I had gotten burned by eBay sellers using Amazon fulfillment services, and I avoid supporting Amazon if I can help it. I don't trust big corporations and their love of big profits and lack of engagement with the communities that host their big box stores and warehouses. I prefer to support individual sellers and locally-owned stores. Big corporations are also automating as many jobs as possible in the name of profit, which is costing people jobs. I know it's a complicated issue because our economy is not sustainable as it is, but I also believe that people want meaningful work for fair pay. So I try to avoid the big corporations and look for the small-time sellers on eBay (my national online thrift store!) or little companies with online stores.
As I considered how badly I wanted the stainless steel silverware basket, I came across a red metal one in my favorite thrift store. For $2, it was by far the cheapest option, and I was also supporting a local store that gives its profits to MCC. I was very pleased.
I'd welcome your thoughts on Amazon, eBay, and online shopping in general.