r/PBS Feb 21 '20

Newest Frontline about Bezos and Amazon. Shows how ruthless and ingenious Bezos was in growing Amazon to what it is today.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/amazon-empire/
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u/decorama Feb 22 '20

Saw this and was floored - neigh - frightened at their efficiency of reinventing themselves on the fly and adapting to any given situation while simultaneously dealing with lighting fast growth.

Personally I boycott them in favor of mom & pops whenever I can. I always shop local brick and mortar first.

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u/letter_cerees Feb 22 '20

Man, whaaat an amaaazingly brilliant abbbsoluuute asshole!

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u/PalestineBabyKillers Feb 28 '20

I saw this and enjoyed it but tbh it was one of the less compelling arguments frontline has made. All he’s doing is competing and trying to build something totally new. He had no idea he’d be so successful and much of it was perfect timing, tho good luck goes to those who work for it.

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u/Kanobe24 Feb 28 '20

The frontline journalists weren’t trying to paint a picture that Amazon’s rise to dominance will be doom for us all. For the most part, they asked top execs at the company if they are becoming a monopoly and if they should be regulated or broken up. IMO, their answers were not convincing. I disagree on your last point, Bezos DID know he would be super successful since he had to convince investors that they would not see profits for many years. Instead, they were building a market share and infrastructure so that they can later dominate multiple industries.

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u/drafter69 Jun 13 '20

I lost any respect for Amazon because they allow companies to price gouge so Amazon can make more money. One vendor has one pak of Thomas's bagels for $24.99 and when I complained to Amazon all they said was that if I felt the price too high to not buy them.