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Dropping Profits Sends Amazon In Odd Directions 152

tabdelgawad writes "The Washington Post has a story detailing how Amazon has purchased the rights to turn a recently published book into a feature-length movie. The article also outlines other 'strange directions' Amazon has taken in response to declining profits and a plummeting stock price, including moving into the grocery business and producing original live webcasts and streaming shows."
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Dropping Profits Sends Amazon In Odd Directions

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  • A last hope (Score:3, Informative)

    by UCSCTek ( 806902 ) on Friday July 28, 2006 @04:31PM (#15801730)
    Amazon should look into it's own Gold Box and hope it finds a discount on a corporate diversification plan.
  • by Blink Tag ( 944716 ) on Friday July 28, 2006 @04:48PM (#15801857) Homepage
    Most books are good--if they weren't, they wouldn't be published.
    Sorry to burst your bubble. I used to sit next to the book buyer for a major online retailer. The movie buyer was on the other side of her. Publishers rely on "the long tail." Most books (and movies) are junk, you just may never see them all in a virtual store. Brick and mortars only stock things that will actually sell because space is a paramount.
  • by AuMatar ( 183847 ) on Friday July 28, 2006 @04:49PM (#15801872)
    Here's the idea on groceries.

    1)Amazon sells only in bulk. So margins are higher. It isn't meant for impulse shopping, unless you want 10 boxes on impulse.
    2)Amazon Prime. Free 2 day delivery. With this, the grocery store becomes useful, you don't need to wait 2 week. If you absolutely do need it today, 3 or 4 bucks for overnight.
  • Re:I prefer (Score:3, Informative)

    by dR.fuZZo ( 187666 ) on Friday July 28, 2006 @06:21PM (#15802580)
    This is just my personal experience, of course, but, with the exception of some of my transactions with the 3rd party sellers on Amazon, I've always had excellent service and never had a problem with them. On the other hand, I placed only a handful of orders with Barnes & Noble, and they messed up three times. Personally, I'm fed up with B&N.

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