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Amazon (AMZN) launches a dedicated portion of its website to 3-D printers in a move that could...

Amazon (AMZN) launches a dedicated portion of its website to 3-D printers in a move that could help the burgeoning technology (DDD, SSYS, XONE) hit the mainstream. The company lists 3-D printers and accessories from major brands in the section.
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  • if this is the best that the PR-machine of AMZN could come up with after dropping $10 this week (so far) is a sign that no great news is on the way.
    13 Jun 2013, 07:14 AM Reply Like
  • HS

     

    Good point.

     

    And yet the company still has a $314 average target price by the 37 brokerage firms. I wonder if the average target price was $200, if that would have an affect on the stock price.
    13 Jun 2013, 08:14 AM Reply Like
  • If you're waiting for AMZN to crash, then you'll have to wait for a long time..;)
    13 Jun 2013, 10:38 AM Reply Like
  • i have AMZN as the overall market hedge vs my portfolio. Upside is so minimal given AMZN's current business
    13 Jun 2013, 12:07 PM Reply Like
  • 3D is very hot. Good move Amazon.
    13 Jun 2013, 07:17 AM Reply Like
  • Won;t they ruin their business model by setting up consumers to print at home as opposed to ordering through amazon?
    13 Jun 2013, 08:40 AM Reply Like
  • I think it's a great idea. It will expose more people to what 3-D printing is all about.
    13 Jun 2013, 08:41 AM Reply Like
  • Big Whoopee!
    13 Jun 2013, 08:41 AM Reply Like
  • If Amazon could get a customer to print 50 inch flat screen TVs at the customer's home...this would drastically reduce Amazon's shipping costs which is the major hole in their business model.

     

    And once Amazon could do this, I would be the first to say..."Amazon does deserve a market cap greater than 50% higher than Boeing".
    13 Jun 2013, 08:48 AM Reply Like
  • Nanotechnology has allowed the 50 inchTV flat screen you mention to become available in the near future. You can roll it up and unfurl when ready to view! I am certain that Amazon is at the end of the conveyor with arms open awaiting its retail distribution to be established.
    Graphene is not an ingredient that the average home 3D home printer can handle or obtain at the present time. Hang on just a little bit longer!
    13 Jun 2013, 10:37 AM Reply Like
  • that is great!! boeing turns a hefty profit, which is a totally dumb concept.
    13 Jun 2013, 11:17 AM Reply Like
  • This may be the "shot heard around the world" 3 D printing is the wave of the future
    13 Jun 2013, 09:14 AM Reply Like
  • This news is better for the 3D printers than it is for Amazon
    13 Jun 2013, 09:17 AM Reply Like
  • exactly, as if there is a barrier to entry in "adding 3D printing to one's website" ... yeah ... like all of the many other business lines of AMZN
    13 Jun 2013, 12:08 PM Reply Like
  • Good for both is the correct answer.
    13 Jun 2013, 12:22 PM Reply Like
  • Remember back in the 1940's and '50's when air travel was forecast to be the wave of the future and promised to make a mint for investors? Well, it turns out air travel was the wave of the future, but even so, it didn't turn out so well for investors. Just because an industry appears to be one that will grow in the future does not mean that it will turn out profitable for investors (see the following excerpt from Benjamin Graham's "The Intelligent Investor"):

     

    "It has long been the prevalent view that the art of successful investment lies first in the choice of those industries that are most likely to grow in the future and then in identifying the most promising companies in these industries.

     

    The pitfalls have proved particularly dangerous in the industry we mentioned. It was, of course, easy to forecast that the volume of air traffic would grow spectacularly over the years. Because of this factor their shares became a favorite choice of the investment funds. But despite the expansion of revenues—at a pace even greater than in the computer industry—a combination of techno-logical problems and over-expansion of capacity made for fluctuating and even disastrous profit figures. In the year 1970, despite a new high in traffic figures, the airlines sustained a loss of some $200 million for their shareholders. (They had shown losses also in 1945 and 1961.) The stocks of these companies once again showed a greater decline in 1969–70 than did the general market. The record shows that even the highly paid full-time experts of the mutual funds were completely wrong about the fairly short-term future of a major and nonesoteric industry." -Benjamin Graham
    13 Jun 2013, 10:22 AM Reply Like
  • Minutemen

     

    That was an excellent comment.

     

    I once heard that if an investor bought every single airline at their IPO, the investor would have a negative return.

     

    My guess is e-commerce will do better than airlines because e-commerce requires much less capital...but still an excellent analogy.
    14 Jun 2013, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • Good move! Go AMZN!
    13 Jun 2013, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • I think the point to remember here is that Everything that moves 3d printing to the consumer use in good for 3d stocks. I don't own AMZN so I don't care about it. More important for me Is DDD SSYS and EXONE
    13 Jun 2013, 12:27 PM Reply Like
  • Ted, You selected my top Three! My 4th stock loosely tied to this group and that you may be interested in tracking, is Proto Labs (PRLB). This company was actually the one that brought me to our favorite "3" back in Oct of 2012 when I ventured into stocks to consider going into "The Next Industrial Revolution".
    14 Jun 2013, 11:44 AM Reply Like
  • Will, I've been watching PRLB since it went public. It has been a great performer as well. Thanks for mentioning it.
    15 Jun 2013, 10:05 AM Reply Like
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