AdAge Examines Amazon And Apple's Mediocre Ad Products19 February 2014bzamayo.com/cocky-stingy-iadAdAge: There are few companies as admired, beloved and dominant in their industries as Amazon and Apple. So when the two ventured into the ad business (Amazon in 2008 and Apple in 2010), Madison Avenue took notice. Advertising sales are a tough slog for both – and for a lot of the same reasons. Media buyers say they are slow, cocky and downright stingy. Never would have guessed that Apple would be slow, cocky and downright stingy.