Staples.com not a cash drain. Leading office supply people on internet. YHOO, AMZN. these are cash drains.
Staples.com will generate more revenue because its cheap to operate on the internet, and also the common things people buy in the brick and mortor stores, like pens, pencils, paper, office supplies, ect. need no feel and touch. People generally know what they want when they go to staples, now they won't even have to leave their homes or business' to get them.
Also this will benefit those who have small business' which is growing substantially in number. SPLS on its way up with or without u..IMHO GO SPLS!!!
As far as YHOO is concerned, it is one of the few Internet companies that actually makes a profit. YHOO's stock is overpriced but it is profitable and it has positive cash flows from operations. Know the facts before you post.
You're right about Yahoo now being profitable, and Staples.com starting out in the red. However, staples.com is still in the investment/buildout stage, so a lot of that "red" money is going to building out their strategy. AMZN is certainly running out of excuses for their continued losses. Because Staples management has consistently proven themselves, time and time again, it is a reasonably good bet that they'll be able to run the .com operation successfully (in the black) once they've completed their initial buildout.
You can obviously read financial statements, so I'm sure you can also look at charts: If you invested in Yahoo BEFORE they became profitable, you would have made a lot more money than if you waited until well after they turned profitable. The same will likely be true with Staples.com. The main difference here is that the company management has already proven themselves in many respects. Although the internet side is a bit different from their old R&D operation, they've definitely earned the benefit of the doubt. Trust in management, and follow through by management is what makes stocks go up, and stay up. So if you want to somehow bash this company's prospects down when they issue their tracking stock, you'll have to discredit managements strategies. Good luck, dude!