This is a speculation about a not-so-distant future in which high streets have been conquered by online retail giants. For example, Amazon moved in and created a network of star shops which sell only 5 star items (or 1 star items, etc.). Some star ratings did better in certain neighbourhoods, and it became hard to find particular items. The shop’s products were curated by algorithms which led to huge amounts of waste. They also had technical flaws which were exploited by both individuals and companies who worked to influence the rating and price of products.
Following protests aimed at a wide range of their policies, Amazon has relaunched their selling platforms, with more transparency on the origin, quality and environmental impact of the products on offer.