books from Amazon, do a little research on the topic. There might be a good reason Amazon removed a few reviews., or flagged an account as a possible fake review generator. Find the facts and learn from that blogger’s mistake. The bottom-line is most likely to protect you, the consumer, the citizen reviewer, and the indie author. If their site became a hotbed of fake reviews, scams, un-edited pornography and plagiarized or poorly edited books – the consumer would get taken advantage of. Amazon relies on the consumer to generate sales (that bottom-line again). So, the consumer is the goal. Let the bottom-line work with you…as the ridiculously poetic ICE-T once said:
“Don’t hate the player, hate the game”
Don’t agree with me? Let me know how Amazon is evil! Love Amazon? I also want to know about positive Amazon stories.