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* Amazon Central / Re: Postage Increase - This ain't Pretty
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:10:46 PM »
Sorry for the late response. Our tax office has been crazy with tons of people the past few weeks. For the two-week period ending last Friday, I've put in around 140 hours between doing taxes, teaching and e-commerce. I've been sleep deprived since this is my busy time of year with everything going on. Finally got a day off from everything last Friday. And I still did not get much sleep. Is April 16th here yet?  :laugh

I use for all of my shipping needs. With my new thermal printer, I am just cranking out the shipping labels like lightning. Too bad sales have slowed to a crawl.

I am in complete agreement with you on the tracking subject. I want to know where my stuff is and when it will be/is delivered. Nothing drives me crazy like someone shipping something to me with no tracking. Just imagine how much free stuff we could get if we didn't have scruples and claimed we never received it.

Thanks for the link to the PayPal shipping for items not on Amazon/eBay. It might come in handy some day.
* Amazon Central / Postage Increase - This ain't Pretty
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:41:47 AM »
So I had an order on the bay that I had to ship from here (Ohio) to California. Holy crap, Batman! Had to pay an extra 58 cents to ship the cheap package. What used to cost $3.05 is now costing $3.63.

I am taking bets on how many sellers will just ship everything media mail and take their chances. Especially when a seller can purchase shipping through Amazon and eBay.

Can anyone find more information on the "One Vendor" program that's being referenced? Consolidating Seller Central and Vendor Central sounds like it could potentially be a company-killing disaster for anyone that resells branded products, like etailz, bigfly, et cetera.

So, if Amazon is going to be the only one selling big brands, then what is the rest of the marketplace going to look like? Only book sellers and nothing more?

I think Amazon is really getting too greedy now. You can sense they realized it when they changed the whole LTSF structure to something similar before they raised the fees to begin with.

I've built up my eBay store so that it can handle the Christmas volume for a fair number of products. I tinkered with volume discounts and other promotions to drive sales and it turned out to work great. As far as Christmas inventory for Amazon (next year), I am kinda backing away from products that I can't get rid of elsewhere. If Amazon decides to screw me, I don't want to have to fold. So for this year, I am going to be leaner in my inventory amounts and much more selective of the product mix.
* Amazon Central / Looking Forward
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:49:17 AM »
I just wanted to wish everyone the best of selling in 2019. May all of your efforts be fruitful and hope that this turns out to be a great year for everyone.
USPS operating status for National Day of Mourning, Dec. 5, 2018

Dec. 3, 2018

President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush.

Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on Dec.  5.

We will provide limited package delivery service on that day to ensure that our network remains fluid and we do not experience any impacts to our package delivery operations that might negatively affect our customers or business partners during the remainder of our busy holiday season.
* Amazon Central / Christmas Craziness
« on: November 29, 2018, 12:54:10 AM »
I haven't been around much since early November due to a large increase in sales but I wanted to stop by and wish everyone the best this Christmas season. I hope your sales are superb and that you get to actually enjoy some of the season.
Thanks for the update.
And the Christmas wars are heating up fast!
Lucky for me, I don't hit the threshold in any particular state to have to file/collect sales tax. So as of right now, I'm only collecting for my home state of Ohio.
Won't the 1099-K throw a wrench into the theory?
Paypal, credit card processors, Amazon Pay, Apple Pay, etc are required to report earnings/payments of 200 AND $20,000.00.
I say Paypal because if it's an option on a website, I'll normally use that or Apple Pay.
So, I would think there wouldn't be a way around this.

Am I wrong?

There is no way around it for the state that you are in. Minnesota has no right to my federal tax income, so it would not have the 1099K information.

As far as PayPal and other credit card processors reporting to each state how many sales it has processed for each company, are you sure about that? I only thought that the information reported on the 1099K went to the federal government and not to each and every state with the company's business information.
* Amazon Central / Re: Dogs of Amazon
« on: November 03, 2018, 03:10:17 AM »
There is a thread currently in the forums dealing with that very issue. As of right now, there are 305 posts. It's been an ongoing issue for quite some time and nobody at Amazon seems to know (or care to know) how to fix it.
I was just reading about this on Minnesota's tax dept website.  They do have a small seller exception. The tax collection requirement doesn't kick in until you ship 100 orders to Minnesota OR you have 10 or more sales that total $100,000 in more that are shipped to Minnesota.

MN tax dept link

If Amazon is doing it for us, okay, fine. As for personal sites and such, though, most mom & pop online sellers don't have to worry (yet).

Will most mom and pop online sellers (not on a third-party website such as Amazon, eBay, etc.) even bother? If they are having their own website, how many hundreds of thousands of websites are there for agents to go through and search out? And, if they are like me, they have a law firm as a registered agent so anyone looking for the owner will run into the law firm instead. Gotta love that attorney-client privilege.
* Amazon Central / Re: Pushing for sellers to buy ads
« on: October 25, 2018, 12:54:05 AM »
Complete waste of money for most people. Especially when Amazon takes the money and doesn't return the favor by providing paying customers (heck, many customers may not be able to see the product at all). It's a fact that has been discussed over and over on the forums that not everyone can view every product, and some do not even see certain sellers. How's that for shady?
The focus for all of the politicians has been this mythical $15 per hour wage. The media and politicians have made this the mythical amount at which people can live "with dignity". Well, the politicians and other "activists" are getting exactly what they wanted. And it comes at the expense of all the other benefits that corporations gave to their employees.

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. Just don't forget about the law of unintended consequences.
* Amazon Central / Amazon to Raise Its Minimum U.S. Wage to $15 an Hour
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:01:31 PM »
From the WSJ. It is a long article that I am posting in its entirety since not everyone gets WSJ. Inc. AMZN -0.94% said it is raising the minimum wage it pays all U.S. employees to $15 an hour, firing back at criticism over its compensation for warehouse workers and stoking competition for labor in the holiday-shopping period.

The new minimum wage will kick in Nov. 1, Amazon said on Tuesday, covering more than 250,000 current employees, or more than 40% of its global workforce. Another more than 100,000 seasonal holiday employees will be granted the higher pay.

Exactly how big a financial commitment the announcement entails is difficult to assess. Starting hourly pay varies across Amazon’s warehouses, though it is generally several dollars lower than $15. Amazon is also giving hourly workers who made $15 or more a raise, though it didn’t specify the increase. But the company is doing away with certain incentive pay and stock compensation for hourly warehouse and customer-service employees, potentially helping offset the cost to the company of the wage increase.

Amazon, which has a market value of nearly $1 trillion and revenue last year of $178 billion, can absorb the added costs, analysts say. The goodwill gained with politicians and workers could outweigh any hit to profitability, and such a move gives Amazon a possible advantage in hiring tens of thousands of workers during a competitive holiday season and in a low-unemployment environment.

More broadly, Amazon’s commitment provides fresh evidence that the strong job market is pressuring businesses to bid up wages for lower-skilled workers and spreading the benefits of a long-running economic expansion more widely. Meanwhile, politicians in several states are working to boost hourly pay. In California, the state’s minimum wage is set to rise to $15 an hour in 2022.

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos used the announcement to go on the offensive against rivals as well as politicians and others who have questioned the company’s treatment of workers.

“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Mr. Bezos in a statement. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”

Amazon’s sheer size and market dominance has made it a corporate target of politicians on the left and right. They claim the company mistreats its workers and doesn’t pay its fair share in taxes, as well as criticizing it for its impact on the broader economy and traditional retailers.

Analysts said the wage changes are likely to result in a small ding to profitability. A 50-cent raise an hour across 250,000 employees, for example, would imply a posttax impact on operating profit of roughly $200 million, or 1% or 2%, according to Colin Sebastian, an analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co.

But Amazon’s revenue growth is so strong—consistently hovering around 40%—that it has managed to post record profits even in periods of heavy investments. In July, the company reported its quarterly profit topped $2.5 billion for the first time on nearly $53 billion in revenue.

Amazon’s pay raise quickly won political praise. President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told reporters at the White House: “Good for them. I’m in favor of higher wages.” Mr. Trump has been a big Amazon detractor, in part for its effect on other retailers.

One possible political convert is Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made Amazon and Mr. Bezos a favorite target in his messaging about wealth inequality. He recently introduced a bill, called the BEZOS Act, aimed at taxing big companies whose employees rely on federal benefits to make ends meet.

On Tuesday, the Vermont independent struck a different tone. “What Mr. Bezos has done today is not only enormously important for Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of employees, it could well be a shot heard around the world,” Sen. Sanders said Tuesday in a statement. “I urge corporate leaders around the country to follow Mr. Bezos’s lead.”

Amazon’s announcement comes as the retail and logistics industries are kicking off their hiring for the year-end holidays, and experts in those fields say the e-commerce giant may have gained a leg up in competitive labor markets.

Minimum pay of $15 an hour puts the online retail giant in the top 25% for starting wages for general warehouse jobs in the U.S., said Brian Devine, senior vice president of the logistics-staffing company ProLogistix. “This will impact every other company’s ability to attract and retain workers.”

U.S. retailers are already scrambling to find enough workers to staff stores. Target Corp. has said it plans to hire 120,000 seasonal workers. For their warehouses, United Parcel Service Inc. has said it will hire roughly 100,000 seasonal workers, while FedEx Corp. has said it will take on 55,000.

Amazon said its salary increase will cover part-time and temporary workers hired by agencies. It also covers recently acquired Whole Foods Market employees, where an effort is under way to unionize.

Wages in several low-skill occupations including warehouse workers, retail clerks and restaurant waiters are rising at a faster rate this year than overall hourly pay, according to Labor Department data. Declining unemployment points to a scarcity of workers that is forcing employers to pay more.

Several large retailers have raised their minimum wages in the tight labor market. Walmart Inc., which employs 1.5 million people in the U.S., in January said it would raise starting hourly pay to $11 for all U.S. employees. That followed a similar move by Target, which raised its starting hourly pay to $12 in September, from $11 last year, and set plans to lift it to $15 by 2020.

Low-wage workers are more likely than higher-wage workers to jump from job to job for better pay when unemployment is low, economists said, making them among the bigger beneficiaries at this stage of a business cycle.

The national jobless rate has fallen to 3.9%, near low levels last seen in 2000. In all, there are more available jobs in the U.S. than unemployed workers ready to take them. There were a record-high 6.9 million job openings in July, including 757,000 in retail and 299,000 in the category that includes transportation and warehousing.

According to a survey of job postings at Amazon, starting pay for warehouse and customer service workers can be as low as $10 an hour and as high as $14. The overall median annual salary for Amazon workers world-wide was $28,446 last year, which works out to a median of about $13.68 an hour, but that includes both software engineers and lower-wage workers abroad. Amazon declined to provide a national average for its starting pay.

In April, a company spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal that Amazon had been paying its full-time U.S. warehouse workers an average hourly wage of more than $15 including the stock and incentive bonuses that it is now eliminating.

The restricted-stock program, which vests over two years, is being replaced with a direct stock-purchase plan. The company said the net effect of this change still will result in a higher total compensation for employees. It is also phasing out incentive pay targets, perks which typically reward things like attendance or seniority.

Eliminating those benefits may reduce the attractiveness of working at Amazon warehouses longer term.
Yeah, it is the same information as before. Nothing special to look at and no special clean-up as far as I know.
* Amazon Central / Re: Pay by Invoice Started Today 8/8/18
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:02:08 PM »

Another invoiced order for $143.00. Damn, I'm gonna go broke before Christmas with this crap.
The notification for October is in Seller Central under "News". And away we go. Waiting to see how much worse mine will be next month.  Especially since my IPI is down to 505 now and still free-falling.
* Amazon Central / Re: Let Amazon Giveaway help you drive sales
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:58:04 PM »
Ha! I think I had figured that much out. Just never figured what it was supposed to accomplish (besides fattening Amazon's wallet).
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