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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
23 Jun 2014, 01:39 PM | Post: #1

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Nick Spalding and Amazon

Did anyone see the BBC2 programme about Amazon a couple of weeks ago?

I recorded it and have only just caught up (as usual).

There was a short interview with the Kindle author Nick Spalding. One simple line, delivered deadpan, made me laugh:

‘I love Amazon; they bought me a house.’
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23 Jun 2014, 03:51 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Nick Spalding and Amazon

Yes, I saw it.
It was a fairly interesting programme.
I watched it the next day as I didn't know it was on, just as it got to Nick's bit, my doorbell rang and it was the postman ..... with 2 parcels from Amazon Big Grin
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Offline Simon_P
23 Jun 2014, 04:40 PM | Post: #3

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Not sure if it was the same one I saw. Whatever one I did see told me something I didn't realise, though - that Amazon hardly makes a profit, but simply ploughs its money into its own expansion.
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RE: Nick Spalding and Amazon

(23 Jun 2014 04:40 PM)Simon_P Wrote: Wrote:  Not sure if it was the same one I saw. Whatever one I did see told me something I didn't realise, though - that Amazon hardly makes a profit, but simply ploughs its money into its own expansion.

I think that's the standard business model these days, isn't it? Unless a business is subsuming everything in its path, like the Borg, analysts start to believe it's not doing well. Having worked for one industry's Borg I can confirm that businesses operating with ridiculous debts are usually considered to be 'successful' so long as they're expanding. The moment they stop, the city wonders why, starts losing confidence in them and they fold c.f. a couple of big name UK businesses in the sub prime recession. Like Woolworths - who operated with huge running debts, but at a profit (if that makes sense) until the lenders got jittery and asked for their money back at once and Woolworths couldn't pay and went bust. It's all smoke and mirrors/emperor's new clothes. It also seems moronic. But there we go. Business is as much about image as everything else.

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24 Jun 2014, 05:44 PM | Post: #5

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(24 Jun 2014 03:59 PM)MTMcGuire Wrote: Wrote:  
(23 Jun 2014 04:40 PM)Simon_P Wrote: Wrote:  Not sure if it was the same one I saw. Whatever one I did see told me something I didn't realise, though - that Amazon hardly makes a profit, but simply ploughs its money into its own expansion.

I think that's the standard business model these days, isn't it? Unless a business is subsuming everything in its path, like the Borg, analysts start to believe it's not doing well. Having worked for one industry's Borg I can confirm that businesses operating with ridiculous debts are usually considered to be 'successful' so long as they're expanding. The moment they stop, the city wonders why, starts losing confidence in them and they fold c.f. a couple of big name UK businesses in the sub prime recession. Like Woolworths - who operated with huge running debts, but at a profit (if that makes sense) until the lenders got jittery and asked for their money back at once and Woolworths couldn't pay and went bust. It's all smoke and mirrors/emperor's new clothes. It also seems moronic. But there we go. Business is as much about image as everything else.

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25 Jun 2014, 11:06 AM | Post: #6

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RE: Nick Spalding and Amazon

(23 Jun 2014 01:39 PM)Ray Kingfisher Wrote: Wrote:  Did anyone see the BBC2 programme about Amazon a couple of weeks ago?

I recorded it and have only just caught up (as usual).

There was a short interview with the Kindle author Nick Spalding. One simple line, delivered deadpan, made me laugh:

‘I love Amazon; they bought me a house.’
I was aiming for 'happy go lucky', but I'll take deadpan in a pinch.
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25 Jun 2014, 11:36 AM | Post: #7

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RE: Nick Spalding and Amazon

(25 Jun 2014 11:06 AM)nickspalding Wrote: Wrote:  
(23 Jun 2014 01:39 PM)Ray Kingfisher Wrote: Wrote:  Did anyone see the BBC2 programme about Amazon a couple of weeks ago?

I recorded it and have only just caught up (as usual).

There was a short interview with the Kindle author Nick Spalding. One simple line, delivered deadpan, made me laugh:

‘I love Amazon; they bought me a house.’
I was aiming for 'happy go lucky', but I'll take deadpan in a pinch.
To me it put an original spin on the more common:

I love Amazon; they're very competitive on price and usually deliver within three working days.

but was delivered in the same style.


I have to confess at the time I was also jabbing a finger at the TV and telling my wife: 'See! That's why I check my sales figures all the time.'

Anyway, I found it inspiring, so thanks.
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27 Jun 2014, 07:44 PM | Post: #8

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RE: Nick Spalding and Amazon

Pleasure. And best of luck to you.

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