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Reducing my utilization of Amazon products, step 1

I just cancelled my Amazon Prime membership.

As for so many other people, using Amazon's consumer facing services has started to leave a bad taste in my mouth, seeing how atrociously they treat warehouse staff, the negative impact their business has on the delivery drivers of various logistics companies, and the myriad of other small or large bad things this company is doing or is complicit in because it makes them money.

A few weeks ago I received an email telling me that the credit card Amazon had on file for Prime membership payments was no longer valid and to update the payment settings lest I want to lose my Prime benefits by 12 January 2019.
The holidays gave me some time to think about how many of Amazon's services I use daily and consciously and I found that it was too many. Ignoring Amazon services I use by proxy, like AWS servers, here goes:

  • Amazon.de and Amazon Marketplace for shopping
  • Amazon Prime for fast shipping
  • Amazon Prime Video for streaming
  • Amazon Kindle for reading ebooks
  • Amazon's Audible for audio books.

With cancelling my Amazon Prime membership, I'm losing access to Prime shipping and Prime Video. Since I've started reducing the amount of things I buy on or through Amazon about a year ago, the former isn't too much of a loss for me. When streaming through Amazon Prime, my partner and I have used her Prime account anyway, so there's no loss for me there, either, until she makes a decision regarding her Amazon Prime account. This could happen sooner rather than later because we use Netflix much more than Prime Video.

It's going to be interesting to see how easy it'll be eschewing shopping on Amazon.de entirely and choosing different online shops but I'm not worried about this. The more difficult task will be finding proper replacements for getting ebooks comfortably and finding a good ereader for them. Finding a replacement for Audible will be similarly difficult. And with the latter two there's also the problem of DRM for the things I've already bought on the platforms.

Photos April 2017

Amazing weather and lots of walks with friends and their dogs.

This is Dian. He's a Setter-Doodle. And a giant goof ball.


Dog or overgrown bunny, you decide

Rape in bloom.

Luna emerging from the water.


I love where I live.


And this is my beautiful Bijou showcasing her love for bananas.

Trailers for "Avengers – Endgame" and "Captain Marvel"

These two trailers hit within the last few days and while I really can't wait to watch "Captain Marvel", the excitement for "Avengers – Endgame" is bitter sweet.
Marvel has built up an amazing franchise starting with the first Iron Man movie. It has spawned an entire universe of movies, TV series, and other media that have entertained me for ten years. I really wonder how they are going to end this chapter with the last Avengers movie and what the next chapter will bring.