Re: Time for a new "AA"
"but is there really any viable competition for Amazon?"
Was there any competition to the old book stores? The supermarkets? Google wasnt the first nor the leader, it took time and a better product/service.
"He's become a shopping gateway/monopoly in pretty much the same way as Google has put itself between the Net and the resources on it"
That is wrong. Its people who have put it (google or amazon) between themselves and resources. People choose to list on those services, people choose to go to those services.
"so does he really need to scrape the barrel here and then give what is in relation a pittance back to society"
Like the jobs, wages, products and a slick supply system which beat out the various areas of finding a supplier, ordering the product quickly and easily, lower prices, faster delivery. He is giving to society, he is giving them what society wants and you now want more!
"Would it not be better to take a bit less and so keep the entire eco system intact?"
An eco system he provides that people flock to and so amazon is trying to get a little more for the work they have done vs the people who choose to use the platform.
"I often wonder why nobody seems to be interested in ensuring a long term revenue flow - it's all about take today, leave nothing for tomorrow, which never fails to fully destroy resilience."
Does that describe amazon though? Or google? They invest their profits into improving their services instead of paying out and extracting that value. They expand and try new things, some work and some fail. And we are richer for it.