Amazon Greed New Low Amid Emergency

  • The Texas energy customers received bills ranging from the $2500 to $5000.
  • Amazon canceled all the food specials.
  • Prime members offered to pay delivery fees.

This week the weather created a lot of challenges in the US and Canada. In the US southern states, there was historic snow fall, power outages, water boiling orders and conservation. In Texas, the Griddy wholesale electricity company sent out notices to their customers suggesting they find another provider due to the skyrocketing prices.

The Griddy electricity wholesale company interface.

Some of the customers already received bills ranging from the $2500 to $5000 as a result of the historic winter storm.  In many parts of the Mississippi and Tennessee there were school closures and the short supply of the groceries.

This scenario compounded with the Coronavirus pandemic and the halt of the Covid-19 vaccinations due to weather.

Furthermore, the Coronavirus pandemic and the winter storms  paralyzed multiple states in the US. The Amazon marketplace saw an increase in the online orders, including the demand for the Whole Foods online grocery  delivery.

Amazon.com, Inc. is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle, Washington, which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It should be noted, on February 16th, the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos overtook Elon Musk (Tesla)  to reclaim the title of world’s richest man.

Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American internet entrepreneur, industrialist, media proprietor, and investor. He is the founder and CEO of the multi-national technology company Amazon. He is the richest person in the world according to the Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires ranking.

However, Amazon decided to profit in the midst of the state of emergency issued in the many parts of the US.  This week, Amazon decided to halt all the specials. Usually, every week, Amazon offers certain specials on the food items, including fruit and vegetables. Yet, this week none were available.

In addition, if the customer subscribes to the Prime membership the grocery delivery over $35 dollars supposed to be free. The membership for an adult is around 15 dollars per month, there is also an option for the annual membership fees and discount is available for the students.

Nevertheless, when the customer goes to the checkout, there is no delivery windows available. Hence, one assumes that due to the weather, there are no drivers available, but not so fast. On the side of the screen an option appears, if the customer willing to pay $9.99 the delivery suddenly available.

Upon looking closer at the Amazon prime membership and all the stipulations, there is no mention of the paying additional delivery fees for the prime members. The only option is when the customer needs an order delivered with an hour time frame.

The offer for the $9.99 was for the following morning. Otherwise, there are no other options to choose from. Therefore, the question ponders, given the huge profits Amazon gets and the CEO is the richest man, why is Amazon gouging during the pandemic?

At present, there are others, who are trying to profit from the dire scenario. For example, certain restaurants offering the food delivery, but there is an automatic additional 15% charge on orders. There is a disclaimer that the additional 15% are going straight to the staff, but there is no proof this would happen.

Overall, it is sad that one of the largest marketplaces decides to profit from the people left in the dire scenario.

Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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