The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

The Original Amazon

Oct 1, 2018

Richard Warren started Sears in Minneapolis in 1886, as a mail order watch business. He shipped products to every corner of the U.S. The Sears catalogue went out all across the country, selling sewing machines, cookware, musical instruments, bicycles, sporting goods, even automobiles. After the company began opening retail stores in 1925, it became the largest retailer in the U.S. until 1989.

It’s a reminder that Amazon, which began by selling books, finally changed into a company like Sears, with enormous numbers of products–but sold on the Internet.