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  • More on Amazon's phone: 3D display, Firefly, photo storage, pricing [View news story]
    Firefly will give consumers capability to buy from amazon only. Many consumers wish to shop around and not be locked into one vendor. People used to complain about apple's and microsoft's closed system yet amazon is the worst offender.
    Firefly would be useful to easily bring up amazon's price so one could search for better pricing elsewhere.
    Regardless of what I think, as of now, the market seems to be positive on the phone as amzn is up 2.72%
    Jun 18 03:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple launches cheaper iMac [View news story]
    While I am an iphone 5s and ipad air user, I went the opposite way in my office and uprgaded our computers from macs to Windows 8.1 - many of which are the Lenovo 27 inch all in one touch screens
    Win 8 is very fast, powerful and boots in seconds. Rock solid stable with no issues whatsoever. The combination of keyboard mouse and touch increases productivity for us and brings computing into the 21st century.
    Some employees have said that going home and using their Macs feels antiquated after using the touchscreen.
    We have replaced our work ipads with Surface Pro 2's and soon the Pro 3's.
    While we still love our iphones and ipad airs, the win 8 machines and surface combination has worked very well in our office and for productivity
    we made an excellent choice
    Jun 18 10:33 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon 3D Smartphone Launch: 5 Winners And Losers [View article]
    Walmart 2013 annual revenue 469 billion. Amazon 74.4 Billion. I'd hardly classify Walmart as the loser.
    Jun 18 09:53 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon Has Been Flexing Its Muscle And This Assertiveness Will Reward Shareholders [View article]
    aapl $170 billion annually, wmt 469 billion annually and they have billions in profit.

    amzn pales in comparison and they make no profit.

    considerable competition offering better pricing, free shipping, excellent service are strong headwinds for lofty amzn.

    let's see what "genius" bozo, I mean, bezos has up his sleeve for tomorrow.
    Jun 17 01:16 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Smartphone Forecast For Amazon: Cloudy At The High-End, Sunny At The Low-End [View article]
    Tomorrow's product better be a "wow" to sustain the recent 56 point up move in amzn and keep its trajectory going in the right direction for the bulls.
    Jun 17 09:51 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon Smartphone: AT&T will be exclusive provider [View news story]
    "The world doesn't need a lot of things. They still exist."

    This is true, but for a consumer to buy something they don't need, it must be something they greatly want or desire. Otherwise no sale.

    The questions are whether or not this "new" amazon offering will be desireable to the masses and if it will be accretive to the bottom line.

    Jun 17 09:43 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon Strengthens Its Prime Service With Song [View article]
    I already get free streaming music on my Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Free streaming radio on iRadio and Tune In radio just to mention a few.
    Why would I pay $100 a year to get "free shipping" ( I can get that everywhere nowadays...for free), "free music" ( already have that elsewhere... for free), merchandise ( I get better pricing nearly everywhere else like, Best Buy, the Microsoft Store, Walmart, Target Red, eBay and almost everywhere I search on the web).
    Amazon claims its all free- free shipping, free music, free movies. If its all free, why does it cost $100 annually.
    Jun 14 02:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon added to Goldman's Conviction Buy list [View news story]
    Goldman is not smart money. Goldman is informed money.
    Goldman has a stable of very influencial people feeding it priviledged information. Ever heard of Henry, aka "Hank" Paulson. He and the "other" Paulson, John allowed Goldman to crookedly make billions during the financial crisis. We'd all be billionaires if we were privy to information that gave a glimpse into the future before it happened.
    Jun 12 01:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon added to Goldman's Conviction Buy list [View news story]
    As I wrote yesterday, the Goldman Indicator works everytime- Goldman upgrades amzn yesterday and after the initial pop, it sells off nearly 8 bucks.
    For the past 15 years, my Goldman Indicator has been a "gold mine". Pun intended.
    While some here thank amzn for a bmw, I thank Goldman for some of my favorite things : Ferrari, Patek Philippe, Cigarette Racing and enough college fund to send two kids to Harvard with enough left over for a couple of ipads, Surface Pros and a good ole cup of joe.
    Jun 12 01:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon added to Goldman's Conviction Buy list [View news story]
    I have made a lot of money with what I call the GS Indicator. During the past 15 years that I have been following their conviction buys, they are wrong 98.4% of the time from a trading perspective.
    Goldman inevitably adds to the buy list closer to a short term top than a bottom.
    Anyone remember Goldman's disgraceful manipulation of US Steel (x). They silently accumulated the stock and when they were ready to dump, they added it to their conviction buy list at 194. The stock had an initial pop as Goldman gets on the phone and peddles it to suckers while they reversed in house position and went short in the back office.
    The stock found a bottom at 15.80. At 16, Goldman removed it from their conviction buy list.
    Yet, Blankfein gets his _ss kissed by the US Senate and CNBC treats him like a demi-god.
    If amzn follows the GS Indicator's past pattern, it will enjoy an initial pop, then sell off. Goldman should disclose their investment banking business with amzn as well as their "personal" relationship with Bezos, but it is doubtful the sheep will be privy to this information.
    Amzn bulls accumulating here have the 6/18 event which will prop the stock up. Bezos better have an incredible product up his sleeve to keep this huge move up going.
    Jun 11 10:12 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon expands into the online payments market [View news story]
    Customer's data have been hacked on Amazon many times. Amazon's payment system has been around for a while and it has not been very successful.
    I have been using PayPal for many, many years without issue. Its a high quality company who back their service and has excellent customer service. I have no desire to switch, especially into a company such as Amazon
    Jun 9 01:19 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon's New Smartphone Spells Trouble For Apple [View article]
    Do you really need 3d interaction to buy that widget on amazon. Do we need to follow a company on Facebook in order to buy a product from them? Aside form ipads and surfaces, my kids have Nintendo 3Ds'. They have yet to slide the 3d switch to "3D mode". The have a 3d tv and I think we have used the feature twice. The current technology still seems unnatural to most viewers.
    To date, amazon and bezos are about headlines and hype. They have no innovative, ground breaking, leading edge products. They compete solely on price and since their is now so much online competition, they no longer have the best pricing.
    Some here on SA, say its about the experience. I get the same experience wherever I buy and it comes down to price. Amazon has no more price advantage.
    Apple has never been a company which competes on price. They offer stellar products and a very high quality ecosystem. The majority of their client base are successful, affluent people.
    Their products are highly regarded and people sell body parts overseas to afford them.
    Do you really think that the level of client's apple has will defect to an Amazon phone? Do you think that an Amazon phone will be traded for a liver in Asia. Of course anything is possible, but I doubt a hype and fluff PR company like Amazon can pull it off.
    Samsung and Microsoft have not been able to unseat the iPhone and they have billions of dollars and some of the smartest minds in tech working for them.
    Amazon will have to continue to take on debt to finance these ventures and they are not attracting the level of talent that Apple, Samsung and Microsoft have.
    I look forward to 6/18 to see this amazing, incredible, innovative and ground breaking product. I hope for the sake of people buying amazon at these levels that it lives up to Bezos' hype. If not, they will have to give it away for free with prime membership and have some very, very competitive cellular plans to go with it.
    There are already prepaid phones one can get for free and use a prepay card for as little as $20 for 400 minutes so the amazon phone, if that is what they are going to debut, must be revolutionary to succeed.
    Jun 9 01:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's What's Smartphone Will Do [View article]
    Your commentary and analysis are always first rate. Excellent work as usual.

    An Amazon phone will not help their profitability. Even though this technology already exists, Bezos and Amazon fans will claim game changing innovation and say that they were the first to put this into everyday use - whatever that may be.

    I imagine amzn will reclaim the 357 -368 range into the event, but I believe as you said, it will be sell the news.
    Jun 6 02:38 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Today's Market: Is Amazon's Smartphone A Game Changer? [View article]
    "Others" shopping habits don't concern me, but apparently my shopping tactics seem to annoy you, hence your reply.

    As you are a self admitted lazy person, I do hope you enjoy your amzn shopping experience while you recline in your lazy boy chair with your Bud Beer in one hand and your Kindle Fire in the other.

    Conversely, I'm not lazy and prefer to take more of an initiative and utilize the vast benefits and far reaches of the web. Its just as easy for me to shop at multiple locations. Paypal makes that very convenient as well.

    Part of my "buyer experience" as you term it, is enjoying the diversity of what other sites have to offer. And they now offer far better pricing, free shipping and laser focused customer service.

    If you'd like to be married to that same old bloated house frow amzn, thats your choice, but don't condemn me for wanting to try out all the other beautiful girls at the dance who are far more accommodating.
    Jun 6 11:37 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Today's Market: Is Amazon's Smartphone A Game Changer? [View article]
    Today's rally in the shares are short covering off an oversold base. They may indeed test the 345.74 level into the 6/18 event. I suspect, however, Bezos will underwhelm as usual with hype and skewed deception.

    The world doesn't need another smartphone and its highly unlikely that Amazon will take customers away from Apple or Samsung with their device. Like all their other products, it will be a subpar offering with big hype and little follow through.

    Fundamentally, Amazon has bigger problems as there are now so many vendors offering far better pricing, free shipping without a yearly fee and great customer service. Bought a genuine laptob battery yesterday directly from HP. Amazon had the generic version for $40 more.

    Take the time to search and you'll find far better pricing evverywhere and Amazon has absoltuely no pricing power to raise pricing. How long can they keep going on profitless at the expense of revenue growth. They'll need to take on more debt to keep this strategy going.

    As a consumer, I search before I buy and Amazon never ever has the best price or offering and I go elsewhere.

    As a trader, amzn is currently a buy on any pullback after todays explosion into the 6/18 event at which I believe its sell the event and the stock resumes its downtrend.
    Jun 5 12:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment