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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: December 26, 2019, 11:22:38 AM »
Your retirement seems to be on track. You can keep the soap operas. But I will take a bon bon if you will pass me one!

I am glad to hear that hubby hasn't gotten progressively worse. Make sure to appreciate the ones you have for as long as you have them. I know life can get in the way of that but if you continue to make time for loved ones, you won't have to live with regrets.

I say that because my dad passed away just over a week ago on Monday, December 9th. We had his funeral this past Saturday. Every day I was at the hospital and taking mom with me (neither of them drive). Making time for my dad while he was in the hospital and in rehab to come home was the best thing I could have done, even though it put my own life into some type of chaos. I have no regrets about the time I spent taking mom and going to visit him. In fact, he passed just a few hours after mom and I had left from our last visit. He was 94 so we knew at that age anything could happen but we had been preparing for him to come home in a few days or a week. He initially went in for a kidney stone. At the end, my dad knew I loved him and that I cared for him.

Your daughter's illness (and your entire family) is still in my thoughts and prayers. Has there been any updates on any possible treatments that might help her situation?

Glad to hear of your second son's upcoming wedding. I hope things work out well with him and his bride-to-be.

When you sell your house, do you plan on moving far away or just downsizing some?

Thanks so much for asking.
Soap opera's?
Nope.
Never been much of a fan.
Plenty of bon bon's to pass out though.

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your father.
Deepest and most sincere sympathies.
I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you for sharing the days up to his passing and the day of his passing.
It helps to talk about it.
I'm so thankful you were there through the last weeks/days.
I'm glad that you have peace knowing he knew you loved him and cared for him.
In the end that is what helped me to go with peace at his passing. 

I went through this with my father almost 2 years ago.
Some days it feels like yesterday and other days it seems years ago.
A double amputee with diabetes and his kidneys failed at the end.
It had been a really rough year for him for many reasons and his health progressively got worse, too.

He was placed in a hospice facility and we children were there 24/7.
Everyone who needed to tell him good-bye had a chance to be there.
I held his hand as he passed and it still brings tears to my eyes.
Not tears of sadness but tears of feeling blessed I was there.
It's hard to explain.

No new treatments for my sweet daughter.
We hope every day that something new will be found.
She handles her life with grace and her head held up high.
Couldn't be more proud of her.

Second son wedding will be in St. Augustine. One of our fav get-aways.
They are having a 'destination wedding'.
Money will go toward honeymoon in August.
Only family, immediate family.
It's going to be soooo much fun!
She's in graduate school and they have dated for 3 years.
My son is a classically Le Cordon Bleu trained chef.
Once she graduates, he will return to school so he may teach culinary skills.
The life of hospitality workers is not cohesive to having a family.
And they want to start a family in the coming years.
MORE  grandchildren!

Selling this house so we may move to a maintenance free environment.
I want to look out my window and see someone mowing my lawn and cleaning out the gutters.
HA!

I want to be able to leave at a moments notice and not worry about our home.

We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary in December with a cruise.
We're heading to the panhandle of FL this coming week.

Planes. Trains. Cruises.
Let the enjoying of our time begin!

We. Are. Going. To. Live. Life!
And I don't want to worry about my home.
Especially with dear daughter at home as much as she is. 

Blessings and more sent to you.
I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and send strength.

I will check in from time to time.
Promise!
<pinkie swear>
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I do find many more 'cheesy grins' in my life in selling eBay in collectibles, hard to find items.
Not going to live my life actively looking to find items, but if I run across them... eBay here I come
I enjoy eBay.
My Amazon attitude now is pretty much...
Meh.

I used to L.O.V.E. selling on Amazon and hate that the end of my time selling with Amazon leaves me just.... sigh.
Just nowhere near the enjoyment that I used to receive (bucks were nice, too).
The happy partnership years of 2007/2008 through 2015...just aren't their anymore on my part.

eCommerce has been a vital part of my life.
I started back when it was in it's baby years (eBay 1997ish) and have been quite successful with every ecommerce business I ran with.

Decisions were made and I've followed my plan and it's now time to implement that last steps.
It's time!
Woo Hoo!


 
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That's the one I was referring to...
KUHHHHHRAZY!
So done.
So very, very done.
Altogether a prosperous last holiday selling season.
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Speaking of the forums...
<rolling eyes>
What is the difference between fulfilled by amazon and fulfilled by merchant. I am a new seller

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1000 year ban.
I think you'll outlive that ban or the forums will be gone by then.
<laughing>

Life is just too flippin short for me to invest my time in the stupidity of the forums.
Reminds me of the days of old eBay forums...wonderful experience until they got too big for their britches.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: December 16, 2019, 10:24:55 AM »
My slow down has been perfect.
Nailed it by laying out my plans ahead of time.
Two plus years of laying out plans, I'm uhhhh a bit of a control my environment/life person.
Not always easy to live with me.
The help of our accountant and our financial planner along with my input...
This planning worked out 100%.

I've actually been enjoying my time being a lady of leisure.
Bon Bon's and soap opera's.
<smile>
Actually, the grandchildren, an up and coming wedding of my second child and afternoon matinees, streaming movie services, getting our home ready for selling in the spring, etc has kept me at a pace that I really enjoy.

Family is doing the same.
Thank you so much for asking.

I love them beyond all words and blessed to have the time with them that I do.
Husband is still end stage liver, ITP and more.
He copes amazingly and it is so impressive.
He's passed the stage of being angry or grieving for the loss of his healthy self.
We're traveling as best we can and it's actually not that hard.
Doable trips within 3 hours or long distance by air or cruise.
I've signed up for info on train vacations.
National Parks tours.
The swaying of the train would put me to sleep though.
<smile>
Anyway, I would not handle this as well as he has.
Takes care of himself to the highest of his ability and all testing shows that he isn't progressing.
He's still on the transplant list and waiting.

My darling dear daughter and her disabilities.
She has good days with pain levels of 3 out of 5 and she has horrible days where pain is 10 out of 5.
We are so blessed for her sweet spirit. She too went thru the stages of anger and grief but has pretty much accepted it.
There are days though where she is spitting nails angry at what her life was supposed to be.
Full paid scholarship to several colleges for art and then auto-immune diseases stepped in. 
We're very familiar with urgent care and the ER.

My wonderful children.
<swoon>
Just so happy to spend time with them.
Blessed they want to spend so much time with us.

In other words, we're blessed!

How's it going in your neck of the woods?

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* Amazon Central / Re: Deactivated for Potential Pricing WTH
« on: December 16, 2019, 10:01:40 AM »
Minds are in sync on this.
Just so flippin' over it.
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Permanently?
Dayum!
I haven't been on those forums as it raises my blood pressure.
Some of the questions are just inane.
ANDDDDD, I saw one posting via my seller dashboard where a 10m dollar seller had been suspended.

Just keeping to my little area of Amazon and the internet.
Oh and my eBay store which is doing quite well.
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Agree.
I'd much rather return request and donate it myself.
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: November 05, 2019, 09:12:00 AM »
Sending Tots and Pears that all works out.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon - Jungle Scout - Permissions - What?
« on: November 05, 2019, 09:11:16 AM »
ACK!
Just the thought makes my head explode.
Nunya Bidness Jungle Scout.
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Changes to Return and Refund Process for Seller Fulfilled Orders

Effective November 15, 2019, if you are fulfilling customer orders in the US from outside the US, you must provide Amazon a valid US return address for items under $10.
Amazon will use this address to generate prepaid return labels for customers on eligible return requests.
If a US return address is not provided, Amazon will issue the customer a refund for eligible returns without requiring the item to be returned.


***What about Post Office addresses?
Not that I use one, but more rural areas might/
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Amazon Seller’s response to return requests required within 48 hours

In our continuous efforts to improve the customer experience, Amazon has updated the A-to-z Guarantee claim policy.

To help you avoid any potential or unnecessary A-to-z Guarantee claims, we ensure that customers first submit a return request in the Online Return Center and wait 48 hours for your response prior to being eligible to file a claim. We will now also require that you provide a response to this return request.

You can see your outstanding return requests on the Manage Returns page in Seller Central. In the event that a customer files a claim and you have not provided any response to the return request within 48 hours, we will grant the claim and debit your account for the claim amount.
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: October 22, 2019, 08:49:11 PM »
UGH!
I agree.
Somethings are NON negotiable and the misery vs $$$ has to be taken into consideration.
Irregardless of the loss of dollars.
Mental health is so much more important.

Glad to see you!
<waving>
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Hello from Fulfillment by Amazon,

Since we announced expansion of one-day deliveries, we have made Prime Free One Day available to members with no minimum purchase amount on more than 10 million products, coast to coast.  The customer response has been remarkable, and FBA sellers have benefited.  To make Prime Free One Day delivery possible, we invested hundreds of millions of dollars in our fulfillment and transportation network on behalf of sellers in Q2 2019 alone.  We continue to upgrade our network to further speed up deliveries and invest in infrastructure, tools, services, people, and programs that benefit FBA sellers.

While investing in our network, we need to manage our storage space so that we can continue delighting customers with products they love at faster delivery speeds.

Effective January 1, 2020, we are changing the IPI threshold for storage limits to 400 (previously 350). 


Storage limits will continue to be evaluated on a quarterly cycle.  For example, if your IPI score is less than 400 during the week of November 11, 2019, you will be notified of your potential storage limits for Q1 2020.  You will then have six weeks to improve your IPI score.  If your IPI score is still below 400 during the week of December 23, 2019, storage limits will apply for Q1 2020.  Sellers who maintain an IPI score of 400 or greater will have unlimited storage for standard size and oversize items (monthly storage fees and long-term storage fees still apply).

You can track your IPI on the Inventory Performance Dashboard, where we also provide you with ways you can improve your performance:

    Reduce excess inventory: Take action on the Manage Excess Inventory page to reduce your storage fees and carrying costs.
    Improve sell-through: Take action on the Inventory Age page to increase your FBA sell-through rate on low traffic and low-conversion products.
    Fix listings: Take action on the Fix Stranded Inventory page to ensure your inventory is available for purchase.

Free inventory removal promotion
To provide a head start on improving inventory health, we are offering a limited-time, free inventory removal promotion for all sellers with an IPI score of 350 or above at any point in October 2019. Sellers without an IPI score are not eligible for this promotion.


We will notify you if we end this promotion earlier.  To take advantage of this offer, you must submit a removal order before the promotion ends.
Go to Inventory Age and choose Create removal order from the menu next to any FBA item in your inventory.

You will not be able to send us more units of any ASINs you remove during the promotion until: 1) January 31, 2020, when this restriction expires, OR 2) your inventory level for the removed ASINs falls below your sales over the last 90 days for the removed ASINs.
 
Thank you.

The Fulfillment by Amazon team
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* Amazon Central / Re: Deactivated for Potential Pricing WTH
« on: October 06, 2019, 09:46:28 PM »
Yep.
Your assessment is the same as mine.
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: October 06, 2019, 09:45:44 PM »
Waving like crazy...
Hey Steve!
Be careful on the roads.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Deactivated for Potential Pricing WTH
« on: October 03, 2019, 11:09:49 AM »
Update:
After mucho back and forth with screenshots showing my price was inline with other sellers...
Amazon admitted that yes, my items had been suppressed for potential high pricing and yes, the other sellers prices were higher than mine and still active.
The only reason given was that mine was caught by an alogorithm and the other sellers weren't caught.

But they assured me that the other sellers would eventually be caught and suppressed.

What in the wide wide word of sports?
Insanity!

Item wasn't marked exorbitantly.
Item was in line.
Item had been sold out by Amazon by the second day, leaving we others to share in the buy box.
So my friends...What in the wide wide world of sports is going on?

I gave up and removed item.
UGH!

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* E-commerce In The News / Black Friday 2019 It's coming!
« on: October 03, 2019, 11:02:05 AM »
It. Has. Begun.
Black Friday 2019

Me?
Cyber Monday = Woop Woop
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Hmmmmm

Starting September 1, 2019, Amazon will automatically make eligible inventory available to US charities when you choose to dispose of overstock and returns stored in US fulfillment centers.
This program will reduce the number of products sent to landfills and instead help those in need.

The donation option will apply to inventory that you select for disposal manually and through automatic disposal settings.
Our usual disposal fees apply.

You can opt out of the donation program at any time by disabling FBA Donations in your FBA settings.

For more information, including the organization handling the donations, visit .
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