My last post was about the campaign to Boycott Amazon, via Facebook, blogs and Twitter. I kind of got the UK going on it, trying to throw all our weight behind the existing ~AmazonFail tweets online from the US.
I had an email yesterday afternoon from the BBC World Service radio show "Have Your Say", who wanted to feature the international debate on the radio. Which is worldwide. And they wanted me to put the UK point across. Worldwide.
Well, firstly I was nervous, which pretty much continued right to the end of the broadcast.
I'm writing this to kind of explain the radio thing, in case you didn't know I was doing it, and to really streamline, after the broadcast, why I feel Amazon should be boycotted and why I feel this is more than a free speech issue.
I was taken by car to High Wycombe to a tiny studio! And it was very easy to sit and listen to the others views- I had a note book with notes and made extras as people spoke.
Ross, the Presenter was great, really made me feel welcome, and told all of us (the others were in the US, and Belgium) to jump in and talk him out the conversation.
So, why do I still feel that Amazon should be boycotted? The books no longer for sale, so that's it right?
- Firstly, whilst Amazon removed the book, they did this after the campaign really started to knock their rating- their share price dropped by 1.7%. It makes you think they didn't take it offline because they realised it was wrong to sell that book, but that they took it down due to them losing profits at what is one of the busiest times of year.
- Secondly, as I said on the radio, Amazon is happy to sign you up as a customer, email you their latest offers etc. They take your money. But when a customer, or a large number of customers, question them, they ignore all requests to comment. They hide.
- Yes, the book itself is not illegal. It advocates illegal activity in that it tells paedophiles how to act on their urges without being caught, but in our country this is not illegal. So, that allows Amazon to sell items of this nature and allows the Freedom of speech/censorship argument to gain pace. Therefore, the Government needs to see that unfortunately we don't live in a society that practices a sense of morality and all its members agree that these kinds of books should not be in circulation, and pass a law banning any material which advocates criminal behaviour where a law banning the actual activity already exists.
- Its not just this book, there are other titles of this kind, as well as video of other illegal activities, and this questions Amazon's ability to put social factors over making money. If they are unable to properly Police their site and put their social responsibility before profit, then they should have an independent body to do this for them
So, I for one will not be shopping at Amazon until they change their ways. Why should I help a company profit who care so little for their customers that they ignore countless efforts for them to release a statement? Where is the accountability?
So, before you shop online, think about how YOU want to be treated as a consumer.