Dueling Fools

Dueling Fools
June 30, 1999

Amazing Amazon
Amazon.com (6/29/99): $116 1/16

Pack your bags, we're off on a safari this week. Wild Bezos and Coveys are afoot, so tread carefully. What? You've never trekked to Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) and its e-tailing supersite?

You're in for a treat. As the undisputed leader of the online commerce movement, and a Rule Breaker Port favorite, the company has long been on the minds of us Fools. This week these two Fools just don't happen to agree.

Paul Larson (TMF Parlay) thinks the best of times is coming. Rick Munarriz (TMF Edible) expects the worse. Is this A Tale of Two Duelists I hear coming on:

It was the most bullish of times,
It was the most bearish of times. . .

Turn the page. Forget the fact that bulls and bears are rare in the Amazon jungle to begin with. The Duel is beginning and stick around to vote at the end. After you're done, line up your playthings because we have a Toys R Us (NYSE: TOY) Duel Flashback waiting.

You Get to Vote!

Once you've read the arguments and the rebuttals, it's your time to cast your vote. We'll tabulate results each week and revisit them from time to time to see whether you were right! As always, we invite you to join us in the Dueling Fools Message board to continue the duel.

[Any suggestions, comments, praise, or flames, please send them along to the Dueling Fools Team.]

The Bull...
It's been 16 months since the last Duel about Amazon, and few companies have managed to change and grow so much in such little time. The company's stock is up about 10-fold since that first Duel ran early last year, and I think more good times are ahead for Amazon and its owners.
The Bear...
What if? Check your venom toward me at the door and ask yourself that simple question. I know, I know, how dare I belittle the bellwether e-tail company. I am not a good person. Still. What if?

Results for last week's AOL vs. Excite@Home Duel

Answer Percentage
I can't make up my mind


TMF Seymor's AOL argument


TMF Max's Excite@Home argument


They were both excellent


They were both lame