Oh, yeah. And those thugs called customs agents have ZERO incentive to do their job well and make legitimate shipments come through faster. Why? Because they have a monopoly on the "give me cash and I'll let you have your stuff" racket. There can be no monopolies without a lot of firepower to enforce the monopoly.at46 wrote: ↑Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:40 pmSo, to confirm or refute my conspiracy theory about Amazon throttling others' shipments into Chile, I did an experiment buying the same item from Amazon and iherb.com, shipped with the same carrier - DHL. After 2.5 months in the mail, I now consider the iherb shipment officially lost. The Amazon shipment, on the other hand, I got two days before their estimated delivery date.at46 wrote: ↑Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:44 pmConspiracy theory: Amazon throttling regular post shipments out of China. For the first time in a few years here my latest Aliexpress purchases sent Chinapost / Hong Kong post were lost. The ones purchased on Ali but coming out of their European warehouses via European postal services get through within a couple of weeks.
Edit: could be Falabella, too.
The only way you can get that kind of fire power is by forcing virtually all defenseless people to give them a big share of their productivity. Corporations can't come even close to affording that kind of military strength. Not even Amazon. If you want a monopoly, you have to socialize the cost of all that firepower, and the only way to do that is to buy some politicians and/or bureaucrats.