Posts tagged ‘Amazon’

AMAZON, den of thieves

amazon scammers – Google search

Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea,” by David Streitfeld, NYT, September 7, 2018

Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it. – Duluth News, Dec. 17, 2017

Amazon demonetizes conservative website (us), Legal Insurrection, May 23, 2018

IBPA’s Fall 2017 Update on the Amazon Buy Button Policy ChangeIBPA, Oct. 5, 2017

How One Pillow Manufacturer Is Putting Amazon Fraudsters to Bed, One Scammer at a Time

Just How Bad Is the Fake Reviews Issue on Amazon? Here’s an In Depth Example, reddit, June 2018

FakeSpot – Tired of fake reviews?

How Sellers Trick Amazon to Boost Sales, WSJ July 28, 2018 (On MorningStar)

Money Laundering Via Author Impersonation on Amazon? Brian Krebs, Feb. 20, 2018

The Book Thief, Amazon Edition, WSJ, Feb 26, 2018

On Amazon, Fake Products Plague Smaller Brands, WSJ, July 19, 2018

Amazon Says More Than a Million U.S. Small Businesses Sell on Its Site, WSJ, May 3, 2018

Couple at Center of $1.2 Million Amazon Scam Gets Nearly 6 Years in Prison, June 5, 2018

How an Amazon Self-Published Book May Be the Latest Money Laundering Scam, Fortune, Feb 23, 2018

Amazon Scams On The Rise As Fraudulent Sellers Run Amok And Profit Big, Forbes, Jan. 2, 2017

Amazon tries to snuff out a bunch of Kindle publishing scams, CNet, Sept. 7, 2017

Going Off-Topic – Amazon made me a victim of tax fraud & potential money laundering and I want answers!, CTRMCenter, Feb. 23, 2018

Why All My Books Are Now Free (aka A Lesson in Amazon Scams and Money Laundering), Meb Faber Research, April 18, 2018

Someone Stole My Entire Book (and My Job) and Is Selling It On Amazon, ExtremeTech, April 13, 2018

Update On My Stolen Book (and Job) on Amazon, ExtremeTech, April 25, 2018

Amazon warning: Beware of deliveries you didn’t order, Clark Howard, Feb 23, 2018

To cash in on Kindle Unlimited, a cabal of authors gamed Amazon’s algorithm, July 16, 2018,

Amazon – Amazon report listing abuse or violation

Amazon- Claim Copyright Infringement


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Shopping Malls? Dead Malls?

“Right now, ladies and gentlemen….”

I believe we’re seeing clear signs that the e-commerce revolution is seriously impacting commercial real estate. Online retailers are relentlessly gaining share in many retail categories, and offline players are fighting for progressively smaller pieces of the retail pie. A number of physical retailers have already succumbed to online competition including Circuit City, Borders, CompUSA, Tower Records and Blockbuster, and many others are showing signs of serious economic distress. These mall and shopping center stalwarts are closing stores by the thousands, and there are few large physical chains opening stores to take their place. Yet the quantity of commercial real estate targeting retail continues to grow, albeit slowly. Rapidly declining demand for real estate amid growing supply is a recipe for financial disaster.
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A report from Co-Star observes that there are more than 200 malls with over 250,000 square feet that have vacancy rates of 35 percent or higher, a “clear marker for shopping center distress.” These malls are becoming ghost towns. They are not viable now and will only get less so as online continues to steal retail sales from brick-and-mortar stores. Continued bankruptcies among historic mall anchors will increase the pressure on these marginal malls, as will store closures from retailers working to optimize their business. Hundreds of malls will soon need to be repurposed or demolished. Strong malls will stay strong for a while, as retailers are willing to pay for traffic and customers from failed malls seek offline alternatives, but even they stand in the path of the shift of retail spending from offline to online.

The Death of the American Shopping Mall

It’s all the fault of … shopping malls! (These days it’s WalMart’s fault. Check.) It’s not clear how evil business has so much control over our lives and how angelic government (e.g., Nanny Bloomberg) so little. There oughta be a law! Rubes.

Speaking as someone who has never enjoyed shopping online shopping is a boon. Far larger selection, more competition with tons of price comparison, shopping any time at any hour of of day, any day of the week, and on holidays. That’s great. Love it. I go months without stepping foot inside a bricks and mortar shopping center. What I still buy in person: food and gasoline. Occasional trips to a drug store for chocolate or liquor.

What’s interesting about the migration to online buying: people getting more stuff shipped to them is only part of the story. Whole categories of goods have gone virtual and, in the process, their new forms destroy the demand for other physical goods. Take ebooks. They also destroy demand for book shelves. You don’t need lots of bookshelves to hold your Kindle or Nook books. You also do not need shelves to hold records, cassette tapes, or VCR tapes.

Bye Bye Shopping Malls Due To Online Buying

deadmalls DOT com – “Welcome to retail history!”
Dead mall – Wikipedia

The only people who think of shopping malls as “sacred places” are professors, documentary film makers, elitists (but I repeat myself), and tweens and teens. Why can’t we obey our betters? And what is it with objecting to WalMart and not Amazon hurting small businesses? Amazon is hurting small businesses. Why does no one object and boycott Amazon? Rubes.

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Amazon Has Another Huge Security Hole

You may recall that Amazon was implicated as the weak link in the Mat Honan iCloud hack, wherein a gadget blogger had his entire online identity nuked from orbit because Amazon gave up the secondary identifying information necessary to issue a password reset over at Apple. (The last four of your credit card, incidentally.) I’m sad to say that Amazon has clearly not improved their authentication protocols in any meaningful way, but this time it’s hurting them directly.

Someone has devised a relatively simple way of defrauding and they require very little hard information to pull it off. While this story is still developing, I’m writing this up in an effort to make Amazon aware of the problem and hopefully help them tighten their call center and live chat security.

Amazon Has Another Huge Security Hole


Assorted Links – 2/14/12

And police departments need this why?

THIS is what police departments need: the DecoLiner!

  • Tiny Crimes by the Thousands – “While the big crimes tend to cause the greatest outrage, and hence get the most attention, it’s the little ones, the ones we consider inconsequential, that have the big numbers. Thousand, tens of thousands, of petty offenses are prosecuted yearly, although it’s not quite fair to call them prosecuted as they usually result in a quick guilty and check changing hands. Big numbers and lots of money, but mostly in the aggregate. For the individual, it’s hardly inexpensive, but still far less expensive than fighting and winning. And provided it’s not something that will send a guy to jail or ruin his life, most people are happy to get it over with and be gone. Tiny crime. Thousands of them. Like loitering.
  • Bill of Rights Card, from Two Seas Media
  • Is there a shortcut to bonding with a romantic partner on a deeper level? – Arthur Aron has “an ingenious way of taking men and women who have never met before and making them feel close to one another. Given that he has just an hour or so to create the intimacy levels that typically take week, months, or years to form, he accelerated the getting-to-know-you process through a set of thirty-six questions”
  • Who Really Writes Your Valentine’s Cards? Ex Hallmark Writer Shares Greeting Card Secrets – “Only problem is, the more you say, the more you get into trouble.”
  • Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker – “Though personal experience and culture play into individual reactions, researchers have found that certain features of music are consistently associated with producing strong emotions in listeners. Combined with heartfelt lyrics and a powerhouse voice, these structures can send reward signals to our brains that rival any other pleasure. Twenty years ago, the British psychologist John Sloboda conducted a simple experiment. He asked music lovers to identify passages of songs that reliably set off a physical reaction, such as tears or goose bumps. Participants identified 20 tear-triggering passages, and when Dr. Sloboda analyzed their properties, a trend emerged: 18 contained a musical device called an ‘appoggiatura.’ … Music is most likely to tingle the spine, in short, when it includes surprises in volume, timbre and harmonic pattern.” “Someone Like You,” YouTube video with Adele

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  • Debate is about religious freedom, not birth control – “The man spent years at the feet of the machine lords, petitioning for their favor. And they’re mostly Catholic. Didn’t Obama learn anything?
  • Obama Has Stranded the Catholic Left – “Possibly [Obama] hadn’t anticipated a block to guard the possession of rights, which are not his to dole out as he sees fit. He seems not to realize, even now–as his administration muddies up the story with talk of costs and savings–that his Catholic allies’ rejection of his HHS Mandate wasn’t about contraception or sterilization, nor could their approval be regained with a skillful uppercut to the men in the miters. What the HHS Mandate has revealed is that the preservation of the freedom of religion–of the churches rights to be who and what they are and to exercise their missions–is worth going to the mat for, no matter which corner you’re coming from.
  • Clever moves all around in the B&N and Amazon chess game – “[A]uthors and agents who might have considered an Amazon publishing deal will have to think twice if they know very few bookstores will carry it. Amazon can do some remarkable things to sell books to their mammoth online customer base and that won’t change. But there is both a practical and a vanity aspect to getting store display that will still be seen as indispensable by many authors and agents who otherwise might have taken the leap to sign with the newest big checkbook in town.”
  • Cronyism 101 – “One fundamental point that I only had time to hint at in this presentation is that cronyism is the inevitable result of big government. If we give the federal government power over virtually every single thing that every private business does, what can we expect? Obviously, politicians will use that power to reward their allies and punish their enemies so as to enhance their own power. Corruption, in other words, is not a byproduct of big government; it is its essence.
  • Innovation Nation v. Warfare-Welfare State (more) – “Over the next 25 years, as the population ages and medical costs climb, the budget office projects that benefits programs will grow faster than any other part of government, driving the federal debt to dangerous heights.
  • Europe in the Rearview Mirror – “Who was more culpable, the efficient German companies and banks who tried to draw on the guarantees of an entire continent to legitimize loans that empowered a German mercantilism, or duplicitous Mediterraneans who wished to live like Germans but not to produce like them? After all, two daily commutes, siestas, tax cheating as a national religion, and 9 PM dinners do not otherwise add up to a life of sophisticated brain surgery, Mercedes buses, and Bosch dishwashers.”

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