• Subject: RE: Making money on the internet and still keeping your AS/400--( Was RE: AS/6000)
  • From: Colin Williams <Williamsc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 09:33:33 -0000

I'm not trying to be sceptical here, but didn't I read in the press that
Amazon had their busiest year so far, especially Christmas,
but still haven't made any profit.

What does that indicate!

-----Original Message-----
From: drothman@us.ibm.com [mailto:drothman@us.ibm.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 10:00 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: RE: Making money on the internet and still keeping your
AS/400--( Was RE: AS/6000)


Ken Sims mentioned Amazon.com, which is an excellent example of why
on-line ordering is the future (even if Amazon doesn't host its web
site on an AS/400).
Two features of Amazon.com that are not available in an ordinary
catalog:
1.  When you find the book you're looking for, note the references to
other books which were bought by people who bought this book.  They
give me (the consumer) some good ideas, and increase sales for Amazon.
2.  Look at the on-line reviews, written by ordinary people who have
read the book you're thinking of buying.  There's more knowledge
available there than through an ordinary bookstore clerk or
telephone salesperson.
-Dan R.

>Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 09:04:21 -0000
>From: Colin Williams <Williamsc@technocrats.co.uk>
>Subject: RE: AS/6000
>
>Are you saying that your company has made more money because of an
>ecommmerce web site than they would have made anyway.
>To me ecommerce/internet only offers one new thing to mail order
>companies, that the catalogue/brochure is online. Apart from that, and
>the collection of customer information, does it really offer anything
>new over  telephone ordering/mail order?


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