Growing Support from the Public
Below some of those who have signed up tell us why they have decided to stop using the company
"Is shopping at Amazon really cheap? What if you included the Public Sector cuts to fill this void in our finances, largely attributable to corporate tax evasion?
Maybe, while you're on the bus reading your cheap Amazon book, travelling miles to a GP - or while you are waiting for the police to respond to your 999, you'll consider just how much that book actually cost you"
"Apart from the very obvious tax evasion issue, it turns out that the conditions that their employees work under are Dickensian"
"While most ordinary people are being financially strangled by this government austerity measures, Amazon and others like them are sucking even more millions out of the economy like some hideous pack of vampires."
"I am boycotting Amazon because the company aggressively avoids paying tax. i believe that Amazon's Corporate Social Responsibility Policy should include a commitment to paying a reasonable amount of tax in the countries in which they operate."
"Amazon are undercutting the high street with prices that nobody can match. This is not a fair playing field. The honest are punished and Amazon cant care less."
"Don't buy from Amazon! Buy local!
You may sometimes pay a fraction more at the point of sale, but you get that back from the taxes the local company pays, keeping our schools and hospitals and roads open. Amazon just leeches of the tax paid by others.
They use the services we provide, but don't pay their fair share to keep these services going."
"I am boycotting Amazon because as I think they should pay proper UK taxes. I want to spend my money with ethical companies as far as possible and what they are doing is not ethical.
Boycotting Amazon has been surprisingly easy.
I am talking to my local bookseller, using my local library more and using second hand book suppliers.
If I drank Starbucks coffee I'd boycott them too. We have to get the message out loud and clear. It is about all businesses operating ethically."
"I would rather buy my books etc. from an independent bookseller rather than Amazon or a supermarket. Their sales tactics are gruesome and they don't pay their way.
It seems that just about every web search, no matter for what, results in Amazon at the top of the list. So, it is impossible to avoid Amazon but at least you don't have to buy from them.
Since boycotting, I have used Amazon to find firms from which to buy direct."
"I'm boycotting Amazon and similar tax-avoiders because of the level of cuts in Social Welfare, Sure- Start, Education, and Health Funding in the UK is almost equal to the TAX AVOIDED by these irresponsible Trans-National conglomerates."
Revd Ian P. Hamilton
"I am boycotting Amazon because as a long-term customer, I was extremely dismayed to learn about their tax avoidance activities.
At first, I felt frustrated, particularly at this time when so many cuts are being made across the board - tax avoidance and evasion is a serious issue and costs the UK some 40 billion pounds a year.
When I came across Ethical Consumer's campaign, I didn't hesitate in canceling my account, letting Amazon know why, and encouraging family and friends to do likewise.
It's one thing to complain about these companies and continue using their services, another to stop using them altogether and putting your money behind the message."
"We are boycotting Amazon for 3 reasons:
1 Amazon are deliberately avoiding paying taxes to the UK and others
2 Amazon have a "No Unions" policy
3 (Because of the above) They are slowly but surely undercutting the competition, leaving
the High Streets empty - Woolworths, Jessops, Blockbuster, etc, etc."
"I am boycotting Amazon because a) I always try to spend my money with people who share my beliefs and b) tax avoidance is morally repugnant."
"Big companies should all pay their fair share of tax and 'legal' loop-holes should be closed. We can all help to 'persuade' them to do the right thing even if the government cannot be bothered, by hitting them where it hurts most - in their profits."
"I was a fan of Amazon, extremely good service and range of products, to the point that I was already concerned that they were taking too much of my trade from local businesses.
When I read that they were paying very little tax I started to realise that I had a role to play in ensuring fairness in business...
We are all concerned about the ecomony in this country and the slashing of public expenditure in areas that are truly worthy and to continue to support companies that refuse to take their place in society shows a lack of personal responsibility. We all have our part to play."
"the main reason I am boycotting Amazon is that companies that do not pay their fair share of tax should not be benefitting from our custom.
Although their products may seem cheaper, in the long run it makes us all poorer.
Secondly, I have heard about their anti-union and anti-competitive practices, and I want to send a signal that this is unacceptable."
"As an accountant for many years I have witnessed that major corporations have been subdidised through the UK tax system by other taxpayers.
This competitive advantage means that local traders are undercut and go out of business, it also means that small companies cannot tender competitively for Government contracts.
This is a democracy and tax laws passed by a democracy should be adhered to for the common good.
Amazon is one of those tax haven domiciled companies whose allegiance is only to their greedy selves.
Its a pity that our elite politicians are firmly in their pockets. Just look at all the tax breaks given to The City - pensions & zero VAT to name but two."