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* Amazon Central / Amazon Multi-Channel Fulfillment
« Last post by uncleleroy on Yesterday at 03:52:34 PM »
Ok, so I'm looking at using MCF for some eBay sales and potentially other places as well.

What are the characteristics of products that would provide a cost benefit over the cost of shipping myself. For example, almost everything I have in my inventory is under 1 pound and the cost to use MCF is consistently more expensive than if I shipped the inventory myself by at least $1 and in many cases more than $2.50. So I know that for those types of items, MCF does not make sense unless something is at a really high price point.

I just haven't figured out what type of products are good for MCF or some common characteristics that would make sense from a cost-benefit analysis. Any help would be appreciated.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: Facebook analytics
« Last post by springintoscooters on September 18, 2018, 09:43:52 PM »
My You Tube selection pretty much says it all.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Facebook analytics
« Last post by springintoscooters on September 18, 2018, 09:42:55 PM »
I manage a FB business page for a friend. Here's a snippet of the analytics behind a post that I shared with the page's owner along with the comment "FB analytics aren't worth the paper they'd be written on."
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Call to Break Up Amazon and Other Tech Companies
« Last post by uncleleroy on September 16, 2018, 12:49:58 PM »
The three main areas of the business world that I am an avid reader of is 1) stuff that has to do with the financial crisis of 2007-2009, 2) mergers and acquisitions, and 3) antitrust issues.

The WSJ noted that companies that could go public are choosing not to do so. In fact, there are thousands less publicly-traded companies today than there were 10 or even 20 years ago. Many companies choose not to go public because of the horrendous costs of regulatory compliance tied to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) and instead are grooming their companies to be bought out by behemoths such as Walmart, Amazon, Facebook, etc.

For those companies that don't play ball with "the big boys", they get decimated by the highly unethical (and most likely illegal) actions of the big boys. Look no further than Then, they are bought out by the big boys that decimated them for a fraction of what they were offered initially.

For those that are blinded by the allure of being rich and powerful, this is completely acceptable behavior. To the rest of us, this is why we hold many of these so-called big boys with such disdain.

I will use Amazon just as it uses me. When the party crashes (all good things must come to an end), I won't shed a tear for Amazon. I won't shed a tear for Facebook, Google, Netflix, or even Apple. They hosted the party. They can bear the cost of cleaning up the mess that follows after a raucous party.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« Last post by uncleleroy on September 16, 2018, 12:35:53 PM »
We have a distribution center within 30 minutes of us and have never heard of that.

A few weeks ago, I had to throw out a couple garbage bags of food because they were expired. I just happened to notice that most of it was stuff my wife usually orders via Walmart online. So, the next shipment that came in a few days later, I looked at all the expiration dates. Almost all had expiration dates of 2 months or less. While at the local Walmart store, I noticed their expiration dates were much farther out than the junk we got at our house.

It is not something you will "hear" about. I only noticed because we experienced this ourselves.
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.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds 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.
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.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Amazon and Data
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds 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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