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And Jeff Bezos smiles. All this plays into his plans for eliminating conventional stores entirely, by (1) having you buy stuff online and (2) having you shop at stores where there's no need to check out, because cameras and other sensors monitor your every move, and you can't even enter without "scanning in" and having a credit card on file. Strategy 1 is already very far along, obviously, and strategy 2 is coming along nicely:


Don't have a smartphone? Don't have a credit card? (Are you even a person, really?) Not to worry! Soon, Amazon will provide you with both, for very reasonable fees. (Some conditions apply. Offer void where you're too poor to be profitable.)

That really is one place where all this is going, you know.

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