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The Original Endless.com?

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

We have spoken. In the past. About the new shoe and bag site from Amazon, endless.com.

Just from poking around the blogs, it appears that people are somewhat confused about this move by Amazon.com.

Well, newsflash. Anyone who doesn’t get this is not very well versed with ecommerce. However, those enmeshed are aware that shoes and luxury goods (handbags) are like the best stuff to sell online.

These categories continue to grow in online sales. And the margins are good, in contrast…to loose diamonds and engagement rings.

Last night, whilst snooping for endless.com insight, I stumbled across another endless.com.

The domain is actually miss-endless.com. And the site just happens to be an adult fetish site.

I wonder if they are experiencing an unexpected increase of traffic. LOL.

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Amazon Employees Read (blogs)

Friday, January 12th, 2007

In case you needed more proof that Amazon is on a mission to divide and conquer the spoils of ecommerce; I have some for you.

Keep in mind that Amazon is not new to the scene. They predate pretty much everyone on the web. Which means they’ve got more know-how and experience than Walmart and myself put together….JK.

Anyways, yesterday, after a long dry-spell of blog-relief, I wrote about the new shoe and handbag site from Amazon.com. The site is called endless.com.

Guess what? Nope. I am not pregnant. Close though. 29 Amazon employees read my blog post. The very same day I published it.

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What’s the big deal? Well, I have a tiny blog. Sort of like a mini-me blog. Yet Amazon still managed to FIND my post and share it with the fellow suits. Compare this to Gap where most employees there are of the belief that a blog is a mild medical condition.

FYI, for the Amazon peeps reading this; I have a cool idea for a viral video clip about endless.com. Want to assist me with this?

Endless Bad News for Gap

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

It’s been so recent since I last blogged, my coffee is still hot!

Dude, what’s up? You go silent for weeks, then you start pumping out blog posts. Dude, wtf?!”

In response I say “Dude, you are right. My bad. A tear rolls down my rugged cheek.”

As if things could not get any worse for Gap…things have actually become worse!

1) More executives are leaving. To me, this comes as MAJOR surprise. Based on the way the company has been running, I was entirely convinced that weren’t any executives in the first place!

2) There is more. Amazon.com, I tiny online retailer, based out of the small hick town of Seattle, has opened up their own Shoe and Handbag website. Everyone, please meet endless.com.

I am slightly congested in my nasal region, yet I can still smell the looming corpse of Piperlime.com.

Zappos.com
, which also sells handbags in addition to a billion pairs of shoes each day, should be mildly concerned. Amazon.com is not someone you want to compete with.

However, Endless.com offers FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING. Read that again. No kidding.   Plus there is free returns as well.

Back in the day when I was knee-deep in the ecommerce universe, I constantly argued that  overnight shipping would be a wise choice. Why? Because it makes online shopping not just more convenient, but it also decreases the time advantage of the physical store.

When I shop, I went it ASAP. Yesterday! If I don’t need something, I am not buying it. (most of the time ;-) However, my biggest vice with only shopping is the delay of receipt.

Endless.com practically eliminates this issue. You can buy your shoe and and eat it too! (Eat it as in wear it….)

So Zappos and the other shoe sites are monitoring this development very closely. Trust me. I know these things.

But for Gap, which has not done anything right since…I don’t even recall…endless.com just means they have another big thing to worry about.

Stay tuned. I might be working on a Gap YouTube clip…

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GAP executives on the run 

Amazon.com in HBO Confusion

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

This evening, Amazon.com sent me an email. Why? Because they LOVE me.

The email was about saving money on DVD’s from HBO.

Featured in the email are DVD sets of Curb, Sopranos, Entourage, SATC & Everybody Loves Raymond. Huh?

Raymond was NEVER on HBO. It was on CBS. What gives?

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Walmart.com to Launch Digital Movie Downloads

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Saw this in today’s WSJ. The print version. The article is not part of the free WSJ site.

Th article (Big DVD Retailer Target Warns Studios Over Download Pricing) starts on the cover page. It discusses Target Corp. being unhappy with Amazon.com & Apple getting movies for lower prices and thereby selling the movie downloads to consumers at lower prices.

BTW, did you know that Target Corp. accounts for 15% of DVD sales for major US films? Walmart does 40% of total DVD/movie sales!

Anyways, here is the quote: Studios have reminded Walmart that it stands to benefit from online movie distribution considerable from rising sales of video iPods and other similar portable video players in its stores. And Wal-Mart is planning its own digital movie store, which it will likely roll out in coming weeks, people familiar with the situation say.

Can anyone say “Netflix, please come bail us out again?”

Zune Pricing Wars = $0.05

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

The Zune will be here zoon. Maybe even before noon. If Apple & Microsoft were to merge, they’d create a device called the iZune. How nice would that be? Very nice!

Although the Zune is not available, you can already pre-order the Zune. How zweet it is. However, lest you expect the path of pre-ordering to be well paved, it is not. There is a small pricing ditch along the way.

Amazon.com & Walmart.com are battling it out in a fierce price-figure fight.

Walmart.com has it for $249.94. Amazon.com will give it to you for five-cents more at $249.99. If you’re looking to buy about a million units, the price disparity can make or break your piggy bank.

Tough choice? Not really. Amazon.com will ship it for free. Walmart.com charges approximately $5 for shipping. So, do yourself the favor; part with the additional five-cents on the Zune at Amazon.com. Then get it shipped for free!

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The iZune

Chavez/Chomsky Book Hits #1 on Amazon.com

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Last week, Hugo Chavez did a lot Bush battering at the UN. During his speech, he held up a book by Noam Chomsky, titled Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance (The American Empire Project).

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Not sure if President Bush will ever invite Hugo to his Crawford ranch. However, one thing we can be assured of: Chavez can help sell books. Lots of them.

Right now, Chomsky’s book, is #1 on Amazon.com.

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Anyways, my personal writing career has not taken off. The solution is clear; all I need to do is secure Hugo Chavez as my literary agent!

P.S. This reminds of another book surge credited to Osama Bin Laden

lonely guy, at buy dot com

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Here I was. At buy.com. Searching for a camcorder. So that I can broadcast my pathetic self on YouTube. Become the next lonely phenomena.

Not only does buy.com list prices from competitors, like a home grown shopping comparison site, they actually list vendors with lower prices.

Truth is, Amazon.com does the same thing. But at least they’re not sending people to a different site.

Buy.com is selling this camera for $275.99. Below that, buy.com informs you that jr.com sells it for $249.99 & cructchfield.com sells it for $259.99. Both also offer free shipping as does buy.com.

The usual suspects are listed, circuitcity.com and bestbuy.com. OfficeDepot.com is also selling the camcorder. Hey, if Home Depot is selling plasma TV’s, it’s fair game :-)

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Amazon.com Blog

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Amazon.com has an eletronics blog. Looks good too. It’s even updated regularly. Hotness. (Profile page.)

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In typical Amazon.com fashion, there is even a tab explaining what is a blog:
A blog, also called a web log, is usually a collection of short articles or personal thoughts, called posts, written by one person. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in chronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominently. Blogs typically link to other Web sites and blog postings. They can be read by anybody who visits the page.

Lights, Camera, Amazon!

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

It’s official. Amazon has launched their video download service. I am almost too excited to be typing this!

Press release here. Amazon download site is here.

I am sure companies will be thrilled with this quote from the PR: Now customers can visit Amazon.com while at work and download DVD-quality TV shows and movies to their PC at home or wherever it is most convenient for them to watch.”

The new program works very quickly: This means the typical cable broadband customer can start watching any Unbox TV show or movie within five minutes of ordering.

To hype the product, Amazon.com is offering the first download FREE. Although, some restrictions apply. Read more here.

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For those of you who spend 12-hours a day in front of a computer screen at work, now you can watch your movies on your PC as well. Rock on! The tag line on the Amazon homepage reads “You’ll always remember your first time …”

And for the most ironic part yet, one of the first films available for download on this new Amazon.com product is none other than… “Failure to Launch“!