Order something from Amazon, USPS delivers it in 2 days, period, no questions asked. Order something from anyone else, USPS delays 2 or 3 day shipments to 5 6 or 7 days. Every. Single. Time. It is well known (or should be) that Amazon pays the USPS for special treatment. This is only possible due to the sheer volume of Amazon deliveries. Yet, it is clear everyone else is getting subpar service. Does Amazon have too much power?
Increasingly, I find myself ordering products on Amazon rather than anywhere else, because I know it will arrive on time. This is not due, as Amazon would have you believe, to their awesome warehouse tracking technologies. Many smaller sellers ship their products within hours of when Amazon would ship the product. They pay for 2 day priority mail - just like Amazon offers. Yet, because smaller sellers don't also have a "special contract" with the USPS, their products sit on a dock for days on end, while workers are assigned to deliver Amazon packages instead.
How is that not anti-competitive? The argument is that, as yet, the consumer hasn't been hurt. Sure, we have low prices and fast delivery. But the consumer is hurt when the choice of perfectly viable vendors not participating in Amazon is removed due to an artificially negotiated advantage.
I would boycott Amazon - but I don't like waiting a week for my stuff. That's the problem when someone begins to approach monopoly power - the choice is removed or made difficult for the consumer to use the competition.
The answer, of course, would be to eliminate the unfair advantage granted to Amazon through back-door deals, and make them play on the same playing field as everyone else. Stop delaying shipments for non-Amazon vendors, and stop prioritizing a single company's deliveries.