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Old 11-10-2017, 02:28 PM   #1
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Camperforce mobile workforce for Amazon

https://www.wired.com/story/meet-cam...-retiree-army/

Maybe other already know this but it was news to me. Amazon hires large numbers of retirees who live in their RV at parks near fulfillment center warehouses and help Amazon handle the holiday season workload.

Pulling items for orders and stocking shelves just through the holidays is a nice gig if you are needing some cash inflow and are up for a couple of months of work. They have fulfillment centers scattered around the country. According to the story they appreciate retired workers for their work ethic and dependability.

Thought it might be of interest to some full timing members.
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:44 AM   #2
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First, I have no experience here. But, I have heard from folks that you need to be in great physical shape and willing to hustle for long days on your feet. Still might be a good fit for some people.

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Hi Roger---I found that article about Camperforce a very interesting read. Thanks for the link.
You said you didn't know that Amazon hires retirees for seasonal work----actually, I did know that but there is a huge difference in knowing something...and knooooowwwwing something. lol

To anyone here who has been a camperforce employee, congratulations! You have my respect and my admiration. Sounds like it's a good thing it's just seasonal!!!!
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:39 PM   #4
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i wonder

I wonder if they run behind the old people with a stop watch?

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Old 11-11-2017, 03:09 PM   #5
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I follow this blog, although they are in a stick trailer, they, a couple in the early 50s just started a 7 week program at Amazon in KY. She is doing a "play by play" of what it is like. She generally does a pretty good job of describing the situation, at least the way she sees it. Coming from the corporate world, many people that take up workcamping are surprised that jobs that don't pay as well are much more challenging than they expected!

https://camperchronicles.com/
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:21 PM   #6
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Don't forget that you will have to pay federal income tax on the value of the camping site you are staying in. That makes a big impact on your "take home pay". That value is known because those camping sites are also RV sites that rent out spaces not being occupied by the Amazon workers. Those taxes are going to come out of your pay or else you will have to declare them when you go to file your taxes and pay for them at that later date.
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Don't forget that you will have to pay federal income tax on the value of the camping site you are staying in. That makes a big impact on your "take home pay". That value is known because those camping sites are also RV sites that rent out spaces not being occupied by the Amazon workers. Those taxes are going to come out of your pay or else you will have to declare them when you go to file your taxes and pay for them at that later date.
Not necessarily. According to a tax attorney: “If you are required to live on the premises, the value of your RV site is not taxable. If you could live somewhere else and still do your duties and the employer provides a site merely as a convenience, the value is taxable. … For your protection and to satisfy the IRS requirements, have the employer state in your employment contract that you are required to live on-site,”
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Old 11-11-2017, 10:13 PM   #8
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work camping is a pretty mundane way to make some extra money and on top of that the retail business doesn't pay all that well to start with. Get this when I managed a grocery store in the late 60s early 70s we paid pretty well. Now I check and wages haven't gone up that much is 50 years. Frightning it pays to get a skilled trade or an education in fields that pay well!
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Creeping close to politics....

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Old 11-13-2017, 09:54 AM   #10
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https://www.wired.com/story/meet-cam...-retiree-army/

Maybe other already know this but it was news to me. Amazon hires large numbers of retirees who live in their RV at parks near fulfillment center warehouses and help Amazon handle the holiday season workload.

Pulling items for orders and stocking shelves just through the holidays is a nice gig if you are needing some cash inflow and are up for a couple of months of work. They have fulfillment centers scattered around the country. According to the story they appreciate retired workers for their work ethic and dependability.

Thought it might be of interest to some full timing members.
Check out Nomadland by Jessica Bruder, she has a chapter on Amazon workforce and other ways nomads earn cash. Lots of good information.
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Thank god I have a nice well funded pension. Everyone said I was dumb to pass on the fancy 401K. I'll get the last laugh as I retire at 53.
Agreed, but a pension is only as good as the company/government paying it out. As we've seen with both cities and companies, pensions can also evaporate during tough times.

The Amazon work camping sounds like a decent idea. I think more adventurous people can find more interesting, fulfilling, fun work with a little effort, but the fact that Amazon hands it all to you - job, parking spot etc, rather than having to track all that stuff down yourself, is pretty tempting.
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Agreed, but a pension is only as good as the company/government paying it out. As we've seen with both cities and companies, pensions can also evaporate during tough times.
My dad has a pension with Pan Am. Guess what that is worth

Fortunately mine is with the State and thus far no state has declared bankruptcy.
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In my 60s, I just can't imagine walking 10+ miles, bending, on my knees, up and down stairs for 5 - 10 hour shifts a week unless it was to keep food on the table, as only in a state of desperation would I do that. I have worked in manufacturing when I was much, much younger and it was bad enough, but to keep food on the table, I put it up with for as long as I needed to.

From the blog I read, it is tough. Blisters and aching joints, and we'll see if it gets worse. I'd rather bring in less money, do less travel and feel "whole" at the end of the day.
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Interesting article on this: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ma...ife-2017-11-06 In our boondocking-by-choice my wife and I have met at least two people who are living/working/traveling under these conditions, by necessity not choice. Both single women, both 60+. One has been living this way for 8 years, the other for 3. The 'gypsy life' is a whole different experience when you aren't sure where the $$ for your next meal/repair/gas fill up will come from.
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