I’m not quick to give up a consumer comfort based on my political views. It’s become more difficult as corporate America spent decades stupidly inserting itself into the political arena, but the fact remains that I — like most conservatives — have never been a big “I’m gonna boycott you for your views!” person.
I always use Alec Baldwin as an example.
Alec Baldwin hates me. He hates all of us. He makes that extremely clear. He’s the guy who will literally pick a fight with you if he sees a MAGA hat. He’s unhinged and he’s a jerk and he hates us all.
He’s also hilarious and an excellent actor, and I’ve liked just about everything he’s done that I can remember. “Thick As Thieves” comes to mind first because it became a cult classic among my friend group, but I also liked that stupid “30 Rock” sitcom he was in on NBC. The only thing I can think of that he was really terrible in was SNL as President Trump, but that’s largely because SNL just stopped being funny generally at that point. And no that’s not sour grapes from a Trump supporter. But it’s a fair observation. They were and I think remain too mad to be funny in any way. It was just seething with so much hatred that they lost the ability to find their own funny bone, let alone tickle anyone else’s.
At any rate, it takes a lot to make me as a consumer decide I’ve had enough.
And like most people I used Amazon for just about everything.
Virtually all of our shopping would be done through Amazon. Forget about the fact that half of what we got was crap and not what we hoped for or expected, they made returns so easy that it didn’t matter. All the music I got was through Amazon. I’m that relic who still likes to actually own the music I’m listening to so a few years ago I just started downloading every song I wanted as I thought of or remembered them. I bought several TV series, rented movies often and was a Prime member. A friend was talking about finding extra work and the first thing I thought of was Amazon. Because I’m pretty sure they’re always hiring and it’s easy to find a decent gig there doing a variety of things from customer service at home, to flexibly scheduled delivery work.
At that point I looked up and realized that so many of the roads across my life all led back to Amazon. I didn’t mind. I didn’t love it. But I was more grateful than put off, as is often the case for conservative consumers when weighing the cost vs benefit of doing business with people and companies that mock, attack and work against you.
But then something happened that I couldn’t forgive or abide.
After the legacy news media, Democrats, Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Google made it mutually okay to behave exclusively like Nazis trying to exterminate Jewish culture — the psychotic, America-hating liberals at Amazon went ahead and removed Parler from their hosting services thus, however briefly, canceling the small business for the sin of allowing free speech and burning down the one place that millions of Americans still felt safe on social media.
I stopped in that moment to think about everything else that was happening with big tech and big media colluding to scrub us from history, and it was the easiest decision I ever made.
It was time to get rid of Amazon.
It took several confirmation emails and clicks because they don’t think people are serious. But I was very serious and never flinched and nearly 2 months later, it feels fantastic.
I would never tell others they should do what I did. Just like I don’t need people telling me I shouldn’t watch movies with Alec Baldwin, for example. But I will say that I didn’t quit Amazon because I thought it was going to hurt them. I knew it wouldn’t. I quit Amazon because I thought it was going to empower me. And it has. It feels really good not to be dependent on them anymore, and frankly I feel like a much more savvy consumer. There was only one item I was worried about finding without Amazon’s help but I found it and it was about 40% cheaper! (I had to buy more to cover delivery, but that was worth it because we’ll use it.) I use “Dead Of The Day” (an awesome app for Grateful Dead fans), YouTube and my existing collection of around 600 songs for music these last several weeks, and this morning I finally signed up for Spotify.
We don’t have a constant pile of empty Amazon boxes in the garage, nor a slew of stupid purchases across our bank statement that we don’t remember and didn’t actually need.
In my comment about why I was leaving Amazon I put:
I believe your organization promotes racism and fascism, and I want nothing to do with supporting either of those.
It’s the truth.
And that — telling the truth even when it offends a liberal — is also tremendously refreshing.
We on the right just don’t do this often. And I, unlike many of you right now, feel exceedingly good about what we’ve accomplished and what’s happening right now in the world because of our pro-America, pro-freedom movement. So in the midst of all this to leave Amazon not in anger so much as in service to my own empowerment, felt worth writing about.
I’d noted recently that the “tech giants” aren’t nearly as powerful as we give them credit for being, and how we as consumers could absolutely 100% survive just fine without them. This, for me, was just one small manifestation of that reality. The big one for me that I’m still committed to will be leaving Google, which means also leaving Android, which will also mean likely leaving a lot of the awesome features I currently enjoy with my mobile device. But I know there’s a way to do it and I’m determined to find it. It’s a bigger lift because it’s more involved technologically, but I’ve solicited some guidance from friendly tech experts and hope in time to a) do it myself and then b) provide clear guidance on how others can also.
For now, I bet most Trump supporters and other pro-freedom advocates want to leave Amazon in the dust but just think it will make life too difficult because Amazon is so great and offers so much. I’m not, as noted, going to tell you should. I am going to tell you that if you decided to, I’m guessing you’ll find it was a lot easier and a lot more rewarding than you anticipated.
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