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  • Amazon Continues Its Winning Streak, And Shows No Sign Of Stopping [View article]
    What the media won't tell you is that AWS' biggest customer is Amzn itself. Expenses for it listed off balance sheet. Add them back in and AWS lost money.

    Most vendors offer free shipping for Free. eBay has free 3 day or less shipping-

    I've already ordered 47 gifts for my kids from eBay. All arrived as promised in 3 days or less with not one issue and prices far less than amazon. All with free ship and free returns with no fee.

    Amzn is a crowded trade and major support is at the $452 level. Any hint of disappointment and there is a quick 200 + points to the downside.

    While I'm currently long amzn, it is quite overbought on the charts from a trader's perspective.
    Dec 1, 2015. 01:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Peak iPad Mini [View article]
    @wiseone "With Nadella at the helm Microsoft looks better than Apple without Steve Jobs"

    Well said. While I love my iPad air 2, I love the surface pro 4 even more. All our computers are now running Windows 10 with touch screen monitors. Combination of touch, mouse and keyboard brings computing into the future. Its hard to go back to working on the iMac after spending time with Win 10 and touch.

    Additionally, MS Azure will dominate the cloud
    Nov 30, 2015. 02:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Adele Proving Apple's Music Strategy Is Wrong? [View article]
    Agreed. Cd's and streaming music are convenient for casual listening.
    However, if your really want to "listen" to music nothing compares to vinyl.
    I listen to my iPod around the house or when guest are over, its streamed through speakers.
    When I want to really "hear" music, I place my vinyl on my SOTA Sar Sapphire Vacum turntable with a Syrinx PU arm and Koetsu Rosewood Signature Cartridge. It goes through my Krell preamp and through my pair of Krell KSA 200 amps, Symmetry crossover and the glorious sound comes out of my Magneplanar Tympani 4A speakers.
    Digital can't compare.
    Nov 30, 2015. 01:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon: Prime Ecosystem Expansion [View article]
    Every vendor i purchase from on the web has offered free, no fee shipping. Packages arrive quickly within 2-3 days completely for free. Additionally, everything I purchase has been at a far cheaper cost than Amazon. Their prices are the highest on the web.

    Yesterday, I received a gift from someone and they purchased it from Amazon. Upon opening the package, the item inside was broken. The outer box was not damaged but the packer failed to properly wrap and cushion the item.

    After searching Amazon's website for a contact #, which incidentally they hide quite well, I finally got through to a very difficult to understand Indian gentleman and gave him my order number on the Amazon gift receipt in the box.

    I explained the situation and it was hard for him to grasp the situation. After 30 grueling minutes, he offered to issue a refund. I said I prefer to just have the gift replaced and asked if they could send a new one, perhaps by drone within one hour since they packaged it improperly and it was a gift.

    Nope, couldn't do it he said. The only thing he could do was to issue a refund, but I'd have to send the product back first and then re buy it with the credit. Jesus, was this difficult, but ok.

    He then proceeds to credit the person who gave me the gift. I explained, that now I have a broken item, no refund to repurchase the item and now the sender has the credit and I've got to return this to Amazon. Inconvenient for me and inconvenient for the person who sent me the gift.

    It was horrendous customer service. When I've purchased from other vendors, returns are much easier and they generally send a replacement product out and tell me to keep the other item.

    No thanks Amazon. I'll continue to enjoy free ship elsewhere as well as great customer service and lower prices. With all the money I save, I continue to patronize Netflix and Hulu. I've saved enough in the past few months by shopping around and not buying on Amazon that the saving paid for my iPad pro and part of my Surface pro 4
    Nov 26, 2015. 10:37 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Toy story: 'Tis the season of emerging markets, Star Wars, and algorithms [View news story]
    You do know that AWS' biggest customer is Amazon itself, right ?
    They list an incredible amount of expenses off balance sheet. Add those back in and take out Amazon's contribution as an Aws customer and AWS lost money
    Nov 24, 2015. 07:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Toy story: 'Tis the season of emerging markets, Star Wars, and algorithms [View news story]
    @gary j

    My claims are bogus ? Is is too hard to check for yourself before you make false statements

    It's really not that hard to search. Perhaps you didn't learn this in Smart Shopping 101
    Nov 23, 2015. 06:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Toy story: 'Tis the season of emerging markets, Star Wars, and algorithms [View news story]
    eBay has store front vendors who set up shop just like they do on Amazon
    eBay, however, has many very high end sellers like Sotheby's, Christie's etc
    Last Saturday I went to an auction on Wall Street that was advertised on eBay. I bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of antique Wall Street memorabilia from an extremely wealthy and well known collector. This was an very upper end crowd, black tie and champagne event all through eBay - you won't find that at Amazon
    There are plenty of third party sellers at Amazon that are less than reputable I know many people who had to fight it out at Amazon to get a refund
    eBay has vendors with feedback ratings. Most have free shipping and free returns and are high quality reputable dealers. If there ever is an issue, eBay and PayPal are right there to step in
    I'm not the type of person that is interested in a nonsense time wasting experience and the majority of sellers on eBay are high quality people ready to provide a high of service
    I've purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from eBay over the years and never once have I had an issue and the cost was always far less than Amazon
    I shop were I'm treated the best and where the best cost is
    I'm not interested in paying more for the same item. eBay Best Buy Home Depot Nordstrom b& h photo Target red and the entire vendor community found on the web is for me. Just my opinion from a great deal of online buying
    Nov 22, 2015. 10:01 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • iPad Pro: 2 Major Advantages That Hurt Microsoft's Surface [View article]
    @MJ The vast majority of my work cannot be done on my ipad Air 2 or my iPad Pro. My Peachtree and Quicken accounting cannot be done on the ipads. My trading programs with multiple screens cannot run on iPads. My businesses cannot run on iPads. Our databases cannot run on ipads. Even my home record keeping is best on my PC and Surface Pro 4.

    If email, an occassional letter composition or surfing the web is the "vast majority" of your work, then yes, the ipad is the perfect tool.
    Nov 21, 2015. 05:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • iPad Pro: 2 Major Advantages That Hurt Microsoft's Surface [View article]
    @old indie I'd be interested to know what you mean by attendant problems. My Surface Pro 4 and all my other pc's running windows 10 are incredibly powerful, blindly fast, boot in seconds and I have had not one crash or issue. Win 10 is fantastic and Edge is an incredible browser. I use the share feature with the ability to make notes on the fly and quickly share them constantly.

    After using Win 10, the SP4 and my touch screen PC's, using an iMac that we have in one of my offices seems antiquated. Just my opinion folks.
    Nov 21, 2015. 04:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Toy story: 'Tis the season of emerging markets, Star Wars, and algorithms [View news story]
    @soakie Henry Blodget is the Wall street crook who got caught in a pump and dump scheme. He was hyping stocks on CNBC in collusion with Cramer and Maria Bartiromo. Of course Cramer got away with a slap on the wrist after a call to Bill Clinton and Bartiromo got away beacuse of her husband Steinberg.

    Blodget would front run stocks, hype them in CNBC then dump them quickly after the pop in the stock price based upon his comments. He would tell client's to buy the dogs that he owned and peddle them and then dump them. A true low life scum of the earth.

    What was Blodget's favorite stock to manipulate.... you guessed it Amazon. Who do you think invested 3 million dollars in Blodget's new business venture ... you guessed it Jeff Bezos.

    With respect to the toys. My little guy wants Pokemon plush toys for Christmas. He already searched the web himself and found the best prices on eBay. He added 26 toys to his cart. I easily paid for everything with Paypal and most have already arrived within days of the order. All with free, no fee shipping. I saved $212 by buying on eBay vs. amazon.

    I also recently bought a Zojirushi coffee pot # EC-YSC-100 for the office. It was $229 on amazon. Bought it at Bed Bath & Beyond for $159 with free, no annual fee shipping. Thats a $70 savings on one item (44% less than amazon).

    While $70 may not seem like a lot of money to people driving BMW's, its quite a huge savings for somone driving a lowly, quarter of a million dollar Ferrari Spider !

    Search before buying . Tis the season to save money.
    Nov 21, 2015. 04:43 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPad Pro: 2 Major Advantages That Hurt Microsoft's Surface [View article]
    Have you actually tried the iPad Pro- do you own one. I own it along with an iPad Air 2 and a Surface Pro 4.
    After using the iPad Pro, it has proved to be too big and uncomfortable for most tasks. I now use it soley as a tv on my desk.
    Additionally, it does nothing different than the Air2, its simply a larger iPad. Even with the better chip, its marginally faster than the Air2 and not as fast as my Surface 4.
    The Surface can take the place of my pc and my iPads. Its an incredibly well made device, fast, portable, smooth and trouble free. The Air 2 and the Pro have the ability to replace nothing and I understand that. They serve their purpose well but they cannot replace a pc for the majority of tasks as TC claims. Just my opinion from experience.
    Nov 18, 2015. 12:56 PM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon still outpacing Target and Wal-Mart in e-commerce battle [View news story]
    Pretty amazing that Target has a 20% growth rate. Their Target Red, which is free, offers 5% discounts off already low prices and free, no fee shipping.

    I bought a Zojirushi EC-YSC 100 coffee pot yesterday for our office. Its $229 at amazon. Bought it at Bed Bath & Beyond for $159 with free shipping. Amazon was nearly 50% higher in cost.
    Nov 18, 2015. 09:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPad Pro: Another Reason To Sell Apple? [View article]
    I have been using my iPad Pro for a few days now. It is really too large a form factor for most tasks I do. My iPad Air 2 and my iPad Pro are very close in speed even with the Pro's faster architecture.

    My Surface Pro 4 is actually faster than both my air 2 and my Pro. My pro cannot replace my Surface Pro 4 nor my other computers so I must disagree with Tim on that one.

    The ipad pro works well on my desk for watching tv so that will be its purpose. Otherwise, I'd return it.

    Aapl will continue to sell millions of iPhones and thats all Wall Street cares about relative to the stock price. I believe apple pay will become the dominant mobile pay system. I have been enjoying my apple tv and there is some potential there.

    The iphone is the driver of aapl and until they introduce a category killing , new product like the iphone or ipad, they will be a show me stock in the eyes of the street.

    On a short term basis, aapl could claw back to $122.03 for a quick trade, but I think there is a few more points to the downside first.

    Unless fundamentals change, I would not commit investment $$ to aapl until the $88.76 level
    Nov 17, 2015. 04:29 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Has Tim Cook Lost Focus? [View article]
    Oh no, not Rocco again. This guy couldn't make a successful trade. When he starts bad mouthing Apple, it's time to get long. He is the perfect contrarian indicator.

    AAPL is all about the iPhone and until they stop selling record numbers, the story is still intact. Wait to see what they release in the iPhone 7 before passing judgement.

    AAPL makes some of the best products and the ecosystem is way ahead of anyone else so it's far too early to call for their demise.

    I though Rocco had embarrassed himself into oblivion, but I was wrong. How long before he's back on CNBC right next to Henry Blodget?
    Nov 11, 2015. 03:36 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How Microsoft Trumped Apple And Why It Will Continue To Do So [View article]
    Don't think I'm going to listen to Toni S. He is a sell side talking head who knows nothing. If he did, he wouldn't be on cnbc in a cheap suit. He'd be on his 450 yacht off the coast in the South of France with beautifully tanned women in mini dresses serving him drinks on silver platter.

    It is a bit disconcerting that Steve Job is no longer at apple, but they do have the finest product in the iPhone, ipad air 2 and the new TV. iPhone isnt about to slow down anytime soon and the new TV looks to be incredible.

    I don't see any company to date or on the immediate horizon that has a product better than the ipad, the iphone and the new tv. The Surface and the Surface Pro 4 are the only devices I like better than my air2, however.

    My kids and their friends all love their ipads and would not switch. As they grow older, apple will have a new era of paying clientele.

    Who knows if apple will be able to bring a new product to market that defines a category like the iphone, but with what they have, they will be a cash cow for a very, very long time.

    Unless something fundamentally changes, a dip in aapl close to or below a 100 should be bought
    Oct 29, 2015. 02:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment