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(Wall Street Journal)   Amazon founder to buy packing materials company   (blogs.wsj.com) divider line 96
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2013-08-05 04:58:15 PM
I really hope it's this one.
 
2013-08-05 05:07:05 PM
I wonder how much the Post would have sold for 10 or 15 years ago ... ?
 
2013-08-05 05:29:08 PM
No Ironic tag, considering the link?
 
2013-08-05 05:39:34 PM
+1 would LOL again
 
2013-08-05 05:59:05 PM
Customers who bought The Washington Post also viewed these items: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, SF Chronicle.
 
2013-08-05 06:00:09 PM
When I moved from DC may years ago I did indeed wrap all the glassware in newspaper: The City Paper and the Washington Post.

+1
 
2013-08-05 06:00:54 PM
Amazon founder to buy packing materials company, oh fudge.
 
2013-08-05 06:01:04 PM
So now I can buy bird cage liners from Jeff Bezos?
 
2013-08-05 06:01:18 PM
I hope he held on to enough money to invest in my damn Portland-Seattle hyperloop.
 
2013-08-05 06:01:40 PM
Buying a newspaper is appropriate for Amazon.com.

About the only packing material they use anymore is one strip of 12 inch brown paper.

I could tell you stories but it wouldn't change the way Amazon does business.
 
2013-08-05 06:02:19 PM
Ok, this one wins
 
2013-08-05 06:03:16 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Buying a newspaper is appropriate for Amazon.com.


Just to get this out of the way, Amazon.com did not buy the Washington Post. Jeff Bezos did.
 
2013-08-05 06:04:55 PM
He'd have gotten a better deal on the Boston Globe.
 
2013-08-05 06:05:40 PM
Very nice, subby!
 
2013-08-05 06:06:31 PM
You get free two day delivery with Wapo Prime.
 
2013-08-05 06:09:23 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Buying a newspaper is appropriate for Amazon.com.

About the only packing material they use anymore is one strip of 12 inch brown paper.

I could tell you stories but it wouldn't change the way Amazon does business.


Maybe my UPS guys are more competent that most but I order a LOT of stuff from Amazon for personal use and have never had any issues with anything being spindled and mutilated in transit. I even use my Prime account to ship items to co-workers for trainings across the country and they never complain about receiving anything broken. From an environmental standpoint, it's actually rather nice they have figured out how to ship items without surrounding everything with an ocean of peanuts.

i51.tinypic.com
 
2013-08-05 06:09:45 PM
And by packing materials we actually mean featherlight yet sturdy pseudomineral structures derived from the finest of hobo corpses.
 
2013-08-05 06:09:46 PM
Subby wins , flawless victory,
 
2013-08-05 06:10:24 PM
You deserve this, subby:

www.kategaffneylikesyou.com

Even though NPR spoiled the surprise for me already.
 
2013-08-05 06:10:40 PM
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2013-08-05 06:11:48 PM

Solkar: I wonder how much the Post would have sold for 10 or 15 years ago ... ?




10 or 15 years ago, it would have never been sold. The major market newspapers were doing well.

More than a few papers were still run by the families who started the papers, or at least maintained a big part of ownership. For some it was a duty to run the paper, Sadly to the second or third generation, it was about how much money they could get.
 
2013-08-05 06:13:40 PM
This should be in the running for HOTY. I read the headline, thought, "oh, that makes sense",  then laughed my ass off.
 
2013-08-05 06:13:55 PM

Mad_Radhu: From an environmental standpoint, it's actually rather nice they have figured out how to ship items without surrounding everything with an ocean of peanuts.


I think my city actually recycles the plastic in those balloon things they use for cushioning now (single stream takes everything except styrofoam, regular plastic bags, and 7/"other").  So that's cool, I guess.  I just hold on to 'em and use them to cushion Christmas presents.

They recycle styrofoam too, but you have to drive to a drop off center and pay $3 to get in.  Which out of principle I don't do until I can completely fill the damn car with styrofoam.  Or I need cheap compost.

/eh, at least I *can* recycle syrofoam in my city, I guess
 
2013-08-05 06:16:23 PM

Mad_Radhu: TheShavingofOccam123: Buying a newspaper is appropriate for Amazon.com.

About the only packing material they use anymore is one strip of 12 inch brown paper.

I could tell you stories but it wouldn't change the way Amazon does business.

Maybe my UPS guys are more competent that most but I order a LOT of stuff from Amazon for personal use and have never had any issues with anything being spindled and mutilated in transit. I even use my Prime account to ship items to co-workers for trainings across the country and they never complain about receiving anything broken. From an environmental standpoint, it's actually rather nice they have figured out how to ship items without surrounding everything with an ocean of peanuts.

[i51.tinypic.com image 850x566]


All I have to say is there's a certain email address that actually gets a response from Amazon's Executive Customer Service department. I'd say more but I don't want my BP to go up.
 
2013-08-05 06:19:26 PM
Best headline of the day by far.

On a serious note though, I wonder why Bezos would do this.  Newspapers are so much "yesterday's news" - literally & figuratively.
 
2013-08-05 06:20:28 PM
I usually get the large sort of travel tissue sized inflated plastic bags as my Amazon packing material.
 
2013-08-05 06:23:04 PM
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2013-08-05 06:23:22 PM

Southern100: Best headline of the day by far.

On a serious note though, I wonder why Bezos would do this.  Newspapers are so much "yesterday's news" - literally & figuratively.


It may be the location of the paper. Maybe Jeff is going to be the saviour of representative federal government by having true journalism breakout in DC.
 
2013-08-05 06:23:29 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Mad_Radhu: From an environmental standpoint, it's actually rather nice they have figured out how to ship items without surrounding everything with an ocean of peanuts.

I think my city actually recycles the plastic in those balloon things they use for cushioning now (single stream takes everything except styrofoam, regular plastic bags, and 7/"other").  So that's cool, I guess.  I just hold on to 'em and use them to cushion Christmas presents.

They recycle styrofoam too, but you have to drive to a drop off center and pay $3 to get in.  Which out of principle I don't do until I can completely fill the damn car with styrofoam.  Or I need cheap compost.

/eh, at least I *can* recycle syrofoam in my city, I guess


I store mine in a huge net over my living room waiting for someone to say the magic word.

Good one, sub. Vertical integration and such.
 
2013-08-05 06:23:56 PM
Another media outlet owned and operated by the Tribe. Can only be good for America, right?
 
2013-08-05 06:28:00 PM
Well played Subby!
 
2013-08-05 06:32:38 PM
Southern 100: On a serious note though, I wonder why Bezos would do this.  Newspapers are so much "yesterday's news" - literally & figuratively.

I wondered the same thing.  The Wall Street Journal is a highly successful national newspaper and he may be thinking about a product to challenge it.
 
2013-08-05 06:33:54 PM
You know, this headline would make more sense if it were literal. What other industries and their products will still be around after Amazon.com? Google and packing peanuts.

Bezos must have a secret yearning to be Citizen Kane.

Rosebuddddddd ... that's his nickname for his penis. No, wait, I'm thinking of Mark Zuckerberg.

Bezos' penis is nicknamed Steve Jobs.
 
2013-08-05 06:35:07 PM
Hmm, let's see who was together at a 4-day conference back in June? Oh look, it's Donald Graham and Jeff Bezos!
 
2013-08-05 06:35:20 PM

Mad_Radhu: . From an environmental standpoint, it's actually rather nice they have figured out how to ship items without surrounding everything with an ocean of peanuts.

[i51.tinypic.com image 850x566]


Most of them are made from starch now and dissolve in water.

http://www.chemicalkim.com/segments/take5_27.htm
 
2013-08-05 06:40:39 PM

theorellior: Customers who bought The Washington Post also viewed these items: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, SF Chronicle.


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2013-08-05 06:42:14 PM
Google search: Washington Tribune. Safe search off.  Scissor me timbers!
 
2013-08-05 06:42:39 PM
There was a time when I would have been saddened by this news. Now my only reaction is, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, good riddance. Hey, here's hoping for that soft landing, Jen. You're a star, remember that.
 
2013-08-05 06:47:00 PM
Subby, you magnificent bastard.
 
2013-08-05 06:47:45 PM

dukeblue219: Just to get this out of the way, Amazon.com did not buy the Washington Post. Jeff Bezos did.


Ditto, which is why the joke wasn't funny to me.

/Doesn't have Aspberger's.
//submitted with a more a propos headline.
 
Ral
2013-08-05 06:49:47 PM
Maybe it's just me, but the way I read the article, he didn't buy the newspapers, per se.  He bought their publishing business.  That is, the actual printing infrastructure, not the rights to the publication.
 
2013-08-05 06:52:19 PM
Maybe he should have done that before they expanded their business?
 
2013-08-05 06:54:27 PM
So subtle I nearly scrolled right by, well done subby!
 
2013-08-05 06:54:48 PM

Soup4Bonnie: Mad_Radhu: . From an environmental standpoint, it's actually rather nice they have figured out how to ship items without surrounding everything with an ocean of peanuts.

[i51.tinypic.com image 850x566]

Most of them are made from starch now and dissolve in water.

http://www.chemicalkim.com/segments/take5_27.htm


I ate an entire box of those once.
 
2013-08-05 06:56:16 PM
A multipronged strategy reveals itself. If Amazon campaign contributions and lobbying can't get the desired result, maybe a series of investigative and opinion pieces from the WaPo will change a few minds. "Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel" and all that.
 
2013-08-05 06:56:23 PM

Ral: Maybe it's just me, but the way I read the article, he didn't buy the newspapers, per se.  He bought their publishing business.  That is, the actual printing infrastructure, not the rights to the publication.


No, I'm pretty sure he bought the newspaper and it's associated infrastructure. What he didn't buy is the larger Washington Post company, which will still operate their other businesses under a different name.
 
2013-08-05 06:57:39 PM

Soup4Bonnie: Mad_Radhu: . From an environmental standpoint, it's actually rather nice they have figured out how to ship items without surrounding everything with an ocean of peanuts.

[i51.tinypic.com image 850x566]

Most of them are made from starch now and dissolve in water.

http://www.chemicalkim.com/segments/take5_27.htm


They are still annoying as fark to deal with compared to the little air-filled baggies Amazon uses now. Those peanuts always static-cling to you and other things, so they are a bit of a biatch to clean up if you spill them while digging through the box. I've always despised those things.
 
2013-08-05 06:58:49 PM
I feel some irony here... I thought "Uline?" then I'm musing over the sheer mass of boxes printed by Amazon. They probably keep a manufacturer busy enough to be considered owned.
 
2013-08-05 06:59:00 PM
Considering Jeff is worth 28 billion this purchase is less than %1 of his net worth. My guess is that he turns into a hobby. As long as the paper doesn't lose really huge amounts of money he won't care.
 
2013-08-05 07:03:02 PM

Southern100: Best headline of the day by far.

On a serious note though, I wonder why Bezos would do this.  Newspapers are so much "yesterday's news" - literally & figuratively.


If you read through the entire article to the fine print at the bottom, Bezos bought several newspapers ("The transaction covers The Washington Post and other publishing businesses, including the Express newspaper, The Gazette Newspapers, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Fairfax County Times, El Tiempo Latino and Greater Washington Publishing. ") that cover a large part of the greater Washington, DC area.

That's the main political hub of the US, and what strikes me as the interesting part.  I'm sure  he wouldn't have sunk $250 million into a deal just to get cheap fish wrap.
 
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