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The "swashbuckling" Charlie Ergen


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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:04 AM

While this story from Business Insider is prompted by the Sprint offer, it uses some interesting anecdotal information about Charlie to paint a picture. Here's a little bit of the information:

The man behind the Dish swashbuckling is Charles (Charlie) Ergen, Dish’s chairman and co-founder. ...Here’s some key background on him:
— The self-described “country boy from Tennessee” started in the business by selling satellite dishes door-to-door with his wife, and in 1980 co-founded satellite services provider EchoStar Communications with poker buddy Jim DeFranco.
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— He’s also a former professional blackjack player. Watch out, Softbank!

 


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:17 PM

While the Sprint offer is seen largely as a call on Softbank's poker hand, I'm betting he'd snap Sprint up if the opportunity arose.

 

It seems that Sprint could use somebody to shake things up and jar them into the 21st century where personal phone service is at least as profitable as business phones service.


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:27 PM

A former professional blackjack player? Is that what they're calling card counters banned from casinos nowadays?


If you stop responding to them or put them on ignore, then eventually they'll go away.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:35 PM

what a joke...he's a walking piece of you know what!!!!....But capitalism is now lord god king.....so it fits...Steal, rape, destroy the middle class,,,Thats America now!



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:48 AM

...and Charlie Ergen forces you to be robbed, raped and ruined - how exactly?



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:49 AM

...and Charlie Ergen forces you to be robbed, raped and ruined - how exactly?

 

Well if you have no idea how corporate America works? I wont waste my breath! .......Middle class been destroyed over past 40 years, but big business is making money more than ever  before....Little guys being bout out over and over.....

 

That's just a scratch on the surface!!!!

 

Now go stick for another multi million corporation....


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:11 AM

A former professional blackjack player? Is that what they're calling card counters banned from casinos nowadays?

 

 

Somehow I have more sympathy for a "card counter" than casinos.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:01 AM

My point was that I am not forced to buy Charlie's wares.  Unlike my utilities, gas for my car, food from the supermarket, etc, TV is expendable.

When Charlie hiked some of his prices more than I wanted to pay, I pulled back.  When he offered new hardware that I was willing to pay for, I paid more.

 

He puts out a less expensive product than his competition.  The service is there, the quality is there.

 

Comparing that to being robbed for real (as I have) or raped (as a couple of my friends have) is simple ignorance.  I'd really like to see the story of someone who has been "ruined" by Charlie (with the possible exception of a disgruntled employee).



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:10 AM

...  I'd really like to see the story of someone who has been "ruined" by Charlie (with the possible exception of a disgruntled employee).

Then you should spend your time reading verdiscts of many dish and echo's lawsuits.






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