Your loyalty to our local independent businesses does more than you think. It multiplies the reinvestment back into our community, creates new jobs, increases our tax base and ability to sustain critical local services, increases community wealth, and even directly supports your neighbor. And that’s just to name a few.    You see…  business owners and their employees are your next door neighbor! Working hard right alongside you. This may even be you!

When you shop online at Amazon, or big-box stores there are literally none of these benefits. The majority of each dollar spent LEAVES our community, (or even all in the case of Amazon). Have you ever thought about it? Are you an Amazon Prime junkie? I’ll admit, I was until I saw all these crazy statistics. We just want you to consider the full consequences, because these statistics are not out in plain sight!  It may be easier, and cheaper to grab that book or new gadget with 2 clicks online, but take a moment and consider the full costs, and you may quickly change your mind, like I did.  We can’t let the hidden consequences go hidden any longer.  As we say, an educated consumer is a smart community member.

Where you spend your money, really does MATTER.

Amazon Timeline

What would we lose in an all-Amazon shopping world?

“ … Amazon’s growing dominance poses a threat to the economy through increased monopolization in industry and declining property tax revenue.  There’s also the rise of low-paid jobs in Amazon warehouses and fewer small businesses that make for vibrant communities.”   Institute for Local Self Reliance on Forbes.com

Note: Please don’t confuse Amazon Inc’s Smile marketing program with charity. Smile is a straight sales commission contract whereby organizations marketing Amazon links receive a percentage of sales referred by their website. Source: amiba.net

Break the Chains, Build Local Power
by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Amazon's Monopoly
Read the Full Amazon Report

Amazon’s vast anti-free-market power across a range of business sectors is gaining attention, and two new reports are accelerating awareness.

In November 2016, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance released How Amazon Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities

In December 2016, Good Jobs First published Why State and Local Governments Should Stop Subsidizing Amazon’s Distribution Network (pdf).

You’ll find these recommended reports and the best news coverage on Amazon each month — along with graphics to help keep people going local instead of Amazon — at All About Amazon – a comprehensive collection of resources, recent articles, and other sources on the American Independent Business Alliance website.

In the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s stunning new report,  Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities, they aimed to pull back the cloak of invisibility and reveal the hidden costs and stark consequences of this rising online mega-retailer.   And we believe they have done just that.   It presents new data; draws on interviews with dozens of manufacturers, retailers, labor organizers, and others; and synthesizes a broad body of previous reporting and scholarship.

It’s organized into four main sections:

  1. Monopolizing the Economy, we look at how Amazon is using its market power to eliminate competition and take control of one industry after another, leaving us with an economy that is less diverse and innovative, and which affords fewer opportunities for businesses to start and grow.
  2. Undermining Jobs and Wages, we examine Amazon’s labor model and find that work inside its 190 distribution facilities resembles labor’s distant past more than a promising future, with many workers performing grueling and under-paid jobs, getting trapped in precarious temporary positions, or doing on-demand assignments that are paid by the piece.
  3. Weakening Communities, we explore how Amazon is upending the longstanding relationship between commerce and place, changing the way that our communities feel and threatening the revenue streams and social capital that they depend on to function.
  4. The Policy Response to Amazon, we begin by looking at how Amazon’s rise has been heavily assisted by government support, including subsidies and tax advantages worth billions of dollars.

Then closes with What to Do About It – – – sketching the steps policymakers should take to check the company’s power and bring about a more competitive and equitable economy.