On More Perfect Union: How Amazon Broke Online Shopping

Date: 15 Nov 2023 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When Meagan Day tried to buy sauna hats for her friends on Amazon, she received a vial of blue scorpion venom instead. As she set out to find out why, her investigation led her to ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and our ally Nicholas Parks, an Amazon seller and owner of SnobFoods.

The result is this 10-minute video produced by More Perfect Union that tells the story of why Amazon has become a chaotic jumble of junk ads and questionable products, how that’s connected to the company’s abuse of independent businesses, and why Amazon now faces a major antitrust case. If you’re looking for help explaining the FTC’s lawsuit to your friends, look no further. Watch the More Perfect Union video here or below.


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Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Independent Business Initiative, which produces research and designs policy to counter concentrated corporate power and strengthen local economies.