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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: July 24, 2019, 04:13:33 PM »
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.
Personal use of purchases from Amazon for me have gone up minimum 4 times and probably closer to 5 times what I used to purchase.

My used to be purchases from Uline fall are being handled the same way as you.

<perk>
Marijuana dispensaries = Cornering the Dorito's market

Honestly though... the dispensary that just opened on the north side of Lakeland is knocking it out of the park.
95% of the customers are over 65 and buying edibles, vapes, etc.
Business is booming!
My side of town doesn't have one.... yet.
30 minutes to northside of town or 30 minutes towards southwest of my area of Lakeland has plenty of them.

Heck, I make my own cocktail sauce.
<smile>
I can control ingredients when I make my own but if I can't, I dayum sure refuse to buy products that are a cesspool for our bodies.
We watch every single bit of sugar, salt etc that goes into our diet.
People who are smart read labels and the labels of some of those foods is garbage.
I won't eat garbage. Nope. Nada. Just refuse to do it.

I will admit to using the coupon codes with Wal-Mart for pick up for quality items I do want.
<shrug>
I have the worst of times finding diet ginger beer (no alcohol, just very spicy, gingery carbonated beverage) for my moscow mules.
They have it. I normally by five six packs at a time and just have it here. 
Sure, I could order it off of Amazon...it's 8 times the price.
Sure, I could get it at my beloved Publix... priced at four dollars more a six pack. 
I'm errrrrr... frugal.
<smile>

Moving forward with retiring from Amazon at a pace that is working.
Met with accountant yesterday and it's looking good for being out of the ecommerce business at 11:59pm December 31, 2019.

Then I can be a lady of leisure.
<smile>

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True True
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: July 24, 2019, 03:50:38 PM »
So very happy that Steve, WayOutWest, took it upon himself to save this forum.
<clapping>
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HA!

My shared the link with my daughter-in-law and yes, she decided to take the course.
She is a jewelry junkie and this piqued her interest and for the price... she couldn't pass it up.
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Bless all of you who 'work' the Amazon Forum.
I do NOT have the patience.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
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* General Discussions / Re: WayOutWest tornadoes in OK
« on: June 29, 2019, 11:15:42 AM »
We're officially in Hurricane 2019 Season.
Our weather is just so off and has been for years.
Fingers Crossed NO LARGE SCALE HURRICANES!
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interesting...very interesting
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Toy r Us, back from the dead
« on: June 29, 2019, 11:11:16 AM »
I see a need for it to come back and a smaller store size.
Ditch the clothing.
Change them but not in the large way the stores used to be but more than a Wal-Mart/Target level.

BTW, haven't prepared for any survivalist situation...however, if there is going to zombies being resurrected, perhaps I should rethink this. 
<smile>

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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: June 29, 2019, 11:08:01 AM »
Axios had a great article:
https://www.axios.com/amazon-shipping-chart-fedex-ups-usps-0dc6bab1-2169-42a8-9e56-0e85c590eb89.html

Interesting and packed with facts.

"Amazon is about 40% of all e-commerce. If they're handling half of their own shipments, that's 20% of the whole market," Alex Pellas, a logistics expert at market research firm Rakuten Intelligence, says. "That's huge."

Researchers found that nearly half (48%) of Amazon packages are delivered by the company itself.
That's a dramatic shift from two years ago, when the Postal Service delivered more than 60% of Amazon parcels, and Amazon just around 15%.

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Thanks so much!
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Laughing in FL.
DAILY!!
Or the can someone tell me what I need to invest in so I can make money.

Nope.
I learned and you can put in the same effort I did over a decade ago.
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* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« on: May 27, 2019, 08:49:20 PM »
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.

That's what I'm worried about.
Continuing to drop because I'm not shipping in inventory.
Hmmmmm...
No way around this but to continue to get a shipment to FBA.

Gotta pull some items out, too. Not many but enough to where it is affecting my IPI.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Jonesing for a free removal
« on: May 27, 2019, 09:08:00 AM »
That's the way I feel about it also.
I'll send in what I know will sell and let the others who penny price their items, lose money.
Gravy Days on Amazon are gone.

This last year batch of new sellers are Pffffft.

Not placing an order this year?
Yep.
I can understand that.

Still would like to and will be pulling out a good portion from the warehouse.

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I've had a few purchases defer to 2 day.
It's due to access of items that you're purchasing being in a warehouse near you.
Or drop shipped by a seller.
Son wanted a billabong belt on Friday...attempted to purchase with one day.
Nope.
Deferred to Prime delivery on June 5th.
What?
I checked it out and they are using Amazon as a drop ship (like many other biz's).
Same price and date of delivery from their website. UGH!
I didn't order it for him and he chose to buy another item.
Still don't like that I pay for prime and an item is on prime but do not guarantee the purchase delivery until June 5th from the business.

All in all, I am VERY pleased with Amazon's one day shipping and yes, I'm still buying more than I used to.
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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.
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* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« on: May 27, 2019, 08:57:59 AM »
Yep.
Totally working out.
Considering not coming back to Amazon full time until November.

Have very little in Amazon warehouses = Yep
I've sent in one fairly large shipment since April 2
Sent a bits and pieces shipment last Thursday. Oddz and Endz so to speak.

My storage metrics, excess storage and sell through rate are continually dropping.
Hell my warehouse stats dropped 200 points and is now hovering mid 400's but that's the cost of not sending in items.

eBay and Etsy are chugging along with hard to find items or items I sell in lots.

I'm in Set It and Forget It mode.
<smile>

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Me = Not Surprized
It's been going on for ages.
Not sure if China would've done anything had it been their children.
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* General Discussions / WayOutWest tornadoes in OK
« on: May 23, 2019, 08:05:32 PM »
Stay safe, I've been watching the tornadoes out your way... Scary!
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* Amazon Central / US manufacturers moving production out of China
« on: May 11, 2019, 08:15:09 PM »
Just in case any of you are sourcing your products for sale from China.
Latest stats show that 40% of sellers on Amazon have items that are sourced from China.
40%.

US manufacturers moving production out of China

The comments on this thread are well worth taking the time to read.

If you have a WSJ subscription check out the following article (or use outline.com to bypass paywall):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-this-marriage-be-saved-chinese-u-s-integration-frays-11557414600?mod=mhp

If you have a WSJ subscription check out the following article (or use outline.com to bypass paywall):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-this-marriage-be-saved-chinese-u-s-integration-frays-11557414600?mod=mhp

Snippet: Even if President Trump eventually lifts tariffs, multinationals will know they can be reimposed if tensions flare again.
And China could slap tariffs, too.
So to limit their exposure, many will shift assembly of U.S.-bound goods to third countries less exposed to protectionist threats.
In some cases, the uncertainties stemming from trade tensions were the final nudge for companies, already facing rising costs in China, to go elsewhere.

Camera maker GoPro is moving production for the U.S. market from China to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Shoemaker Steve Madden is moving production to Cambodia.
Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group is weighing assembling Apple Inc.’s iPhones in India, a huge emerging smartphone market.
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Amazon Must Remove Toxic School Supplies, Kid’s Jewelry from Marketplace Nationwide

This has LONG been an issue.


Amazon Must Remove Toxic School Supplies, Kid’s Jewelry from Marketplace Nationwide <--- Reddit Conversation


May 9 2019

AG investigation found some school supplies with more than 80 times legal limit of lead

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Amazon will commit to nationwide corporate reforms after his office’s investigation found dozens of children’s school supplies sold on its online marketplace had illegal levels of toxic metals lead and cadmium.

Ferguson’s investigation revealed that individuals in Washington and across the country made at least 15,188 purchases of products with illegal levels of lead and cadmium from Amazon.com. When it learned of the results of the investigation, Amazon contacted the purchasers in early 2019 encouraging the disposal of the toxic items and provided more than $200,000 in refunds. To resolve the investigation without a lawsuit, Amazon entered into a nationwide legally binding agreement to block the sale of children’s schools supplies and jewelry on Amazon.com without lab reports and other proof from the sellers that the products are not toxic. In addition, Amazon will pay the Attorney General’s Office $700,000, which will be used to fund future environmental protection efforts, including future investigations into toxic children’s products.

“As a parent, when I buy products for my kids, I expect them to be safe,” said Ferguson. “All retailers must ensure that their products do not pose a threat to Washington children. If they don’t, they will hear from my office.”

“While so many of us benefit from the convenience of online retailers, the products they sell shouldn’t harm our families or the environment where we live,” said Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon. “This is especially true with products marketed for kids. I appreciate the close collaboration with the Attorney General in supporting the enforcement of the Children’s Safe Product Act, and I’m proud of the long-term difference we at Ecology can make with our product testing efforts.”

Both state and federal laws prohibit the sale or distribution of children’s products that contain lead or cadmium above certain levels. Lead can cause a variety of neurological problems in children, and in large amounts, can lead to organ failure and death. The federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act prohibits levels of lead exceeding 100 parts-per-million (ppm) in any accessible component of a children’s product. Under state law, levels of cadmium, a metal known to cause cancer, cannot exceed 40 ppm.

The Attorney General’s Office, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology, tested children’s school supplies for harmful levels of lead and cadmium in 2017 and 2018. The tests targeted products the two agencies suspected might contain toxic metals. In total, two rounds of tests identified 51 products sold on Amazon.com that tested positive for illegal levels of lead and cadmium. In the first round of testing, 16 of the 43 products from Amazon tested positive for illegal levels of toxic metals. In the second round of tests, the two agencies found that 35 of 41 products examined exceed the legal limits. The Department of Ecology paid for the first round of testing and the Attorney General’s Office funded the second round.

These items featured cartoon characters, plush exteriors and bright primary colors and were marketed to children younger than 12. In particular, some sellers’ pencil pouches had component parts containing approximately 8,500 ppm of lead — more than 80 times the legal limit. In one test, a pencil pouch contained more than 35 times the legal limit of lead and nearly 29 times the legal limit of cadmium. Amazon also performed its own tests on several products and confirmed that the levels were higher than those allowed by state and federal laws.

Children’s school supplies and jewelry found to exceed the legal limits of these toxic metals include:

Pencil pouches

Backpacks

Lunchboxes

Book covers

Bracelets

Necklaces

The legally binding agreement, filed in King County Superior Court, requires Amazon to discontinue the sale of any children’s school supplies or jewelry containing lead and cadmium levels exceeding those allowed by state and federal laws.

Amazon also will require all current sellers of these children’s products nationwide to provide certifications and lab testing from an accredited lab showing that their products are safe. The company identified approximately 18,000 sellers on its marketplace that offer around 900,000 individual children’s school supplies and jewelry products. These corporate reforms apply nationwide to all products of this type sold Image of pencil case that cadmium and lead above legal limits on Amazon.com, including those sourced from retail vendors (where Amazon is the seller of record) or sold by third-party marketplace sellers (where Amazon is not the seller of record).

Any future sellers must provide this certification before listing their products for sale. Moreover, if the Attorney General or Washington Department of Ecology advise Amazon of any children’s school supplies or jewelry that exceed safe levels, Amazon must remove the product from its online marketplace within two business days.

After Ferguson concluded his investigation and shared the results with Amazon, the online retailer contacted the consumers who purchased the more than 15,000 affected products, including nearly 600 of which sold to Washingtonians, and provided more than $200,000 in refunds. Amazon sent these notices to the email address associated with the purchaser’s account. Amazon also delivered this information to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to initiate a recall process.
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