People are calling for boycotts of Amazon on Prime Day - but you might be giving the company money even if you don't realize it

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  • Amazon Prime Day 2019 is kicking off today, along with a strike in the company's warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota.
  • To show solidarity with the striking workers, some online activists are calling for shoppers to boycott the 48-hour sale.
  • But Amazon's stable of high-profile acquisitions makes it trickier to avoid the retailer entirely.
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Amazon Prime Day is here, but not everyone's happy about it. Some online users have taken to social media to call for a boycott against Amazon, expressing their solidarity with the warehouse employees currently striking in Minnesota.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

The tech giant has accrued a number of other major companies that people use every single day. So participating in a boycott is not as easy as just logging out of your Amazon account for the day.

If you're trying to get your organic fix at Whole Foods, buy a new pair of shoes on Zappos, stream a video game on Twitch, or monitor your home's safety on Ring, you're interacting with an Amazon subsidiary. 

Read more: Walmart launches its Amazon Prime Day counterattack with thousands of deals

Social media users promoting the boycott sought to clarify which sites and products constitute as "crossing the picket line" today.


But for casual shoppers less aware of Amazon's reach, it's a good indication that shoppers could be unwittingly supporting the online giant without even realizing it.

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