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"Without e-commerce, the consumer would pay much more" - Economic Policy

“Without e-commerce, the consumer would pay much more” – Economic Policy

Eliminating or excessively regulating companies are measures that are ultimately paid for, at a very high price, by the consumer.

What a surprise to hear the declaration of Paul Magnette, reputed to be serious and brilliant intellectual, proposing that after phasing out nuclear power, Belgium should become the first State without electronic commerce. Even if he has since corrected it, one wonders how it is possible that a person of this stature is so incapable of controlling his words.

What a surprise to hear the declaration of Paul Magnette, reputed to be serious and brilliant intellectual, proposing that after phasing out nuclear power, Belgium should become the first State without electronic commerce. Even if he has since corrected it, one wonders how it is possible that a person of this stature is so incapable of controlling his words. Removing all e-commerce is simply an aberration and something impossible to achieve. It’s good to say that we need “real stores”, which no one disputes. But as with any activity, commerce must justify its usefulness. This means: to bring something to its customers. Savvy merchants have long understood that they can compete with large e-commerce companies by specializing, by offering advice, by using their proximity, by innovating. This is where their future lies and not in a meaningless ban on online commerce for the consumer. It should be remembered that before this, there was already mail-order sales to allow customers who so wished to buy without having to travel, or even to order at night or on Sundays, times when the law prevents traders who have “real shops” to work. We then understood that what the president of the socialist party accepts is still a bit of e-commerce, provided that it is carried out by local companies and not by multinationals. It’s strange to see a left-wing party displaying its “national preference” in this way, using hardly any other words than the extreme right, which it rightly condemns. You may or may not like Amazon and the other big e-commerce companies. We must admit that the American e-commerce giant is an example of success due to the search for innovation. For years, this company, without asking for public aid, invested again and again, losing money year after year but believing in the service it offered. Today, his investments are finally producing a lot of profit. Rather than being jealous of them, we would do better to ask ourselves why Amazon was not created in Wallonia and why all its competitors are Chinese, Japanese or American. We can think that if Amazon had its headquarters in Charleroi, the mayor of this city would be proud of it. But there is obviously no chance, today, that this type of business will be created or developed in this place. And especially not when you listen to the demands of the boss of the PS. To be efficient, a company does not need the help of the Region, but rather freedom, flexibility and legal certainty. Everything that is not found in a fiscal and regulatory hell, where nothing can be done without requesting authorization from the Authority, and where profits and salaries are essentially used to pay taxes and charges. Eliminating or excessively regulating companies are measures that are ultimately paid for, at a very high price, by the consumer. Without e-commerce, with less competition, he would pay a lot more. And it is its purchasing power, that which in general the party of Paul Magnette declares to defend, which would be reduced. Finally, let’s remember how much the government has not really helped “real stores” by ordering them to close for months…

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