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* General Discussions / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 28, 2020, 12:42:53 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope everyone had as good a one as possible this crazy year.  Here's to the end of 2020 being just around the corner!
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Prime Day 2020 Postponed Due to Covid
« on: September 29, 2020, 06:28:30 PM »
Prime Day will be Oct 13 & 14
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*ugh* best of luck with it. I completely hear ya on hoping it's not too damaged. Had a bunch of stuff end up damaged on its way back to me because of the way they returned it :( Hope yours comes back all okay.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Prime Day 2020 Postponed Due to Covid
« on: September 09, 2020, 03:54:33 AM »
*ugh!* Sorry to hear about stuck in long-term warehouse and that sales are down for ya :(   Glad to hear enrollment picked back up so that you can be teaching the same course load. 

I've been meaning to reach out to Donna, but keeps slipping my mind.  I think of it in middle of night and then in daytime hours I've got mind on all the stuff I need to be doing.  Spent basically most of the past month working on a used car I bought (a little ford fiesta hatchback). 

Added tow baseplate on front so I can tow it with box truck, along with all the other bits (permanently installed braking system for use when towing, battery disconnect switch, etc) and added a hitch on back because, why not? Since I'm having to do wiring to rear lights for towing it, might as well do a hitch and wiring for a hitch while I'm at it :)  Between the researching of what to order, how to install it, ordering and waiting for parts to arrive, and actually doing it, it became quite the project *lol*

Other skills I've acquired this year include upping my cooking game with online cooking classes, and learning how to refill freon and replace the fan motor and capacitor in central air unit.

Haven't been able to go on a buying trip to New Mexico, what with the Covid thing.  I dunno if you heard, but at one point it was so bad out there that they quarantined the town of Gallup, closing off the exit ramps on the interstate and barricading the other highway through town. With no shows, though, not being able to go buy stuff isn't a huge loss.  It would be a great time to find some of the nicer pieces of jewelry that are hard to come by, though.

The shows are, of course, completely shut down.  And it looks like the shutdown of shows is going to go until next summer. The winter and spring ones are having their meetings in the next couple of months to determine their fate.  Was at Houston Rodeo when the hammer dropped in March and the show had basically just started. Spent the next three months, all day, every day, trying to get pandemic unemployment processed by the state offices here.  I finally got it by joining numerous others at the doors of the administrative offices at the capital. It's disgraceful what a mess the unemployment offices & system have become.  Even today I see stories of people who have been out of work since March and are still trying to get their unemployment; meanwhile, they're getting further and further in debt and closer and closer to eviction. Smh

BTW, the chef that teaches the online classes I've been doing has several free videos out there, if you're interested.  Most of his videos are on facebook, but some are on youtube as well.  Chef Todd Mohr.  Facebook videos are at https://www.facebook.com/Chef.Todd.Mohr/videos/ His whole thing is teaching methods and no recipes allowed, with the exception of baking (since you have to have specific ratios of ingredients for baking).
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I haven't shopped for it in awhile (I still have part of a roll) but it was cheaper than I've seen.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Prime Day 2020 Postponed Due to Covid
« on: September 03, 2020, 10:38:02 PM »
Yeah, 2020 is pretty much just one big cancel. Hope your online sales are going well. That seems to be pretty much the only thing good about this year. :/  I have saved quite a bit by not eating out and going without haircuts, so there's that lol
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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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* Amazon Central / Re: Just saying "hello"
« on: May 24, 2020, 10:44:17 AM »
Hello back. Glad to hear you're okay. What with all of the trade shows and fairs shut down (they just cancelled MN fair, which only makes sense since they can get 200,000 in the gate in one day), we're getting a break here and getting to have time to work on stuff around the house. Online sales are going pretty good. Hope the same is true for you.
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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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* Amazon Central / Re: FBA’s In-Stock Head Start feature Oct 2019
« on: February 09, 2020, 03:22:34 AM »
Lately I've seen more and more items for sale that won't beer in stock for days or even a week or so. One particular item, though, the in stock date kept getting extended for some reason, which was frustrating to me as a buyer.
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Hmm.. I thought it was Amazon policy that if you sold on the .com site you had to provide a U.S. return address, regardless of order amount (if you wanted the item back in event of a return).  Apparently there's something I'm overlooking on past policy.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Can't Contact Customer for Negative Feedback
« on: February 09, 2020, 03:12:29 AM »
Honestly there's not much that surprises me any more when it comes to Amazon :/ 
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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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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon - Jungle Scout - Permissions - What?
« on: November 02, 2019, 02:00:32 PM »
Why in the world would they need a person's history?!?  :0195
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: November 02, 2019, 01:54:05 PM »
*waves back*

In good news, we had an excellent show at Tulsa Fair, with enough extra that if we can keep the numbers up for next year, it'll make up for the money we gave up when dropping Wisc :)
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: October 18, 2019, 10:02:47 AM »
Thanks. It's been crazy this season. Heard a horrible noise from rear of truck after loading it to head to Milwaukee, so had to unload it, take it in, then reload it (was pinion bearing). Then for next leg of trip, the truck busted a leaf in one leaf spring and got a leak in an air ride (air bag suspension between leaf spring and frame). Had to pull over every 30 mins on drive from Milwaukee to Saint Paul to add more air to air ride. Got that fixed while fair was going on, but took two trips to repair shop because they didn't check their work the first time (argh!). Slide out on trailer having problems again, Even though we just got it fixed. Now I gotta replace radiator on truck and trace wire on taillight to find why it's not working.  On the plus side, it could all be worse, right? :)

In other news, we told the Wisc State Fair that even though we've been there for 33 yrs, this is our last year there. Their 13 hr days and fair mgmt pissy attitude towards vendors isnt worth the little bit of $ we make.  Regardless of situation, you weigh misery Vs. money and in the case of that show, the misery factor is way too high.
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: October 04, 2019, 12:40:37 AM »
UncleLeroy & Donna - welcome. Thanks for being here :)  fair season almost over so I'll be able to be around more soon.  Also trimming down the shows, making even more time. :)
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Glad she enjoyed it :)
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