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* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:11:35 PM »
Are you planning on leaving the Amazon platform entirely in the next year or so? And good for you in building your ebay store.
* Everything eBay / Re: New PayPal Policy Regarding Fees and Refunds
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:09:58 PM »
I think with this, you'll start to see some ebay sellers try to steer their customers into other methods of payment.
* Amazon Central / Re: Action Required email from Amazon
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:08:19 PM »
The "bots" flagged a whole slew of products such as books, software, etc. that were supposedly "pesticides". There's at least 16-17 threads on the Amazon forums right now about it. I guess the person that wrote the programming for the bot wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon launches house brand of cosmetics
« on: March 26, 2019, 01:34:32 AM »
How come the name sounds like something that a Chinese person would use?
It is a good start. But the fair pricing policy is still an antitrust issue like the price parity was. So while one thing did change, did the situation really change overall?
It looks as if Amazon is finally trying to switch over to a program called "Vendor One".

Hundreds (perhaps thousands) of merchants who sell direct to Amazon found their Vendor Central account suspended and then cancelled. The thread for the link in Seller Forums can be found here:

Forbes had an article the next day describing what had happened to these sellers. The Forbes article can be found here:

Here is the discussion about the situation on reddit:

I saw that story. So sad for the families of the victims. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
I did not receive this letter in my email so I am assuming my products are good?

Yes, I know what the saying is about making assumptions. I guess I'll wait and see if I get one of these messages. Another pain in the butt. I know a lot of people R/A so I wonder if I will see less competition this year.
* Amazon Central / Re: Postage Increase - This ain't Pretty
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:10:46 PM »
Sorry for the late response. Our tax office has been crazy with tons of people the past few weeks. For the two-week period ending last Friday, I've put in around 140 hours between doing taxes, teaching and e-commerce. I've been sleep deprived since this is my busy time of year with everything going on. Finally got a day off from everything last Friday. And I still did not get much sleep. Is April 16th here yet?  :laugh

I use for all of my shipping needs. With my new thermal printer, I am just cranking out the shipping labels like lightning. Too bad sales have slowed to a crawl.

I am in complete agreement with you on the tracking subject. I want to know where my stuff is and when it will be/is delivered. Nothing drives me crazy like someone shipping something to me with no tracking. Just imagine how much free stuff we could get if we didn't have scruples and claimed we never received it.

Thanks for the link to the PayPal shipping for items not on Amazon/eBay. It might come in handy some day.
* Amazon Central / Postage Increase - This ain't Pretty
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:41:47 AM »
So I had an order on the bay that I had to ship from here (Ohio) to California. Holy crap, Batman! Had to pay an extra 58 cents to ship the cheap package. What used to cost $3.05 is now costing $3.63.

I am taking bets on how many sellers will just ship everything media mail and take their chances. Especially when a seller can purchase shipping through Amazon and eBay.

Can anyone find more information on the "One Vendor" program that's being referenced? Consolidating Seller Central and Vendor Central sounds like it could potentially be a company-killing disaster for anyone that resells branded products, like etailz, bigfly, et cetera.

So, if Amazon is going to be the only one selling big brands, then what is the rest of the marketplace going to look like? Only book sellers and nothing more?

I think Amazon is really getting too greedy now. You can sense they realized it when they changed the whole LTSF structure to something similar before they raised the fees to begin with.

I've built up my eBay store so that it can handle the Christmas volume for a fair number of products. I tinkered with volume discounts and other promotions to drive sales and it turned out to work great. As far as Christmas inventory for Amazon (next year), I am kinda backing away from products that I can't get rid of elsewhere. If Amazon decides to screw me, I don't want to have to fold. So for this year, I am going to be leaner in my inventory amounts and much more selective of the product mix.
* Amazon Central / Looking Forward
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:49:17 AM »
I just wanted to wish everyone the best of selling in 2019. May all of your efforts be fruitful and hope that this turns out to be a great year for everyone.
USPS operating status for National Day of Mourning, Dec. 5, 2018

Dec. 3, 2018

President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush.

Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on Dec.  5.

We will provide limited package delivery service on that day to ensure that our network remains fluid and we do not experience any impacts to our package delivery operations that might negatively affect our customers or business partners during the remainder of our busy holiday season.
* Amazon Central / Christmas Craziness
« on: November 29, 2018, 12:54:10 AM »
I haven't been around much since early November due to a large increase in sales but I wanted to stop by and wish everyone the best this Christmas season. I hope your sales are superb and that you get to actually enjoy some of the season.
Thanks for the update.
And the Christmas wars are heating up fast!
Lucky for me, I don't hit the threshold in any particular state to have to file/collect sales tax. So as of right now, I'm only collecting for my home state of Ohio.
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?

There is no way around it for the state that you are in. Minnesota has no right to my federal tax income, so it would not have the 1099K information.

As far as PayPal and other credit card processors reporting to each state how many sales it has processed for each company, are you sure about that? I only thought that the information reported on the 1099K went to the federal government and not to each and every state with the company's business information.
* Amazon Central / Re: Dogs of Amazon
« on: November 03, 2018, 03:10:17 AM »
There is a thread currently in the forums dealing with that very issue. As of right now, there are 305 posts. It's been an ongoing issue for quite some time and nobody at Amazon seems to know (or care to know) how to fix it.
I was just reading about this on Minnesota's tax dept website.  They do have a small seller exception. The tax collection requirement doesn't kick in until you ship 100 orders to Minnesota OR you have 10 or more sales that total $100,000 in more that are shipped to Minnesota.

MN tax dept link

If Amazon is doing it for us, okay, fine. As for personal sites and such, though, most mom & pop online sellers don't have to worry (yet).

Will most mom and pop online sellers (not on a third-party website such as Amazon, eBay, etc.) even bother? If they are having their own website, how many hundreds of thousands of websites are there for agents to go through and search out? And, if they are like me, they have a law firm as a registered agent so anyone looking for the owner will run into the law firm instead. Gotta love that attorney-client privilege.
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