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Laughing in FL.
DAILY!!
Or the can someone tell me what I need to invest in so I can make money.

Nope.
I learned and you can put in the same effort I did over a decade ago.
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* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« on: May 27, 2019, 08:49:20 PM »
IPI drops and your storage gets limited for the 4th quarter. That would really suck if you plan to capitalize on Christmas but can't.

That's what I'm worried about.
Continuing to drop because I'm not shipping in inventory.
Hmmmmm...
No way around this but to continue to get a shipment to FBA.

Gotta pull some items out, too. Not many but enough to where it is affecting my IPI.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Jonesing for a free removal
« on: May 27, 2019, 09:08:00 AM »
That's the way I feel about it also.
I'll send in what I know will sell and let the others who penny price their items, lose money.
Gravy Days on Amazon are gone.

This last year batch of new sellers are Pffffft.

Not placing an order this year?
Yep.
I can understand that.

Still would like to and will be pulling out a good portion from the warehouse.

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I've had a few purchases defer to 2 day.
It's due to access of items that you're purchasing being in a warehouse near you.
Or drop shipped by a seller.
Son wanted a billabong belt on Friday...attempted to purchase with one day.
Nope.
Deferred to Prime delivery on June 5th.
What?
I checked it out and they are using Amazon as a drop ship (like many other biz's).
Same price and date of delivery from their website. UGH!
I didn't order it for him and he chose to buy another item.
Still don't like that I pay for prime and an item is on prime but do not guarantee the purchase delivery until June 5th from the business.

All in all, I am VERY pleased with Amazon's one day shipping and yes, I'm still buying more than I used to.
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One look at the Amazon forums shows sooooo many newbies that think this is eBay.
Uh huh.
Gotta follow those rules.
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* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« on: May 27, 2019, 08:57:59 AM »
Yep.
Totally working out.
Considering not coming back to Amazon full time until November.

Have very little in Amazon warehouses = Yep
I've sent in one fairly large shipment since April 2
Sent a bits and pieces shipment last Thursday. Oddz and Endz so to speak.

My storage metrics, excess storage and sell through rate are continually dropping.
Hell my warehouse stats dropped 200 points and is now hovering mid 400's but that's the cost of not sending in items.

eBay and Etsy are chugging along with hard to find items or items I sell in lots.

I'm in Set It and Forget It mode.
<smile>

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Me = Not Surprized
It's been going on for ages.
Not sure if China would've done anything had it been their children.
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* General Discussions / WayOutWest tornadoes in OK
« on: May 23, 2019, 08:05:32 PM »
Stay safe, I've been watching the tornadoes out your way... Scary!
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* Amazon Central / US manufacturers moving production out of China
« on: May 11, 2019, 08:15:09 PM »
Just in case any of you are sourcing your products for sale from China.
Latest stats show that 40% of sellers on Amazon have items that are sourced from China.
40%.

US manufacturers moving production out of China

The comments on this thread are well worth taking the time to read.

If you have a WSJ subscription check out the following article (or use outline.com to bypass paywall):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-this-marriage-be-saved-chinese-u-s-integration-frays-11557414600?mod=mhp

If you have a WSJ subscription check out the following article (or use outline.com to bypass paywall):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-this-marriage-be-saved-chinese-u-s-integration-frays-11557414600?mod=mhp

Snippet: Even if President Trump eventually lifts tariffs, multinationals will know they can be reimposed if tensions flare again.
And China could slap tariffs, too.
So to limit their exposure, many will shift assembly of U.S.-bound goods to third countries less exposed to protectionist threats.
In some cases, the uncertainties stemming from trade tensions were the final nudge for companies, already facing rising costs in China, to go elsewhere.

Camera maker GoPro is moving production for the U.S. market from China to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Shoemaker Steve Madden is moving production to Cambodia.
Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group is weighing assembling Apple Inc.’s iPhones in India, a huge emerging smartphone market.
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Amazon Must Remove Toxic School Supplies, Kid’s Jewelry from Marketplace Nationwide

This has LONG been an issue.


Amazon Must Remove Toxic School Supplies, Kid’s Jewelry from Marketplace Nationwide <--- Reddit Conversation


May 9 2019

AG investigation found some school supplies with more than 80 times legal limit of lead

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Amazon will commit to nationwide corporate reforms after his office’s investigation found dozens of children’s school supplies sold on its online marketplace had illegal levels of toxic metals lead and cadmium.

Ferguson’s investigation revealed that individuals in Washington and across the country made at least 15,188 purchases of products with illegal levels of lead and cadmium from Amazon.com. When it learned of the results of the investigation, Amazon contacted the purchasers in early 2019 encouraging the disposal of the toxic items and provided more than $200,000 in refunds. To resolve the investigation without a lawsuit, Amazon entered into a nationwide legally binding agreement to block the sale of children’s schools supplies and jewelry on Amazon.com without lab reports and other proof from the sellers that the products are not toxic. In addition, Amazon will pay the Attorney General’s Office $700,000, which will be used to fund future environmental protection efforts, including future investigations into toxic children’s products.

“As a parent, when I buy products for my kids, I expect them to be safe,” said Ferguson. “All retailers must ensure that their products do not pose a threat to Washington children. If they don’t, they will hear from my office.”

“While so many of us benefit from the convenience of online retailers, the products they sell shouldn’t harm our families or the environment where we live,” said Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon. “This is especially true with products marketed for kids. I appreciate the close collaboration with the Attorney General in supporting the enforcement of the Children’s Safe Product Act, and I’m proud of the long-term difference we at Ecology can make with our product testing efforts.”

Both state and federal laws prohibit the sale or distribution of children’s products that contain lead or cadmium above certain levels. Lead can cause a variety of neurological problems in children, and in large amounts, can lead to organ failure and death. The federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act prohibits levels of lead exceeding 100 parts-per-million (ppm) in any accessible component of a children’s product. Under state law, levels of cadmium, a metal known to cause cancer, cannot exceed 40 ppm.

The Attorney General’s Office, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology, tested children’s school supplies for harmful levels of lead and cadmium in 2017 and 2018. The tests targeted products the two agencies suspected might contain toxic metals. In total, two rounds of tests identified 51 products sold on Amazon.com that tested positive for illegal levels of lead and cadmium. In the first round of testing, 16 of the 43 products from Amazon tested positive for illegal levels of toxic metals. In the second round of tests, the two agencies found that 35 of 41 products examined exceed the legal limits. The Department of Ecology paid for the first round of testing and the Attorney General’s Office funded the second round.

These items featured cartoon characters, plush exteriors and bright primary colors and were marketed to children younger than 12. In particular, some sellers’ pencil pouches had component parts containing approximately 8,500 ppm of lead — more than 80 times the legal limit. In one test, a pencil pouch contained more than 35 times the legal limit of lead and nearly 29 times the legal limit of cadmium. Amazon also performed its own tests on several products and confirmed that the levels were higher than those allowed by state and federal laws.

Children’s school supplies and jewelry found to exceed the legal limits of these toxic metals include:

Pencil pouches

Backpacks

Lunchboxes

Book covers

Bracelets

Necklaces

The legally binding agreement, filed in King County Superior Court, requires Amazon to discontinue the sale of any children’s school supplies or jewelry containing lead and cadmium levels exceeding those allowed by state and federal laws.

Amazon also will require all current sellers of these children’s products nationwide to provide certifications and lab testing from an accredited lab showing that their products are safe. The company identified approximately 18,000 sellers on its marketplace that offer around 900,000 individual children’s school supplies and jewelry products. These corporate reforms apply nationwide to all products of this type sold Image of pencil case that cadmium and lead above legal limits on Amazon.com, including those sourced from retail vendors (where Amazon is the seller of record) or sold by third-party marketplace sellers (where Amazon is not the seller of record).

Any future sellers must provide this certification before listing their products for sale. Moreover, if the Attorney General or Washington Department of Ecology advise Amazon of any children’s school supplies or jewelry that exceed safe levels, Amazon must remove the product from its online marketplace within two business days.

After Ferguson concluded his investigation and shared the results with Amazon, the online retailer contacted the consumers who purchased the more than 15,000 affected products, including nearly 600 of which sold to Washingtonians, and provided more than $200,000 in refunds. Amazon sent these notices to the email address associated with the purchaser’s account. Amazon also delivered this information to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to initiate a recall process.
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It's a very good sub-reddit and one I visit at least once every few days.
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Today an order arrived in one day.
Yesterday an order arrived in one day.
I'm loving this and have no gripes.
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If they want to contact me via an order that FBA fulfills... that is what the buyer seller messaging is for.
If I self-fulfill an order my business card is enclosed with my business number.

From what I've ascertained, this last year plus worth of sellers were harassing buyers by phone for feedback and more.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Jonesing for a free removal
« on: May 11, 2019, 07:53:02 PM »
I've been doing the same thing.
I paid for some to be returned to me.
I paid to have Amazon dispose of them for me.
<shrug>
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Amazon reveals how third-party sellers are kicking its butt on sales

In a new report, published on Tuesday, Amazon said its sellers in the US earned as much $90,000 a year from selling on its stores.
And on average, these sellers in the US, are earning as much as $90,000 a year from selling on its stores, creating 1.6 million jobs around the world, Amazon said.

Ummm, yuh.
We (the third party sellers) have been doing this for some time.
Amazon's big $$$ is via cloud services.

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I've been experiencing just the opposite. Everything has been 2 day and many not having 1 day upgrade as an option :( Hopefully this is merely a temporary side effect of the upcoming changes.

Amazon can already ship to 72% of US population within a day

The map on the page and I also posted it says so much about the density of population in the areas that Amazon does one day shipping. (image credit on image)
Man, just look at the difference between 2014 and 2019.
WOW!

It's a really good article.

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I don't have a Facebook account.
However, wasn't there an update of some sort to Paypal and embedding the Paypal code that was announced a few months ago?
I'll see what I can find.
I haven't worked with HTML in so long.
I wonder if I could still code it in correctly.
<smile>

There's a donate Paypal button on this site.
Perhaps I'll test it out tomorrow and see if there are any errors.
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Customer phone number anonymization

May 2, 2019
You or your delivery carrier may only contact the customer via phone for delivery issues through our phone number anonymization system.

When calling a customer, use the temporary phone number, including the extension if provided, and follow the prompts. The phone number will expire once the package is delivered. This system is scheduled to be rolled out over the next few weeks.

As a reminder, in accordance with our Communication guidelines, you should only contact customers to fulfill an order. If you need to contact a customer for any reason other than package delivery, please use the Buyer-Seller Messaging Service.

Refer to the Prohibited seller activities and actions policy for information about appropriate use of customer phone numbers.
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I remember (and I'm still experiencing) alot of warehouse transfers of my inventory.
REALLY spread out to many warehouses.
Granted, I don't have that much in the warehouse(s).... but... hear me out, Perhaps that is why only certain warehouses are offering one day as it is in their nearby warehouse.

Hope it gets better for you.

Still one day arrivals of packages this week.
It is spurring me on to buying more on Amazon.
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