Amazon Turns 10 Years Old

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by CubaTBird, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004

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  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    cdnow is amazon these days, one and the same really. Amazon has grown amazingly well in the last decade, and i can only see them getting bigger, sure they will hit a plateau at some point, but they will still keep bringing in the business and making profits.
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    They've actually still got a lot more growth potential. Wal-Mart's annual revenue is $242 billion, whereas Amazon's is only $7 billion.
  4. asif786 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2004
    London, UK.
    i love's now my first choice for shopping fact, it's a very very successful brand mum doesn't use her credit card online, except for amazon. it's associated with trust now.

    here's to another 10 years! :)
  5. ham_man macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2005
    Ahhh...Amazon. Only a few years younger than me, it is cool to see such a profound company celebrating its 10th birthday. And even I find it cool to go back and look at Amazon when it was young...
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    They have done some amazing work! I always prefer to use them if given the chance, online. Although in some things eBay is another perennial favorite...eBay has its ups and its downs. :rolleyes: The only downside to Amazon is when they don't have what you want! :eek: :eek:

    I've been very impressed with their inclusion of used products over the past few years. Used CDs with Amazon has become my de facto #2 option if I can't get a song I want on iTunes, and they always arrive promptly for great prices. :cool:

    I am kind of surprised, though at what their total cumulative net revenue picture looks like, though. I would have thought they would have broken even. Hopefully they can stay in the black and achieve that in a few years, though. :)
  7. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Congratulations and Happy 10th B-Day to Not at all surprised at there staying power. My wife loves the company. Uses the wish list extensively and they notify her of specials. There prices are usually less and have free shipping. Books was how my wife got started, it was with "Harry Potter." Now it's CD's and DVD's also. :D
  8. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Wow...hard to believe they've been around so long. Doesn't seem like it.

    Amazon is almost always the first place I look when I want to buy something. Out of all the online vendors I've purchased from, they've easily got the best system. Very user friendly, I like the customer reviews, and their customer service is excellent. I'd say I order from them on average once a month. Their Marketplace is awesome for buying used CDs.

    On a side note, I ordered my first Apple laptop from them (a 700mhz iBook G3). Got it, tried to put the Airport Express card in, and it wouldn't fit. I looked inside and the pins were bent. Not sure if I did it or if it came like that, but regardless, Amazon quickly issued me an RMA. The woman on the phone told me that they were out of iBooks now, and that it could be a while before I got a replacement. I asked for a refund and I had my money back before they even got the defective iBook back from me.
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Hmmm, yeah, Matt, I have a story sort of like yours too. When bluetooth headsets were pretty new, a few years ago, I bought one from Amazon right after getting my new cell. It didn't pair. Ultimately, this turned out to be Nokia's fault more than Jabra's -- the Nokia needed a non-standard profile to work, and Jabra had to modify their firmware. But Amazon was very nice about RMA'ing it and refunding me, and even paid for shipping. After Jabra resolved the issue, I bought a new one from Amazon.
  10. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    In the early days of Amazon (probably up to about 98), I used them a lot. Their service was amazing - I recall ordering something on the Sunday morning before Christmas for it to turn up in the Monday afternoon post! :eek:

    But in the past years, I've had more and more items fail to turn up when expected (or when promised) culminating in last Christmas where an order placed in early December didn't get delivered until early January despite everything supposedly being in stock. Their customer service has also gone downhill as they got larger.

    They do still have good deals on books (music I get from iTMS now) but I don't use them any longer unless there's no deadline for when I want it.
  11. wide macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2004
    I love they typically have the best prices, and they even tell you what other top-name retailers charge for their products. i can't see how so many analysts do not recommend buying stock...everyone loves amazon! it's also helpful that they don't have warehouses in many states, so it does not automatically charge tax. right now they're offering the low end ibook (12inch) for $899.99 after the mail in rebate, with free shipping. that's even better than apple's EDU offering.
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Did you look at the chart that was attached to Cuba's post? :eek: :rolleyes: :D

    I think analysts don't recommend them because for all the growth of their brand, they have show incredibly limited capability to generate profits over a *long* period of time. In their best year (this last one), their Earnings to Debt ratio was something like 0.3. And still their P/E is about 26....

    I think profit will come, but their stock has honestly already been valuated for pretty much any promise of earnings they achieve in the next five years or so....

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