No, It's Not Okay to Make Up a Kid for the Amazon Discount

Adam Weinstein · 12/17/13 11:38AM

My wife and I dizzily coughed flu sputum at each other this weekend, taking turns holding our sick baby son on our laps, lugging his tons of accoutrements cross-country as he screamed through delayed wintry flights, and all I could think was: Pity the monied urban childless! How may we improve their lots?

Hamilton Nolan · 11/25/13 02:00PM

As Amazon workers in Germany strike for better wages, a UK doctor warns that Amazon warehouse jobs put workers at "increased risk of mental illness and physical illness." Americans are just happy to be employed.

Hamilton Nolan · 11/11/13 10:27AM

The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering Amazon shipments on Sundays, because Amazon is much more important than the U.S. Postal Service at this point.

Hamilton Nolan · 10/28/13 12:50PM

Here is the most accurate and detailed explanation of Amazon's business model that you are likely to read this year. "Amazon has boundless ambition. It wants to eat global retail."

Jeff Bezos Is a Brilliant Cheap Prick

Hamilton Nolan · 10/10/13 11:04AM

There's little doubt that Amazon is the future of retailing. Its CEO, Jeff Bezos, is one of the most admired and scrutinized businessmen in the world. How did he build the company into what it is today? By being a penny-pinching ballbuster.

A Few More True Stories from Amazon Workers

Hamilton Nolan · 08/06/13 01:30PM

Yesterday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post. This seems like as good a time as any to roll out a few more true stories from the Amazon warehouse workers who make the whole machine go. Jeff Bezos wouldn't be here without them.

Jeff Bezos Is Buying the Washington Post

Hamilton Nolan · 08/05/13 04:04PM

Here is what just happened this afternoon, with no warning: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, whose net worth is estimated to be more than $25 billion, just purchased the Washington Post. By himself. What?

What Is Life Like For an Amazon Worker?

Hamilton Nolan · 07/29/13 11:48AM

One of these days— maybe sooner, maybe later, but definitely one of these days—Amazon will become the new king of retail consumerism in America. We know what it's like working for Wal-Mart and Target. But what is life like for the faceless workers that make Amazon go?

Hamilton Nolan · 05/08/13 11:47AM

Amazon warehouse workers are forced to stand in line for 20 minutes or more— unpaid— at the end of their shifts, waiting for guards to search them for anything they might have stolen from work. They're suing, rightly.

The Five Million Dollars Amazon's Jeff Bezos (and Others) JUST Invested in Business Insider [SLIDESHOW]

Max Read · 04/05/13 10:52AM

Jeff Bezos, Time magazine man of the year 1999, has invested $5 million in the news and slideshow website Business Insider. Bezos' net worth is something like $25 billion, so in real-people money, $5 million to Jeff Bezos is... about 15 bucks. But it's a lot to BI, which has raised around $13 millon so far, and will "do eleven million dollars in revenues this year," according to a New Yorker article from this week. Update!: Bezos is not, actually, investing a whole $5 million; rather, $5 million is the total sum that Business Insider just raised, between an unspecified investment from Bezos and money from previous investors chipping in again.