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[–] Aethos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Does Amazon provide anything to people who don't have any other option?

Absolutely yes. I live in a rural area, and there are no bookstores within 25 miles of my location, other than a single college bookstore. The state of our local mainstreet is mostly vacancies and bars. There are no local retailers to go to for niche books or titles, and any specialty store has to compete with amazon to survive. None do.

I also note that you ignore the horizontal integration argument about subsidies completely.

EDIT: A company doesn't need to be a true monopoly to exert unfair competitive advantage against small businesses in a monopoloid manner. Amazon's subsidization by the taxpayer is a prime argument for why they should be under additional scrutiny for joining the 'unpersoning' digital bandwagon.

[–] Men13 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Doesn't Barns and Noble ship to your home? Doesn't Walmart?

[–] Aethos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

For a price. Yes. Amazon's free shipping and deep discounting allows them to out-compete these options. Amazon has no local competition as a result.

You continue to ignore the horizontal integration argument, so I'm scoring that one as a point. Amazon's online retail integration is at the point where it can exert control on the price of goods delivery, thus exerting monopoloid power to set prices. You may also remember the November 2014 ebook anti-trust settlement, where amazon settled a price fixing allegation with credits to consumers.

Setting prices in the market in this way is one of the alternate definitions of a monopoly: "exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices. " (emphasis mine)