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* Amazon Central / Re: Condition Box Going Away for New Items
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:10:43 PM »
About friggin time. What part of new needs condition notes? Either it matches the listing or it doesnt and it's either new or it's not. Not a difficult concept.
* Amazon Central / Re: Negative Feedback for an FBA order
« on: January 29, 2017, 03:27:40 AM »
Yeah, I hate to say it, but it sounds like a time to use the Jeff@  addy :(  which is absolutely nuts that youd have to resort to contacting the ceo over something that should be such a simple matter.
* Amazon Central / Re: Negative Feedback for an FBA order
« on: January 25, 2017, 05:26:42 PM »
Hoo boy!  I'd be banging my head against the wall, for sure :(
In the process I learned that even if the 1st delivery attempt has been made, you can still file a vacation hold. When they go to do the 2nd delivery attempt, they will see the vacation hold and intercept it (thus delaying the 2nd delivery attempt).   

When I called in to Fedex to verify that it would indeed apply to the shipment, even though the 1st delivery attempt had been made, the person in India had no clue as to the answer.  However, an in-person visit to Fedex verified it, and my personal experience with this shipment has verified it as well.
* Amazon Central / Re: Let the Split Shipments Begin!
« on: January 22, 2017, 12:51:53 AM »
Like you, Charlotte has always been good to me & Dallas a bit slow.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: Asking for a friend
« on: January 22, 2017, 12:48:03 AM »
Good question. Have no idea what the answer is, though. :( 
Another update and a bit of a warning to anyone shipping in their phone to LG repair center - when it's shipped back, they send it Fedex with direct signature required. That means that it MUST be signed for by someone at the address, and it cannot be held at a Fedex facility for pickup (it must be delivered to the address). 

According to the webpage, you can pay an upcharge and have it redirected somewhere else. But, I've also seen that same page (on other similar shipments) then error out saying that it cant be redirected. So, I dunno if you can do that with the LG shipment or not.

What you can do, if you're not going to be home during the 3 times they will attempt to deliver it - you can file a vacation hold for all shipments to your house. This will allow you to delay the delivery (up to 15 days if I remember correctly) and set it to be delivered on a day you will be there (e.g. on a Saturday).  You can also pay an upcharge to have it delivered on a specific date.
Results? Under warranty (despite being bought used on ebay) and a one day turn around at LG.  That's service :)
* Amazon Central / Re: Any rumors for free removals from warehouse?
« on: January 08, 2017, 12:04:56 AM »
Yeah, all long tail items are now no longer Amazon FBA viable. :(   As a consumer, I often turned to Amazon for those hard to find items, knowing that not only would it most likely be listed, but that there would also probably be at least one unit in a warehouse that can be delivered to me within 2 days. 

The consumers that have been trained to look to Amazon for hard to find items, and that aren't aware of the changes, are most likely wondering what the hell happened? Why is everything they look for no longer Prime eligible?   

I suspect Amazon's opening up of Prime shipping to FBM items is their rationale that many long tail items will still be available to the consumers with Prime, but that's not really the case. Many vendors don't have the volume necessary to enable them to ship to customers within 2 days without incurring huge shipping fees.

* Amazon Central / Re: Any rumors for free removals from warehouse?
« on: January 06, 2017, 07:47:39 AM »
The loss of the one unit exemption really sucks!  Amazon wants to have a wide catalog, yet wants to fee us to death at the same time. :(
So, keeping in mind that if they get enough reports of bootloop, they *might* officially & publicly acknowledge the bootloop problem with the V10s like they did for the G4, I sent LG an email, pointing out that I understand my V10 isn't under warranty because it was bought used, but here's the build info on it so that their techs can add it to their list for tracking the issue.  I got an email back saying that they have two different warranty policies.  One is 12 months after purchase, when purchased from an official vendor, the other is a simple 15 months after the date of mfg printed under the battery!  So, they *might* repair it at no charge and gave me a prepaid shipping label for sending it in.

Crossing fingers and toes that they do fix it for me at no charge.  After all, it is a mfg. issue. . .    It'll mean that I have two high end phones, but that's okay. I can always use a spare, right?   :h0035  /says quietly to himself, "I'm not a hoarder, I'm not a hoarder"  :laugh

From what I've read, it takes around a month for repair turnaround time, but I'll keep updating with what happens (if they say it'll cost to repair, etc).
@Suthrn - glad to hear :) 

@Scooters- yeah, older LGs are great phones.  Dunno what happened to them.  From what I've been reading, it's a soldering issue combined with excessive heat.  Latest phones tend to get really hot. Add that to weak solder. . .  Some think it might be because of move towards reducing amount of lead in products (electronic solder has lead in it) but dunno.

I went ahead and took the plunge for the LG V20 because it has nearly every feature I want (removable battery, good camera, lots of memory, SD card, FM radio enabled, NFC payments/Android Pay). Would love for it to have front facing, stereo speakers, but alas. . .
Okay, as crazy as it is, even though your phone is at room temp, if you have the boot loop problem, put it in the freezer for 10 mins (sans battery) and you'll be able to turn it on!  Then, QUICKLY back up your data (using LG Bridge or other methods). 

Note: some people (including myself) have found that they have to leave the phone in the freezer while backing up their data.  Thank goodness for extra long USB cables!  And some have found that they only get one shot at it, so would be best to go ahead and plan on leaving it in freezer during the data backup.

Bootloop issues have been found with phones mfg in Oct of 2015 (when mine was made) and in Jan of 2016. 

@SuthrnJewel - if you bought a V10, I'd return it. There's no excuse for a phone dying after only 10 months of use (I've used mine 10 months).  Those of us that have had these die seem to all be people that are fairly heavy users and thus the phone frequently being warm to hot.
Well, sadly, it appears it was a sign of things to come. Now I can't turn my LG V10 phone on at all :(  I get the LG logo screen, and then it goes blank. I figured it was a case of the phone needing to recalibrate the battery and that triggering a bug.  However, it seems to be worse than that. I'm finding widespread reports of the V10 having this boot loop problem, with some people having theirs replaced 3x under warranty.  So, if your LG V10 starts having trouble turning on, even if you get it working normal again (like I did), get your docs and other data off of it ASAP.

Even with this problem (and the huge financial hit I've taken with it) I'm still going to buy a V20. Why? For one, LG is one of the few mfgs that still does removable batteries. Plus, I loved my V10 and it's 2nd screen for quick access to various apps and settings.  That being said, this time I'm buying new, that way it comes with mfg. warranty, especially since LG seems to have some sort of problem in the mfg. process that's plaguing their phones (bootloop in G4 and now V10, and bugs in the G5).

Oops!  Forgot about it.  :-[ Thanks for reminder.
sounds like a step in the right direction.
Best part of Prime, if the parcel is late, you get another free month of Prime.

This season I've scored 5 free months.  In the past 2 yrs I've scored a total of around 19 months.  :h0035  I have yet to pay the newer $99 price

Seriously, though, what I like about it is that I can (pretty much) count on when something is going to arrive. What with all the traveling I do, that's important.
* Amazon Central / Re: U.S. FBA fee changes - effective February 22, 2017
« on: December 19, 2016, 01:40:18 PM »
I've been doing likewise, looking more closely at each item.  I've also marked down some long tail items to move them on out, even if it's at a net loss.
Agreed. I seldom watch Amazon Prime Video because the offerings are pretty slim.  They do sometimes have videos that cant be found elsewhere, though.

Some of their originals are great, some of mediocre. Currently working my way through Man in the High Castle, Series 2.
The V20 has QuickCharge 3.0 (80% charge ability in 30 mins) and some other good features.  They enhanced some of the features of the V10 when they built the V20, such as better audio recording ability for the camcorder function.  However, the V20 camcorder doesn't have a manual mode (whereas the V10 has a manual mode for camcorder settings).

The LG G5 has an extended battery pack module you can pop on & QuickCharge 3.0. 

If I had to replace my V10 today, I'd either go with another V10 (partly because I have 3 batteries for it and an external battery charger for it), a G5 because of the modules for it, or the V20.  All are good units from what I've read, and all can be rooted.

Whichever model one goes with, I'd definitely recommend an external battery charger (especially considering what I went through with my V10) and a spare battery or two.

The Qi wireless charging is an add-on.  You buy the Qi sticker and stick it on under the battery cover. Pretty easy to do, but not really worth it aside from possibly having it on your nightstand for overnight charging.

If V10 or V20, I'd recommend a smart sleep flip cover.  They'll also have a cutout that lets you view the second screen without opening the cover (so can see incoming calls & msgs, see clock, etc).

BTW, my phone has decided to fully go back to normal.  Now if it shuts off automatically, I can plug it in to charge without any hassles about charging or booting.  I *think* what was going on was that it had to relearn the battery capacity.

Samsung brand QuickCharge 2.0 charger (not 3.0) from Amazon  ONLY buy it from Amazon. There are 3P sellers on the listing selling fakes.  B&H Photo price is $24, whereas Amazon price is under $10.  My guess is Amazon's price has been driven down by the people selling fakes on the listing.
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