NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Several of the usual suspects lathered themselves into hysterical tizzies over the latest "Devastating Report" about Amazon.com's ( AMZN) "Kindle Business."
Short story even shorter: Jay Yarow is one of several to sound the alarm over Pacific Crest's decision to cut its Kindle Fire estimates from 8 million to 6 million units for the holiday quarter and 12.5 million to 10.5 million for next year. Yarow immediately compares Kindle Fire estimates to much loftier expectations for Apple's ( AAPL) iPad. Curiously, Yarow uses Citi's numbers (23 million iPads this Q and 83 million for fiscal year 2013) to make his point. Should we really be looking to Citi for insight on Apple? But, listen, Yarow is a sane and logical guy, just like TheStreet's Chris Ciaccia. Chris and I disagree with one another on the notion of competition between Amazon and Apple as well as the former's lofty valuation. It's all good. I understand the AMZN bear case. I also understand why very few people have the guts to short the stock. However, I can't dig why so many otherwise intelligent colleagues fall hook, line and sinker for the Amazon versus Apple meme. Next to Howard Stern, Jeff Bezos might be the most misunderstood and, by some, disrespected guy in showbiz. After 13 years with a consistent message -- we're all about investing to seize long-term opportunity -- and a exponentially increasing stock price, how can any mere mortal have the nerve to criticize Bezos? Does anybody really think the guy is dumb enough to believe Amazon can sell more tablets than Apple? He's probably shocked to unload around 30% of Apple's total in a quarter. He's not that stupid so stop making this inane comparison. Numbers don't mean a thing anyway. We do not know how many Kindle Fires Amazon sells because Amazon doesn't tell us. If you trust analyst "estimates" after the week these cats had with AAPL I have a bridge in Brooklyn up for barter. Again, consider the source. Not only did Yarow use Citi for iPad estimates, he labeled Pacific Crest's take on Kindle sales a "devastating report." Pacific Crest -- the same firm that tripped over Citi to downgrade AAPL early in the week, slashing its price target from $645 to $565. We might get there by the end of the month!