I do have a valid MAD subscription. So I can get the “MAD Dumps on Trump” — which is only available in electronic form. What I don’t have, alas, is time! But, I might just have to make some time to download it.
IF I can I will share parts of it with you — without incurring the wrath of MAD.
I cannot afford to have them mad at I. Just THINK what they could do to me if they decided to make fun of me.
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by Anura Guruge
>> AMZN stock split?
>> Amazon Hoverboards ….
>> Prime TV subscription prices.
>> Amazon Prime is worth it.
>> “Downton Abbey”.
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Though I have always, as for as long as I can recall, been a huge fan of Amazon, and as of 2011 used them for ALL of my book publishing, it is only this year, as a fully-paid up Amazon Prime member and an AMZN stockholder that I truly started to see that Amazon is invincible — at least over the next few years. These days I am just in total awe of Amazon. Like Google they really are at the top of their game.
Given the amount of online shopping that I do with Amazon, 88 orders in the last 6 months (i.e., 14 orders a month), I know their shipping habits pretty well and, moreover, I keep them honest. IF they miss the 2-day shipping on a Prime item I call them up. So far I have had 2 months of FREE Prime and $10 of gift credit. While they do quite well with UPS outside of the Christmas window, Christmas is always a challenge — as is the number of items now getting shipped directly from China, outside of Prime. I know that AMZN dearly wants to fix that.
That they are thinking of doing some of their own shipping has been an open secret for months. Makes a lot of sense.
But to me what would make sense is for them to buy (or merge with) UPS or FedEx. I am sure UPS shareholders would LOVE IT. Their shares have been going nowhere while AMZN keeps on defying gravity. Also in terms of Market Cap AMZN is 4 times that of UPS and 8 times that of FedEx.
There will be synergies PLUS Amazon can get a piece of the eBay action! Sweet. Talking of which I am surprised that AMZN hasn’t started offering auctions. They could kill eBay (and I own eBay shares too).
So just a thought.
by Anura Guruge
With over 30 years of investing behind me I am now savvy enough to know that stock splits — or even reverse stock splits — don’t change the essential economic or operational dynamics of the underlying company. Splits are essentially artificial and contrived mechanisms to rejig the price of a stock into a more ‘acceptable’ trading range.
I, as a proud and v. happy Amazon shareholder, expect AMZN to be approaching $800 by March 2016 — and my very active, even frenzied, option trading on AMZN reflects that. SMILE.
And for the last few weeks I have realized, innately, that an AMZN stock split could be likely, as was the case with APPL and NFLX, when the price gets into the $700 range.
But a AMZN stock split does NOT fill me with joy. Yes, even a 3-for-1 split would ensure that I would be able to claim that I own thousands of AMZN shares — and yes, that would further increase my stock option trading options (if you know what I mean). SMILE.
But, after years of pondering, the split-issue I finally have a concrete answer as to why I do NOT like splits of EXPENSIVE stock — like AMZN.
It brings in the WRONG CLASS of investor!
Sorry. It is not a question of being snobbish, it is a matter of safeguarding one’s assets.
At $600 – $700 you can keep away the casual, uninformed (if not totally clueless) retail investor. And that means you don’t get silly gyrations.
At $70 everybody and their dog thinks that they can own 100 shares — and then we get into the knee-jerk, totally irrational trading.
IF you study the NFLX chart, carefully, you will see that the split didn’t do the serious, long-term investors, such as I, any favors — though it made option trading more exciting.
I am fairly resigned to the fact that AMZN will most likely split in 2016. Yes, I will play options like crazy around the split since there will always be the totally meaningless SPIKE in price ahead of and just after the split. Well, you can’t win them all.
by Anura Guruge
Kind of a SHAME since I had actually ordered one as my customary ‘surprise Christmas present for the family’. Last year it was two Drones.
Well I started hearing the horror stories a couple of days after I placed my order on December 5. Until today I was kind of willing to take the risk. But not anymore. The last thing I need is something catching fire in the house. So I called up and cancelled.
Amazon no longer has the product listing! They have taken it down. That alone is scary!
by Anura Guruge
As of Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Amazon Prime started offering a slew of ‘premium’ TV channels on a monthly subscription fee basis.
As far as I can see all these TV channels, 25 in total, are being offered on a 1-month FREE ‘try-it-and-see’ subscription basis and Amazon, cutely, does NOT specify the monthly price for any …
The Starz and Showtime prices at $8.99/month are not bad.
1. Starz = $8.99 per month
2. Showtime = $8.99 per month
3. Acorn TV = $4.99 per month
(per ascending order of price)
4. Fear Factory = $2.99 per month
5. RingTV = $2.99 per month
6. Dove Channel = $2.99 per month
7. Warriors and Gangsters = $2.99 per month
8. Monsters and Nightmares = $2.99 per month
9. Film Forum = $2.99 per month
10. IndieFlix Shorts = $2.99 per month
11. Comedy Central Stand-up Plus = $3.99 per month
12. LifeTime Movie Club = $3.99 per month
13. DramaFever Instant = $3.99 per month
14. ScreenJunkies = $4.99 per month
15. Shudder = $4.99 per month
16. ConTV = $4.99 per month
17. Cinefest = $4.99 per month
18. Tribeca Shortlist = $4.99 per month
19. UMC = $4.99 per month
20. CuriosityStream = $5.99 per month
21. HooplaKidz = $5.99 per month
22. Acacia TV = $6.99 per month
23. SundanceNow Doc Club = $6.99 per month
24. Ello Concerts. = $7.99 per month
25. Gaia = $9.95 per month
.by Anura Guruge
>> Newsweek Magazine Goes ALL DIGITAL … — Dec. 19, 2012.
I guess they bought a mailing list of all Newsweek subscribers — now that Newsweek has decided to abandon those like me that still like to read some stuff in print.
A week after Newsweek stopped arriving a copy of this magazine arrived, unsolicited, in the mail. At first I thought, hopefully, that Newsweek had changed its mind. Nope. Ir was a new magazine. I think I might have seen it around, but I am quite sure I had never looked through a copy before.
I glanced through it idly assuming that it would be tripe. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a “Reader’s Digest” of weekly news. It was actually very good. Deanna liked it too! I read it cover to cover.
Deanna has signed up for some ‘free’ deal for x number of issues — before we get billed. It is expensive. I am not sure I want another magazine, now that we are also getting ‘Mental Floss‘. We haven’t got the 2nd copy as yet. I will keep you posted. But, this, to be honest, is BETTER than Newsweek — which of late had become something of a non-entity publication trying to be a National Geographic rather than a news digest.
..by Anura Guruge
Just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you had not heard. Newsweek will be ALL digital as of 2013. I am bummed. Not sure what I will do when I have to sit around in Doctor’s Offices. Newsweek has always been my first preference in waiting rooms. Yes, over the last 25 years I have subscribed to it off and on, sometimes for quite lengthy periods at a time. We had stopped a few years ago because of ‘information’, and in particular ‘magazine’, overload. Right now I am 6 months behind on ‘National Geographic‘. I have them stashed away, in their clear plastic wrapping, waiting till a slot opens up when I will have the time to read them.
Deanna on a daily basis gets amazing online offers for merchandize — mainly because she is signed up with the right people and does all the jumping through hoops stuff they require. In October she got what I think was a ‘free for 1 year’ subscription offer directly from Newsweek. Since she knows that I like NW she signed up (to go with the other 5 or 6 free subscriptions we get — National Geographic and Reader’s Digest being the only two subscriptions that, I think, we pay for).
Newsweek, over the last couple of years, has been on a diet. It is now skinny and skimpy and doesn’t cover news in anything like the depth it used to. It is trying to be more like an abridged National Geographic with long feature articles. But, it is still fun to flip through, those thees days I can read all of what I want in an issue in one 10 minute sitting. This said, we were a bit put out when we got this huge card attached a recent issue saying that all print issues will cease as of December 31, 2012. Yes, our subscription will continue online — and Deanna already set it up. But, it is not the same. Yes, of course I spend 8 – 16 hours a day on my computer and do a ton of reading — but I do not read books or magazines on my PC or the Google Nexus 7s we have in the house. I like to read real books and real magazines. So, to me, this is the end of Newsweek. I will miss it, sometimes. Just wanted to make sure that you did not get blindsided.
Much as happened to Newsweek of late. I did not hear about this but they were bought by ‘The Daily Beast‘! They are now a subsidiary or ‘The Beast’. Yikes. Who would have thought. Another print institution bites the dust.