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Amazon vs Hachette: Why An Axe May Beat A Hammer (Part 1)

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For those not up to speed on the war of words (quite literally) between Amazon™ and Hachette™, it basically revolves around one central theme: Amazon believes a price should be X, and Hachette believes it should be Y. So the question everyone is asking is, “Who’s right?” In my view that’s the wrong question to even begin with.

The reason being is this (and I’m not trying to be coy) both are correct if you understand what the real question and answer should be, and that is: Whomever owns the product owns the right to price. Whomever owns the distribution point (or the store) owns the right to carry it or not. Period. (more…)

Angie’s Pissed

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In this propped-up, hyper-inflated, completely-fake “market” of ours, if you run a public company that isn’t puking to new highs every day, you’ve got yourself some problems. Because, looking at these companies below, it seems to me that if in the year 2189, markets are every allowed to function normally again, they’re all going to find firm support at $0.00. I could show plenty more charts like this, but I’ll keep it as simple as A, B, C………. (more…)