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I can only imagine the looks of others when they read over my resume:

Tax analyst and small business consultant
Adjunct instructor
Content creator
Lecturer/speaker

and...

Certified pearl specialist

 :laugh
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: July 19, 2019, 08:25:31 PM »
Thank you Steve for keeping this up. I'm not on here as much as before but I do enjoy it here. Can talk about stuff that Amazon can't snoop in on.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: July 19, 2019, 08:19:53 PM »
I live west of Cleveland just out past the suburbs and I have noticed a lot more of those stupid blue Amazon delivery vans around here. So now, I am just about done ordering stuff from Amazon for any personal use whatsoever. I gotta keep them for business use because the reward points I'm accumulating through Speedway gas stations doesn't provide U-line gift cards but they do for Amazon. So, I'm going to be ordering a LOT of shipping stuff from Amazon because of gift cards. The stuff I order is slightly less than Uline but not having to pay for it is like having Christmas all year long. :D!

As far as your town having all those liquor and drug dispensaries, that is a built-in market for potato chip and other munchie sales. Maybe you should open your own munchie biz?

And I completely agree with you on the lack of selection for quality products on store shelves like a good cocktail sauce. All Walmart does is put the cheapest version of garbage out there and that is exactly what a lot of that stuff tastes like: garbage. I'll go to Walmart for milk, bread, eggs and that kind of stuff but I'll go to a regular grocery store most of the time for most other things. I only do my full grocery shopping at Walmart if I am short on time.
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It is okay, I do not need the customer's number. When the customer doesn't realize what is going on with this whole new anonymization thing and they refuse to answer the phone, nothing will get accomplished. Eventually customers might start blocking any number from Amazon's area code.


I noticed on a thread awhile back that UPS and FedEx are trying to use the new phone system to contact customers about delivery issues and most people aren't answering their phones. I wonder why?

How could anyone with an IQ slightly higher than a door knob not see this coming?
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* General Discussions / Re: WayOutWest tornadoes in OK
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:24:45 PM »
Yes, please stay safe this tornado season.
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Toy r Us, back from the dead
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:23:31 PM »
Has the zombie apocalypse finally hit?
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I figure I'd post this in case anyone missed this.

https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/headlines.html?id=4755802826904407795&ref=nslp_all_44_4755802826904407795_ttl

Sweet deal and I've been taking advantage of this.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:15:51 PM »
Fed Ex doesn't guarantee much of anything anymore for deliveries so it is no big loss, imho. With Amazon going to 1-day delivery, maybe this is the straw that broke the camel's back?

Fed Ex sucks anyway, at least around here. Throw packages into the yard, put them right in front of the door so it can't be opened from the inside, put them on the bottom step that is exposed to the rain/snow when my porch itself is covered. Lazy worthless  :053
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Or even better yet:
"How do I get started in FBA?"
"What companies do you use to buy products?"
"How do I ship my stuff from China to an Amazon Warehouse?"
"Why did I get a trademark, patent, or other IP infringement violation?"
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* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« on: May 27, 2019, 07:38:53 PM »
Good for you. Just don't "forget it" so much that your 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.
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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.

Uhh yeah. Gotta love those new daily suspension threads being posted by them. Brings a smile to my face every time I see them  :0771
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* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« on: May 25, 2019, 10:50:58 PM »
I'll hang around a bit on Amazon...
Specifically October thru December.
After end of May this year, I hope <fingers crossed) to be on vacation from Amazon until October.
Maybe ship in one shipment a month off oddz and endz. 
That's easy money.
Otherwise, I'm having a ball doing my previous collectibles, vintage, etc on eBay.

Are your "vacation" plans working out for you?
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That would explain everything.
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Too bad that one-day thing isn't for everything. Just ordered a new printer and couldn't get it for a week. I looked at other places (Best Buy, Staples, Mfg. website, etc.) and all had free shipping at the same price and all had delivery dates of this coming Wednesday. But the extra ink I ordered to go along with the printer came the next day. Can't figure out what the delay was but everyone was in sync about the selling price as well as the delivery date.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Jonesing for a free removal
« on: May 25, 2019, 10:40:36 PM »
I am working on more inventory control with respect to amounts. I finally got the last of the stuff cleaned out here and after tallying up the cost, I almost cried. Price softness from established competition as well as a bunch of 1st-year R/A players really hurt. Hurt my top line, hurt my bottom line but significantly helped Amazon's coffers.

My current order for this year took a lot of this into account. At this point, I would rather lose sales to being out of stock on a couple of items than be stuck with a lot of inventory that I eventually have to dump.

One of my sales reps knows one of the main competitors I have and told me they are not placing an order this year. I guess they got burned worse than me.
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The stuff comes from China. Are we really surprised that they don't give a flip about the safety of American (or other kids worldwide)? This has been going on for decades and decades. However, had the tainted stuff got into the hands of Chinese children, you can be sure the government would have then intervened.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Jonesing for a free removal
« on: May 10, 2019, 12:35:08 PM »
I just dumped a bunch of inventory. It isn't inventory that I could really sell anyways since it is 2019 dated and 2020 stuff will be out shortly (at least wholesale it will be). I'll let some sucker that loves to buy Amazon liquidation crap to resell on Amazon purchase all of it.  :h0035
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It is okay, I do not need the customer's number. When the customer doesn't realize what is going on with this whole new anonymization thing and they refuse to answer the phone, nothing will get accomplished. Eventually customers might start blocking any number from Amazon's area code.

Speaking of which, I might just do that (block all calls from Amazon's area code). I am on my way to class yesterday and I notice that I missed this call from Amazon. I don't have any cases open I am thinking that Amazon might be using this same system to allow buyers to directly contact sellers via phone. If that is the case, then I am NOT a happy camper :(
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I recently purchased something from Amazon and it got here the next day. Like Donna, I received the option of free one day Prime shipping.

Not too shabby, I must say.
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According to the article:

"It's also a profitable area of business for the company. According to The Seattle Times, in 2018 Amazon pulled in nearly $43 billion in commissions and fees for fulfillment, shipping, and other seller services."

Ummm... that is a lot of money by anybody's standard. Even by our government.
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