Wasn’t Lego Movie awesome? With catchy songs, hilarious comedy and wall-to-wall action, it’s probably one of the best films I’ve seen this year. In fact, I’d head over to Amazon to order myself a copy and take advantage of that free shipping greatness, but unfortunately, I can’t because the online retail giant is in the middle of a dick measuring contest with Warner Bros. Spoiler alert: neither one of them can beat Jon Hamm.
That’s right. The two giant companies are feuding over the terms of their next contract, and in a serious power move, Amazon has decided to stop taking all preorders for Lego Movie DVDs and Blu-rays. If you head over to the company’s website and even try to order, this is what you’ll see…
Wah Wah Wah. Neither Amazon nor Warner Bros has spoken publicly about what the specific terms they’re fighting over are. Ordinarily, you would assume it would have to be merely the percentage of the purchase price Amazon gets to keep, but this particular dispute might be a whole lot more important than that. The online warehouse is currently at war with Hachette Book Group too, according to The New York Times, and that particular dispute is over eBooks. So, there may very well be a streaming component and pricing wrinkle to this, as well.
Either way, this Lego Movie-depriving brouhaha is the exact opposite of this song…
This is a great reminder to consumers about why monopolies are not a very good thing. Amazon isn’t there, especially when it comes to the home entertainment marketplace for movies and television shows. Wal-Mart and various other companies still boast a good percentage of the total marketplace. In addition, consumers can always still buy the DVDs and Blu-rays straight from the manufacturers. So, those who really want The Lego Movie aren’t really going to have a problem hunting it down.
That being said, this is really annoying for consumers and everyone involved needs to get their act together. If a company sells a product and I want to buy that product, it’s in everyone’s best interests to make that transaction as simple and easy as possible. Here’s to hoping that happens sooner rather than later because I need some Lord Business in my life immediately.