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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon: Wax Melts and Maintenance Fee = Huh?
« on: July 01, 2017, 03:48:19 PM »
I hear ya. It used to be so easy to find stuff and so uncluttered. Now it's a disaster.  :(
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* Amazon Central / Re: Bahahahahaha!
« on: July 01, 2017, 03:47:12 PM »
Well, Amazon (without my asking) either replaced or upgraded the shipping (hard to tell, they sent me a new tracking # via txt msg that doesn't show in my orders) and it was changed to overnight UPS with Saturday delivery.  BUT now it's in Illinois for delivery :rotfl :rotfl :rotfl
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So I've been thinking about this whole Amazon Cash thing.  It hasn't made much sense, since you can just buy an Amazon gift card and do the same thing, but then it hit me. I think this is another step towards Amazon providing banking services and becoming the primary method of paying for goods and debts. 

It can easily work like a checking account, especially if they let you use it to pay at Whole Foods, eventually get B&M retailers to accept it as a payment method, and finally get utility companies and such to accept it.  When Amazon takes over the world of commerce (and that's not that big of a leap), providing banking services as well would be a logic step for them.

Now they also have a deal where you can link your bank account to Amazon and load your Amazon account similar to transferring money to your PayPal account.  Currently they're giving you a 2% bonus (E.g. transfer $100, get $102).  https://www.amazon.com/b?node=15452216011  A recent news article said Amazon is doing all of this (Amazon Cash and Prime Reload) in order to avoid credit card fees. However, I can't help but think it's bigger than that, especially knowing how Amazon plays the long game.  And, avoiding credit card fees doesn't explain the Amazon Cash thing.  Attracting consumers that don't have bank accounts while at the same time avoiding the expense of shipping out all of those physical gift cards does explain Amazon Cash, but nonetheless. . .

Crap, now I'm gonna have nightmares
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For those that don't know, Amazon has a new method of payment called Amazon Cash.  You go to any CVS, GameStop, or one of a few other retailers, show them a barcode that links to your Amazon account, they scan it, you give them however much you want added to your account, and it gets loaded onto your Amazon account.

It's exactly like buying an Amazon gift card, except you don't have to go home and type in the code in order to get it added to your Amazon account.

This is part of their plans to try to lure more of WalMart's customers away, to try to increase their lower income customer base.  However, I really don't see how it's any more convenient than typing in the card's number when you get home. In fact, it seems more of a pain since you don't always have your phone with you when you go into a store, and if you're lower-income (or really poor) you might not even have a smart phone.  So I just don't get it.  The only benefit I see is that the stores don't have to stock a physical pile of Amazon gift cards.  But there's ways around that as well. For example, they could key in the phone number that's linked to your Amazon account (which could be a landline or a cell #) *shrug*

That being said, in order to get people to try it, they're offering a $10 credit if you will use it to add $20 or more to your account.

The $20 can be paid using a variety of payment methods. You can pay with cash, debit card, credit card, gamestop trade in credits (if at a gamestop, of course), and any other payment method that the store will regularly let you use when buying an Amazon gift card.  Note: you cannot use gift cards (such as GameStop gift cards or CVS gift cards) and some store clerks have refused to allow people to use their credit card or debit card, despite the fact that you can.

Get your barcode for your Amazon account at https://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?&node=16955883011

$20 must be added to your account by July 31st.
$10 promo credit will expire August 31st.
Promo credit will only work on items sold by Amazon.com


Also a very handy link - Ever get told by Amazon customer service that they're going to give you a promo credit for whatever reason and you want to confirm that they actually did, since they mess up so frequently?  Most promo credits can only been seen by adding an item to your cart and then going to the checkout system, but there's a better way.  Sign in to Amazon,  go to https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/features/unbox-process-gcpromo.html?&getBalance=1&showMobileApps=1&useAUI=1, and it will show you all of your current promo credits.
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* Amazon Central / Bahahahahaha!
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:11:21 PM »
I think this is a first for me.  Amazon order I placed that was supposed to arrive today in Oklahoma got delayed because instead of going from TX to Okla, it ended up in California  :laugh

I've had both incoming orders and outbound shipments end up misdirected, with a woot order going up to Illinois or somewhere like that (been so long ago I don't remember exactly) and my outgoing ending up in all sorts of odd places, but I can't remember one ever ending up all the way in San Bernardino, Calif.   :laugh

According to the rules, I should get another month of Prime for free, but the last 3 times I've been told I've exceeded my 12x per year limit.  In actuality I got 12 free months last year and 12 free the year before, and my new 12-month time-period started a few months ago, but I guess they decided two full years free in a row is my limit.   :rotfl   They have been good about giving me a $5 credit in lieu of, so there's that  (even though a month of Prime prorates to $8.25)

Edit - this time got a $10 credit in lieu of  :D!
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon: Wax Melts and Maintenance Fee = Huh?
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:52:47 PM »
Looks like they actually listened this time.  Pro Assembly no longer an option
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M14N4UG?ref_=n_em_table_TDPCh_att

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So far security aspect looks okay.  In the process of all of this, I did discover a bug that I reported (which was what caused so many headaches for me in getting email working).  In their control panel, you can select which PCI compliance issues to do or to not do (e.g. use TSL1.0 on webserver or not to use), BUT any changing of any PCI settings kills their dovecot mailserver.  It's been booted up the chain to the server tech team.

Also, worth mentioning, their email client settings info is out of date.  It references using unsecure connection on ports 110 & 25 - that no longer works (at least it didnt for me).  The correct settings are:

server name (both incoming & outgoing):
<your-acct-name>.magemojo.com  E.g. mystore.magemojo.com
username:
your full email acct  E.g. sales@mystore.com

POP3 incoming
  use TSL
  port 995
POP3 outgoing
  use TSL
  port 465

IMAP incoming
  use SSL/TSL
  port 993
IMAP outgoing
  use SSL/TSL
  port 465

If using Outlook, see my fix in other thread http://ecommercesellersmotivators.com/index.php?topic=20587.msg159322#msg159322 to force Outlook to use TSL1.1 & 1.2
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A bit more on the TSL1.0 thing - I just came across the fact that unless you're letting Windows7 automatically do updates (which many people aren't) it reportedly doesn't have TSL1.1 or 1.2 support. 

Just think of all those people out there running 7 without latest updates.  Not to mention all the people that are still using XP or Vista. That's a huge customer base to be blocking out from ecommerce sites.

On the plus side, think of all the internet cafes in Nigeria and such that are still using older systems. That's a win  :P
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon: Wax Melts and Maintenance Fee = Huh?
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:43:39 PM »
Out of curiosity I added it to cart. Turns out the assembly is TV Stand or Media Storage Assembly - Media Cabinet
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00STRX6AC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A3B7IR9N9L67RD&psc=1

Of course the big question is how the heck did wax melts become classified as a TV stand or media cabinet?

I reported it too as a buyer, using the incorrect product info link.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon: Wax Melts and Maintenance Fee = Huh?
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:40:13 PM »
Good grief!
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Spent tons of time trying to find how to get Outlook to not use TSL1.0, and FINALLY found it.  If your server has TSL1.0 turned off for PCI compliance, you can't use Outlook to access your emails, and you have Windows7 or higher, it's an easy registry fix.

run regedit
go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\Schannel\Protocols
create key named: TLS 1.1
create another key named: TLS 1.2
inside of each of those, create a key named: Client
inside each of the Client keys, create a DWord value named: DisabledByDefault
leave value of each instances of DisabledByDefault set to 00000000
reboot the machine

now, in outlook, edit the email account(s) to where it uses TSL encryption for connecting to the account(s)

Another option is to simply use Thunderbird, the latest version of it has TSL1.1 and 1.2 enabled by default.

To simplify the process of editing the registry, I have attached files to fix it (for windows7,8,&10) for you.  Simply run the two attachments and they will add those keys/subkeys/and DWord values auto-magically

Thanks to RainingForks blog for the info on how to fix it
http://www.rainingforks.com/blog/2015/how-to-allow-outlook-to-connect-with-tlsv1-1tlsv1-2.html

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I just spent a good chunk of the day pulling my hair out over trying to get outlook to connect to the email server for the new host.  I finally figured out what was going on.  By default, TSL1.0 is disabled, due to the new PCI compliance issues.  However, Outlook 2010 and older wont work without TSL1.0 being available on the server side of things. 

From my understanding, the completely disabling of TSL1.0 doesn't have to be done until July of 2018, so I (and the tons of other people using older versions of Outlook) have a year to get that resolved.  *phew*  edit - people are reporting that they are failing their PCI scans even though the date isn't here yet and that they're having to protest the results.

If all else fails, the workaround will be to host email on a separate server, such as godaddy email.

If you're unable to get your email client to connect to your new host, check into whether or not they have TSL1.0 disabled. 
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Worth mentioning, Magemojo uses a VDS configuration (virtual dedicated server) rather than VPS (virtual private server).  The difference being that a VDS has fewer software layers between the virtual server and the hardware and thus, at least in theory, faster performance.
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Thanks.  Figure it's just life keeping me on my toes  ;)
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I've gotten everything electrical fixed/replaced except for the climbing up the pole to fix the second yard light. The transformer, capacitor, or both, got killed. :( 
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I can say this for them, their admin controls are much easier to use than previous host. Setting up emails, setting up SSL certificate, etc., are all super easy to find in the admin panel and only a few clicks involved.
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* Web Site & Search Engines / eCommerce Hosting - Magento & Magemojo
« on: June 27, 2017, 02:36:19 AM »
So, as most of ya know, when I was selling ecig stuff, I examined a few different options, settled on Magento, and really liked it.  The only real problem I had with it was that my VPS host didn't have their server optimized for Magento, causing it to be slow at times (even kicking out some timeout errors) and any optimization of the server was up to me to deal with.  And, at the time I couldn't readily find a host that was focusing on Magento, except for a couple of very high priced ones.

My current host and software for jewelry site is no longer PCI compliant, due to the newer encryption and connection requirements and I've had it turned off for awhile until I could sit down and take the time to figure out what I wanted to do -- change software but keep host after getting host to update server, change hosts and get software patched, change both host and software, go to a fully managed ecommerce site such as shopify and move email hosting to godaddy, or what.

Well, I've done lots of looking and pricing and digging and finally settled on Magemojo for a host.  Their servers are configured to be fully PCI compliant, they focus specifically on hosting Magento stores, they will set up Magento for you and assist with your move from your current host, are reasonably priced (starter VPS packages are $58/month), include email server hosting, and so far I've had a good experience with their tech support.  They respond to all tickets promptly (claim 15 mins or less), 24/7.  On my current ticket they responded within 9 mins and their responses are in readable english!  They also have several Magento-related help pages available for their customers, saving both them and the customer many a headache.

While it's too early for me to give them a full review, if you're looking for a new host for an ecommerce site, you might consider Magemojo.

I'll try to remember to update this thread as my customer experience with them continues.
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Came across this article when pondering how popular is it for people to spell the word jewellery with two l's and the extra e Vs. the Americanized spelling of jewelry.

http://grammarist.com/spelling/jewelry-jewellery/

What I found really interesting is in the comments area.  There's a poster that says that the number of searches for jewellery is higher than the number of searches for jewelry, even though the CPC for campaigns is higher for jewelry than for jewellery.

So it just goes to show that for SEO, one's first thought might not be the best one (in this case using the American spelling of the word jewelry on website).  It also makes me wonder what other similar instances there are that the alternative spelling or term might be better for SEO.
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Surge protector is in the meter (behind it) and lighting hit secondary yard light that is on our side of the meter, thus on our side of the surge protector  :-(
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I've been so distracted with various things (roof repair, things zapped by lightning strike incl. DSL modem, RV repairs, buying trip, etc.) that I had completely forgotten about Prime Day  :-[
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