Marco Arment on Boycotting Amazon

That’s why I use Google search and Maps despite not liking Google much, why I still use Instagram and haven’t deleted my Facebook account despite not liking Facebook, why I still use Twitter heavily despite their many dick moves, and why I even recently bought a Samsung SSD because the alternatives weren’t competitive.

Boycotting is a tricky game. In a democratic and capitalist society, we vote with our wallets. If we're boycotting a physical store like Chic-Fil-A, the level of inconvenience is minimal; just go across the street to the next fast food joint.

If you boycott Hobby Lobby, things might get a bit trickier. How far would you have to go to find the same goods?

In the online space, boycotting to show a business your disapproval of their business practices isn't just a matter of convenience (typing in two separate urls takes the same amount of time and effort). It's also a matter of who has the best product. In some instances, there's a huge gap between first- and second-best.

Taking that into account, Marco Arment explains why he uses products, including Amazon, despite objecting to their business practices of late.

Sometimes, there's just no competition.

Read I'll Never Fly Amazon Again or save it for later.