Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Invisible World

I've decided to work through Harry Potter with the Bomber. I read him a little when he goes to bed on nights he stays with me, and we listen to Spephen Fry's peerless unabridged audio recordings on long car journeys like the trek to Wales.

We finished "The Philosopher's Stone" on our Christmas visit to the Principality so I logged on to Amazon this morning to get "The Chamber of Secrets" (noticing to my surprise that there is a Harry Potter store on the site) but - curses - the audio book was unavailable.

I managed to unearth it on, only to find that when I came to pay I was redirected back to Amazon for the transaction.

Amazon's ecosystem of services casts a long shadow. Digging around on the website I found the Fulfillment by Amazon proposition. It may not be practical for one off items like our auctions but I can dream. Imagine if we could hive off all the meatspace warehousing and fulfillment to Amazon as well as virtualising the software on Amazon Web Services. We could run the business from the beach on cashflow.

It's too bad that all these things, can only happen in my dreams
Only in dreams in beautiful dreams.

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