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(Daily Mail)   Once again, a celebrity death increases Amazon's bottom line   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-08-13 03:29:53 PM  
I wonder if amazon has ever considered murdering celebrities (and making it look like a suicide, obviously) to drum up sales.

/ just asking questions
 
2014-08-13 04:55:38 PM  

serial_crusher: I wonder if amazon has ever considered murdering celebrities (and making it look like a suicide, obviously) to drum up sales.

/ just asking questions


I need a 24 hour watch on Joe Piscapo stat.
 
2014-08-13 05:24:53 PM  
Monday night, just after the news hit, I checked Amazon for the Mork and Mindy box sets. Didn't buy, just checked. There were more than enough to go around, most for 10 bucks or less. You couldn't give the farking things away.

Now? Nothing. Even Amazon's backordered. Apparently everyone remembered all of a sudden how much they loved Mork and Mindy.

/If nothing else, maybe the sales spike will get CBS to finally release the final season.
 
2014-08-13 05:30:19 PM  
I really thought NetFlix would have gotten something together.
 
2014-08-13 05:41:13 PM  
you know, amazon sort of famously doesn't really turn much of a profit.
 
2014-08-13 05:54:19 PM  
There are plenty of copies of The Big Sleep available.
 
2014-08-13 06:27:45 PM  
i57.tinypic.com
 
2014-08-13 07:35:07 PM  

Mugato: serial_crusher: I wonder if amazon has ever considered murdering celebrities (and making it look like a suicide, obviously) to drum up sales.

/ just asking questions

I need a 24 hour watch on Joe Piscapo stat.


Pauly Shore has been put on suicide watch.  They have a paid crew who will go and get him whatever instrument he desires to do the deed.  Then they will sit by and watch him kill himself.  That Amazon might get rid of those extra copies of Jury Duty and In The Army.
 
2014-08-13 07:42:39 PM  

Prey4reign: Mugato: serial_crusher: I wonder if amazon has ever considered murdering celebrities (and making it look like a suicide, obviously) to drum up sales.

/ just asking questions

I need a 24 hour watch on Joe Piscapo stat.

Pauly Shore has been put on suicide watch.  They have a paid crew who will go and get him whatever instrument he desires to do the deed.  Then they will sit by and watch him kill himself.  That Amazon might get rid of those extra copies of Jury Duty and In The Army.


Damn, Pauly Shore is a better one to go with.
 
2014-08-13 08:53:08 PM  
We'll see Disney rushing a new edition of Aladdin onto shelves soon.
 
2014-08-13 09:36:31 PM  

Asa Phelps: you know, amazon sort of famously doesn't really turn much of a profit.


That's kind of misleading.  They earn a ton of money, they just reinvest it into growing the company.
 
2014-08-13 10:09:10 PM  
I was a little disappointed that his movies weren't made Amazon Prime ones for the week or something but as a business move I certainly know why.
 
2014-08-13 10:11:53 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I really thought NetFlix would have gotten something together.


In terms of what?  One month free for new subscribers using promo code HANGMAN?
 
2014-08-13 10:13:12 PM  

almandot: I was a little disappointed that his movies weren't made Amazon Prime ones for the week or something but as a business move I certainly know why.


I don't think it would be that simple anyway. Amazon would probably have to arrange a new deal with the studios to make his movies available as part of Prime.
 
2014-08-13 10:16:53 PM  
The same thing happened when Kurt Cobain blew his brains out. WTF Is wrong with people? It's not like music/movies/whatever is just going to dry up overnight. Sheesh.
 
2014-08-13 10:22:39 PM  

NeoCortex42: almandot: I was a little disappointed that his movies weren't made Amazon Prime ones for the week or something but as a business move I certainly know why.

I don't think it would be that simple anyway. Amazon would probably have to arrange a new deal with the studios to make his movies available as part of Prime.


Yeah, it would take months to negotiate a deal, especially with his movies being from various studios. Right now, Netflix and Amazon both only can afford to have a small set of movies and TV shows available for streaming at one time.
 
2014-08-13 10:26:16 PM  

NeoCortex42: almandot: I was a little disappointed that his movies weren't made Amazon Prime ones for the week or something but as a business move I certainly know why.

I don't think it would be that simple anyway. Amazon would probably have to arrange a new deal with the studios to make his movies available as part of Prime.


I guess Netflix and Amazon Prime could bid on time limited exclusivity rights for creative works starring celebrities that have recently died.  But that would be an unabashed way of profiting off somebody's death (and not really the same situation as Amazon).
 
2014-08-13 10:41:36 PM  
Goodmorning Vietnam was actually a good movie. Imagine how awesome a remake without Robin Williams would be.
 
2014-08-13 11:18:30 PM  
Dammitsomuch. About six months ago I managed to pick up 30 copies of Good Will Hunting for 40 cents each (real stuff) and sold them for $9 each. I ran out in June, and I bet I could sell them for $15 now.
 
2014-08-13 11:51:46 PM  
Does their bottom line actually increase, or does it stay the same while the product mix changes.

/This is the same fallacy stadium owners use when they say they will bring in $XXXMM of new entertainment dollars
 
2014-08-13 11:53:04 PM  
Cool or Sad?

Truthfully, I'm not sure.
 
2014-08-14 12:12:52 AM  
No one mention Ed Nelson's death; he played Dr Michael Rossi on Peyton Place in the 60s
 
2014-08-14 01:19:20 AM  

Waldo Pepper: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I really thought NetFlix would have gotten something together.

For better or worse Netflix doesn't seem to play the death game.


They have Jumanji.

/watched it last night
 
2014-08-14 04:29:09 AM  
RW movies are also a goodly chunk of the PirateBay Top 100 right now...

Also..
 
2014-08-14 04:57:58 AM  

neilbradley: The same thing happened when Kurt Cobain blew his brains out. WTF Is wrong with people? It's not like music/movies/whatever is just going to dry up overnight. Sheesh.


Hearing about his death reminds people of the stuff he did that they enjoyed. (And/or it's a token act of remembrance, for those who are emotionally affected.) Same reason there are a bunch of RW links in the video tab right now. I don't see anything wrong with it, really.
 
2014-08-14 06:11:35 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Monday night, just after the news hit, I checked Amazon for the Mork and Mindy box sets. Didn't buy, just checked. There were more than enough to go around, most for 10 bucks or less. You couldn't give the farking things away.

Now? Nothing. Even Amazon's backordered. Apparently everyone remembered all of a sudden how much they loved Mork and Mindy.

/If nothing else, maybe the sales spike will get CBS to finally release the final season.


I have a copy still in its plastic, maybe I can make some quick money off ebay
 
2014-08-14 10:23:24 AM  

valkore: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I really thought NetFlix would have gotten something together.

In terms of what?  One month free for new subscribers using promo code HANGMAN?


no. Just throw on a few more of his films. Maybe make a section.

Waldo Pepper: For better or worse Netflix doesn't seem to play the death game.


well they arn't increasing their profits. I wouldn't call it playing the death game.

Now if they suddenly had a whole lot of his films in a special pay extra section I would call it playing the death game.
 
2014-08-14 10:31:50 AM  

NeoCortex42: Asa Phelps: you know, amazon sort of famously doesn't really turn much of a profit.

That's kind of misleading.  They earn a ton of money, they just reinvest it into growing the company.


Plus profit is also kind of misleading. They don't earn a giant profit as a percentage of their revenue. But from what I understand their revenue is pretty massive so even a small percent of profit is still a ton of money. Plus the way they have built their company, with all that reinvestment and making things super efficient, it would be damn near impossible for anyone to set up a different online company and be a legitimate competitor to them and expect to make a better profit than they do.
 
2014-08-14 11:43:53 AM  

tennesseemike: FirstNationalBastard: Monday night, just after the news hit, I checked Amazon for the Mork and Mindy box sets. Didn't buy, just checked. There were more than enough to go around, most for 10 bucks or less. You couldn't give the farking things away.

Now? Nothing. Even Amazon's backordered. Apparently everyone remembered all of a sudden how much they loved Mork and Mindy.

/If nothing else, maybe the sales spike will get CBS to finally release the final season.

I have a copy still in its plastic, maybe I can make some quick money off ebay


Probably. Buy it now at a reasonable price (20 bucks) and it'll probably go in a matter of hours.

Me, I'm waiting a couple months until all the copies people bought now are dumped back onto the market at a much cheaper price before I pick the seasons up.
 
2014-08-14 03:44:57 PM  
How about two? Robin Williams AND Lauren Bacall?
 
2014-08-14 03:47:22 PM  

Li'l Robbie: How about two? Robin Williams AND Lauren Bacall?


Amazon certainly won't be the only one.  You watch - in the next few weeks there'll be a
Humphrey Bogart - Lauren Bacall marathon on TCM, and also 24 hours straight of "Mork & Mindy"
reruns on Me-TV.
 
2014-08-14 09:25:14 PM  
Please... please... don't let the next tragedy hit a Bieber or a Miley. I'm not sure what I'd do if it hit a Kardashian. I'd be inconsolable. Then I'd instantly buy everything they've ever made. Totes swear. Honest.
 
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