Archive for July, 2016

HSN To Report Second-Quarter Results Aug. 4

July 14, 2016

HSN Inc. will release its second-quarter earnings Aug. 4 at 8 a.m., before the market opens, the company said Thursday.

CEO Mindy Grossman and Judy Schmeling, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, will hold a conference call at 9 a.m. to review these results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 877-307-0246 or 224-357-2394 at least five minutes prior to the call.

There will also be a simultaneous audio webcast available via the company’s website at

A replay of the conference call can be accessed until Aug. 18 by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 46663834 and will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

Will Paul Deasy’s Carico Lake Turquoise Measure Up?

July 14, 2016

Will Evine Live vendor Paul Deasy let us down again? We will soon find out.

Yesterday we ordered Paul “The Gem Insider” Deasy’s Today’s Top Value, a large Southwestern-style pendant for $177.

This flower pendant came in five gemstones, namely “Sonora Beauty” turquoise, orange spiny oyster, purple spiny oyster, white buffalo and our choice, Carico Lake turquoise.

Deasy make a big deal about the Sonora beauty, which looks like Sleeping Beauty turquoise in terms of its robin-egg blue color and lack of matrix. We could care less.

We are enchanted with Carico Lake turquoise, which comes from Nevada and is a glorious green, like a soft mint or pistachio. It’s not easy to find and is pricey. We are hoping that is what our pendant looks like.

Some of the sample Carico Lake pendants were blue, not green. We certainly take Deasy’s word that his rough came from the Nevada mine. But if it is not the characteristic green of Carico Lake turquoise, WTH?

That’s like someone saying they have some Sleeping Beauty turquoise for you, and when you get it, it’s green, not the trademark blue of that stone.

We ordered a Native-American-made artisan feather pendant from Deasy a few weeks ago that came with an inset turquoise stone. We picked the one with Carico Lake. When we got it from Evine Live, it was blue, not green.

That feather pendant went back to Evine Live the next day.

We’re hoping our gemstone flower pendant doesn’t disappoint us with its Carico Lake stones.

If it does, it will also be on its way to Minnesota shortly.

HSN Host Bill Green Steps Back To Train, Not Sell

July 8, 2016

What the hell is happening at HSN? Is is clearing-out-our-hosts time?

We just learned that veteran host Bill Green will no longer have a regular presence on-air. His finale show just aired.

“After 22 amazing years as a show host, I am taking on a new role at HSN,” Green posted on Facebook on Friday.

“I will focus on training our talented group of on-air guests. So, I am still with HSN, just now working primarily behind the scenes; however, I will come on air for special shows and events. Thank you for taking the time to write me and shopping with me for years.”

This news comes in the wake of long-time HSN host Kathy Wolf retiring.

We’ve always liked Green, finding him knowledgeable on gemstones and genial and professional.

He urged viewer to check out his own website,

QVC Parent To Release Second-Quarter Results Aug. 5

July 7, 2016

Liberty Interactive Corp., QVC’s parent, will post its second-quarter earnings Aug. 5, the company said this week.

Liberty President and CEO Greg Maffei will host a conference call to discuss results at 12:15 p.m.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session during which management will accept questions regarding both Liberty Interactive Corporation and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

During the call, Maffei may discuss the financial performance and outlook of both companies, as well as other forward looking matters.

The second-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the internet.

All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive website at to register for the webcast.

Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the website. The conference call and related materials will be archived on the website for one year.