On 10/17/2011 7:52 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Well while I agree that 500% is pretty darn high, it is not unheard of
of providing we are talking about GP vs net. Although profit margins are
generally focused on GP and not net.
Clothing is one that comes to mind. For example a Columbia Sportswear
Outlet store near me sell shirts for $11.99. I have seen the exact same
brand and style shirt on their web site and at sporting goods stores for
$65.00. While the $11.99 is a marked down price the store is making a
profit. Guess where I buy these shirts from?
Valve stems for you vehicle tires. When I was in the tire business the
stems cost me 10 cents each, sold them for $1 each.
Rockler brand accessories, sacrificial fence clamps, cost <50 cents per
pair, retail >$15.
On 10/18/2011 10:06 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Understood from an investors point of view. Having always worked with
GP and net profit with in a company and net profit margins not being a
consideration for the employees the GP margin was always the one that
came to mind.
Very well could be but a majority of the items in that store are at
greatly reduced prices. And since we actually talking about net I am
sure that this is not the norm for the company as a whole.
90%.. Sorry!!! Misread everything. I was thinking mark up percentage.
As long as there is a cost involved a GP margin above 99.9% is all but
Many people don't understand the difference between % margin and %
Margin of profit on selling price vs profit mark up from cost price.
Margin (ofter called points) : I buy for $3.00 and sell for $ 6.00,
make 50% margin.
Mark-up : I buy for $ 3.00 and sell for $ 6.00, make 100% markup.
( sell for 9 bucks, I make 200% mark up... and so on.)
If I buy an item for $1 and sell it for $2, that's a 100% *markup*. If I
sell it for $10 that's a 1000% markup, and if I sell it for $100 that's a
Even if my overhead is fifty cents, I'm still doing quite well at a
This may not be a profit percentage, but it's what most folks would
consider a profit.
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
An aside, but FWIW, the '286 had a full set of protection mechanisms--
what it lacked was the ability to virtualize itself and run code written
for a machine with protections disabled in a protected virtual machine.
Unix System V ran fine on the 80286 with all the protections in place,
but there wasn't a way to run a DOS box under Unix other than by
switching the CPU to unprotected mode and back. And there was a bug in
the hardware that caused problems with that switch--Novell, AT&T, and
others managed to work around the bug, but somehow Digital Research
never did and lost a lot of momentum as a result.
For sheer simplicity, and elegance, the CDC 6600 was hard to beat.
Five(5!!) opcode mnemonics accounted for over _half_ the hardware
instruction set. you didn't need a 'cheat sheet' (aka "green card",
"yellow card", or whatever) to keep track of the instruction set.
If you had any experience with any assembler language, you could
learn assembler for the 6600 in a single afternoon. The *entire*
language -- well enough to start writing real applications.
Now, the closer to the 'bare metal' you got, the 'stranger' the hardware
got, but it _had_ it's endearing characteristics. *MUCH* to the annoyance
of the pure computer-science types, and for any data set* up to the
size of main memory, a carefully hand-coded one-key _bubble-sort_ would
out-perform _any_ other sorting algorithm.
Oh yeah, 'self-modifying code' was an integral part of the architecture.
At the _hardware_ level. You could _not_ do significant programming on
the machine without using self-modifying code.
And to add to the fun "CPU HALT" was a legitimate _user_mode_ (i.e.
'unprotected') instruction. In fact, it was the 'preferred' way for
a user program to exit. *great* fun. <grin>
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