If You Think Jeff Bezos is Too Rich, Stop Paying Him

Jamie Logie
4 min readSep 28, 2020

Do we need to start pointing the finger at ourselves?

Photo by Simon Bak on Unsplash

It isn’t fair. Why do some people have so much, while others have so little? When it comes to the issue of wealth inequality, Jeff Bezos seems to be the poster boy. I used to hate the idea that someone could be as rich as Bezos, but I think it’s worth looking at it differently.

Before all the criticism against Bezos rolls in, we need to look at how we all contribute to this problem. Then we need to acknowledge the value in the services he’s created.

The first thing that makes the attacks on Jeff Bezos seem feeble, is the fact we are all contributing to his wealth in one way or another. If you have never contributed a cent to his empire, then that’s fine — but It looks like most of us have.

You can’t say that you despise the man and then order something off of Amazon Prime. Neither can you say that you hate everything he stands for while watching content on Prime Video.

But it goes farther than just Amazon as a company. If you shop at Whole Foods, you’re paying him. If you’ve ordered shoes on Zappos, that’s also going into his pocket. Here’s just a few other companies connected to Bezos:

  • Audible
  • The Washington Post
  • Twitch
  • Alexa
  • Goodreads
  • IMDB

Bezos has also invested in Twitter, Airbnb, Google, Uber, Workday, Business Insider, and Living Social, which was acquired by Groupon.

Look at the Value Being Provided

If we all hate Jeff Bezos, we need to stop giving him money. We also need to look at the value of the services he provides — and that’s where some hate needs to stop.

The amount of money you have will always be in direct proportion to the QUALITY and QUANTITY of the service you provide

Bezos is one of the richest human beings on earth because he serves millions. And when you serve millions, you deserve to be a billionaire. We can say that there should be no such thing as a billionaire, but it’s related…

Jamie Logie

Some health, a little marketing, and a lot of 1980s content