This one’s courtesy of /usr/bin/girl. Can you imagine a world without Amazon.com? While i’m not exactly surprised that Amazon is bleeding cash at such a startling rate, i suppose i expected more of them. Why? Because CDnow went through a similar conundrum earlier this year, and as far as i know they are still headed to go under sometime next year. These companies offer discounts as deep as Circuit City or Best Buy on books and CDs, but those two real stores support those purchases by also selling appliances, computers, and televisions. CDnow has no diversification, and Amazon diversified their product by picking up movies and CDs. Why, oh why, did they see the need to compete with CDnow? Wouldn’t have been better for the both of them to join forces? Or something… Anyhow, it just seems like anyone could have anticipated this. CDnow had several chances to bail themselves out earlier in the process with possible merges with the likes of Columbia House. Sadly, at last check the outlook isn’t good for them. I, of course, am pissed off: other than using their site as my at a glance discography for any artist in the world, i wanted to apply for a co-op job there. Oh well, back to packing.