The giant without taxes and brains
The 1990s, when it was convenient to propagate avarice, are over. During this time, however, the book mail-order company Amazon grew into an international corporation that invaded the existing structures, which had been functioning for years, like a grasshopper, or in other words, covered itself over like a shroud.
The former bookseller Jeff Bezos has become an international group whose expansion seems never-ending. In the meantime to the considerable disadvantage of the clientele.
Where are the antitrust authorities?
Which tax authority provides information about Amazon's business in Europe? (Tax models in Luxembourg ("Luxleaks")
What agreements did the EU or Jean-Claude Juncker conclude with Amazon before the Internet giant settled in the Grand Duchy?
Why is it that people in Luxembourg, without exception, are silent when it comes to Amazon?
Allegedly Amazon is making high losses but has tremendous growth rates in sales.
A marginal note here is that Amazon does not pay any or insufficient sales tax. According to a report by the Federal Ministry of Finance, which is headed by Federal Minister Scholz, hundreds of millions of euros are thus lost to the tax authorities every year.
Tax CDs are bought up for a lot of money. Nobody dares to go near Amazon.
Where is the EU, which should stand in front of the retailers in the single European market so as not to destroy more jobs?
Where does the globalization of a system, a structure, come to an end?
Amazon introduces insurance, Amazon fresh, even recently with sandwiches, and other industries that have nothing to do with the actual work of the company.
The first thing the Commission should ban would be the alleged informer "Alexa", handy and trained to store anything that the consumer might need to offer it for sale. Nobody needs Alexa! Alexa is an intruder, not a media centre or something the catalogue has to report about the diffuser device. What other functions does "Alexa" actually have? Where has someone dealt with Alexa who can provide information about all the functions of the domestic helper?
Who controls this?
It is astonishing what this new resident can do if you use him then: Pick out train tickets, Alexa creates shopping lists, Alexa oversees the household and security of the property while the residents probably pick up the next Amazon package. Soon, this will be done by robots that can fly or drive. Alexa also cares about the health of the owner. Amazon is presumably collecting data from people to
set up branches of business. You have to pay a lot for a superficially seen loudspeaker. Alexa talks and the data with the update of the program will surely be passed on.
So, who's in charge of security?
Today Amazon is a network of companies that the average consumer no longer understands. There are numerous tributaries of this network, which hide from the customer who is actually behind it. Amazon also appears under third-party brands.
Amazon has mercilessly ruined the book trade in the German-speaking world, which was perceived as competition. Sustainable. And still blames the victims of his system for the mass death of the bookstores.
It is a shame how the book market after the bankruptcy of knv finally fell into the hands of Amazon. Where do you think politics will intervene when the largest German book wholesaler goes bankrupt? Amazon has saved easy play and enough taxes everywhere to make the debris of knv their own.
For an appeal and an egg, to strengthen the publishing division so that no one can ever again compete with Amazon.
One wonders how it can be that this group does not pay taxes and then cleaning ladies, packing helpers and other servant spirits that Amazon can afford to have to fight for bare survival every month. The company is playing with its power in a big way, fending off the unions that have been protesting for years. Employees suffer under the rigid working conditions that the shipping giant is determined to enforce with extreme ambition. According to verdi, it sounds like this: "The sickness rate is on some days sometimes up to 20% and more. Muscle and Skeletal disorders and mental illness are predominant. .... Each of our work steps is monitored. Everyone should be above average if possible, but that is mathematically impossible!" People or their fates are not interested in the fact that the monopolist of the near future will squeeze every last Euro out of potential customers.
Writers, no matter who, are trapped by the Kindle system, here in the flat rate and online. Writers degenerate into writing machines that have nothing more to report except to deliver more titles that Amazon pays only moderately or almost nothing. The Group calculates the royalties nicely per page read.
Since the Internet giant does not feel itself to be linked to the book price-fixing, it sells the goods as best it can via its authorised dealers. Amazon has already infiltrated the system to such an extent that dubious dealers sell books from letterbox batteries to third countries for moon prices to harm the writers. Amazon links the sale to a credit card. Not because Amazon now wants to enter the banking business, but to spy on customer behaviour.
Not only Amazon's Marketplace opens the door to criminals, but also to review blackmailers who demand money for a previously bad review. So that it can be deleted again. Even from pirate copiers, Amazon publishes reviews, unrestrainedly they are further presented. Whole sectors of the economy have shifted to the profitable review capitalization.
At Marketplace, other things are also sold, which are not supposed to be for sale, the refugee children outfits were the annoyance of carnival two years ago. It is only one of many examples.
The question is, who is going to stop the online giant?
One cannot or should not expect anything from politics.