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Episode Info: Amazon Is Everywhere Amazon, the company,seems to be everywhere, much like the river in South America it was named after. Amazon started in 1995 with a single book sale out of Jeff Bezos’ Seattle area garage and has since grown to over 135 billion of revenue in 2016. Here's a bit of the history of Amazon's stock price and revenue over the years Stock price: May 16, 1997 $1.73 Dec 31, 1999 $76.12 Sep 28, 2001 $5.97 Nov 21, 2008 $37.87 Dec 31, 2010 $180.00 Dec 2012 $245 Dec 2014 $309 Dec 2015 $676 Dec 2016 $750 Nov 27 2017 ~$1,200 Revenue: 1995: ~1 million 1997: 148 million 2000: 2,762 2005: 8,490 2010: 34,200 2015: 107,000 2016: 135,000 Who knows where/what Amazon will go or do next but it’s obvious that Amazon is here to stay and has forever changed the shopping landscape.You can use Amazon to buy just about anything, from just about anywhere and have it show up where you want it in as quick as a couple of hours. Wow, talk about convenience! I’ve been a user/fan of Amazon for nearly 20 years. Member since Sept 1998 Used Amazon to purchase just about everything over the years, from Cat food to flat screen TV Amazon Spending (Sept 1998-Nov 2017): $16793.74 Good vs Evil The question is, “Is Amazon good for you, or it an evil scheme to get all your money? Let’s explore that a little more and see what the answer might be. Amazon is a fantastic resource, it increases access to a variety of products, makes shopping convenient, and it can save time and money if used properly. Some say Amazon has destroyed local businesses and is negatively impacting the retail landscape, much like Jeff bezos’ quote alluded to. The answer? It’s both good and evil, depending how you utilize it: Overspending can happen anywhere, not just on Amazon, so it’s up to you to plan for and spend your money within your means. Don’t blame Amazon (or anywhere else) if you overspend. The key is to have a plan for your money before you start allocating it. Don’t always assume that the price on Amazon is the best. Do your research. Visit CamelCamelCamel as a resource for price checking on items you may be considering. Use Google Shopping or some other similar service to research/check prices. The Fun Money Segment-Meditation Meditation is one of the best things you can do to relex, destress, re-energize and improve your life. Unfortunately meditation has also gotten a reputation of being difficult, time consuming and elitist. Well, it isn’t any of those at all. You can re
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