I admire your patience, R J, in light of having to repeat yourself over & over. You should create a word document, and then copy & paste, every time someone asks the same question!
Amazon is not the only retailer with a non-UK trading address. And they do bring jobs to the UK, both directly and indirectly. That, in itself, is a great boost to our GDP. Amazon is a real boon to those of us who are largely housebound, and opens up a world of purchasing options.
It is a shame to see independent shops and local post-office branches closing, but the internet has changed our way of life for ever. Many high-street retailers sell through both Amazon and ebay; which has given them access to millions of customers. We, as consumers, have a huge influence on market-forces, mainly due to online retailers such as Amazon. When I make a purchase through Amazon, I have access to many retailers I never even knew existed. I can 'shop around' to find the best price/delivery option. Having heavy items, such as cat food, delivered to my door, is a real life-line. Buying in bulk offers best value, but is a nightmare to lug home. I remember dragging supermarket shopping on and off buses in the days before I had a car. Owning a car changed how I shopped, and now the internet has further changed my shopping patterns.
I appreciate that not everyone shops as I do, but we all need to take responsibility for our on-line financial transactions. Inadvertently signing up to Amazon Prime can be reversed; but we are all at risk from unscrupulous and even criminal on-line traders and tactics. Not reading what you are signing up to is a bit like signing a blank cheque, and leaving it in the pub. And I don't think too many people would do that, more than once!
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