In Amazon's case it consistently reinvests in itself through new developments, acquisitions, and a constantly expanding universe. If you back out the money it has spent on acquisitions and capital expenditures over the last few years, the company is actually attractively priced. However, this needs to be kept in perspective, as Amazon as a company has reinvestment and expansion at its core, so it's unlikely that it will ever cease capital expenditures and acquisitions.
Keep in mind that this company still has zero debt and that online purchases still make up less than 10% of total retail transactions, and it becomes clear why Amazon would want to keep that money churning back into internal growth instead of letting it hit the bottom line.
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