I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently.
- Why It’s Nearly Impossible To Stop This Amazon and eBay Scheme – people are “selling” on eBay using Amazon-to-eBay arbitrage to avoid actually selling anything. Reminds me of affiliate link PPC arbitrage of the early 2000’s. If you have your own brand/product, this is something to look out for [Entrepreneur]
- A Mormon Tycoon Wants to Build Joseph Smith’s Mega-Utopia in Vermont – David Hall is buying up land in Vermont near the birthplace of Joseph Smith to build a sustainable utopia [Businessweek]
- Are Juiced Balls The New Steroids? – home runs are way up in baseball. This analysis seems to point towards the baseballs being the cause [FiveThirtyEight]
- Dollar Shave Club And The Disruption Of Everything – as a former Schick engineer, I’ve been watching closely as DSC surpassed Schick in razor sales in just a few years. It’s not about the razors (which comparatively suck), it’s about the business model and the marketing [Stratechery]
- Everything we love to eat is a scam – the reality is that you don’t truly know what’s in your food unless you prepare it yourself (and probably grow it yourself, or at least buy it locally direct from a farmer) [NY Post]
- The Strange Story Of A Murdered Banker In Puerto Rico – a gripping story involving the role of the religion Santeria in the murder of an American executive in Puerto Rico [Businessweek]
That’s it for this month. If you’re interested in more stories like this check out the Monthly Link Roundup archive.