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* Amazon Central / Amazon - Keeping your business safe from fraud
« on: Yesterday at 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: Yesterday at 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: Yesterday at 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: Yesterday at 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: Yesterday at 10:43:20 AM »
I'll have to check our cabinets and make sure.
Thanks for posting.
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.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: September 10, 2018, 02:42:35 PM »
My thoughts are exactly as the writer of the article states:
Facebook: The Starfish

'In some ways, Facebook is the most urgent case. It’s inescapable, opaque, and it wields immense power over the fundamental functions of our society. More than any other tech giant, Facebook’s power feels like an immediate threat and the most plausible first target for congressional action. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has already laid out 20 different measures that would rein in Facebook and other tech giants, ranging from GDPR-style data portability requirements to more carveouts of Section 230.

But while Warner’s measures focus on nudging Facebook toward more responsible behavior, a growing number of critics see the problem as Facebook itself. It may be that a social network with more than 2 billion users is simply too big to be managed responsibly, and no amount of moderators or regulators will be able to meaningfully rein the company in. For those critics, social networks are a natural monopoly, and no amount of portability requirements will ever produce a meaningful competitor to Facebook or a meaningful check on its power.

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
* Amazon Central / Re: Sales Showing .00 ? Here's the workaround
« on: September 10, 2018, 02:39:15 PM »
Nyuck Nyuck
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: September 07, 2018, 10:55:05 AM »
That's so funny!
* Amazon Central / Sales Showing .00 ? Here's the workaround
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:57:54 PM »
Sales showing as .00 ?
Business Reports Down?
Here's the solution:
Change your manage orders screen to the old view (opt out)

After doing this, click on advanced, select the date range and search.

* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:49:47 AM »
Awwww, Thanks!

I love to write.
If I had to do my education all over again, I'd definitely follow my heart.
Not business and accounting.
Break the glass ceiling the counselor said.
There are women needed in these fields. 

Hopefully when my life slows down, I'd like to attempt again.
I'd like to chronicle my father's life.
Even if it only goes to my children and nieces and nephews.

I have 2 children as of right (write *snicker*) now writing.
Makes me proud.
We raised them to love the written word and now they are continuing.

Let's make some money!
* Amazon Central / Re: NBC Nightly News About Third-Party Counterfeits
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:43:21 AM »
Direct link:

Been going on for ages and definitely as the news stated not just one venue. 
At least that's my thoughts.
Snake oil salesmen but instead of horse and buggy from town to town, it's via the wires of the internet.
For those of us who remember the beginnings of ebay, it was fun and I sold everything I put up for sale and for more than I would've dreamed.
Didn't take but a few years for the scammers to come in.
Every single venue I've sold on has had this problem...
Good info they reported on how a buyer can steer clear of bogus items.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Wal-Mart and eBooks/audio books
« on: August 25, 2018, 08:28:46 PM »
Shhhhh...I don't toot my own horn often but...speaking of books!
I'm published!
I was approached by this author to submit a story and well, it was accepted.
The book is printed and has my name in it along with my story of entertaining southern style.
Puttin' On The Grits: A Guide To Southern Entertaining
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