You have got to be fucking kidding me

Tired of the bold, yet unsubstantiated claims of financial analysts, the L.A. Times turns to a bastion of data analysis for its latest story… CouponCodes4u.com.

On Thursday, the folks behind CouponCodes4u.com made a bold prediction: They say the Kindle Fire HD will outsell the iPad mini by 2 to 1.

To back up that claim, the coupon clearing house website cited data collected from its website that shows nearly twice as many searches for the words “Kindle Fire HD” compared with “iPad mini” in the last three weeks.

Pathetic.

Here’s an analogy I posted on Twitter:

Equivalent of @latimes iPad mini/Kindle story is asking Ferrari club how many will buy a Corolla, then concluding Ferrari will outsell them.



  • http://twitter.com/forty2j Jim McPherson

    This just in: Cheap people like to buy cheap goods, look for ways to make them cheaper.

    • http://www.loopinsight.com Jim Dalrymple

      Sounds cheap.

    • VGISoftware

      Let them eat cake.

      • LAN8

        Most people don’t realize the historical significance of what Marie Antoinette actually meant when she said that. At the time “cake” was a common term for the coal and soot that gunked up chimney flues (as in “caked on”, and which many poor young lads had to crawl down said chimneys to remove so the houses didn’t catch on fire). It was in fact a double entendre, most of the poor couldn’t have afforded the sugar (an expensive imported ingredient from the Caribbean at the time) for cakes (in the baked goods sense) except on special occasions like weddings or something, instead they would use things sweetened with a bit of honey or fruit/fruit juices. So she actually meant, “let them eat coal dust” whilst laughing with her friends who were eating the baked goods. She was a real b-tch, which is probably why she lost her head.

        • VGISoftware

          There are many conflicting versions of this “incident.” The details, are not nearly as significant as its concept of the “obliviousness to the plight of the poor.” I used the phrase very loosely to indicate my own obliviousness to the plight of cheapskates who find no or insufficient value in Apple products.

          • LAN8

            Got that, just was sharing something I don’t think many people know much about, and in fact turns it from “obliviousness” to downright cruelty. Nonetheless, I agree, I’d rather eat the “fully baked cake” (Apple) than some cheap Amazon sales machine “likely to flame out and cause damage in some part of my life”

          • NotBuyingIt

            So, the French soot on French chimneys is also known as gâteau (or brioche)? I think your “fact” is a load of crap, and real sources of information do not support your weird assertion.

        • ProtoShalePig

          LAN8: where fun goes to die.

  • http://www.aichon.com/ Brad

    Sheesh, haven’t they ever heard of selection bias? It’s hardly surprising that people already interested in a bargain tablet would look for additional coupons or discounts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamesadempsey James Dempsey

    It’s on the intertubes, so it’s gotta be true!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

    You know something that spurs a lot of googling?

    Uncertainty.

    One doesn’t tend to google, “Is the iPad Mini any good?” very often, if one already knows the answer.

  • http://twitter.com/rhianonjameson Rhianon Jameson

    Bonus points for the Kathleen Edwards reference!

  • Jason

    Also – why would anyone search for an iPad coupon? Everyone knows that Apple doesn’t do that.

  • David

    Good: CouponCodes4u.com’s marketing plan on a budget approach. Bad: L.A. Times getting suckered in to said marketing plan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcoot Dave Marcoot

    Who would be expecting to find an iPad mini on clearing house website to begin with?

  • Rob

    It’s like the same ‘studies’ that show that the websales of the iPhone on website X are lower then the Galaxy S3 or Lumia. People that want an iPhone (or Apple product) buy them directly from Apple, hence the lower sales on other webshops…

  • http://digitizedsociety.tumblr.com/ DigitizedSociety

    Did you just liken the Kindle Fire HD to Ferrari in your analogy?

  • Steko

    So on Google Trends, even limiting the search to the US for Amazon’s sake, iPad mini is at least 5-6 times Kindle Fire HD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Meyers/620407231 Raymond Meyers

    How are sales of Lindsay Lohan?

  • http://devnotes.posterous.com/ NotKatsu

    Oh, yeah, LA Times? Make a fight with googlefight.com — and iPad Mini kicks the butt of Kindle HD! NOW we’re talking serious reporting!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mjardeen Michael Jardeen

    When does Amazon actually have to make money?

  • http://soupisgoodfood.net soupisgoodfood

    Seems like a lot of people still don’t get how popular the iPad mini is going to be. It’s basically Toy Story 3.