The big consolidate their verticals, one after another, and choice constricts. The latest is Amazon buying The Book Depository, giving the online behemoth a stranglehold in many countries and increasing it's dominance everywhere. Granted, Amazon says that the brand will remain separate...
However, will it continue The Book Depository's many better (than Amazon) pricing offerings? It's many unique features that can be wonderfully leveraged by it's affiliates? Or will TBD be 'assimilated'?
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Time will tell.
I am, however, not optimistic.