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Sep 4, 2006 9:20 pm

has anyone ever seriously considered or purchased a book?  If you have would you do it again? What would you do differently and what did you learn?  For anyone who has decided against it, why?


Thanks.

Sep 4, 2006 11:26 pm

I have bought many books over the years, and found them to be a very good experience.  Lately I've bought most of them on Amazon as you can order them online and they ship them right to your doorstep.

Sep 5, 2006 1:34 am

...Joe, you clown...


Someone on here has purchased at least one book...not sure, but I think MikeButler did that or at least explored the possibility of doing so.


BTW, I prefer audiobooks for my commute...

Sep 5, 2006 2:07 am
Indyone:

...Joe, you clown...


Someone on here has purchased at least one book...not sure, but I think MikeButler did that or at least explored the possibility of doing so.


BTW, I prefer audiobooks for my commute...



I didn't realize that you had a modern cassette player in your tractor.    Or can you get audio books on 8-track?

(Sorry couldn't resist!)

Sep 5, 2006 6:50 am
joedabrkr:
Indyone:

...Joe, you clown...


Someone on here has purchased at least one book...not sure, but I think MikeButler did that or at least explored the possibility of doing so.


BTW, I prefer audiobooks for my commute...




I didn't realize that you had a modern cassette player in your tractor.    Or can you get audio books on 8-track?

(Sorry couldn't resist!)


That's a real knee slapper.

Sep 5, 2006 7:02 am
joedabrkr:

I have bought many books over the years, and found them to be a very good experience.  Lately I've bought most of them on Amazon as you can order them online and they ship them right to your doorstep.


You mean it is possible to buy things and have them delivered?  What a great idea, is this Amazon a publicly traded company?  If not can you get me some of its IPO?


As the boys and girls know I am old.  I was in production in the 1970s--one of my accounts was a guy from Memphis--he was some sort of sales manager in Dallas, can't remember what industry.  He was doing very well for himself, plus had recently inherited some serious money.  Anyway, he had some serioius investable assets and loved the stock market.


One day he dropped by my office and wanted to know what we thought of a company he was thinking of investing in.  I sent the usual, "Opionion please" wire to the research department and told my client that it would take awhile but I'd call him when I got the opinion.


Later that day I got a terrible opinion--the company was a guaranteed bankruptcy, costs were way out of wack with the potential sales--no way it could work.


Based on that my client only bought 500 shares instead of 5,000 shares of FDX.  As I said, he was from Memphis and had been hearing about it from his family and friends back home--it was after the IPO but it had yet to take off.  So to speak.

Sep 5, 2006 9:00 am
Indyone:

Someone on here has purchased at least one book...not sure, but I think MikeButler did that or at least explored the possibility of doing so.




I did look into it, not much to report.

Sep 5, 2006 11:12 am
NASD Newbie:
joedabrkr:

I have bought many books over the years, and found them to be a very good experience.  Lately I've bought most of them on Amazon as you can order them online and they ship them right to your doorstep.


You mean it is possible to buy things and have them delivered?  What a great idea, is this Amazon a publicly traded company?  If not can you get me some of its IPO?


As the boys and girls know I am old.  I was in production in the 1970s--one of my accounts was a guy from Memphis--he was some sort of sales manager in Dallas, can't remember what industry.  He was doing very well for himself, plus had recently inherited some serious money.  Anyway, he had some serioius investable assets and loved the stock market.


One day he dropped by my office and wanted to know what we thought of a company he was thinking of investing in.  I sent the usual, "Opionion please" wire to the research department and told my client that it would take awhile but I'd call him when I got the opinion.


Later that day I got a terrible opinion--the company was a guaranteed bankruptcy, costs were way out of wack with the potential sales--no way it could work.


Based on that my client only bought 500 shares instead of 5,000 shares of FDX.  As I said, he was from Memphis and had been hearing about it from his family and friends back home--it was after the IPO but it had yet to take off.  So to speak.



Actually, that wasn't bad advise. FDX was on the ropes for a long time. At one point their planes were under a repo order. Lots of funny stories about how they held on to those planes until they could straighten things out. The funniest was the story, true or not, about how a sheriff boarded a plane that was preparing for take off with a bank rep and told the crew that they were taking possession of the aircraft. The captain told them that they couldn't repossess the plane without permission from the tower. As the sheriff and repo man made their way to the tower the pilot spooled up the Falcon 20 and took off without clearance. Another story, a FedX pilot hocking his watch for fuel gets a second place prize.


I was in the aviation business in the late 70s/early 80s. It was a well known fact within the industry at the time that FedX was bad pay and in financial trouble. So the stories, true or not, from FedX pilots that we knew, were if nothing else, very entertaining.

Sep 5, 2006 11:17 am
NASD Newbie:
joedabrkr:
Indyone:

...Joe, you clown...


Someone on here has purchased at least one book...not sure, but I think MikeButler did that or at least explored the possibility of doing so.


BTW, I prefer audiobooks for my commute...



I didn't realize that you had a modern cassette player in your tractor.    Or can you get audio books on 8-track?

(Sorry couldn't resist!)


That's a real knee slapper.


Thank you for your input.  My day is simply not complete without it.

Sep 6, 2006 8:57 pm

what great info.