Amazon is a monopoly, or the word has no meaning at all. It sells 40% of the books in the US. It and Wal*Mart sets the prices producers must meet in movies, music and other product lines. They drive down prices and so wages. They mistreat workers. They doge taxes. They bust unions. They hurt local business and so local economies. They use predatory pricing to destroy competitors. Amazon will make paupers of us all.
Amazon must be broken up. Discuss.
Wait, Amazon has to be broken up because they keep prices down
? That's defying the conventional problem of a monopoly.
edit: I agree what you're saying is a problem, but you have to treat the source, not the symptom. If you treat this symptom you will only be hurting people in other ways.
If you want to fix the problem, cut taxes a lot on the bottom 95%, raise taxes, not even by much, on the top 0.5%, and then increase spending on the bottom until we get bit of inflation, and then keep raising interest rates to hold the inflation steady while you keep spending on useful stuff. This will give you room to cut interest rates rather than change spending to deal with shocks in the economy, like we could in the 90s.
People will have so much more money in their pockets they won't need to worry about saving every damn penny that they'll actually go into a bookstore.
The entire problem is 35 years of an austerity economy. Monetary/fiscal tightness has caused a deep consumer need for cheaper prices, obtained only by Wal-Marting the country. We could have had a big-box system running the show years ago but people just didn't need it. Relative to the amount of stuff to buy, once upon a time money was plentiful. Now money is scarce.