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E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Only two start-ups have properly challenged Amazon over the past decade: Zappos and Diapers. [...] Having spent time with Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, the leadership duo who built Zappos, and Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, the founders of Diapers, I can tell you: these are intense competitors who recognized the best outcome was to join forces with the industry leader. So if Amazon is the low cost winner of selling brands online, if they are acquiring their best competitors, and if their everyday low prices are available to the entire country via a mechanical turk algorithm which is guaranteed to beat you, how do you compete? [...] [ eBay pure p2p marketplace ] [...] This next generation of e-commerce companies is as much about what you exclude as what you include. // &! only up for grabs (Amazon model) is in the developing world & emerging market - for entrepreneurs - & only possible double digit returns for investors. and the battle has already begun ... since like 05/09 China/India ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - English councils propose 'Tesco tax'
"Research has shown that 95% of all the money spent in any large supermarket leaves the local economy for good, compared to just 50% from local independent retailers; this levy is a modest attempt to ensure more of that money re-circulates within and continues to contribute to local jobs and local trade," its report states. +++ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28499241 +++ e-commerce - frictionless - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26558110 All of which is to say (as if you didn't know) that there is something of a revolution going on in food retailing. And that revolution probably benefits us, shoppers, by delivering deflation in what we buy and more choice in how we buy. But for the giant supermarket chains we traditionally regarded as fearsome and invincible, there's a threat which - if not quite existential - is pretty serious.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
What makes art valuable? - BBC Documentary HD - YouTube
(1) auction price determined who owned it previously, who collected them [Out of Love], who will bid on it - back then an obscure painting, art, or whatever can raise hairs within a few years if it were (the piece) in the right hands of a lover, from the start. in the hands of a well known and respected collector or gallery or individual person. [mentality of the art director/collector] (2) it is perceived value, not material value. a paintings value can change magically by a revealing of it's true attribution - painter. or who collected - who collects those works of art. or even art advisors yes that is a job title - a person who keeps the name of the bidder anonymous. (3) art collection can be addictive, and it is the long-haul game. talking about 2-3-4-5 decades. (4) people who can afford these bids - want to surround themselves with equals among them. so to speak. masters of their craft. & eventually the acquisition of a status symbol or long-term investment for the family trust.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a

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