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* Amazon Central / Something wonky this way comes
« on: May 24, 2017, 08:02:56 AM »
I'm not sure when it started. I only noticed it this week. Addresses have been messed up when printed by Amazon.

For years, my ship to address for Amazon purchases has been:
(My Name)
(Business Name)
(Street Address)
(City) (State) (ZIP)

Recently I noticed that shipping labels are printing as:
(My Name)
(Business Name) (Street Number)
(Street Name)

When I look at my address book, it has business name in Address Line 1 and Street Address (number and name) in Address Line 2.  I don't know if it's always been that way (with business name in Addr1) or not. I haven't looked closely at it in years.

When looking at order invoices and other areas of Amazon, it displays my address correctly (with the street number on same line as street name). Likewise, when viewing the address in the address book and other areas, it displays correctly. It seems to only happen when they actually print the shipping label.

I'm not aware of this being an issue before, with the exception of some 3rd party FBM orders.  This has even resulted in one order being flagged by the post office as invalid address, return to sender (I went to post office to intercept).  Maybe this is why I've had so many late deliveries the past few years (so many that I haven't paid for Prime in two years)?  My late delivery rate really isn't outside the norm, though, at around 1.5%.

All of my items for sale are FBA, so I have no clue if my customer addresses are being mangled in a similar manner or not, however I wouldn't be surprised if they are.

Posting so that everyone that is FBM is aware that there is an issue.  I'd recommend being on alert when printing FBM labels.
There was one that begged me for feedback while I was having a difficult time with them (item was defective and after I notified them, I got an email outlining their return policy and how I'd have to pay a restocking fee and return shipping -- meanwhile the feedback request was automatically sent to me).  I sent them an email back asking if they were sure they wanted my feedback since they were violating amazon policy with their crap about me having to pay return shipping and restocking fee on a defective item.  :0771

Needless to say they backpedaled very quickly.
Thanks for the heads up
Just tried (I rarely use facebook or chrome) and it worked fine for me.  Chrome Version 58.0.3029.96 (64-bit) on Windows 10 64-bit Home Edition

In the process of checking, came across some really cool work by a metalsmith artist.  He's doing bonsai trees made from bundles of wire.

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* Amazon Central / Re: Negative Feedback for an FBA order
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:40:03 PM »
I woulda, but bought as gifts and they were of a tv series that's hard to find here in the states  (easy to find if you want region 2 dvds, but region 1, not so much).  Which made it really suck that I found myself in the position of giving cutouts as gifts, but. . .

* Amazon Central / Re: Negative Feedback for an FBA order
« on: May 03, 2017, 09:37:02 AM »
Crazy that you'd have to go through all of those hoops.  Meanwhile, a FB I left for an FBA seller that sent in cutout DVDs and listed them as new (with condition note of brand new) got quietly pulled by Amazon (I'm sure at seller request) without any notification to me and with no opportunity to leave an alternate FB for her.
Interesting to read that they're working on the brand registry and brand gating in the U.S. with changes to be launched very soon.
Good on them!  I wouldn't even begin to know where to get the uplink from.  I know one WISP service near here gets theirs from KAMO (Kansas & Missouri electric co-op headquartered in Vinita, OK, about 40 miles from here) but there's lots of hills between here and there, whereas the owner of that WISP provider has pretty much flat land between him and Vinita OK.  Only reason I know that is because of the time that I was a subscriber of his and told him I lived at my sister's house (at top of hill) and then I bounced the signal down the hill from her house to me.  The equipment I used, though, is now old tech and easily hacked.  To this day haven't found any inexpensive gear that performs anywhere near as well as that old ParkerVision router did (mfg claimed 1 mile range).  :(

At one point there was cable tv out here, but that company never would do internet (because they couldn't readily get a high speed uplink) and it got bought out by Adelphia, which went under.  Adelphia got bought out by Time Warner, but they never connected up to these cable tv lines out here and now the lines are abandoned. They're still attached to the various poles all over this area, but nobody using them.  Hmm.. .

Since the electric co-op owns all the poles, no paying for space on the poles to run the lines, no having to pay for electric to run the service, and no having to hire linesmans to maintain the lines since they already have a crew for maintaining the electric lines.  A nearby co-op ran the numbers and just having the fiber optic link to a house out here raises the market value of it by $10,000. 

To me it seems a no-brainer to want it.  Young people would be more willing to move into the neighborhoods and thus filling up the older homes that are sitting around vacant with for sale/rent signs on them, it would increase the resale value of the homes, it increases the rental price of homes, it would encourage home builders and businesses to move into the area (which in turn means they'll pay more for the vacant land which hasn't seen an increase in market price in a couple of decades), etc. 

I really think the big problem is that we have too many old folks in charge of things at the co-op, who don't even know what an inturn-nut is and think the world wide web has something to do with giant arachnids.  ::)
drop down for fruit ripeness preference. E.g. bananas it has choices of yellow, slightly green, or green.  Of course, slightly yellow isn't a choice.  I like to buy a mix: a couple of yellow, a couple of slightly green, and a couple of slightly yellow.  Can't do that with their options. 

Town I'm in, most people commute to Tulsa for work.  With evening rush hour traffic, that's an hour and a half drive (w/o rush hour it's 35 mins).  So, by the time you leave work (whether you got off at 4 or 5) and sit behind the wheel for 90 mins, you don't want to deal with going into a grocery store.  But what pick up time does the Reasor's in my town offer? 1pm. smh  I really think they decide to offer it to show that they have services that some of the other stores don't, but at the same time don't really want to do it.
Working now.  Great find! Very helpful instructions regarding the new shipping templates.  Thanks! :D!
You certainly would. 

Yeah, options where I live are very limited, which is extremely frustrating.  AT&T even has a fiber optic line running right by our neighborhood (two lots away from me, in fact), but it's to link two townships together (after the old crossbar switching station got taken out by a tornado, which until the mid 80s  was a step x step system -- the kind where you use rotary & only dial last 4 digits to make a call), and they still haven't tapped into the fiber optic line for consumer use.  :(

Only options here are WISP (wireless internet provider, but house is in a bit of a valley so cant see the signal from area WISP providers), satellite, cellular (which has very limited options, especially when you start looking at data hotspots), AT&T DSL, or *ack* dialup :o   I keep hounding the electric co-op to please start providing fiber optic, but it falls on deaf ears (meanwhile other area co-ops are doing it).
One of the services Amazon announced is the ability to place your grocery order online and then pick it up on the way home.  Like several stores, a local grocery store (Reasor's) has the same type of service (where you can go online, put in your order, and then pick it up later--on your way home, etc.).  And, like Publix's delivery service, Reasor's online ordering hasn't really taken off. 

Some of the reasons Reasor's pick up service hasn't taken off is that while you can input specific requests regarding your produce, it's still a little limited in your options (they use a dropdown menu); the selection the store has online is limited, they charge a $5 pickup fee; the website is a little awkward (they use and stores have limited times you can pick up your order. For example, my local store only offers 1pm for pick up times.  ::)  If people are going to do pick up, most are going to want to get it on their way home from work in Tulsa, which means around around 6pm.

I don't know if Amazon is going to do a better job or not, but if they're going to start that service, they're going to have to do a better job than the locals, and the local shops are going to have to up their game and improve their systems.
from NY Post
Hallmark sues distributor for selling ‘unauthorized’ cards

Hallmark is suing a Long Island distributor for allegedly selling 8 million “unauthorized” Hallmark cards on the cheap.

The 73 truckloads of cards were supposed to be destroyed, not resold. . .
(continue reading)
Amazon, you're broken, again.  Guess I'll have to try later to view.  Got the following error message when trying to follow the link:
They talk as though Amazon Fresh was innovative, but it's really no different than phoning up your local grocer and having the delivery boy bring it, something that people in the bigger cities have been able to do for decades, though the availability of that service has declined.

IMHO, the big hurdle with Amazon Fresh has been the inability for the customer to screen out bad produce or produce that wasn't ripened to your liking/needs. With the traditional delivery service, you can ask for them to pick according to your needs (e.g. slightly under ripe bananas or fully ripe bananas).  If the delivery person brings produce you don't care for, you can reject it at point of delivery. Though I've never used Amazon Fresh, I would imagine that it's not as easy to say to the delivery person things like, "I don't like these 3 bananas, so I'm only taking these 2".
^ Truly!

We're all more than qualified for that job. Yet another instance where my having crappy AT&T DSL really sucks!  :(   Heck, right now even a google search results page is taking nearly 2 mins to load  :(
Makes me feel even better about the fact that (thanks to late deliveries) I haven't had to pay for my Prime for 2 yrs now, ha! 
The increasing problems appear to be systemic rather than isolated to the customer support team in India.  Warehouse workers doing a poor job of packing (if they even put it in a box, it's becoming increasingly common for them to simply slap a shipping label on the item itself), more and more items shipped by Amazon are showing longer than two days for arrival, seller support seems to be getting increasingly worse, and to top it off their prices seem to be getting higher and higher. 

Used to, items sold by Amazon were fairly competitively priced. Even when they were higher than locally, the price difference was small enough that the convenience of having it delivered to your door more than made up for it.  Now, though, it seems that their prices are getting higher and higher. 

They also seem to be carrying lesser quality goods.  Some manufacturers will make different grades, so to speak, of their products for different markets (TJ Maxx is one such market).  For example, I ordered some jeans from Amazon and they were way thinner than what is sold locally. 

To top it off, they're adding sales tax to more and more states, even when they don't have a physical presence in that state. (Yeah, the consumer is supposed to remit those taxes voluntarily, but. . . )  The sales tax doesnt get added to items sold by 3P sellers, even when it's FBA (unless the seller opts for tax to be collected), so there's that.
So in other words we can expect to see even more brands restricted from 3P sellers, as they like to use the counterfeit claim for legitimate goods, simply because they were bought outside official channels (e.g. bought at retail stores), and more false counterfeit claims.
They may have lost money on "their books" from the purchase, but how much more did they gain from limiting competition?

To me, Amazon is an antitrust case just waiting to happen. If only someone in government had the guts to do it. I'm remembering Standard Oil and the AT&T Bell network.
Yeah. Agreed.  Heck, when started up, Amazon sold diapers below cost in order to drive them under, when that didn't work, but did succeed in driving the value down significantly, they bought 'em.
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