I'm an SBUX long but I think this is funny,
especially when you read it in Jacke Mason's
Starbucks is the best example of a phony status symbol
means nothing. People will pay 10x as much for
Starbucks because there are French words all over the
place. You want coffee in a coffee shop,that's 60
But at Starbucks,
Cafe Latte: $3.50.
Cafe Suisse: $9.50.
For each French word,
another four dollars. Why does a little cream in coffee
make it worth $3.50? Go intoany coffee shop; they'll
give you all the cream you want until you're blue in
the face. Forty million people are walking around in
coffee shops with jars of cream: "Here's all the cream
you want!" And it's still 60 cents. You know why?
Because it's called "coffee." If it's Cafe Latte - $4.50.
You want cinnamon in your coffee? Ask for cinnamon in
a coffee shop; they'll give you all the cinnamon
Do they ask you for more money because
it's cinnamon? It's the same price for cinnamon in
your coffee as for coffee without cinnamon - 60 cents,
that's it. But not in Starbucks. Over there, it's
Cinnamonnier - $9.50.
You want a refill in a regular coffee
shop, they'll give you all the refills you want until
you drop dead. You can come in when you're 27 and
keep drinking coffee until you're 98. And they'll
start begging you: "Here, you want more coffee, you
want more, you want more?" Do you know that you can't
get a refill at Starbucks? A refill is a dollar
fifty. > Two refills,
$4.50. Three refills,
$19.50. So, for four cups of coffee - $350.
burnt coffee. It's burnt coffee at Starbucks, let's be
honest about it. If you get burnt coffee in a coffee
shop, you call a cop. You say, "It's the bottom of the
pot. I don't drink from the bottom of the pot.
when it's burnt at Starbucks, they say, "Oh, it's a
blend." It's a blend? "It's a special bean from
Argentina....." The bean is in your head.
Local supermarkets in WIS now carrying Starbucks.
In Supermarkets and via the net are the best way to
market to the smaller towns not big enough to have a
Starbucks retail outlet. People want their Starbucks at
Very little money will have to be invested to increase
revenue these ways.
My wife and her friends are crazy
about this stuff. Lot's of people are crazy for coffee!
That's why I bought 200,000 shares. OOps, I meant 200
Just went to my local super market in Ohio
(Heinen's) and found Starbucks on the shelf. Further inroads
in markets a great product. In addition, the pricing
was around $6 for 3/4 of a pound, again another smart
marketing move keeping the dollar price not so out of line
with other brands in the store. "It looks like a pound
and it feels like a pound, it must be a pound. So
what if it says 12 oz."
Wonder when the last time you been in a SBUX. If
you have you would know that a cup of coffee is NOT
4.00, for a large quality cup of coffee you pay a
little less than 2.00, get a nice roof to socialize
under. Your ignorance is showing, 1.50 is the price for
muffins at most of the Delis around here.
WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) - Hsing-Hsing, the
most famous giant panda in the United States, is
living a more active life thanks to his love of
blueberry muffins -- but only if they come from Starbucks
Brenda Morgan, the zoo keeper and primary
care giver for Hsing-Hsing at the National Zoo, first
gave the 28-year-old panda the special muffin as a
treat a few months ago and now gives it with his
medicine to help stabilize his condition. The famous
panda, diagnosed with severe kidney dysfunction earlier
this summer, will only take the medication if Morgan
hides it inside a Starbucks blueberry muffin.
"He loves these muffins and he wouldn't take the
medication by itself. So to solve our problem, we had to
trick him," she told Reuters on Friday.
Hsing-Hsing, one of a panda pair given to the United States by
China in 1972, took a liking to the muffin but was very
picky about the brand.
Morgan said Hsing-Hsing
"would take a bite and then spit out any muffin that
wasn't Starbucks. He wouldn't even try the fat-free
For weeks, the panda's keepers would go
every day to a Starbucks near the zoo and spend $1.50
each for the blueberry muffins.
"We would have
to take turns because it was starting to get pretty
expensive for us," Morgan said.
A Starbucks manager
became intrigued about the sudden popularity of the
muffins and was finally told by Lucy Spelman,
Hsing-Hsing's veterinarian, where they were going. Now, the
manager gives the zoo day-old muffins every day for free.
Although, according to the zoo keepers, the kidney disease
is not reversible, the famous panda is much more
active and comfortable as a result of the medication he
Hsing-Hsing arrived with
Ling-Ling, a female panda, as a gift from China on April 16,
1972, as a result of President Richard Nixon's historic
visit that opened diplomatic doors with China.
In the wild, giant pandas live about 15 years. But
in captivity they may live well into their 20s.
Ling-Ling was 23 when she died of a heart attack on Dec.
Don't take too much pleasure in the JPMorgan
upgrade, the analyst called it perfectly slapping the
underperform rating on the stock at 38 with a 30 one-year
price target, and only two months later put it back at
a market perform at 25. That's about the best
scripted Underperform rating I've ever seen.
analysts aside, I think we have solid support here at
24-25 and with the Internet worries lifting, feel like
the 900-pound gorilla that's been dragging sbux down
might almost be off our backs. Strong core growth will
put us at 35-40 times next years earnings which has
been a traditional level for the stock, and there is
plenty of room for international expansion as well as
additional brand introductions (like the Berries 'n' Cream
tiazzi that I drink three of per week) here in the
States. SBUX has the market knowledge and the gumption to
pull it off, and while this will not be an overnight
rocket to the moon, these are nice levels to get some
shares for a long term hold.
Cheers and good
Was waiting for a reason to own sbuk, Today
looked like the one, so Starbucks you have a new holder,
How long is up to you!
In any case I still love
your coffee, Did some sub-contracting for sbuk and was
always impressed with there quality business model, If
the markets can hold up we should all have a bit of