My wife isn’t happy with Amazon. If it isn’t for their tax-avoiding tactics, it’s for how they treat their warehouse staff.
So, for a while now, she’s been boycotting them i, specifically because of their treatment of staff.
But, all this assumes the alternatives are better.
As an example, it was my eldest daughter’s birthday earlier this year and my wife ordered her a present. She could have got it from Amazon with next day delivery but instead bought it from another UK retailer. This wasn’t due next day but should take just a few days. Which was fine – we were due to visit my daughter a couple of weeks later, so that was plenty of time.
Except it didn’t arrive on time.
A week after that, now after her birthday, we were due to see her again. But it still hadn’t turn up. The next week it did but it was while before we saw her to give it to her.
But, that’s a price worth paying to use a company that’s better than Amazon, right? So, I decided to check.
First, I turned to Indeed, where employees of any company can leave anonymous reviews. Warehouse staff at Amazon UK gave them an average of 3.6 out of 5, with complaints about low pay, long hours and ridiculous management decisions.
So, I then looked up reviews from warehouse staff of the company that my wife had used. They gave them an average of 3.7, with complaints about low pay, long hours and ridiculous management decisions. In other words, not really any different to Amazon.
What did my wife benefit from this? She took her custom to another company that treated their staff just the same but ended up missing my daughter’s birthday as a result.
She still boycotts Amazon. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- well, except for buying books for her Kindle, using Amazon Alexa or watching Prime TV and films…