In recent years Amazon has grown significantly, spreading its tendrils from e-commerce to cloud hosting, advertising and so much more.
Boom builds behemoth
As a part of that, the company has seen exponential gains in its valuation, becoming one of the biggest companies in the world. Jeff Bezos has also secured the title of richest person in the world by a fair margin.
But what of the workers at Amazon?
Are there other options?
So what does one do if they are concerned about directly supporting the exploitation of underpaid workers whilst simultaneously enabling a corporate behemoth that has set its sights on so many industries that the list of those which it does not participate in would be more compact?
Alternatives to Amazon
Provided below are a list of potential alternatives to consider when utilizing Amazon’s services if the aforementioned issues are of concern. Voting with one’s money may be the most effective way to bring about change.
Jet.com – General e-commerce store (owned by Walmart)
Overstock.com – Specialized in discounts, also sells a large variety of items
Alibaba – Believe it or not, many items sold on Amazon are items from Alibaba, being resold at higher prices. If you can wait a bit, you can often get a much better deal.
B&H Photo – Electronics, computers, multimedia entertainment, photography and much more
NewEgg.com – Electronics, computers, multimedia entertainment and business equipment
Jameco Electronics – Electronics specialty store
Scribd – eBooks and audiobooks
Wayfair – Home goods e-commerce store
Target – Retail and ecommerce presence with a large variety of products.
Netflix – Boasts a large selection of entertainment, from episodic series and movies to documentaries.
Hulu – Provides access to an impressive collection of television shows and movies streamed online.
YouTube – Videos from individuals, organizations, companies as well as feature length movies and television shows (on YouTube Red)
HBONow – All of HBO’s content, online.
CBS – All of CBS’s content, online.
Boomerang – Cartoons streamed online
Shudder – Horror content streamed online
Spotify – A plethora of music options for streaming.
Pandora – Your own customized, algorithm-driven radio station.
Microsoft Azure – Cloud hosting on Windows, Linux and more. Second biggest cloud.
Google Compute Engine – Cloud hosting services from Google and their near infinite computing resources.
Digital Ocean – Extremely cost effective cloud services from a fast growing private company.
Rackspace – A wide variety of Cloud hosted options
Alibaba Cloud – Flexible cloud-based hosting
I have no direct or indirect interest financially or otherwise in Amazon or any of the other aforementioned companies. This article is purely for informational purposes to help provide alternatives to Amazon.