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* Amazon Central / Re: July 2018 Amazon Storage Monitor
« on: July 03, 2018, 04:12:05 PM »
I noticed the same thing. Kinda cool to see "unlimited storage" across the board  :D!
I don't think 3P will ever completely go away. Niche or high demand commodity items are always going to be there. The only problem is, determining which commodity items are going to sell (as well as be allowed).

I wish they would make professional selling accounts mandatory and then raise the monthly fee by 20 bucks a month. That would clean out a lot of crap.
* Amazon Central / Re: Quill Overturned--What does it mean for us?
« on: July 03, 2018, 04:08:48 PM »
Tax Jar = $$$ down the drain
Prepared? Kinda sorta. I guess. Still determining what specials I am going to run. Oh well, we'll see.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: A New Sales Vemue
« on: June 28, 2018, 01:23:26 PM »
I am seeing more and more success on eBay. I am hoping the holidays will really kick it into high gear for sales there.
On the occasions I do become extremely agitated, I recommend Alibaba and tell them that is where they can buy legitimate brand-name stuff for dirt cheap and make tons of money on Amazon.

And if they are that stupid to actually do it, they don't need to be selling on Amazon. Just wait for them to get suspended so I can then yell at them for buying stuff from Alibaba thinking it was legitimate.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: A New Sales Vemue
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:37:08 PM »
Good one.
Some of the questions on there are really about as dumb as they come. Like the "Can you tell me where you source your inventory" questions. On that question, I usually depart from my kind and gentle self and get about as blunt as they can (without getting too nasty, of course).
* Amazon Central / Re: New FBA Amazon Fulfilled Inventory Message
« on: June 21, 2018, 03:38:56 PM »
I tried the new beta version and it wasn't too bad. Looks very close to "manage inventory" but without the FBM products. Heck, I could do the same thing with "manage inventory" by clicking on the circle "fulfilled by Amazon". So, just how bright are these coders? Obviously not very.
* Amazon Central / Re: June 20th 2018 Seller Central Poll
« on: June 21, 2018, 03:34:27 PM »
I snickered and then ignored it.
I know what you mean. And if you call them out for not bothering to do their due diligence, you get lambasted as "hateful", "mean", "rude" and run the risk of getting your post flagged by over-sensitive snowflakes.

I didn't see this when posting the entire WSJ article in the Amazon forum. That thread can be deleted by an admin since there is no need for a duplicate thread on the issue.

This taxation is stupid but expected. For all the analysts on CNBC bragging about the upcoming revival of brick-and-mortar stores, I don't see it. The online migration has been in full force and will continue to increase. I'm not going to go to some brick-and-mortar store to save 30 or 50 cents and spend hours looking for everything I need in multiple stores. I'm going to spend 10-15 minutes online and have it in my possession within 2-3 days.
* Amazon Central / Quill Overturned--What does it mean for us?
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:31:08 PM »
This is not going to be good. From WSJ:

"States have the authority to make online retailers collect sales taxes, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, opening a new chapter in economic history where e-commerce is treated as a mature player in a marketplace that is no longer defined by trips to the corner store or shopping mall.

By a 5-to-4 vote, the court closed a loophole that helped fuel the early growth of internet sales, overruling its own 1992 precedent that forbid states from requiring merchants to collect sales tax unless those sellers maintained a “physical presence” within the state’s borders.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who suggested years ago that the precedent should be updated for the digital age, wrote for a majority that defied conventional ideological lines. Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined his opinion, along with conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

Justice Kennedy said the “physical presence” rule, always doubtful, had become untenable in the digital age The court cited studies suggesting that the current rule costs states up to $33.9 billion annually in uncollected sales taxes. Justice Kennedy said the old rule “limited states’ ability to seek long-term prosperity and has prevented market participants from competing on an even playing field.”

In dissent, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts spoke for liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, arguing the decision, with its vast implications for the national economy, should remain with lawmakers.

“E-commerce has grown into a significant and vibrant part of our national economy against the backdrop of established rules, including the physical-presence rule,” the chief justice wrote. “Any alteration to those rules with the potential to disrupt the development of such a critical segment of the economy should be undertaken by Congress.”

Congress, under its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, could at any time have altered the rule the court imposed in 1992.

The ruling likely will spell the end of an era in which consumers could save on taxes by purchasing goods online instead of from local merchants.

The justices’ decision overturned a 1992 high court ruling involving mail-order businesses that said states can only require tax collection by merchants who are physically located in the state’s borders.

The ruling is a victory for states that argued tax-free internet sales were costing them billions of dollars in revenue. It is also a big win for brick-and-mortar stores, which have to compete against online rivals that don’t have to collect the taxes on internet purchases.

Some large online retailers, such as Inc., already collect state sales tax on products they sell directly, but others don’t.

Amazon originally set up its business model to avoid state sales taxes, limiting its physical presence to just a handful of warehouses. But in recent years, it changed strategy to build more warehouses closer to consumers, as it has relied more heavily on its Prime two-day shipping offer—and started charging sales tax on items it sells directly.

Amazon hasn’t collected the taxes for most independent merchants who sell items on Amazon’s platform.

About $200 billion in sales originated with independent merchants selling on Amazon world-wide last year, according to Factset analyst estimates. That compares with roughly $116 billion in direct sales by Amazon. The company declined to comment on the ruling.

The case before the high court was brought by the state of South Dakota, which enacted a law in 2016 that required merchants to collect the tax. The state then set the stage for test litigation by suing out-of-state online sellers including Wayfair Inc., Inc. and Newegg Inc.

The companies’ stocks moved lower after the decision was released. Amazon’s was down about 1%, while Wayfair’s stock dropped nearly 7% before recovering slightly. Etsy’s stock at one point fell about 5%, and eBay’s was down more than 2%.

Wayfair said it collects sales tax on approximately 80% of its U.S. orders and didn’t expect the decision to have “any noticeable impact on our business, as it may on other retailers who do not currently collect and remit sales tax.”

“While we believe the court was not the ideal venue for creating this level playing field, we expect that today’s decision will bring clarity and certainty to this issue,” the company said.

Online marketplaces Etsy Inc. and eBay , where millions of small businesses sell their wares, noted in statements that the court had recognized a potential distinction between big internet retailers and smaller retailers.

Small online businesses have been using Amazon, eBay and Etsy to build their sales for years and have argued a blanket legislative solution is needed to prevent the high cost and burden of complying with different rules in each state.

“Now is the time for Congress to provide clear tax rules with a strong small business exemption,” an eBay spokeswoman said.

Before the court’s ruling, eBay Chief Executive Devin Wenig warned in an interview with The Wall Street Journal of an “extremely chaotic” environment if the Supreme Court handed states more authority to force companies to collect such taxes.

“Every state loves this tax because you get to tax people who can’t vote for you,” Mr. Wenig said. “You get to tax businesses that aren’t in your jurisdiction, so this is the favorite tax of every state legislature.”

Shares of real-estate investment trusts for shopping centers rose on the ruling. Perhaps the biggest boost came to a newly public company called Avalara Inc. that makes a type of tax-compliance software many smaller merchants may now need. Its shares were up 19% in recent morning trading.

State legislators and big-box stores had tried unsuccessfully for years to push Congress to give states the authority to require sales-tax collection. The U.S. Senate passed a bill in 2013, but it died in the House, caught in a fight between anti-tax Republicans and Republicans who back the brick-and-mortar retailers.

Thursday’s opinion is likely to spur a new push for a federal law to limit states’ ability to require tax collection by small businesses and to restrain cross-border audits. This time, however, it will be Internet retailers and catalog businesses seeking guardrails on state action, and they’ll have the burden of mustering majorities in a Congress.

“We are now really comfortable with Congress continuing its path of not acting on this issue,” said Max Behlke, director of budget and tax policy for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

States are expected to examine their existing laws and consider implementing new ones, Mr. Behlke said. “It’s not like tomorrow the world’s going to change. But in the next 60 days, I think we’ll see states start to move forward,” he said.

Steve Delbianco, president of NetChoice, an e-commerce trade group, said Congress should act immediately to create rules for states and retailers to follow.

“A brick-and-mortar business won’t have to comply with the differing rules of over 12,000 tax jurisdictions, or integrate costly and complex tax software into its operations,” Mr. Delbianco said in a statement. “But small web businesses will, eating away at their already razor-thin profit margins. When these businesses disappear, consumers will be the biggest losers.”

The decision produced an unusual split among the justices. Joining Justice Kennedy were three of his conservative colleagues, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, as well as liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Justice Kennedy’s opinion eliminates the physical-presence test but doesn’t set out a bright-line rule about exactly when a state’s sales-tax collection law might impose an impermissible burden on interstate commerce.

Justice Kennedy did note that the South Dakota law at issue wouldn’t apply retroactively, included an exception for small business and offered retailers software and clear definitions to help merchants comply with the sales tax requirement."

* Amazon Central / Re: Inventory Performance Index (IPI)
« on: June 09, 2018, 07:27:10 PM »
I am at 594 now and still climbing... although I am sure there are others that have much higher IPI than I do.

PM me if you need something. That way, things stay private.
* Amazon Central / Re: Change in Feedback Presentation
« on: June 09, 2018, 07:25:36 PM »
I detest their feedback system, it sucks

Still better than what it was showing the last few weeks though. ANYTHING was better than THAT!
* Amazon Central / Re: Change in Feedback Presentation
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:41:35 PM »
I just noticed earlier today that total feedback is now displaying as it was before. It now shows your 12 month percentage and total amount of feedback, not just the number of feedback in the last year.

Thank goodness. It sucked looking like a newbie.
* E-commerce In The News / Buying Cheap Chinese Junk Online
« on: May 29, 2018, 06:02:54 AM »
Just read an article in The Atlantic about people's experience with as well as the reporter's own experience.
* Amazon Central / Change in Feedback Presentation
« on: May 25, 2018, 01:05:30 PM »
Amazon began rolling out a new format this past week in how feedback is presented to buyers. After noticing a change (without any warning by Amazon, of course), I opened a case with seller support. Here is the email I received back:

I went through your email and understand that your lifetime feedback rating is not showing on the offer listings page.

Please allow me a chance to explain this to you.

I've researched and found the reason of this. This occurs when a seller has more than 10 ratings in the past 12 month period.

Consider the example, the information for one seller displays Seller Rating:99% positive over the past 12 months. (395 total ratings), While another reads Seller Rating:94% positive 'lifetime' (141 total ratings). This occurs because the second seller in the example above has less than 10 ratings in the past 12 month period.

As soon as a seller receives 10 ratings for the year period, the feedback rating display will change to "over the past 12 months." Likewise, as ratings age and fall out of the 12 month period, the display will change from showing "12-month" statistics to showing "lifetime" statistics when the number of ratings for the seller over the past 12 month period falls below 10.

In your case as you've received more than 10 ratings (100%over the past 12 months. (274 total ratings) ), your rating display is "over the past 12 months." Please do not worry as it displays that your selling account has pretty much good rating than others.

I request you to understand that this is totally system generated and we as Seller Support Team doesn't have access to change it. I've taken this as a feedback and conveyed this to our business team since I understand this is important to you. Once this feature of showing up lifetime reviews of all sellers, is launched you would be notified on your registered email address "".

Also, I'm able to see your lifetime rating on your feedback manager which is 100%, I'm glad to see that:

Your understanding and co-operation on this issue is appreciated.

If you still have any further queries you can write back to us by clicking the "Contact Us" form.

As a Support Representative your satisfaction is my top priority, and your feedback a very valuable asset.

Hope you have a great day and please don’t hesitate to contact us again if you need help in the future.

Happy Selling!
* Amazon Central / Re: Inventory Performance Index (IPI)
« on: May 20, 2018, 11:52:25 AM »
My current IPI is 568 and still climbing higher. If anyone needs assistance in working how to increase their score, don't  hesitate to ask.
* Amazon Central / Inventory Performance Index (IPI)
« on: May 20, 2018, 11:50:01 AM »
If anyone does FBA, I am sure you are aware of the IPI. Here is a brief synopsis from the forum moderator Susan:

"Good inventory management can lead to reduced costs, improved profitability, and more business growth for FBA sellers. Improved inventory management will also help your products be received and delivered to customers more quickly. The Inventory Performance Index87 (IPI) measures inventory management over time, including how well you balance inventory levels and sales, fix listing problems that make your inventory unavailable for purchase, and keep popular products in stock. We will continue to improve the IPI score to ensure it encourages and reflects inventory management best practices.

As there has been some confusion about the new metric, here are answers to frequently asked questions:
What does my IPI score mean?

An IPI score above 450 means your FBA inventory is performing well, and a score above 550 indicates your inventory is a top performer. A score under 350 could lead to limits being placed on your FBA storage and to overage fees, as outlined in the new storage limit policy"

Here is the following thread:
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