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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MickLL, Aug 13, 2020.

  1. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Thank you for your intelligent and sensitive critique. :rolleyes:
  2. TimHeath

    TimHeath Well-Known Member

    FWIW I never use Amazon, I prefer to (generally) pay a bit less and buy off eBay.
  3. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    My dear chap, think nothing of it. The pleasure was entirely mine. :D
  4. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    Another Amazon compliment. SWMBO has to use eyedrops four times every day. She gets them from our GP's 'built in' pharmacy but she messed up and ran out yesterday morning. None of the local pharmacies, at least those that were open, had them in stock. Ordered from Amazon and they were with us by 6pm. On Sunday too.

    I find that amazing and I'd love to study the systems that they have in place to achieve that.

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  5. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Amazon. "In the second quarter of 2020, 53 percent of paid units were sold by third-party sellers."

    Whatever that means.
  6. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    It means what it says - place an order via Amazon but it's fulfilled by a third party and not Amazon themselves. Also known as 'marketplace' I believe.
    The seller with whom I had a problem (first post) was a third party seller which is why I was impressed when Amazon stepped in and sorted it for me.

  7. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    It means
    In some cases, particularly for some Chinese knockoff products, a form of undesirable dropshipping, but with some protection for the customer from Amazon.

    In many cases, a way for small retailers to reach a large market which may be an acceptable form of dropshippimg.​
    Dropshipping is not illegal.
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  8. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    I had never heard the term dropshipping before. I've learned something.

  9. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

  10. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Socialism has failed citizens FAR fewer times than capitalism because democracy has given socialism fewer opportunities for doing so.
    We in UK see where socialism fails and rejected socialism even when the capitalist alternative was led by a not very good PM.
  11. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Democracy in Britain rejected socialism. Democracy is not broken in Britain. We elect our governments. Elections are not rigged. When governments lose an election they leave government and the winners of the election try to form a government. The process is not always smooth especially if a coalition has to be formed but it does work better than any alternative.
    True, but you might have suggested why the first five words are nonsense. At our last GE Democracy in action was the rejection of socialism.
  12. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    That's probably because it has always managed to arrange to end up with FAR fewer citizens than it started with - by about one hundred million, it seems.
  13. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    There are many examples of small communities where common ownership of large assets works. one of the reasons why they work is that members are free to leave if the ethos doesn't work for them. As an example, a community member gets a well paid job and needs to commute by car, this reduces the community's vehicle pool and others have difficulty in getting a car when they need it. The options are; buy another car or ask the member to find a different means of getting to work. The member has the additional option of leaving and buying their own car, or moving closer to work. In a socialist/communist state that option doesn't exist and those for whom it doesn't work get left out, additionally those who lead need more resources and become an elite. It isn't that the philosophy has failed, it is that it never took into account human nature that is basically acquisitive and selfish. Good luck with routing those characteristics out of the population.

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