I'm new to this forum (Greetings!), and I'm new to options, so I imagine that I'll ask some of the common stupid beginner questions, but please be gentle. I came up with a very simple strategy and and I wanted to know if it is workable in the real world. The one that I came up with is to buy 1 OTM call (for example) and sell 2 OTM calls a week from expiration. If I did this with AMZN, it would work out like this. I expect the stock to go down and come no where near these calls. Keep in mind the current price is 90. So the short call is $5 OTM. Sell 1 AMZN Oct 95 call @ .65 Buy 1 AMZN Oct 100 call @ .18 That's a credit of .37 per contract, or 37 dollars. Instead of doing 1 contract, do 5. So the credit would be 185 (less commission and slippage). But get this: since you'd never buy to close, you'd only get the opening commission charge and slippage! So that'd be 185 - 10 - 25 (commission & slippage). So you'd get 150 net. That doesn't sound like much, be consider you'd make this much in less than 5 days. The Oct calls expire this Friday. I know this probably violates some basic principles, such as not owning an option in the last 30 days due to increased theta decay, but it seems sound. So, what might I be missing? Thanks for any help!