Ellen Reese + Jake Wilson: The High Cost of Free Shipping

Many of us are about to embark on our first COVID-19 holiday shopping season. With so many of our favorite stores closed or out of business, a logical alternative is to buy online. But before you log into Amazon to fill your shopping cart, you might want to listen to this week’s episode of Sea Change Radio. Today we welcome two sociologists whose new book is called The High Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon In The Global Economy. We talk about the impact that this e-commerce giant’s exponential growth has on vulnerable populations, how the is public subsidizing the modern-day robber baron, and whether there may be ways to curb some of the company’s more predatory practices.