Let me tell you a story. It’s a story of a life that has been ruined; a life that seemed normal and even decent and dignified.
It all started when, one day, I realized that my Amazon account had been disabled or suspended.
I had no idea why. I hadn’t done anything wrong that may have lead to this. I started by trying to restore my account. At first, I asked one of my friends to contact the Amazon support team, to ask them what may have happened to my account. But the response was disappointing. In fact, not only were they not quick to respond, but the response was very brief and hasty, saying that they will investigate further, which they never seemed to do.
In the end I gave up thinking about the idea of getting my old account back. The decision was
very hard, because I had lost the fruits of my hard labor that took me a lot of time and effort to accumulate, let alone the financial damage as a result of losing that income stream.
My life was centered around my work, and I earned a good sum of money. I had an acceptable standard of living, but I still experienced moments of anger and frustration that everyone around me must have noticed. Why didn’t the support team help? Isn’t that their job? What they’re paid to do?
During the first days after losing my account, I didn’t suffer much because I had enough money saved up to maintain an average lifestyle, but I knew that it wouldn’t last forever. I had began
to save as much money as possible, eating out far less and creating tight budgets. But it was inevitable, and, it wasn’t long before I found myself really struggling financially.
The recession didn’t help, either. I was unable to get a job and I didn’t think going back to Amazon would really help, as I didn’t have anything to sell and, even if I did, people were now very hasty to buy from people without a good reputation. The support team continued to ignore my emails and messages.
I considered borrowing money as a remedy to my financial problems, in the hope of finding a solution as soon as I could. This new reality in which I had found myself in has changed many of my habits and behavior with friends and family. Even though I had budgeted as much as I could, I still couldn’t find the money to pay back what I had borrowed. My friends turned away from me.
I lost everything. But, although it seems hard to believe, there is an upside to this situation. Making money with Amazon is not stable or sustainable. It will only make you money as long as you have things to sell.
It doesn’t provide any benefits, like pensions or health care. I had ignored the future for so long, but with this change in my circumstances, I have been able to reevaluate my life. I have realized that I now need to plan for the future more than ever before. I need financial security and Amazon simply cannot offer that to me.