Amazon pulled a big one on me or at least tried to. Don’t let Amazon take advantage of you.
Amazon claims “free shipping” this Christmas season. Let me tell how they are doing it, what Amazon is really doing.
First, Bezos is trying to keep his US government subsidized USPS rates after Trump has confronted the free ride Amazon has gotten. This is main way rich people get richer. They get a concession passed into law by Congress which gives them an unfair market advantage over all others.
Ask Warren Buffet. I doubt he’ll tell you.
Then they bribe or pay off the government officials, the politicians who granted them this favorable advantage, this corrupt path to riches. An attorney wrote a book about this. I shall have to look it up for you.
Second, most of us have become accustomed to increasing prices. We are experiencing and expecting more inflation. The news media has programmed us to expect inflation.
Third, the bottom line is that Amazon and its subsidiaries for the most part increased prices in preparation for this “fake sale!” The price increases are much higher than the costs of shipping!
For example, I ordered a leather bound copy of a large print parallel Bible for a gift. It cost $38.27 plus $3.99 for shipping ($42.26 total). It was not delivered; moreover, it was coming from the very same vender with an identical shipping charge as another book I ordered at the same time. The one book arrived but the Bible did not.
I tried to get them to send me the Bible but instead was given a refund and when I went to order the same Bible again from the same vendor shipping was now “free” and the price of that particular Bible was more than $52. Today I see it is only $50.33.
So, since I know that prices have been jacked up far beyond usual, I am not buying anything during this Christmas season and I might even buy it locally. Amazon appears to have adopted artificial intelligence price manipulating in order to fool us into paying more for items Amazon knows we want. How does Amazon know we are interested? Simply, the internet informs them via cookies and tracking, probably mostly through Google. Plus, Amazon’s own website tracks the hell out of us!
We are in the days of total manipulation. Under such circumstances one can only lose. My suggestion? Don’t play the game.
Don’t buy anything this Christmas. Instead, wait until the sale, especially after the economic depression programmed in by the banksters after the inauguration of the new Congress. The bottom is going to drop.