I'd be inclined to agree. It seems like to opportune moment for amazon to try shift half a million shit kindle, fire tablets, fire sticks and poor quality last gen alexa crap. Not much better from other retailers from what I can see either.
Amazons has definitely gone downhill, I used to get practically all my Christmas presents on Black Friday and Amazon lightning deals, I found there were some really unique gifts but past few years it has been flooded with a tonne of cheap Chinese tat.
This time last year I was moving and bagged some good deals on TVs, beds, mattresses etc. Most places seem to get involved now so if you need anything then it can be quite good but often the deals aren’t good enough for an impulse buy and fuck going anywhere near the supermarkets if they have a pos TV at “bargain” prices.
Just the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.