I remember many years ago ( ~25 or so ) , shortly after Amazon appeared on the web, I actually spoke to someone to place an order with my credit card - at that point, back in the 90's - I wouldn't just enter my card data into a website - that's how long ago -
I found I could order 2nd hand, out of print books - even books printed in the 18th or 19th century, easily. I bought one for my wife for Christmas - it was written about the "recent" battle in the Little Big Horn mountains where General Custer died, in June 25-26 1876.
A few months later I attended a speech by Robert Ballard about his discovery of the Titanic - and he mentioned a couple books that he read as an adolescent which directed him to a career in marine archeology. I was able to find those two books in a few minute search on Amazon, and bought them both. One had been in the Kansas City Library system for over 60 years.
I loved being able to find old, used books - but Amazon never made a profit as a public company back then, so I was smart and never invested in it - even though I loved the service, and have coontinued to use it to this day. I could now shop, and whatever I wanted, would be dropped on my doorstep, usually within 24-48 hours. If I didnt like it, I could just ship it back, no questions asked.
Amazing in retrospect, I have never invested in Amazon itself. How foolish I was.
I am curious how their new thrust into medicine will work out. Drug pricing can be very bizarre. Many generic drugs are not made in this country any longer, but are readily available over seas. Do I want to take drugs from China or India, or other third world countries?? I have reservations. I remember the poisonings of dog food with melamine, and other things. Yet, both China and India and other countries countries have sophisticated modern industries, quite capable of producing quality items.
When I went looking for Aleve recently, I found two different bottles of it at Sam's Club - one was made in India, and one was made in China. I did not see one stating that it was made in the USA or even a country in western Europe, despite Aleve being a product of Bayer.
When I drop into Alibaba looking for naproxifen ( generic Aleve ) I can find it for sale for $43-55 dollars per kilogram - but I have no idea who made it or if it is even safe for animals or humans to use. I can guaraantee there will be folks buying it that way, and stuffing it into pills or capsules to sell if they can get away with it legally - or even illegally if the profit is large enough. I am hoping Jeff Bezos and his crew can resolve some of these issues.
It will be interesting to watch.