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The notification for October is in Seller Central under "News". And away we go.
Ok, Ok, I thought that I had read this and I double-checked.
 August Seller Central News:
August 2018
Inventory cleanup coming soon; long-term storage fees changing

Fulfillment by Amazon's next inventory cleanup is September 15, 2018.

Same message as the one in this months Seller Central News.

So it's NOT a time for sellers to clean out their I right?
Mine dropped from 519 to 511.
I noted the October cleanup coming soon notice.
Worried I missed a notice in September.
Thanks for posting.
Mine were low, too.
Not as low as yours.
I was looking for the Inventory Cleanup Coming Soon.
Did I miss a notification for that?
Anyone heard anything about this?
I wandered back to Amazon Headlines to see if I'd missed the announcement.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: Facebook analytics
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:49:33 AM »
I KNEW you would know, Bobby.

Sellathon Article.
I forgot that Auctiva purchased them.

Good ole Auctiva...those were the days.
Goodness, I need to check into the site and see what I have there on file.

"A company called Sellathon recently launched a product called ViewTracker, and they say on their Web site that ViewTracker “tells you … in real-time … exactly how each auction visitor found you, what words they searched for, what categories they browsed, how they sorted their search results… even where they live.”

* Amazon Central / Re: Let Amazon Giveaway help you drive sales
« on: September 21, 2018, 11:39:14 AM »
Taking $$$ from me in one way, shape or form.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: Facebook analytics
« on: September 21, 2018, 11:37:50 AM »
Had to do some googling...I'm not sure.
Terapeak was purchased by eBay.
Lemme delve into search a bit more.
I did find that a switch to Seller Hub is used by some.
Hmmmm...the ability to use 3rd party applications is going away...
eBay is removing support for Open eBay Apps (i.e, third-party embedded applications) in November 2018

To be continued....
* Amazon Central / Amazon - Keeping your business safe from fraud
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:23:43 AM »
Keeping your business safe from fraud

At Amazon, we’re creating effective ways to keep malicious actors out of the marketplace and your business safe.
We’ll cancel any order that we suspect of being related to buyer abuse, and we’ll also close the accounts of buyers engaging in fraud.
* Amazon Central / Let Amazon Giveaway help you drive sales
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:22:26 AM »
Amazon Giveaway helps Fulfillment by Amazon sellers increase product awareness and sales.
Giveaway hosts feature their Amazon products as prizes.
We take care of the rest: targeted marketing to customers likely to buy, selection of winners, and shipment of prizes to the winning customers.

We recently launched a new feature that provides sales data for every giveaway created by FBA sellers. This lets sellers calculate the return on what they spend for each giveaway.

Go to Your Giveaways to find the sales data, pick top-performing giveaways, and rerun them using our Copy this giveaway feature. For more information, including how to create a giveaway, go to Amazon Giveaway for FBA.

My opinion: Let's not.
Tax collection for orders shipped to Minnesota State - Effective October 1, 2018

Based on changes to Minnesota State tax law, Amazon will begin calculating, collecting, and remitting sales tax for all orders shipped to customers in Minnesota on October 1, 2018.

Your existing tax calculation settings, order details, and payments reporting will update automatically to reflect this change. No action to your tax settings or seller account is required.

Answers to common questions are available in the Marketplace Tax Collection FAQ. Consider working with your tax advisor to determine any ongoing tax remittance and reporting obligations your business might have.

For more information from Minnesota, see Update for Marketplace Providers.
Free replacements for customers—at no cost to you
from Amazon Seller News

Getting a replacement for an FBA item just got easier for customers. As of September 5, 2018, a customer returning your item can ask to have a replacement sent to them free of charge—and there will be no cost to you.

For you, this means less time focusing on payments and refunds because the sale of the original item is unaffected. For customers, this means more convenient FBA returns, consistent with Amazon returns as a whole.

How it works:

1)    To get a replacement item, a customer starts a return through the Online Returns Center or Customer Service.
2)    If a customer requests a replacement, Amazon ships one from your inventory and asks the customer to send the original item to one of our returns centers. If they don’t send it back, or if the original item is returned damaged, Amazon will reimburse you according to the FBA customer returns policy. See the Replacements section of the policy for more information.

So I lose money at Amazon's cost and another 45 day wait I'm sure.

* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: Facebook analytics
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:54:27 AM »
I miss the days of the analytics we could sign up to receive via eBay.
Can't remember the company (Bobby would) but it was a phenomenal service.
Where your buyer came from, what search words they used, hours/minutes they stayed on your sales page, hours of day items were bought and more.

Now, that info was helpful.

This info/analytics not so much.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Multi-Channel Fulfillment
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:52:21 AM »
To be honest, I've never done MCF.
We used to have several sellers here who were into MCF big and tied it together with affiliate ads.
Those sellers not only used eBay but also their own websites.

You're on the right track with the stats you posted though.

Gimme a couple of days to get back into the swing and I'll do more research.

I'm pleased with what I have up on eBay and it's sales and would feel comfortable with using MCF if the cost justified.
You can and could double your sales (if not more) by using this service and I applaud that you are considering.

From what I hear it works smooth as silk.

I don't work hard enough on eBay or sell enough on eBay to justify the extra $.
Blinded by the big boys?
Zilch...Not me.

I like having my little corner of the ecommerce world and you're right, when it ends it ends.
Which for me looks like it will be coming spring of 2019 or after the holiday season of 2019.
I'm getting too old.

I've been outta town taking a break for the last week.
I'm pulling my bootstraps up and getting back into the swing of ecommerce.
And not with the biggest smile on my face.

It's nice to get away.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:43:20 AM »
I'll have to check our cabinets and make sure.
Thanks for posting.
* Everything eBay / Re: FB isn't the only site with an analytics problem
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:42:01 AM »
Thanks for posting.
She runs a great website.
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
« 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
« 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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