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* Promote Your Site / Moon Dust Soul Candles
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:26:35 AM »
Moon Dust Soul

Let's just say I would like some support for this new business that I might or might not have a stake in.

Pass the link around, post it to your blogs/websites.
If the need arises, I sure would appreciate a nod to the site and consideration of the product.
All natural, soy wax and natural wicks.

My favorite scent is the Whiskey and Leather.
Amazon is creating a health care company with the help of Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase

From various articles: The new, not-for-profit venture will initially focus on technology for “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare” for their more than 500,000 U.S. employees, the companies said. They did not elaborate on their strategy, but said they are searching for a chief executive officer.

Healthcare industry experts say the new entity could eventually negotiate directly with drugmakers, doctors and hospitals and use their vast databases to get a better handle on the costs of those services.

I knew 'something' was brewing last summer with the applications which had been filed by Amazon.
Buncha talk on the world wide web about adding in 3rd party sellers.
* Amazon Central / Amazon Raises Prime Fee for Monthly Plan Members
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:18:26 AM »
On Friday, Amazon raised fees for US Prime members that pay on the monthly plan.
Before the increase, the monthly Prime fee was $10.99, but will now be $12.99 per month.

The company also increased the discounted Prime Membership fee for students from $5.49 to $6.49 per month.

The annual Prime Membership cost of $99 per year remains unchanged, and the company also did not raise the price of its video only plan.
Amazon Treasure Trucks to Show Up at Select Whole Foods Market Stores

From the press release:

Amazon and Whole Foods Market today announced that Treasure Truck will pop up at various Whole Foods Market locations across the country with new offers and incentives. Treasure Truck handpicks new, trending, local, or delicious items, loads them on the truck, and cruises around town spreading joy for everyone with a smartphone and an appetite for fun.

Today Amazon’s Treasure Truck will have an offer customers can’t refuse – the Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt. 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker will be available for purchase from the Treasure Truck through the Amazon App.

Customers can then pick up their order from the Treasure Truck at select Whole Foods Market locations. Whether customers want to perfect crowd-pleasing culinary delights for the big game, or meal prep health-focused recipes in the New Year, the Instant Pot is a kitchen MVP with settings ranging from pressure cooker to slow cooker.

Customers who purchase the Instant Pot from the Treasure Truck through the Amazon App will be treated to a $10 off $40 purchase coupon at Whole Foods Market. And for some culinary inspiration, customers will receive recipes from Feed Your Resolution influencer, author and creator of Nom Nom Paleo Michelle Tam.

Customers can stop by for some Treasure Truck fun, pick up their Instant Pot order, coupon, and recipe cards and then head into Whole Foods Market to gather what you need to impress your game-watching guests or keep you on track with healthy eating goals until long after the last touchdown.
65 Offers Free eCommerce Website with No Transaction Fees

Website builder introduces new eCommerce feature with not transaction and subscription fees. Founded in 2005, to date, has mostly served blogs, personal and business pages.

This new solution is designed for small merchants who wish to break into eCommerce without burdening them with long-term commitments and subscription fees.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Warehouse Reserved Virtual Unit ???
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:08:55 AM »
The visual.
* Everything eBay / Re: PayPal Monopoly on eBay Ending
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:08:15 AM »

eBay will begin intermediating payments on its Marketplace platform

“eBay intends to further improve the customer experience by intermediating payments on the Marketplace platform. In doing so, eBay will manage the payments flow, simplifying the end-to-end experience for both buyers and sellers. We have signed an agreement with Adyen, a leading global payments processor, to become our primary payments processing partner. PayPal, a long-time eBay partner, will be a payments option at checkout for eBay buyers.”

eBay Statement

I still have 2 selling accounts with eBay.
I have no issue using Paypal and have access to my funds with no waiting period (ahem, Amazon).
The comments on the article page have some good points.
Especially the one that says 'go jump in a lake.'
* Amazon Central / Amazon Seller Forums Redesigned 2-2018
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:04:57 PM »
Amazon Seller Forums Redesign February 2018

In February 2018, Amazon will relaunch the Seller Forums with a new design and improved functionality.
The forums will be unavailable between 1am and 9am EST February 1st to enable this experience.
'Supposedly' your posts and data will not be affected as part of this change.
* Amazon Central / Amazon 2017 Form 1099-K is now available for download
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:11:21 AM »
2017 Form 1099-K is now available for download in the Tax Document Library

If you have consented to electronic delivery from your seller dashboard...
Reports tab, select Tax Document Library.

* Amazon Central / Re: Baltimore Amazon Warehouse
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:51:36 AM »
The 12th day was the charm.
<rolling eyes>

The MD warehouse should be embarrassed.
12 flippin days.
* Amazon Central / Amazon Warehouse Reserved Virtual Unit ???
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:49:58 AM »
Greetings from Amazon Seller Support.

Thank you for contacting Amazon Seller Support. I am Sri and I will be assisting you today.

From your email I understand your concern is regarding one unit of ASIN: ******* showing up in reserved status.

I have checked with the data and I would like to inform you that the one unit of ASIN: ******* which is showing as reserved is an virtual unit and I have corrected the data.

I have corrected the data now and no unit is in reserved status now, you can confirm the same from the below link:

Anybody run across this?
Virtual unit?
I've been with Amazon 11 years and have never heard of this explanation.

Be sure to check your reserved if they haven't shipped out in 7 days.
* Amazon Central / Re: Baltimore Amazon Warehouse
« on: January 29, 2018, 11:52:59 AM »
Began receiving the shipment today that they had checked in on 1-18-2018.
Still another is outstanding and still showing only checked-in status.

11 days!
11 days sitting on MD's dock having been checked in.

I should not have to bump my case every single day to get someone to pay attention to my shipments.
Your conspiracy theory works with me.
From the seller forums:

However in order to not have our Seller at loss, our Business team has made a new way for Prime seller to request the reimbursement for such Prime orders. You may refer to the below mentioned help page to raise a reimbursement claim:

Seller Fulfilled Prime refund reimbursement policy:

Also to expedite the process of reimbursement, you can directly write an email to the SAFE- T team at the below mentioned email alias:

Email Alias:

I am sorry for making you take an additional step regarding this issue, it's just to ensure we provide you a clear resolution to avoid any discrepancy.

Please be assured that this is only a short term resolution. As a long term resolution to such instances, we are already working with our teams, passing on all the valuable feedback from the sellers, to make the necessary changes in the policy.

You may as well report it directly to our team so that your response would add weight to this feedback. You may write to our team at:
* Amazon Central / Re: Baltimore Amazon Warehouse
« on: January 24, 2018, 10:06:48 AM »
Let's reup this thread.

Baltimore Maryland Amazon Warehouse.

What in the world is going on?

I have a shipment that has been checked in since the 18th.
Not received into my inventory.

Mind you my shipments to CA, WA, MN, NC, AZ, TX aren't having any issues.

But once again, it's flipping Maryland.

I had decided to take a chance on MD again and not cancel the shipment.
This is no way to run a warehouse.


* Amazon Central / Amazon Transformations
« on: January 22, 2018, 01:30:54 PM »
Amazon Transformations

The most radical and transformative of inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity—to pursue their dreams. These are the stories of the inventors, authors, and small business owners who are transforming their lives with Amazon.
* Amazon Central / 2017 Amazon Marketplace Facts
« on: January 22, 2018, 01:28:59 PM »
To Read The Article in Full: 2017 Amazon Marketplace Facts

Pretty Pretty Interesting.

More than 300,000 SMBs in the U.S. started selling on Amazon

More than 140,000 SMBs selling on Amazon surpassed $100,000 in annual sales

Fulfillment by Amazon shipped billions of items worldwide

Amazon Lending surpassed $3 billion lent to small businesses on Amazon since the program started in 2011

Amazon Handmade expanded to encompass 10 categories offering customers more than one million handcrafted items from thousands of artisans and small business owners across all 50 states and more than 60 countries

During the Holiday Season, customers ordered more than 1 billion items from SMBs on Amazon, with more than 140 million items ordered between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday

“More and more small and medium-sized businesses are choosing to join the Amazon Marketplace and sell right alongside Amazon to reach customers around the world. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are succeeding on Amazon – they sell half the products that Amazon customers buy, and more than 140,000 small and medium-sized businesses surpassed $100,000 in sales on Amazon in 2017,” said Peter Faricy, Vice President for Amazon Marketplace. “These businesses are reinvesting in their local communities – creating jobs and supporting local suppliers. We are proud of how the Amazon Marketplace helps empower so many small businesses, not just in the US, but around the world."
* Amazon Central / Tips from Amazon FC Employee
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:12:03 AM »
Tips for packing and shipping your items to Amazon Warehouse

Found this tidbit interesting:
I'll leave you with a bit of trivia. Historically, the number one item pilfered at my particular FC is......beef jerky.
* Amazon Central / Alexa, how many people hijacked my listing today?
« on: January 09, 2018, 12:12:06 PM »
Alexa, how many people hijacked my listing today?

The myriad of questions that can be asked as seen by the image might save me time. 
Right now, we have an Amazon dot in the living room only.
I might end up buying one for my office.

Modified to add image:

I won't have time to really dedicate to cleaning up stuff until May.
On top of selling here and teaching at the college, I am doing taxes this year. I can't wait for April 15th already. Ha!

Our accountant is eyes crossed slammed with all the new changes and how many of those will be tweaked, changed or cut back down the road and how all of this affects his clients.

We rented an airbnb recently.
Young kid owns it and is an accountant.
He said the firm he works for is swamped with emails, phone calls and clients waiting in the office to see them regarding the new tax bill.
He said all of the above on top of tax season?

Best of Luck to you in the upcoming season. 
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