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One blog post.
One addition to my shared sites. (right hand column)

Anybody else?
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Seller Forums Redesigned 2-2018
« on: February 05, 2018, 10:14:09 AM »
Say it ain't so.

So the default name is the seller's store name.
When I clicked into the forums, it stated my name was my store name or I could change it right then and there.

I can't.
I just can't on the new forums.
Hi, My name is Donna and I'm an old dawg.
<raising hand>
* Everything eBay / Re: PayPal Monopoly on eBay Ending
« on: February 05, 2018, 10:12:11 AM »
* Amazon Central / Re: Introducing the Seller Central Alexa Skill Feb 2018
« on: February 04, 2018, 01:20:33 PM »
No Way.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Seller Forums Redesigned 2-2018
« on: February 04, 2018, 01:19:59 PM »
Dear Gawd!

I don't know which is more pain inducing...
Your description or the new seller forum design.

Is it true that the current posting count a day is 10? Or is it 18?
Masking of your seller names, too.

I can't make heads or tails out of it.
Well, I could if I wanted to give it my time.

Bring them all over here, I'll glady have them!
Moved it to it's own thread for SEO reasons.

Pretty Pretty.
I have one item in mind and will purchase this week.
I love opals and I'm a minimalist and dainty jewelry lover.
No overly large gems for my jewelry for me cept the one on my ring finger.

Thanks for passing along.

BTW, Gimme a few days and I'll post her shop to my blog.
If anybody else has a free-standing website, etsy, handmade or other type item...lemme know.
I'm your go-to for posting we businesses working together.
* Everything eBay / Re: PayPal Monopoly on eBay Ending
« on: February 04, 2018, 01:02:12 PM »
When I purchase an item on say...Etsy...
I have a choice of Apple Pay, entering my own cc, or using Paypal.
I use Paypal because that is what I will always choose when given an option.
My cc number plus the cvs number are still blocked with only Paypal being the go-between.

I used to receive alot of payments via Google Checkout back in the day from website purchases.
I did receive more Paypal, but the option was great to be able to offer my customers.

Things that make me giggle...hahaha..Amazon Payments? On eBay?

That being said, I think this is great.
If a seller has their own merchant account they should be able to use it.
Often times those are negotiated rates for the merchant.

As I'm phasing out a little year by year, I'm going to continue to use Paypal only as my means of payment.
From the article:

PayPal will still be a payments provider option for eBay, but it won’t be processing certain transactions — transactions that involve entering your credit card information, for instance — as it had previously. (my input, I've never had to enter my cc number for any transaction on eBay. NEVER. Nor have my customers)

“This was always the plan since PayPal and eBay separated,” Ready emphasized, referring to eBay’s spin-off of PayPal into its own publicly-traded company in 2015.

PayPal reported adjusted fourth quarter 2017 earnings of 55 cents a share on revenue of $3.74 billion — up 26% year-over-year. For the full year of 2018, PayPal forecasts profit of $2.27 per share with revenue between $15 billion and $15.25 billion, compared with analysts’ estimates of $15.16 billion.

It’s also worth noting that while eBay transactions currently account for 13% of PayPal’s overall payments volume, that number is steadily declining, according to PayPal. And while eBay’s revenue from marketplaces continue to grow by 4%, that number is downright anemic when compared to median growth of marketplace competitors, which are growing at a 50% year-over-year clip. (yes, true true true...but there is still a market's my bent and dent shop or my place to sell if I'm not approved in a category)
* Amazon Central / Introducing the Seller Central Alexa Skill Feb 2018
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:48:05 AM »
From Amazon Headline News:

Feb 1, 2018

Try the Seller Central Alexa skill today. Alexa, your new virtual employee, provides you with critical business updates from any Alexa-enabled device. Enable the skill, link your seller account, and say "Alexa, start Seller Central."               

After you enable the skill, say "Alexa, start Seller Central," and then try:

Sales summary: "How are my sales?"
Sales summary by date: "What were my sales yesterday?"
Inventory recommendations: "How is my inventory?"
Orders: "How are my orders?"
Campaigns: "How are my campaigns performing?"
Feedback: "How's my feedback?" and "Read my feedback."
Buyer messages: "Do I have any messages?"
Payments: "When do I get paid?" "When was my last payment?" and "What is my current balance?"
To provide feedback or report an issue, contact

The Seller Central Alexa skill is currently only available to sellers in the US marketplace.
* Promote Your Site / Moon Dust Soul Candles
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:26:35 AM »
Moon Dust Soul

Let's just say I would like some support for this new business that I might or might not have a stake in.

Pass the link around, post it to your blogs/websites.
If the need arises, I sure would appreciate a nod to the site and consideration of the product.
All natural, soy wax and natural wicks.

My favorite scent is the Whiskey and Leather.
Amazon is creating a health care company with the help of Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase

From various articles: The new, not-for-profit venture will initially focus on technology for “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare” for their more than 500,000 U.S. employees, the companies said. They did not elaborate on their strategy, but said they are searching for a chief executive officer.

Healthcare industry experts say the new entity could eventually negotiate directly with drugmakers, doctors and hospitals and use their vast databases to get a better handle on the costs of those services.

I knew 'something' was brewing last summer with the applications which had been filed by Amazon.
Buncha talk on the world wide web about adding in 3rd party sellers.
* Amazon Central / Amazon Raises Prime Fee for Monthly Plan Members
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:18:26 AM »
On Friday, Amazon raised fees for US Prime members that pay on the monthly plan.
Before the increase, the monthly Prime fee was $10.99, but will now be $12.99 per month.

The company also increased the discounted Prime Membership fee for students from $5.49 to $6.49 per month.

The annual Prime Membership cost of $99 per year remains unchanged, and the company also did not raise the price of its video only plan.
Amazon Treasure Trucks to Show Up at Select Whole Foods Market Stores

From the press release:

Amazon and Whole Foods Market today announced that Treasure Truck will pop up at various Whole Foods Market locations across the country with new offers and incentives. Treasure Truck handpicks new, trending, local, or delicious items, loads them on the truck, and cruises around town spreading joy for everyone with a smartphone and an appetite for fun.

Today Amazon’s Treasure Truck will have an offer customers can’t refuse – the Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt. 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker will be available for purchase from the Treasure Truck through the Amazon App.

Customers can then pick up their order from the Treasure Truck at select Whole Foods Market locations. Whether customers want to perfect crowd-pleasing culinary delights for the big game, or meal prep health-focused recipes in the New Year, the Instant Pot is a kitchen MVP with settings ranging from pressure cooker to slow cooker.

Customers who purchase the Instant Pot from the Treasure Truck through the Amazon App will be treated to a $10 off $40 purchase coupon at Whole Foods Market. And for some culinary inspiration, customers will receive recipes from Feed Your Resolution influencer, author and creator of Nom Nom Paleo Michelle Tam.

Customers can stop by for some Treasure Truck fun, pick up their Instant Pot order, coupon, and recipe cards and then head into Whole Foods Market to gather what you need to impress your game-watching guests or keep you on track with healthy eating goals until long after the last touchdown.
114 Offers Free eCommerce Website with No Transaction Fees

Website builder introduces new eCommerce feature with not transaction and subscription fees. Founded in 2005, to date, has mostly served blogs, personal and business pages.

This new solution is designed for small merchants who wish to break into eCommerce without burdening them with long-term commitments and subscription fees.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Warehouse Reserved Virtual Unit ???
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:08:55 AM »
The visual.
* Everything eBay / Re: PayPal Monopoly on eBay Ending
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:08:15 AM »

eBay will begin intermediating payments on its Marketplace platform

“eBay intends to further improve the customer experience by intermediating payments on the Marketplace platform. In doing so, eBay will manage the payments flow, simplifying the end-to-end experience for both buyers and sellers. We have signed an agreement with Adyen, a leading global payments processor, to become our primary payments processing partner. PayPal, a long-time eBay partner, will be a payments option at checkout for eBay buyers.”

eBay Statement

I still have 2 selling accounts with eBay.
I have no issue using Paypal and have access to my funds with no waiting period (ahem, Amazon).
The comments on the article page have some good points.
Especially the one that says 'go jump in a lake.'
* Amazon Central / Amazon Seller Forums Redesigned 2-2018
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:04:57 PM »
Amazon Seller Forums Redesign February 2018

In February 2018, Amazon will relaunch the Seller Forums with a new design and improved functionality.
The forums will be unavailable between 1am and 9am EST February 1st to enable this experience.
'Supposedly' your posts and data will not be affected as part of this change.
* Amazon Central / Amazon 2017 Form 1099-K is now available for download
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:11:21 AM »
2017 Form 1099-K is now available for download in the Tax Document Library

If you have consented to electronic delivery from your seller dashboard...
Reports tab, select Tax Document Library.

* Amazon Central / Re: Baltimore Amazon Warehouse
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:51:36 AM »
The 12th day was the charm.
<rolling eyes>

The MD warehouse should be embarrassed.
12 flippin days.
* Amazon Central / Amazon Warehouse Reserved Virtual Unit ???
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:49:58 AM »
Greetings from Amazon Seller Support.

Thank you for contacting Amazon Seller Support. I am Sri and I will be assisting you today.

From your email I understand your concern is regarding one unit of ASIN: ******* showing up in reserved status.

I have checked with the data and I would like to inform you that the one unit of ASIN: ******* which is showing as reserved is an virtual unit and I have corrected the data.

I have corrected the data now and no unit is in reserved status now, you can confirm the same from the below link:

Anybody run across this?
Virtual unit?
I've been with Amazon 11 years and have never heard of this explanation.

Be sure to check your reserved if they haven't shipped out in 7 days.
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