I know what most of you are thinking, yes it does make you a hypocrite but let me attempt to defend this “obscene hypocrisy” to you.
I make zero budget documentaries, I was surprised sometimes even amazed at the success of some of these videos and wanted a DVD release for some of them, I chose Amazon as the company to distribute my DVDs not because I liked Amazon but because Amazon is our only option! “Nonsense” I hear you shout but I have contacted at least 30 to 40 Distributors, Amazon Create Space really was other then a couple that did contact me back, my only option at the time.
Amazon is undeniable user friendly and efficient compared to alternatives, the very few alternative self publishing companies, at that time (I last released a DVD over three years ago) were complicated to use, requiring file types that I was not even aware existed and irritating to the point of unusable DVD front cover designer software. Since then I have began to sell downloads using Sellfy but the sales on Sellfy are slow compared to the sales on Amazon.
Obviously this is due to the fact that Amazon has a huge monopoly when it comes to online sales and some of that success is definitely due to the user friendliness of Amazon as a customer and a publisher. The second reason I chose Amazon is obvious, millions of potential customers use it! As a publisher I wish their was an alternative but if their is I am still to find it, I don’t make a lot of money from Amazon but its something and I have a family to feed. I have set out alternatives (all my videos are on YouTube for free and many torrent websites as well as Sellfy) for people that like me refuse to spend money with Amazon due to their tax evasion, exploitation, zero hour contracts, lobbying and their general greed but unfortunately not using Amazon to sell due to my dislike of Amazon would be like removing my YouTube videos (something YouTube does regularly) due to my dislike of YouTube, the only person that loses anything is me, Amazon and YouTube will not even Notice I have gone.
I believe Amazon and companies like them should pay a fair wage to their workers as they should pay a fair amount of tax on their profit (50% for the least) they paid 0.5% last year. I believe as the customer its our responsibility to consider ethical issues before feeding the monster but as a seller you go where the people go, that just happens to be Amazon, you tell me the alternative?
Not using certain online services nowadays can led to not being heard at all and that is a big problem, what do you want us to do? Sit in silence in protest of corporate greed or use their own devices against them for as long as they allow us? Because I think YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and many other online services and corporations do not care much for the truth, even if they do make money on it.