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* Amazon Central / Amazon Buys Whole Foods
« on: June 16, 2017, 11:03:36 AM »
Amazon (AMZN) is buying Whole Foods (WFM) for $13.7 billion, the companies announced on Friday.

In a statement Friday morning, the online retailer said it would buy the high-end grocer for $42 per share, more than the $33.06 per share Whole Foods closed at on Thursday.

The deal is Amazon’s biggest deal ever, topping the $1.2 billion the company paid for online footwear retailer Zappos in 2009.

After the announcement, Whole Foods shares were up 27% to trade at $41.99 per share. Amazon shares were up 3.4% in early trade on Friday to trade at around $996 per share.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy.

“Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades — they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”

John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, will remain CEO of the company and its headquarters will remain in Austin, Texas. The companies expect the deal to close in the second half of this year.
* Amazon Central / FBA negative feedback actually removed
« on: June 06, 2017, 03:01:16 PM »
Had two feedbacks last week. One was a product review (immediately removed as per the bot) and the other one was a review on Amazon's poor packaging and the subsequent damage to the book the customer received. Within a few hours, it was struck through.

There is hope for those that have had feedback issues lately. At least we know Amazon hasn't totally given up on removing/striking through unwarranted feedback.
* Amazon Central / Why American Companies Can't Trust Alibaba
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:09:09 AM »

Here's the Forbe's Article and it even mentions Amazon's problem with counterfeit goods.
* Amazon Central / Condition Box Going Away for New Items
« on: February 02, 2017, 08:40:45 PM »
Effective March 8, 2017, the Condition Note attribute will be disabled for all new products. If you do have new products listed with condition notes, the condition notes will be removed from the All Offers Page. You can still continue to use the Condition Note attribute for all other product conditions.

For more information, refer to our Condition guidelines.

Finally. Should have been done a long time ago.  Oh, the griping and whining on the Amazon forums.
* Amazon Central / Media and FBA Fee Increase
« on: February 02, 2017, 08:38:59 PM »

Since I don't do flat files or uploads, I am manually going through my inventory and increasing the price of my media products ahead of time. I sure don't want to get caught off guard.  Thankfully I don't have to worry about a lot of items in my inventory since I don't sell media exclusively.  Oh, how the moaning on forums have begun.

* Amazon Central / Welcome, February 2017!!!
« on: February 01, 2017, 07:58:31 PM »

End of the holiday return policy.
Tomorrow the groundhog comes out.
One-and-a-half weeks until the Patriots get flattened by the Falcons
Two weeks from now I can flood FBA fulfillment centers once again with tons of product
Six weeks from now is spring break
Eight-and-a-half weeks until baseball season begins
Thirteen weeks until the end of the spring semester
Thirty nine weeks until the next holiday return policy starts

* Amazon Central / Let the Split Shipments Begin!
« on: January 12, 2017, 07:38:08 PM »
So much for the joy of sending everything to one location.  Now, I have everything going to Joliet except for 4 items which are going to Dallas/Ft. Worth. Weighs all of 1.4 pounds.  Guess the shipment to Dallas won't be going in anytime soon  ;)
* Amazon Central / FBA Fees on the Rise AGAIN!
« on: December 09, 2015, 06:38:54 PM »
Well, directly from Seller Central, an announcement was made that FBA fees are going to increase.  I guess Jeff wants us to pay for HIS semi-trucks.  :s0147
* Amazon Central / Amazon down AGAIN...
« on: June 25, 2015, 02:32:49 PM »
Been having problems logging into seller central.  I keep getting a message "This account is not associated with a valid merchant/marketplace."  I can't even access the forums as an anonymous surfer via google.  Right in the middle of getting two FBA shipments prepped to ship tonight.  Guess it will wait another day.

Have already closed firefox, cleaned my system (three times) and then tried again.  First two times it worked, this last time it's a no-go.

Anyone else having issues?
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Business Website Hosting
« on: June 03, 2015, 03:07:03 PM »
I would like to tap the knowledge of other sellers.  I am wanting to develop a website that will allow me to utilize my current FBA inventory as well as allow me to create additional inventory.  I have considered a number of platforms and am leaning towards Spotify for several reasons.

What are your thoughts on Spotify?  Is it easy to use, build, and manage? 

I do not have any computer savvy when it comes to uploading files, so on Amazon I list items one by one via "add a product".  Is there an easy way I can learn how to do the files to upload on Spotify?  I want to have approximately 4-6x the amount of listings that I currently have on Amazon.  It would really suck to have to create listings one by one. 

I guess I want to know as much as possible before jumping right in.  Even if you can't answer all my questions, any thoughts provided would be greatly appreciated.
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