Dustin Curtis on Amazon's Echo Chamber →

November 07, 2014 |

It’s an echo chamber. They make a product, they market the product on, they sell the product to customers, they get a false sense of success, the customer puts the product in a drawer and never uses it, and then Amazon moves on to the next product. Finally, with the Fire Phone, customers have been pushing back. You can’t buy a phone and put it in a lonely drawer, never to use it again, like you would with a Fire Tablet. You can’t dupe your customers by selling them a shitty phone, because a phone becomes a part of its user’s identity.

It’s kind of uncanny how Amazon can be so good at retail, and so bad at consumer electronics, especially considering that both industries start off with a very similar premise: that success lies in the answer to the question, “what do people want?”