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I don't know... seriously, I don't know.
I deleted my Facebook permanently March of this past year.
I hadn't used it in ages...
Close to 8 years.
And that wasn't even the tip of the iceburg of what it has become.

I can still remember members of Facebook whining about, don't charge us for monthly use of FB.
Or if anything charge us five dollars a month.

Why? That was insanity to me.
FB was garnering so much info/data on each person AND their contacts AND their contacts contacts and so on and so on... that why would they charge a person.
They were making money hand over fist.

I never, ever, ever, never signed into any site that gave me the option:
Sign in with your email or sign in with Facebook option.
I always, ALWAYS used my email and password to sign in.
I didn't want to have my info shared with Facebook.
More data for them to harvest and make money off of.

I didn't trust them and still don't.
Two words: Cambridge Analytica

You're right, a break-up of Facebook the company would be hard, but I have faith that it could be done.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:56:23 AM »
We tend to get stuff from their distribution center that is much closer to the expiration date than at the local store.
Wait...What?
We have a distribution center within 30 minutes of us and have never heard of that.
Oh and they are building a bigger/better distribution center to take the place of that one.
I'll be checking this out.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Amazon and Data
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:54:46 AM »
That article is from one of my top read/fav websites.
 
Good article, well worth taking your time to read.
They do due diligence researching to the hilt.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: September 10, 2018, 02:42:35 PM »
<smile>
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My thoughts are exactly as the writer of the article states:
Facebook: The Starfish

'In some ways, Facebook is the most urgent case. It’s inescapable, opaque, and it wields immense power over the fundamental functions of our society. More than any other tech giant, Facebook’s power feels like an immediate threat and the most plausible first target for congressional action. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has already laid out 20 different measures that would rein in Facebook and other tech giants, ranging from GDPR-style data portability requirements to more carveouts of Section 230.

But while Warner’s measures focus on nudging Facebook toward more responsible behavior, a growing number of critics see the problem as Facebook itself. It may be that a social network with more than 2 billion users is simply too big to be managed responsibly, and no amount of moderators or regulators will be able to meaningfully rein the company in. For those critics, social networks are a natural monopoly, and no amount of portability requirements will ever produce a meaningful competitor to Facebook or a meaningful check on its power.

If that’s true, a classical antitrust breakup (as some have suggested) would seem like the only option. The best example is the breakup of AT&T, which saw the telecom giant’s local phone business split into “baby bells,” each bound by serious geographical and regulatory restrictions. It’s the classic example of how to cut a giant company into smaller companies without disrupting service.'

To read the article in full use the link on the original posting
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* Amazon Central / Re: Sales Showing .00 ? Here's the workaround
« on: September 10, 2018, 02:39:15 PM »
Nyuck Nyuck
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: September 07, 2018, 10:55:05 AM »
That's so funny!
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* Amazon Central / Sales Showing .00 ? Here's the workaround
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:57:54 PM »
Sales showing as .00 ?
Business Reports Down?
Here's the solution:
Change your manage orders screen to the old view (opt out)

After doing this, click on advanced, select the date range and search.

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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:49:47 AM »
Awwww, Thanks!

I love to write.
If I had to do my education all over again, I'd definitely follow my heart.
Not business and accounting.
Break the glass ceiling the counselor said.
There are women needed in these fields. 
<blech>

Hopefully when my life slows down, I'd like to attempt again.
I'd like to chronicle my father's life.
Even if it only goes to my children and nieces and nephews.

I have 2 children as of right (write *snicker*) now writing.
Makes me proud.
We raised them to love the written word and now they are continuing.

Manager?
Yep.
Sure.
Let's make some money!
<smile>
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* Amazon Central / Re: NBC Nightly News About Third-Party Counterfeits
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:43:21 AM »
Direct link:
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/30-seconds-to-know/video/beware-counterfeit-goods-being-sold-online-1307518019795

Been going on for ages and definitely as the news stated not just one venue. 
At least that's my thoughts.
Snake oil salesmen but instead of horse and buggy from town to town, it's via the wires of the internet.
For those of us who remember the beginnings of ebay, it was fun and I sold everything I put up for sale and for more than I would've dreamed.
Didn't take but a few years for the scammers to come in.
Every single venue I've sold on has had this problem...
Good info they reported on how a buyer can steer clear of bogus items.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 25, 2018, 08:28:46 PM »
Shhhhh...I don't toot my own horn often but...speaking of books!
I'm published!
I was approached by this author to submit a story and well, it was accepted.
The book is printed and has my name in it along with my story of entertaining southern style.
Puttin' On The Grits: A Guide To Southern Entertaining
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 25, 2018, 08:24:29 PM »
You're Welcome!
Being able to give the gift of reading again to both of them made my heart happy.
I also found that I could get my father's kindle to read the book without having to buy the audible...but he didn't like the way the Kindle Fire 7 worked as vs a Paper White.
Plus, one time he hit Amazon Video by accident and with his sight being what it was, he tapped a movie!
<smile>
It started playing...and my phone was ringing!
How? What? Why is this playing?
Swapped immediately over to a Paper White for him.

If you ever get ready to buy one, lemme know...I can share my ebooks..lots of eBooks.
Husband is reading the 20th out of 22 Jack Reacher books that I have!
We're eclectic readers and have so many varied authors.
Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Gillian Flynn and more.
Sharing is caring!
<smile>
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That's what I like to hear.
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We're late morning and afternoon matinee people in this household, too.
I grab the "senior snack' with popcorn, small drink and very small candy for $4.99.
Me = Happy Camper
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* Amazon Central / Launch new products and enjoy an LTSF-free holiday
« on: August 24, 2018, 11:46:48 AM »
August 2018
Launch new products and enjoy an LTSF-free holiday

For a limited time, we are offering participating sellers long-term storage fee (LTSF) reimbursements for qualifying newly launched products.

Amazon will reimburse participating FBA sellers for up to six months of long-term storage fees for new-to-Amazon ASINs in qualifying categories* created between August 21, 2018, and November 30, 2018, and received at a fulfillment center by December 5, 2018.

To participate in the promotion, you must opt in by clicking the “I accept the promotion” link on the Long Term Storage promotion help page. The promotion help page also has full details, including eligibility terms and conditions. 

*Qualifying product categories Apparel, Appliances, Arts , Crafts & Sewing, Automotive, Baby Products, Beauty, Camera & Photo, Cell Phones & Accessories, Collectibles, Computer & Video Games, Computers, Electronics, Gift Cards, Grocery, Health & Personal Care, Home & Garden, Industrial & Scientific, Jewelry, Musical Instruments, Equipment & Accessories, Office Products, Patio, Lawn & Garden, Pet Supplies, Shoes, Sporting Goods, Tools & Home Improvement, Toys & Games, Watches, Wine

ASINs in the Media category are not eligible for the promotion.
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Hey Bobby!

If I go to the movies, I damn sure wanna make sure it's worth the cost I'm paying.
<smile>
So we only see blockbusters.
And those are packed.

Hope all is well with you and yours.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 24, 2018, 11:43:50 AM »
I used to be like you and only wanted the print book.
I hear ya though.
I miss the smell of a new book.
I used to have books in my car, in every room of the house and in my purse.

I bought my first eBook reader and was hooked. (it was a Kobo just like the article mentions WMart is using)

Years ago escalated to a Kindle Fire 7.
But didn't like that the fire wasn't backlit.
I've had my Kindle Paperwhite for three (or is it four?) years.

One of the reasons I immediately liked it was I don't have to have my readers on to read.
Font size?
Check.
Background not white?
Sepia, please.
Font?
Yep, I can choose my font, too.
Notes?
Yep.
Online dictionary?
Yep.
The ability to read others notes on the book while on my Kindle?
Yep.
Can I use my local library to download books?
Yep.
Do I have alot of ebooks I've purchased online outside of Amazon on my Kindle?
At least 500+ books I email to my Kindle and write convert in the subject.

Now, they are all on my Kindle in one place. (1800 and counting)
I have books that were published last week.

I have a crazy amount of classics because they are free on the public domain.
There are so many classics that should in my opinion be read over and over.
My stacks and stacks of books are pared down to one bookcase (to house my favorites) and one case that houses my cookbooks. (those are going to my son the chef...eventually)

I still buy 'touchable' books, but much more sparingly.
I just purchased two coffee table books that I wouldn't have purchased for my Kindle and yes, I am 'reading' those and the photo's in those books are well worth the price.

My motherinlaw (RIP) had macular degeneration and we could work the Kindle book to where in her late stages before going blind, she could read them.
My father (RIP) with a really large font could read his civil war history books.
Both had accepted the fact they would never be able to read again, even large print books didn't work.
But the e-reader gave them pleasure.

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* E-commerce In The News / Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:00:55 AM »
Walmart eBooks Service
Saw that WalMart had entered the ebook business yesterday when searching out an eBook via an internet search.

Hmmmm...interesting.

The audible/ebook I was looking for was $10.00 less expensive on Amazon.
$10.00 off first purchase via Wal-Mart made them the same.
WMart is going to have to be more competitive on their pricing though.
Not seeing prices I would want to spend.
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In the past did we receive monthly updates to Holidays Toys and Games?
Searched via my notifications from Amazon and don't see monthly notifications.
Received another today that I qualify.
Just seems early to receive this many notifications.

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From the below linked article:
"There’s a 70-year-old antitrust settlement in place that could halt the move: Film studios have previously been barred from getting into the theater business, Bloomberg reported.
Amazon spent around $4.5 billion on original programming last year, according to Recode.
The settlement stems from a 1940s Supreme Court case that ended the old Hollywood practice of film studios owning the theaters that showed their flicks.

However, there has been discussion of challenging the decree, part of a wide effort by the Justice Department to review antitrust laws.

“It’s very possible that the Paramount decree gets overturned,” David Miller, an analyst with Imperial Capital LLC, told Bloomberg. “It will be interesting to see if Amazon could be the first to test the new rules.”

Read more at https://www.phillymag.com/news/2018/08/17/ritz-theaters-amazon/#dxYte3jHaty7bF4W.99
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