One feature of modern US capitalism is that successful companies are ones which can obtain a market domination in one sector, then extract value-adds from it, attempting to get a locked-in (i.e. non-market) revenue base in other sectors. Microsoft Windows parlays into Office sales; Google search parlays into advertising revenue; Apple IPods parlay into iTunes sales; IBM mainframe and server sales parlay into solutions sales; Sun Java adoption parlays into server sales, and so on. Now it is Amazon’s turn.
It is not surprising that this should happen, but this is a particularly brazen case.
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