that merely will provide the fuel for more upside and perplex even more shorts. See the Seeking Alpha article previewing AMZN earnings below and read the comments on the "cartel" to it. You might learn somethiing beyond being a "PE" investor. Sounds like you are more a "PE:" short trader.
Good point about Hurrican Sandy. The only argument against it would be the notion of catch-up transactions or goods replacement later in the quarter, whatever that may be. I was stuck in Lower Manhattan for Sandy week while there for a work trip, I can say first hand that there was almost no commerce taking place other than repairs and food. This really is a game of inches with AMZN with their tight, unforgiving margins, so this does matter.