Exercise your rights: Boycott Amazon.com

Via Lawdog, by way of Katey’s Kafe, through Gawfer, facilitated by Absolute Zero

Whew! I hope I got everyone.

This is starting to make the rounds and well it should. It seems that Amazon.com is marketing a book for a self-described paedophile. Not only are they marketing it, but after every publisher known to man refused to publish the vile creature’s scribblings, he used “Booksurge”, a self-publishing service affiliated with…Amazon.com.

Never one to just mindlessly repeat what I hear, I had to check this out for myself. I visited the offender’s Blogspot Blogs and profile (I won’t link him here, that’s just…repugnant to me) and I verified that the book “Viamund the Boylove Vampyre Says…: Poetry & Haiku’s” is actually available on Amazon.com.

I then used Amazon’s email system to send them a message:

It has recently come to my attention that you offer for sale a book entitled “Viamund the Boylove Vampyre Says…: Poetry Haiku’s” which was also published through your subsidiary “Booksurge”.

Offering this book for sale demonstrates unequivocally that you have no concern for the well being of children. I understand that your company values free speech above every other consideration, but I consider this position to be untenable and potentially harmful.

To that end, I am choosing to exercise my right of freedom of association. I will never do business with Amazon or its subsidiaries again. Please feel free to cancel my account as I will no longer be in need of it.

Furthermore, I am exercising my free speech rights by letting all my friends, acquaintances and relatives know about this egregious offering and will also be posting about it on my blog. This will not remain your “dirty little secret” for long and I sincerely hope that it impacts your bottom line.

I am sorry I ever did business with you in the past. As a father of two and grandfather of three, your irresponsible practice of subsidizing the commercialization of child abuse disgusts me.

They replied:

Thank you for writing to Amazon.com with your concerns about “Viamund the Boylove Vampyre Says…: Poetry & Haiku’s (Paperback)”.

Please know that as a retailer, our goal is to provide customers with the broadest selection possible so they can find, discover, and buy any item they might be seeking. That selection includes some items which many people may find objectionable. Therefore, the items offered on our web site represent a wide spectrum of opinions on a variety of topics.

Amazon.com believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable. Therefore, we will continue to make controversial works available in the United States and everywhere else, except where they are prohibited by law. We also allow readers, authors, and publishers to express their views freely about these titles and other products we offer on our web site. However, Amazon.com does not endorse any opinions expressed by individual authors, musical artists, or filmmakers.

However, before authorizing us to close your account, please read the following information carefully. Further action is required in order to close your account.

They went on to describe all of the ramifications of closing my account, I found interesting that it included the following list of other online retailers that are affiliated with Amazon.com and to which I would no longer have access:

Target.com
NBA.com
CDNow
Preferred Buyer’s Club
Bebe.com
BenefitCosmetics.com

I considered it very thoughtful of them to include a list of other online retailers with which I will no longer do business.

They instructed me to email them again and verify that I REALLY, REALLY want to close my account.

I did so:

“Amazon.com believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles
because we believe their message is objectionable.”

Amazon.com obviously does not understand the term “censorship”.

You also seem to lack an understanding of the term “responsibility”.

As a private business you have the ability and obligation to choose with whom to do business. Acting as a conduit for an avowed and admitted child molester to financially profit from his self-admitted illegal and repugnant proclivities is not a responsible act.

As a customer, I also have the right and obligation to choose with whom to do business. Amazon.com has demonstrated that it is an irresponsible, uncaring entity that is willing to condone and facilitate child abuse for nothing more than base profits. Your response indicates to me that you do not value my business, therefore, I DO wish to close my accounts.

Thank you very much for pointing out other sales sites with which you are affiliated. This will make the task of determining which sites I refuse to patronize much easier. As far as your “warning” that I’ll have to open a new account for any further purchases, there is no need to be concerned about that. Unless Amazon.com has an extreme change of heart and publicly changes its policy, I will not be patronizing it or any of its affiliates.

I also sent an email to everyone I thought would be concerned about this. My sincere hope is that this becomes a large enough issue to hurt Amazon.com’s bottom line.

One more thing: Absolute Zero’s last post pointed out a couple of advertisers on Amazon that may be interested in any ongoing boycott. They may wish to invest their advertising dollars elsewhere if they hear that enough potential customers are chagrined by this development.

Contact Kraft and Post (owned by Kraft)
Contact Maxwell House

Any other advertisers that you might run across on Amazon might be interested as well. I don’t even feel like visiting their site any more…if anyone comes up with any more advertiser links, feel free to post them in comments or shoot me an email and I’ll add them to the post.

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