Actually, your post raises another question, that being this:
Why is Amazon so stupid?
How do other megacompanies in the tech industry solve this problem?
They solve it by using tech. :-). One accounting function might be located in one city, another accounting function might be located in another city. Ask IBM where their marketing people for DB2 are located; they’ll laugh at you. A team of 10 people doing product management will be located in 10 different cities, with their manager in an 11th. They’ve done it that way for decades. Works fine.
According to Wikipedia, Amazon has 13 dev centers in the US, 4 of which are in lower wage areas and close to unversities that supply plenty of STEM grads: Austin, Tempe, Detroit, and Minneapolis. They have three customer service centers, two of which are in lower wage areas: West Virginia and Kentucky, and no less than SEVENTY-NINE fulfillment centers around the US, most of which are in areas which have low warehouse build costs, and thus are areas where employees can be had at reasonable wage.
All Amazon has to do, now that they’ve evidently drained the Seattle area dry like Christopher Lee in one of those old B-level vampire movies, is to decentralize their workforce to existing locations. Build a few office annexes to existing properties. No local economies get upset, all new local requirements in terms of housing and skilled workers are incremental.
Direct flights to Seattle? WTF do they think this is, the 1960's? They think the alternative to having a face to face meeting is what, carrier pigeon?
(Shakes my head.)
Might be time to short the stock.