“Amazon has tried to maximize profit at the expense of its own workers’ safety, skimping disastrously on workplace protections and paid time off.”

In April, OneZero’s Brian Merchant made the case that the pandemic put an end to the Amazon debate: Considering a long list of abuses at the company, he argues, shopping on its platform is unethical.

It’s a case worth keeping in mind during Amazon Prime Day, the company’s annual shopping holiday — actually two days long — that runs on October 13 and 14 after being pushed back from July this year.

Merchant writes that as Amazon stock hit record highs during the pandemic, the company slashed its affiliate sales fees, failed to inform workers of the risks of the virus, made decisions that hurt vendors, and fought its workers’ efforts to improve their working conditions — all on top of its already long record as a bad civic actor.

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