(cross-posted at Blog of the Century)
The below glamorous picture appeared in the New York Times the other day, in its story â€œOnline shoppers are rooting for the little guy.â€ Although I hate to be exploited as eye candy. itâ€™s been fun. Iâ€™ve been getting calls and emails from old high school and college friends, and many other.
The Times noted my decision to go cold turkey on Amazon.com. Until September, I had been spending more than $1,000 annually at Amazon. After September, I have spent $0 there.Â Â One might think, reading that story, that I was a random person who abandoned Amazon out of my desire to support small businesses. In fact, theÂ Times found me because I wrote this web column for the Nation on cyber Monday, which explained the main reason for my decision: Amazonâ€™s shabby treatment of its workers.
I hope that you read this terrific story by Spencer Soper describing shabby labor practices at Amazonâ€™s Lehigh Valley warehouse, where books, CDs and other products are packed and shipped. We all have a responsibility to spend our consumer dollars to promoteÂ and reward responsible corporate behavior. In my view, Amazon’s behavior falls short of this standard.