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oh get remember if i turn the microphone on or not all right guys in today's video what we're going to be doing is i bought a bunch of things or i bought like two groups of things name brand stuff and the exact same thing but the amazon basics version and we're going to be comparing them and we're going to see if the amazon basics stuff is better if it's the same if it's worth it we're going to put them head to head and see how it all shakes out before we get started i just kind of want to remind you guys that uh i do have merch i have hats shirts stickers hoodies all kinds of stuff but more importantly than that i want to tell you guys about the people that actually handle my merch they don't just handle my merch they are actually a small car enthusiast brand they have they have their own hats hoodies stickers shirts they have all kinds of stuff they have keychains they have all kinds of stuff that anything if you're if you're a car person anything car related they pretty much have so if you if you're interested in cars i would definitely recommend going over there and checking them out they also have energy drinks that they just came out with and they're actually really good so if you want to check any of that stuff out there's going to be a link in the description and you can go over there you can check out my merch you can check out everything they have you can get yourself something new so the first thing that we're gonna do is i bought two uh pairs of small uh i don't wanna say side cutters they call them something else obviously if you just look at these i don't have uh like proof that both of these came from the exact exact same manufacturer but if you just use your eyeballs you can see that they are literally the exact same thing like front back the locking mechanism is the exact same the jaws look the exact same they're the same size the grips are very very similar so i think amazon just kind of go went to the manufacturer of these which are work pro and just said like you know hey give us some of those and then here we are the amazon basics are 11 and these are 17 i don't think that these are gonna be worth six more dollars let's put on some safety glasses because you guys yelled at me last time so we'll just cut something basic to begin with just a coat hanger we'll go with the go with the work pro first actually let's do this squeeze them both they feel exactly the same the mechanisms are the same springs are the same the jaws look exactly the same i think if i had you guys i think they're going to perform exactly the same so let's make a couple cuts with the work pro very nice very easy let's cut with amazon pretty much identical i don't feel i don't feel like i have to squeeze one harder than the other i don't feel like one is cutting it easier than the other i feel like they're the exact same a little bit tougher these are drywall nails let's cut with the work pro oh that was like butter that that was really nice that was that was a very nice cutting experience wow exact same yeah oh that didn't cut all the way through that also that could have been my problem that's two times it didn't cut through huh let me get another one we might be on to something here all right so the last two it did not cut through okay never mind maybe whenever the nail just gets down small enough it doesn't that's very interesting oh no the work pro does it too something about whatever you get down here it doesn't it just won't cut all the way through but then you can take a new one and cut right through it okay i don't i don't know how to explain why that happens but they both do it still the exact same i have another nail this is probably about as thick as of something as you're going to be cutting with this this doesn't even go all the way down into the jaws this just goes like about halfway through so this is going to be you know about the thickest thing that you're going to be cutting with this this is going to fly somewhere okay not the easiest thing to cut see if the amazon ones do any better i think that was exactly the same just like everything else yeah we'll do only one more with the amazon one just to just to make it even so far i mean just like i said in the beginning everything seems to be exactly the same one last thing uh oh that's not what i meant to do if you guys remember come on now well because we don't need it if you guys remember my shark tank video this is the padlock from that shark tank video i wanted to see if these things would cut the wire oh yeah cut right there like it's nothing but right there like snuffles that's pretty much i mean that's about all you're going to be doing with these things you know cutting wires and whatever the amazon basics here that'd be the way to go especially for six dollars less they're going to perform the exact same after all that the jaws on them look the exact same they're not chipped or missing anything they're not they're not misaligned if you're looking for a pair of mini bolt cutters in this price range the amazon basics are the way to go and they're going to be just as good as the wordpress alright so the next thing that we are going to be testing and this is going to be just riveting content this is going to be some of the best content you've ever seen we're going to be comparing staplers i never thought in a million years that i would be reviewing staplers on the internet but here we are we have the amazon and then we have the swingline i was not unfortunately i was not able to find whatever the like brand name of this type of stapler is so i had to go with this one which was like the only one that was that had the same specs in roughly the same price range so this amazon one it was thirty four dollars this one was forty one dollars um they both claim to staple 20 sheets and they both have the option of being battery powered or um just plugged into the wall um obviously both these are going to be running on batteries pretty much it they're they're staplers another difference is um this one was able to gee why did that come out with so much force you could only like you could almost take somebody out with that like sneak out you could sneak up on somebody and like like take them out does the staples do that okay that makes a lot more sense because whenever whenever i've only opened this thing once to put the staples in and when the first time i opened it that was all it did so whatever it shot open like that it's kind of like caught me off guard i bet this one does it too gee that one that one comes out with even more force you can really take somebody out with that the whole point that i'm trying to make here is that the amazon one will hold uh will only hold a half like a um i don't know what you call a stick maybe a stick of staples it'll only hold a half whereas the swingline will hold a full one so nothing uh nothing crazy but just something to something to mention let's keep them like this i guess most basic task we'll just staple two sheets of paper see if they can do it okay let me uh inspect the staple i am a professional staple inspector actually let me staple with
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this video is sponsored by dollar shave club use the link in the description for a special five dollar starter set on february 28 2017 you might have thought the internet was down four hours without netflix spotify buzzfeed reddit dropbox pinterest imager league tinder and thousands of others even the site that reports outages that's embarrassing if the world was more productive that day now we know why our slash outside became just you know outside a shark hadn't bitten an underwater cable nor was it five nine just an amazon engineer's typo probably a stressful afternoon in seattle but also an impressive demonstration of the company's size and power amazon web services host so much of the internet that for many people myself included it basically is the internet we know amazon as an online store companies store their products in its warehouses which handle the marketing and shipping and returns for us this means total convenience one click away from 125.27 pound gummy bear pythons or five crisp two dollar bills for twenty dollars wait that's not how money works a hundred thousand companies make over a hundred thousand dollars a year this way but for amazon it's only a fraction of their business there's also twitch whole foods kindle alexa sensibly named echo echo plus echo dot echo dot kids amazon tap echo connect echo spot echo show and echo look also a completely different alexa fire tablets and tv prime music video pantry ring doorbell zappos imdb fresh goodreads and over 70 consumer brands you'd never even know they owned hardly a month goes by where they don't enter and dominate a new industry just trademarking the slogan we do the prep you be the chef was enough to drop a blue apron stock 12 they're even investigating pharmaceuticals education and finance amazon defines its competitors as publishers producers and distributors of physical digital and interactive media of all types and all distribution channels among others that's like everyone which raises the question is amazon scatterbrained many of these products have nothing in common yesterday they wanted to conquer streaming video today sell organic grapes in grocery stores tomorrow who knows and their ideas increasingly let's say creative to day delivery how about two hour delivery a 3d smartphone a grocery store without employees a front door that unlocks for delivery drivers a flying warehouse complete with detachable drones for all its success as an online store more and more it also seems distracted at least that's how it looks the only way to make sense of their actions and mistakes and anticipate their future is to see the world as they do and there are three pillars to amazon's plan for world domination to really understand amazon you have to understand jeff bezos like steve jobs or elon musk the philosophy of the man is that of the company apple was founded by people in love with technology and its design no matter how big the company gets this will always be reflected in its decisions priorities even mistakes amazon began as a bookstore but that was never its heart and soul or spine bezos chose books because no one bookstore could hold all of them warehouses visited on the internet could but make no mistake they aren't a book company a website a delivery network or even a retailer amazon is a scale company bezos understood that when you take something and multiply it a hundred thousand million times you can do things all the small businesses in the world never could a tree is a tree but put 400 billion together and you have the amazon rainforest a force so powerful it controls the world's climate from any other company this sounds like generic business speak but amazon really means it we say a company is focused if it specializes in beverages or cars or bad website design and puts all its xp into that ability amazon is rare and that its specialty isn't the product itself but its scale that's the focus when considering a new product the flowchart is pretty simple would this benefit from being a thousand times quicker bigger easier if so you can bet amazon either sells it or soon will it's easy to stop there sit back and enjoy the profit but amazon asks okay now what can we do and this is why it's unstoppable the snowball effect first get as many users as possible give out 50 tablets free shipping license echo to every company willing more users bring more data which helps improve the product and the better product attracts even more users they aren't just making it easy to live off amazon they're making it hard not to that's the power of data in the hands of someone operating at this scale it's why there's now a movement to limit this why companies like digime who i've previously mistaken for a data collection company actually let users manage and safeguard their information and the results are things like prime it may lose money on the heaviest shoppers but with a hundred million of them they're winning a lot more than they're losing so why purchase competitors like whole foods exactly because it's not what they're good at books never expire well some do but groceries not so much you have to go back repeatedly putting amazon in your routine and with so much shipping spending 11 billion fulfilling 300 million packages in 2015 they can do something almost no one else can compete with ups and fedex they already lease 32 boeing 767 cargo jets and plan a massive cargo hub in kentucky but that's just the beginning after announcing a new 79 kindle bezos wrote there are two types of companies those that work hard to charge customers more and those that work hard to charge customers less both approaches can work we are firmly in the second camp and he's really not kidding the parts alone cost 78.59 plus 5.66 for assembly that's a loss of 5.25 for every kindle sold not including things like marketing licensing and support and sure there are ads but only as an option companies like facebook and youtube are fundamentally advertising companies no matter how well-intentioned youtube employees are unless something drastic changes the company will always prioritize advertisers over creators that's the business model and then there are customer companies where you and i decide what gets demonetized apple is comfortable charging more for the very best experience and for amazon helping the customer means making us pay as little as possible both are loved in a way that's impossible for an advertising company you might say they only care about the customer to make more money and maybe you're right there's no way to know but the effects are the same when apple refused to unlock the san bernardino iphone when amazon takes a loss for the sake of our wallets and offers some of the best customer support i've ever had it may only be a calculated business decision but it's great for us of course when the customer comes first everyone else comes second employees can easily be forgotten in this never-ending quest to satisfy us here's how bezos describes it one thing i love about customers is that they're divinely discontent their expectations are never static it's human nature we didn't asc
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I've studied recreation ecology at Amherst College in Amherst and I am an expert in business studies. I usually feel moody. My previous job was electric motor mechanic I held this position for 18 years, I love talking about lego building and power lifting. Huge fan of Casey Neistat I practice skimboarding and collect military items.
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