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* Amazon Central / Re: FBAForward Bankrupt and Closing
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on August 14, 2018, 09:57:42 AM »
Same as you except I started in 2008.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: The Brand-less Brand
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on August 14, 2018, 09:57:00 AM »
quickly checking eBay
<smile>
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I hear ya.
This ----> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcwJt4bcnXs

Quoting:
It's the politicians and city council members who have the ability to say "no" to sports owners, and that's who Oliver should have directed his speech toward. Or rather, to the citizens who repeatedly say yes to voting such politicians into office.

Oliver closed his speech saying, "The next time a team comes around asking for a new stadium, I want you to make them pay." Rather than sticking it to sports teams, though, the public should instead make the politicians who enable them pay, with their jobs or by demanding constitutional amendments prohibiting such unscrupulous policies.

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* Amazon Central / Re: Pay by Invoice Started Today 8/8/18
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on August 14, 2018, 09:46:31 AM »
My last invoiced payment:
Disbursed to your bank account ending in 2523 on Jan 21, 2018.

I rest my case.
<taking a bow>
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Supreme Court Ruling Affects eSellers
« Last post by uncleleroy on August 13, 2018, 10:45:24 PM »
Our city leaders are more worried about getting the new football stadium ready for the first home game. Since my parents live about a mile down the road from the stadium, every time I go visit them something else has been done. And a little re-purposing was done but it had no involvement from the mayor or city council. All they care about is how many new things they can blow a bunch of money on. But the city pension is not fully funded and the only re-purposing of buildings occurred at the mall by a company that sells power sports equipment such as Can-am, Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat,  motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, side by sides, Spyders, dirt bikes and snowmobiles. The opening will be very soon and it takes up the entire old Macy's building at the Mall. That is the first new business going into the mall area in years and years. Almost as many closed restaurants as there are ones still operating.

Our city leaders just don't get it. Just because this is a poorer area than other neighborhoods doesn't mean we have to settle for a bunch of old dilapidated buildings and structures.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: The Brand-less Brand
« Last post by uncleleroy on August 13, 2018, 10:36:39 PM »
Yep. Capitalism 101...if it can be flipped on Amazon, then it's fair game!
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* Amazon Central / Re: FBAForward Bankrupt and Closing
« Last post by uncleleroy on August 13, 2018, 10:30:19 PM »
I have never had a need for this type of service. I've managed my own stuff being labeled, bagged and sent to FBA quite well for years now.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Insurance
« Last post by uncleleroy on August 13, 2018, 10:24:13 PM »
Is this for real? ha!
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I see what you're saying.

Do you have forward thinking elected officials that would move forward?

I believe that it's possible because it happened in my town.
Repurpose and reuse.

Our downtown area in the 80's was in such bad shape.
The burbs were where people were moving and left downtown in the dust.
The homeless were hopping of the nearby train station in the winter.
Shops had closed.
Buildings boarded up.
Nobody went downtown.

Luckily, we had a vision 'reborn.'
And when I say we (tooting my own horn) I mean it.
I served on a board to open a children's museum downtown in an abandoned group of shops.
Two of the larger shopping buildings (JC Penney and Maas Bros)was purchased and repurposed into offices.
One houses Publix IT department and the other houses another business.
Shortly thereafter, Merrill Lynch repurposed one of the older buildings into their main office in Lakeland.
The children's museum I helped establish back in the mid 80's is now in the old repurposed Kress Store and is amazing!

There was the purchase of the oldest hotel in Lakeland by a big money family and was turned into a fine dining restaurant, The Terrace Hotel.
(my classically trained chef/son worked there)

Hipsters opened 'kewl' restaurants.
Every Saturday morning there's a market downtown.
The streets are closed off and it's so much fun.
Organic vegetables, owner made items, repurposed furniture, performances by varied groups, small food trucks, etc.

First Friday was started as a celebration to begin every month with open shops and restaurants.
https://visitcentralflorida.org/events/lakeland-first-friday
Second Thursdays are Food Truck Rallies.

Coffee Shops are plentiful.

Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland now has a botanical garden that brings in loads of photographers, weddings and more
It's a botanical garden featuring neoclassical architecture, fountains & a variety of plants.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34373-d519928-Reviews-Hollis_Garden-Lakeland_Florida.html

The symphony has concerts in the downtown park.
Bring your blanket, chairs, wine and have a great time.
Munn Park is decorated during the holidays and it's been a fun tradition.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW3nMo17PDY

SNOWFEST for FL kids!
http://www.theledger.com/news/20161203/snowfest-2016-gives-lakeland-residents-white-christmas-for-day

The Federal Building was renovated into another restaurant.
All kept the integrity of the original buildings.
Downtown Lakeland FL

I'm really proud of what our city has done with it's properties not only in downtown but further out.
Like the use of the older abandoned mall turned into one of those mega churches.
I'm not a fan of mega churches but if it kept the old mall from being sitting unused and brings people into the area, then I'm all for it.

Alot has to do with having officials and business owners that are willing to apply for matching grants and to be forward thinking.
If you don't have those types of officials, then GOTV and elect ones that do.

Cities that are moving forward with the above idea's find that businesses are more apt to consider moving there, which brings in more jobs, which in turn brings in more people.
The circle.

I guess you can tell I like my hometown.
<smile>
Close to everything but far enough away.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: The Brand-less Brand
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on August 13, 2018, 12:05:26 PM »
Geeeez... I didn't know peeps were reselling them.
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