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* Amazon Central / Re: Dogs of Amazon
« on: November 06, 2018, 10:34:01 AM »
I have begun deleting the pages which show 'Dogs of Amazon.'
Just makes sense.
I trust Amazon to keep it's catalog pages in order and if they can't then I have to do what's best to keep my seller account/dashboard/inventory/count as up to date as possible.
I don't want to waste my time because Amazon isn't doing anything about these pages.
2 dead after Amazon building collapses at warehouse facility in Baltimore

We experienced severe storms and a TORNADO alert in my area Friday.
A TORNADO. IN Florida.

There was some horrible weather out on that day.

Sending deepest sympathies to those that lost a loved one.
* Amazon Central / Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 in Two Locations
« on: November 06, 2018, 09:37:30 AM »
Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 in Two Locations

After conducting a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon has switched gears and is now finalizing plans to have a total of 50,000 employees in two locations, according to people familiar with the decision-making process.

The company is nearing a deal to move to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, according to two of the people briefed on the discussions. Amazon is also close to a deal to move to the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va., a Washington suburb, one of the people said.

To meet its own deadlines, Amazon will need to move fast. It had said it wanted 500,000 square feet of office space — enough for thousands of employees — available for use next year.

***There is chatter on the world wide web of Amazon into Canada, also.
Amazon just upped the ante in the race for free holiday shipping

Amazon upped the ante by expanding free shipping to all customers through the holidays, with no minimum purchase required. The retail and tech giant is also offering Prime Members free same-day delivery on more than 3 million items. Prime members, who pay $119 a year for the service, already receive free two-day shipping with no minimum purchase necessary.

The battle is real between Amazon, WalMart and Target.
Oh yes, it is.
Not sure.
Just googling...alot.
I have brought this up to my accountant.
He is on it, so I'm not as worked up about this as I normally am.

Just ran a 'quasi' report on the taxes I've collected via my main selling venue/Amazon.
The amount is so small. So very small.

I will be checking in with accountant before end of year and this is one of the items I need to make sure I pull reports for or not.

Thanks for input, Steve.
By all appearances, this is going to be a mess.
* Amazon Central / Re: Dogs of Amazon
« on: November 06, 2018, 09:25:18 AM »
I've had one fixed.
After months of bumping my ticket.
The rest I said the hell with it and moved them to another venue.

Now, the amount of suppressed in my dashboard...SKY HIGH!
Every time I sign in...more are added.
I've taken care of all but 2 that just won't 'take' for some reason.

* Amazon Central / Dogs of Amazon
« on: October 29, 2018, 11:18:59 AM »

So many freaking items are (and have been) going to the dogs.
Literally, The Dogs of Amazon page.

Last reported one took weeks and weeks and weeks to get reinstated.
Still waiting on 4 to be reinstated and one of those has been over a month.
What the heck?
Won't the 1099-K throw a wrench into the theory?
Paypal, credit card processors, Amazon Pay, Apple Pay, etc are required to report earnings/payments of 200 AND $20,000.00.
I say Paypal because if it's an option on a website, I'll normally use that or Apple Pay.
So, I would think there wouldn't be a way around this.

Am I wrong?
* Amazon Central / Re: Pushing for sellers to buy ads
« on: October 26, 2018, 11:02:19 AM »
Back in the day...
Oh about 10 years ago, we had a member that swore by paying for ads via Amazon.
That person did quite well.

I signed up but never moved forward.
Glad I didn't as it just seems like a total waste of money for me.
* Amazon Central / Pushing for sellers to buy ads
« on: October 22, 2018, 03:16:25 PM »
Never seen the push so hard as it is now to buy paid for ads (sponsored) as it is now.
Good catch.
I've been so busy with life and all that goes along with it, haven't had time to check in.
I saw that several days ago.

Good Gawd O' Mighty!
I was wrong.
Spoke with several employees still with the store(s) in the last few days.
They stated the bonuses going away and the uppage in their weekly salaries even out in the end.
Plus, they don't have to wait for the anticipated bonus.
They are essentially getting it weekly/biweekly/monthly in their paychecks.
modified to add: Still not a living wage. STILL not a living wage. STILL NOT A LIVING WAGE!

Still doesn't address that the employees aren't being paid a decent living wage.

Is this even a raise in pay?
Hell no.
Absolutely, Positively, Hell F'ing No.
Not even a start.

$15.00 an hour is BS as a living with dignity wage.
Should be much higher.
Cost of living wages?
The mid 60s was the last time it was a fair wage to counter the rate of inflation.

As far as the vestment of stock? Waiting 2 years?
In my opinion, it's too long but I haven't studied the current amount of employees that stay on after a year.
Some of my husband's friends are still with Publix that he started with.
They won't retire as they fear boredom.
Adults under 45 do not stay with a business for lifetime as my husband did for 30 years.

My soon to be daugherinlaw works for (virtual assistant) in management.
All done from home.
And for a wage that is way above $15.00.
She is working on her masters and this is an amazing opportunity that suits her schedule and her life as it is now.
She has some benefits (medical). <---- modified as I can't be sure that she accepted the medical and decided to buy her own policy via ACA
This is fine with her as she will be done with her masters in a year and a half.
Same with my nephew, Amazon Customer Service online.
He's working on his masters and the ability to earn income, have gainful employment and move towards his masters.

Is the pay enough to live with dignity for either?

Should it be?
Most certainly.

Most would be happy with dropping the minimum pay much less giving a heads up to move discussion forward with a wage that persons can live on with dignity.
Have them live one year on one of the salaries of their voters and they couldn't do it. They wouldn't do it nor would they last.

Fifteen is a starting point.
Move it up from there.

Don't get me started on my soapbox...
It's scary.

The restricted-stock program, which vests over two years, is being replaced with a direct stock-purchase plan. The company said the net effect of this change still will result in a higher total compensation for employees. It is also phasing out incentive pay targets, perks which typically reward things like attendance or seniority.

Several businesses (Publix for one) I know of started within the last year(s) making the vests begin at the 2 year mark. They also did away with bonuses for all but the higher ups in stores. Higher up meaning store manager. Not the employees that helped that store to be successful.
Thank goodness, husband retired. It's not the company that it once was. 
Incentive pay such as bonuses tend to errode the morale of employees.

Damn shame.
I don't like it.
* Amazon Central / Re: Pay by Invoice Started Today 8/8/18
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:25:56 AM »
Having to wait for payment...still doesn't seem fair.
Fingers Crossed, I'm still at $4.31
Bah Humbug.
Amazon shouldn't have titled it as such.
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.
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