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Business

July 02, 2014

"Right-wing food companies"

Thanks, Salon. I'll patronize these businesses more now. 

June 24, 2014

"All the Bubbles! Polar Seltzer's Rebranding"

I found this interesting for two reasons. One, it's a story of a company apparently successfully repositioning its product.

And two, I'm an enthusiastic user of said product. Zero calories, zero sodium, excellent taste. The blackberry flavor and the lemonade flavor both have antioxidants and green tea extract added, and the lemonade has some caffieine, too. They're sweetened with sucralose, which used to disagree with me, but apparently I've built up a tolerance to it and it's fine, now. 

June 13, 2014

"Here's What People Are Really Buying On Amazon"

Surprised me: by a significant margin, "electronics" is first. And groceries are third.

June 10, 2014

"Amazon Is NOT the Vladimir Putin of the Publishing World"

Darn right. Amazon has never disappointed me. They underpromise and overdeliver.

Unlike Putin annexing Crimea or the Mafia muscling in on, say, the bar and restaurant business, Amazon didn’t get that big by threatening violence or “scorched earth” (as one critic puts it). It got that way by relentlessly improving and diversifying its product offerings, customer service, and ability to sniff out what you might be interested in buying or accessing (the company’s uncanny success at this has freaked the shit out of its competitors since the company’s earliest days). Like every other legitimate business that must woo customers on a daily basis, it will wither and die the minute it stops giving us what we want at a price we’re willing to pay (does anyone still remember A&P supermarkets, which controlled its market like Walmart on steroids?)

May 29, 2014

"What People Don’t Want To Believe"

From Bob Lefsetz, claims about the music business:

1. Only blockbusters count and make serious dough. Either you’re a superstar or you’re starving. Yes, the Internet allows old folks and some young ‘uns to troll on on a subsistence budget doing house concerts and maybe playing theatres, which have now all been relabeled “clubs,” but the dream of paying your dues and breaking through is just a dream.

May 26, 2014

"GM Sure Recalled A Lot Of Cars Right After The Feds Sold Their Shares"

As cynical as I now am, I hadn't thought of this.

See also "Did the Obama administration defraud purchasers of GM shares?"

May 21, 2014

"Here's How Pop Stars Make Money Now That People Don't Buy Music"

Including one revenue stream you might not have thought of.

"The Invention of the Chilean Sea Bass"

I'm skeptical of the economics (toward the end), but the history is interesting.

From the same website see also "The McDonalds Monopoly Fraud".

May 20, 2014

"These Are The Only 3 Interview Questions You Need To Prepare For"

Makes sense to me

May 08, 2014

"No Taxes If Sterling Is Forced to Sell"

Two points about this:

1. Notice the fine legal draftsmanship: "Sterling could purchase other types of assets and argue that they are “similar or related in service or use” to him. Since the statute doesn’t actually define 'similar' or 'related,' . . ."
 
2. I would think this increases the chances he'll fight the sale. Wouldn't that be excellent evidence that the sale is "involuntary"?
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