Why Is Ama­zon On Cor­po­rate Wel­fare?

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - THE LOWDOWN Jim Hightower

crews can do you the fa­vor of plac­ing the prod­ucts you or­der inside your abode.

Would you give your house key to a com­plete stranger, let­ting that per­son — whose name you don’t even know — walk right into your home when you’re not there? What could pos­si­bly go wrong with that?

Other t han your be­ing robbed, of course, ei­ther by rogue Ama­zon em­ploy­ees or by hack­ers who will cer­tainly gain ac­cess to the cor­po­ra­tion’s com­put­er­ized key­codes.

Or maybe “Crusher,” your pit bull, mauls the Ama­zon in­truder and you get sued.

Need I men­tion that Be­zos ex­pects you to pay for the priv­i­lege of hav­ing his em­ploy­ees en­ter your home?

First, his dicey, open-sesame pro­gram, which he calls “Ama­zon Key,” is avail­able only to cus­tomers who shell out $99 a year to be “Ama­zon Prime” mem­bers.

Se­cond, you must buy a spe­cial in­ter­net-un­lock­ing gizmo and a par­tic­u­lar cam­era to join his cor­po­rate key club.

And guess where you must go to buy this en­try tech­nol­ogy? Yes, Ama­zon — where prices for the sys­tem start at $250.

What a deal! For Ama­zon,

Ama­zon CEO Jeff Be­zos is less about im­prov­ing your life and more about im­prov­ing his bot­tom line, or so says the au­thor.

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