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* General Online Selling Questions & Issues / Bubble Wrap at better price
« on: September 03, 2020, 10:34:50 PM »
Came across this and thought I'd share. Bubble wrap for less than half of uline price and free shipping!

https://www.americanbubbleboy.com/collections/12-inch-bubble/products/bubble-wrap%C2%AE-350
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Prime Day 2020 Postponed Due to Covid
« on: July 14, 2020, 04:42:05 AM »
Amazon has postponed Prime Day due to Covid-19.  This year's event won't take place until at least September (according to one insider report) or October 5th (according to another report).
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* General Online Selling Questions & Issues / uReach.com shutting down
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:44:00 PM »
uReach.com, a long-standing, popular service for obtaining an 800 number that automatically forwards to different phone numbers based on the schedule you set, along with voicemail service, and which includes incoming and outgoing online fax service, is shutting its doors. 

From uReach:

SUBJECT:  IMPORTANT NOTICE Regarding Termination of Your Current uReach.com service & Accounts – Effective June 15th, 2020

April 2nd, 2020

To: All uReach (uReach.com) Customers

 It has been a privilege to provide user-friendly and affordable communications solutions utilizing the uReach.com cloud. Unfortunately, Ribbon Communications has decided to no longer offer these services and as such, your service and the network supporting your service will be discontinued effective June 15th, 2020 and will not be available after that date.  This letter serves as formal notice to all uReach.com customers of this service termination and to make you aware that there will be no access to data or service on the system as of that date.

As part of this notice, you should consider whether to download any needed data from uReach.com and proactively begin to transition your uReach.com communication solutions to a suitable alternative prior to this termination of the uReach.com services and pursuant to the uReach.com Terms of Service at https://www.ureach.com/home/terms.htm.  To keep your number, you may want to port your number to a preferred carrier of your choice.

While we do not have a replacement service provider that we can recommend, several of the uReach products are similar to services provided by other vendors.  For the following uReach products, you may find it convenient to seek comparable products from our partner ISSQUARED, as found on the URL http://www.issquaredinc.com:

Executive

One Number Plus

Premier

uAttendant

uConnect

uFax

uMessage

uNumber

Visionmail

Voicemail

For BusinessPhone and BusinessCall products, other vendors such as Sprint ( see https://business.sprint.com/solutions/sprint-multiline/ ) have similar products that may suit your needs.  Similarly, for our BusinessTeam product, you might find similar services available from Microsoft Teams, Slack, Cisco WebEx Teams, Rocket.Chat, Telegram, Workplace by Facebook, and/or Salesforce Chatter.   While Ribbon neither promotes nor endorses these vendors and their solutions, nor has any commercials interest in those companies, we want to make you aware of options in the broader marketplace for you to consider.

Please note there is no upgrade or migration path for your user-related data in any case.

IMPORTANT: We are hereby advising you to backup or save any required emails, faxes, voicemails, and any other valuable information on uReach.com before June 15th, 2020 in order to avoid losing any information that may be critical to you.

For further clarity, after the uReach.com service is turned off on June 15th, 2020, and any data associated with the uReach.com services will no longer be available.  Your credit card will no longer be charged the regular monthly renewal fees after June 15th, 2020 or if you choose to discontinue your service prior to that date by contacting our customer support team.

To speak with a Ribbon Communications Customer Support representative by phone, please call 877-717-8732 (nationwide in the U.S.A.) between the hours of 9:00AM to 6:30PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
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From the article:
We're seeing food and beverage sales as well as companies in the wellness category skyrocket on Amazon. Their average return on ad spend (ROAS) has gone from 4.5x to 6x–an almost 30% increase!–in a week.

And

A number of products categories are seeing a massive spike in sales. Including bottled water (up 78% week-over-week) and vitamins/supplements (up 78% week-over-week).

https://hawkemedia.com/blog/amazon-coronavirus-report
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* General Discussions / Wishing everyone the best!
« on: December 29, 2019, 12:16:31 PM »
I hope everyone has been having a very successful holiday season and that everything is going as well as can be both in business and personal lives :)
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The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc., has long offered certification for pearl specialists. This certification is normally $600.  In a bold move to help the pearl industry and help generate more public interest in pearls, the government of Tahiti has decided to cover the cost of the classes & certification for a limited time!

If you're in retail jewelry sales, or think you might eventually want to work in a retail jewelry store, this is a great deal!  Or, if you simply want to learn more about cultured pearls, this is a great way to learn about the product!

If you've ever sat down with a certified pearl specialist at a retail jewelry store, this is the exact same certification s/he had.

You read the material, watch some videos, take a few quizzes, read and watch some more, then take the final exam.  The final covers the material that's presented throughout the course.  When done, you can save a pdf of your certificate for printing yourself.  If you want to order a certificate after passing the exam, you can then order one for $18 plus a few dollars for shipping.

This is a self-paced course, with no time limits on the exams.  I sat down and went through the entire thing in 10 hours.  However, you can spread it out over several days or more if you want.

Tip: while the purpose is to actually learn the material, you can have the course material open for reference in one window and the final exam open in another. Even with that, it'll be much easier if you do study the material.

https://www.pearlsasone.org/p/pearls_as_one/?coupon_code=TAHITIFREE

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* E-commerce In The News / Toy r Us, back from the dead
« on: June 22, 2019, 04:15:18 AM »
Toys r Us will be resurrected later this year, with an e-commerce site and stores that are about 1/3 the size of the original stores.

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2019-06-21/toys-r-us-back-from-the-dead-will-open-u-s-stores-in-2019?in_source=amp_trending_now_1
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* Amazon Central / Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:00:23 PM »
From Barron's:
 
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FedEx decided to dump Amazon.com as a customer on Friday, saying it would focus instead on doing business with other online retailers. The move underscores the extent to which Amazon has become a serious competitor to existing logistics providers. But it also shows that FedEx believes it doesn’t need Amazon’s high-volume business to thrive.

“FedEx has made the strategic decision to not renew the FedEx Express U.S. domestic contract with [Amazon] as we focus on serving the broader e-commerce market,” FedEx said in a statement. Amazon accounts for 1.3% of FedEx sales, according to FedEx.

read entire article at: https://www.barrons.com/articles/fedex-dumps-amazon-51559941071

Of course, Amazon would probably have ended up dumping Fedex, since they're building out their own delivery network.  I suspect Fedex felt it would look better to investors if Fedex did the dumping, but I could be wrong.
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I don't know how new this is, but someone I know just posted this on Facebook and thought I'd share.

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Paypal Hosted Buttons HEADS UP!
For those you you who use PayPal hosted buttons for ordering on your web page there is a problem when you are linking to your web page from Facebook when your customer is using most mobile devices and clicking on your link.  It is caused by the Facebook Mobile Browser. The browser is a stripped down browser for fast page loading. It does not render the button correctly, This causes the user to end up at a login page with no relation to your product he/she has ordered. The only solution i have found is to request the user type or paste the URL into a different browser like Safari or Chrome. Learned that yesterday when a $90.00 order was not placed because of a customer frustration when he could not purchase and could not articulate the problem.

I would provide the link to the post, but it's a closed group
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* General Discussions / Original Woot.com
« on: April 17, 2019, 05:30:49 AM »
Woot.com was the land of 1 item a day at a discount price, then Amazon bought it and made it into a dumping ground for stuff they can't sell, with several items a day, but nothing special.

For those that miss the old woot.com, the guys that built it have launched a new site, meh.com  :D!

This may be old news to some, but I don't get out much and just found it. If you knew already, why didn't you tell me?
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* Everything eBay / New PayPal Policy Regarding Fees and Refunds
« on: April 05, 2019, 05:23:51 PM »
Effective May 7th, 2019

"We're changing how we treat refunds. If you refund (partially or fully) a transaction to a buyer or a donation to a donor, there are no fees to make the refund, but the fees you originally paid as the seller will not be returned to you."

In other words, the 2.9% fee from the original transaction will no longer be refunded (as well as the original 30¢, which they've always kept).

See full notification about this and other changes at: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/upcoming-policies-full

From what I've seen, several eBay sellers are already talking about jumping ship because of this.

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* Amazon Central / Amazon launches house brand of cosmetics
« on: March 25, 2019, 04:14:44 AM »
Amazon enters yet another retail segment by launching their own house brand of cosmetics, Belei.

Belei features a dozen items including a charcoal balancing mask ($18), a dark spot solution serum ($22) and a vitamin C moisturizer ($35).

Read more at: https://www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/guid/B991568C-4BDC-11E9-B53C-75269884C3CF
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Am Amazon Prime cargo plane just crashed while approaching its destination of Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, killing all 3 crew members aboard.

At the time of the crash, visibility was over 10 miles; high winds from the edge of a storm front are believed to have caused the crash.
This is a developing story.  Read more at https://weather.com/news/news/2019-02-23-amazon-cargo-plane-crash-houston-trinity-bay
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* General Discussions / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 26, 2018, 12:47:18 AM »
Merry Christmas!   Hope everyone is having a great (and prosperous) one!

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* Amazon Central / Police Find Amazon Reviews Left by Serial Killer
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:40:16 PM »
Police in South Carolina have been investigating the life of Todd Kohlhepp -- and in the middle of that search, they found disturbing details about his life.

Kohlhepp is accused of kidnapping Kala Brown and killing her boyfriend, and he may be linked to the deaths of up to seven people.

While looking into his activity on the internet, officials found chilling reviews on what they believe to be Kohlhepp's Amazon account.

A four star review for a knife reads, "havne't [sic] stabbed anyone yet... yet... but I am keeping the dream alive and when I do, it will be with a quality tool like this..."
. . .
Full story at: https://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/11/07/police-find-amazon-reviews-left-by-alleged-killer/21600551/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00002423

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* Amazon Central / Amazon Raising Price of Prime
« on: April 26, 2018, 07:26:02 PM »
According to CNBC, Amazon is raising the price of their Prime memberships again.  Yearly rate will go up to $119, from the current price of $99  :(
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Prime Wardrobe No Longer in Beta?
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:27:54 PM »
For those that missed it, Amazon quietly introduced a new Prime feature, called Prime Wardrobe, back in June of 2017.  It's similar to the various fashion delivery services, where you get shipped a box of clothing to choose from.  Unlike the various services, you get to pick what's shipped.  An article about the beta launch can be read at https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/20/amazon-prime-wardrobe/  It even includes the return label for easy return of the items you don't want to keep.

I noticed today that it's now showing up on the front page of amazon.com (not sure how long it's been there, since I seldom go to the front page). 

Edit - Amazon page is at >>here<< and according to it, it's still via invitation only.  I never requested an invite, but am seeing a "You're Invited" banner   :?
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* General Discussions / NECCO possibly going out of business :(
« on: April 12, 2018, 11:47:23 AM »
NECCO, America's oldest candy maker, has announced that if they can't find a buyer, they will be closing their doors.

Sales of their candy has skyrocketed, with prices reportedly surging online on sites such as eBay (note:I havent verified whether or not prices are actually going up and if there's an arbitrage opportunity there)

Candies they make:
Sweethearts - those chalky, heart shaped candies with words such as "Be Mine" printed on them

NECCO Wafers - wafer candies in orange, lemon, lime, clove, chocolate, cinnamon, licorice, and wintergreen flavors

Candy Buttons

Clark Bar

Haviland Thin Mints - filling flavors of original mint, orange, raspberry, or double chocolate

Mighty Malts - malted milk balls

Sky Bar - chocolate bar with peanut, vanilla, caramel, and fudge

Slap Stix -caramel pop swirled with banana nougat

Squirrel Nut Zippers - peanut and caramel chews

Mary Jane - peanut butter chews

Never had a Sky Bar, but they sound good.  Loved the Mighty Malts as a kid. Same with the Haviland Thin Mints.  Sadly, I seldom see any of these candies for sale any more, thanks to competitors buying up the shelf space :(
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Did you think the reason Chinese vendors get to ship to U.S. so cheaply is because of subsidies from Chinese govt? Think again.

From the article: as a result of this shipping fee imbalance, it's estimated that 25% of the 3P marketplace on Amazon is made up of vendors from China.  :o

https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/11/05/how-the-usps-epacket-gives-postal-subsidies-to-chinese-e-commerce-merchants-to-ship-to-the-usa-cheap/
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* Amazon Central / Amazon adding crypto currency to payment methods?
« on: December 01, 2017, 07:17:24 PM »
Amazon has added a few domain names to their portfolio, causing people to wonder if they're going to start accepting crypto currency, or possibly that they're going to create their own crypto currency.

Amazon now has amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com, amazoncryptocurrencies.com and amazonbitcoin.com.

While it's possible Amazon merely did this merely as a "just in case" move, in order to secure them while they're available, and it's possible they did it to prevent spoof sites from using them, it wouldn't be that big of a shock to see Amazon begin accepting them.  There are numerous online vendors that accept Bitcoin, including Dish Network, Overstock, NewEgg, Microsoft, Expedia, Steam, Mint.com, Fancy.com, Bloomberg, Intuit, Shopify, Rakutan, and CheapAir.com. In 2014, eBay even announced that PayPal merchants could soon accept Bitcoin payments, though that ended up on the back burner when PayPal was spun off.
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