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Speaking of such things, I still don't get why so many sites accept PayPal but don't accept Amazon Payments.  Is it that it's too much of a pain to integrate Vs. PayPal? Or is it that consumers are less comfortable using Amazon Payments?  :?

Well, Amazon does have a significant reputation for being a corporate bully and destroying competition. I don't know if its committed any antitrust violations (I would assume it has, looking at the fall-out). With that kind of reputation, who wants to invite Amazon to do even more damage? Also, why would a company want to take Amazon payments? You would have customers continually comparing prices to Amazon and crapping on the non-Amazon seller if they don't lower the price to match Amazon. As a seller, I have enough headaches with Amazon. I'm not going to invite them into my bedroom.
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* Amazon Central / Re: The final countdown to Prime Day 2017 has begun
« Last post by uncleleroy on July 02, 2017, 03:27:43 PM »
I'm still old fashioned--I want my CDs. I do have a Pandora account for all of my 80's music but if I want to own the music, I buy the good ole fashioned CD. Heck, I even have a few cassettes somewhere around here. I don't have any records or 8-tracks, though.
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* Web Site & Search Engines / Re: Photobucket and their greed.
« Last post by bobby131313 on July 02, 2017, 11:52:43 AM »
I've had several long time members offer to help me restore them. If you: right click > view image the real image will come up, might have to refresh because of caching. It can then be saved and uploaded to my forum.

These are members with 6,7,8000 posts that I trust completely. I can give each one a specific forum to do and make them a moderator of that forum to work on it. It will take a while, but we'll get it done.

I have an additional 400GB disk scheduled for install on my server next week and we will map just the upload folder to it and move all the current images. So images will have their very own disk.

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@Scoot...Made me laugh. 

My members have started calling it PhotoSuckit.
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* General Online Selling Questions & Issues / Cross Border eCommerce Stats
« Last post by WayOutWest on July 02, 2017, 08:22:02 AM »
Just got an email from USPS about this and thought I'd share.   Who's buying, what, and why.

All of this is worth a read, for it does provide some valuable insight as to what consumers are wanting out of a website.  One of the biggies is people being worried about their financial data being secure. Which is something I've noticed with many sites - their failure to communicate what sort of steps they have taken (if any) to keep the customer's card info secure.  With many sites it's hard to tell at the time of submitting the info whether the card info is being emailed to the company for manual charging without even being encrypted, if it's being saved to the server, or if it's being securely passed through a gateway at the time of purchase and not being stored.  Some of it is also a bit of a chuckle (see China section for what I mean  ;))

According to a PayPal/Ipsos trends report:

Brazil
67% of adult internet users bought something online. 45% of them shopped on international sites.
The top categories of items they bought from international sites were:
    Clothing, Footwear, and accessories
    Cosmetics/beauty products
    Consumer electronics
Reasons they bought from international sites they purchased from:
    Free shipping
    Safe way to pay
    Customer support in their language
Reasons they abandoned a purchase from an international site:
    Shipping charges too high
    Delivery time too long
    Concerns about web security

Canada
62% of adult internet users bought something online. 63% of them shopped on international sites.
The top categories of items they bought from international sites were:
    Clothing, Footwear, and accessories
    Entertainment/education (digital)
    Travel & transportation
Reasons they bought from international sites they purchased from:
    Free shipping
    Lower overall cost to buy items from another country
    Costs shown/payment possible in their local currency
Reasons they abandoned a purchase from an international site:
    Shipping charges too high
    Having to pay customs duty, fees, or taxes
    Currency conversion rate not favorable

China
84% of adult internet users bought something online. 26% of them shopped on international sites.
The top categories of items they bought from international sites were:
    Clothing, Footwear, and accessories
    Cosmetics/beauty products
    Grocery, food, drink, alcohol
Reasons they bought from international sites they purchased from:
    Secure way to pay
    Proof of product authenticity
    Costs shown/payment possible in their local currency
Reasons they abandoned a purchase from an international site:
    Delivery time too long
    Difficult process to return items
    Concerns about security of financial or personal details
    Delivery shipping costs

Other countries listed in the article are: France, Germany, Japan, Russia, UK
Full article at: https://www.uspsdelivers.com/cross-border-e-commerce/
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* Amazon Central / Re: The final countdown to Prime Day 2017 has begun
« Last post by WayOutWest on July 02, 2017, 08:07:06 AM »
The 4 months of Amazon music for $4 is particularly annoying to me.  I just signed up for a year of it for a discount price of $59  ($20 off) ???  I knew I was making a mistake, dang it!  At the time I thought, "hey, this will be great for when I'm on the road - driving, during booth setup, etc."  :( :( :(

In the UK they temporarily slashed the price of Prime to £59, from the regular price of £79. 
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Banking is a huge source of income, especially if they become recognized as a bank.  As a bank they can then do fractional reserve banking (loaning out way more than what is deposited, thus basically creating money out of thin air).

There are, of course, pros and cons to being recognized as a bank, primarily all of the banking regulations, which is why PayPal fought so hard to not be recognized as a bank, even getting an FDIC ruling stating that they're not. http://www.zdnet.com/article/fdic-decides-paypals-no-bank/

I'm not sure Amazon wants to become a full-fledged bank, but they certainly want all of the benefits of one and are trying hard to get consumers to see them as more paypal-like.   

Speaking of such things, I still don't get why so many sites accept PayPal but don't accept Amazon Payments.  Is it that it's too much of a pain to integrate Vs. PayPal? Or is it that consumers are less comfortable using Amazon Payments?  :?

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I think Amazon wanting a foothold in the financial market makes sense. After all, they already do Amazon lending. Why not branch out and make more money?
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* Amazon Central / Re: The final countdown to Prime Day 2017 has begun
« Last post by uncleleroy on July 02, 2017, 01:41:18 AM »
I'll do my best Crazy Eddie's imitation for my commercial and I'll make sure you're on the credits list.
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* Amazon Central / Re: The final countdown to Prime Day 2017 has begun
« Last post by springintoscooters on July 02, 2017, 01:33:52 AM »
More Prime Day news:
http://ohne.ws/2tbCTGV
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* Great Deals / Re: Switch to Sprint & Get Free Unlimited Service for One Year
« Last post by WayOutWest on July 01, 2017, 11:32:37 PM »
Virgin Mobile, which is a Sprint MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) just announced that they're doing the same sort of plan. Buy an iPhone (starting at $280) from them and get 1 yr of service for $1 AND get a free companion flight to the UK plus hotel stay. After the year is up, it becomes $50 a month.  Plan is unlimited voice/text/4GLTE data with 800 minutes domestic roaming and 100mb domestic data roaming. Virgin's plan does NOT include tethering (Sprint's does).  Like Sprint's, Virgin's expires at end of July.  Unlike Sprint's, Virgin's can be used by existing customers.

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