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* Amazon Central / Amazon Multi-Channel Fulfillment
« on: Today 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.
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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 diapers.com. 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.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/10/10/amazon_book_how_jeff_bezos_went_thermonuclear_on_diapers_com.html
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:35:53 PM »
Wait...What?
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.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: September 14, 2018, 02:21:10 AM »
Wait! What? Walmart customers can read? Who knew?  :o

(Just kidding.)

Watch it, you young whipper-snapper! I'll have you know, sonny-boy, that I've read a LOT of books and I do a fair amount of shopping at that there local Walmarts. Me and my pappy and my grandpappy before that. But I am smart enough to know not to buy books at Walmarts. Heck, we don't even order a lot of food to be shipped via walmarts website anymore. We tend to get stuff from their distribution center that is much closer to the expiration date than at the local store.
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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

But just how do you do that? Facebook has bought out so many start-ups that would have eventually siphoned money away from them. Everything is integrated so well. With ATT, there were clear cut boundaries up and down the supply chain and by geography. How do you do so with Facebook when they are literally everywhere and everything within them is completely integrated?
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* E-commerce In The News / Call to Break Up Amazon and Other Tech Companies
« on: September 06, 2018, 11:20:22 PM »
I thought this was a decent read, although a lot of it I already knew.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/5/17805162/monopoly-antitrust-regulation-google-amazon-uber-facebook

Imagine if Amazon were to get broken up like Standard Oil.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: September 05, 2018, 11:06:21 PM »
I just got this in my email as a suggested product to buy: Puttin' on the Grits.

Just had to smile.
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* Amazon Central / NBC Nightly News About Third-Party Counterfeits
« on: August 30, 2018, 01:41:48 AM »
NBC nightly news this past Monday had a short segment about third-party counterfeit items for sale.

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news

August 27 broadcast. Story starts around the 14:30 mark.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 26, 2018, 09:27:07 AM »
OMG! We have a real-life celebrity here in our midst. I am truly humbled to be in the presence of greatness.  :)

When are you going to completely write your own book? Or better yet, shoot some videos as PSAs (Public Service Announcements) like those from the good ole days? Or how about a movie (comedy) about appropriate southern etiquette and food?

Ya know, the possibilities are endless if I were your manager. You and I together could become bigger than Martha Stewart and Paula Deen combined! We could take this world-wide and start a revolution! Make our own flag...make you the face of southern living across the globe!

Okay, I went off the deep end.

Seriously, though...congratulations on being published.
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The wife and I go late mornings also. We don't go to anything in the 9 or 10 a.m. hours but we do like it when we can go between 11 a.m. and noon. We'll stop by our local Speedway gas station to stock up on sandwiches for the movie and so I can get my coffee. Gotta love wives with big purses! At the theatre, we get a large drink so we can get free refills on them if we need to.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 25, 2018, 01:08:17 AM »
The odyssey you describe is cool in your transformation to reading on tablets. I think it was really cool what you could do for your father and mother-in-law and help them enjoy to read again with their eyesight issues. I didn't realize that e-readers could do all that for people.
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You couldn't pay me to buy a theater. Every time I go there's only like 10 people.

I love going to the matinee showings precisely because of the few people there. I love having free reign (almost) as well as the cheaper price of the tickets.
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I just did... 12 variant products all listed tonight. We'll see how it goes but I fully expect these to be sold out before Christmas.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:04:09 PM »
I am old fashioned. I want a physical book to read. Never did care for reading a book on a computer much. If what I'm reading is a report of some kind, I'll go to campus and print it out there (only nice perk about being an adjunct instructor...free use of copy machine...pay sucks).
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Seller Forums
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:02:11 PM »
I'm doing really well so I can't complain. But seeing all these "woe is me" threads makes me want to rub it in. I'm trying to be a calmer, gentler Leroy this time around. I doubt it will stick, but at least I'm trying. :)
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Yes, we did receive early notifications in previous years, albeit not as many and not as early as this year.
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My fees are paid through PayPal also and I got both messages. After I figured out I didn't owe anything, I just ignored it.
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Sounds like you got a good deal. We have DirectTV and the wireless DVR system. We have the main hub and every other television has a really small black box (not much bigger than the box that a new men's wallet might come in). I can't complain coz I can start a movie in one room and continue watching it in another room. I can bounce around the house all day like that if I wanted. But the big clunky DVR boxes? Nope. No more of those things. If I get rid of DirecTV, it will be because I cut the cord.
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