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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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* Amazon Central / FBA’s In-Stock Head Start feature Oct 2019
« on: October 03, 2019, 10:56:29 AM »
Amazon Announcement:
FBA’s In-Stock Head Start feature – until recently a pilot program for a limited number of sellers – is now available for all eligible sellers.

With In-Stock Head Start, we can automatically make your temporarily out-of-stock products available for customers to find and buy when your shipment is on its way to the fulfillment center.

Even with the best inventory planning, popular products may sometimes go out of stock, and that can affect your product discoverability and sales. With In-Stock Head Start, we will make your eligible out-of-stock products available for customers to find and buy when your shipment is on its way and we are confident about its arrival date. In-Stock Head Start will go into effect on October 10, 2019, for all sellers with eligible inventory.

How you could benefit
In-Stock Head Start has a number of potential benefits:

    Discoverability: Items that are on their way to the fulfillment center will appear in search results, giving customers a wider selection and helping to increase traffic to your product detail pages.
    Sales: Customers can buy temporarily out-of-stock items, which can result in improved sales.
    Inventory productivity: Taking customer orders while your products are on their way to the fulfillment center can reduce the time between shipment and sale.

To get all of the details, find out if your products qualify, and learn how to pause or reactivate the feature, click the button below.
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* Amazon Central / Amazon - Jungle Scout - Permissions - What?
« on: October 01, 2019, 02:44:39 PM »
Jungle Scout wants what?
Permission to view browser history?
Say What?
Nope.
I don't use this service but warning others.
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* Amazon Central / Deactivated for Potential Pricing WTH
« on: September 28, 2019, 10:42:08 AM »
I have an item.
A very well ranked item.
I received notice that the item has been deactivated for potential pricing.
Is the price too high?
Nope.
After fees, I'm making $$ but nothing exorbitant.
<rolling eyes>

My pricing is in line with other sellers.
Oh, Did I mention the main competitor is Amazon?

There are other sellers items of the item.
Oh, Did I mention that their inventory is still active even though my price was lower than theirs?
 
What the every lovin' #*&$% is going on?
C'mon, Amazon!

This is the 3rd time in six weeks.
I end up being so frustrated after back and forthing with seller support (every time a team leader request) that I'll remove inventory just to have it be over with.

Rant is over!
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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: September 28, 2019, 10:36:16 AM »
<waving>
Hope all finds everyone doing well.
Husband health issues, family from NC here to visit, lost our family cat to old age (two pets in two years has been rough), cruises and looking at train vacations to the west, renovating our home a bit getting it ready to sell (condo life for me), getting ready for hurricanes <smile>, grandbabies, grandbabies and did I mention grandbabies, afternoon movie matinees, #1 son getting moved into their first home, #2 son establishing his restaurant/kitchen (which celebrates it's 5th anniversary today), and only daughter coping with her disability.
I'm so blessed to be able to share in these moments.
I'm still selling but nowhere at the rate I've done in previous years.
Training the next generation to take over my biz.
Actually trying (and sometimes not successfully) to remove myself from the brain set of ecommerce after 20+ years.
Almost all my domains have been given away, only have one piddly little blog left.

Talked with accountant and have advice with how to move forward with eating bon bons and watching soap operas all day.
<laughing>
As if!
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Forums are practically useless.
So many of the questions could be answered by a simple search through help.
It's simple.
The info that alot of the newbies are posting, too.
<swooooon>
Just blatantly outing themselves and their businesses to being hit and hit hard by competitors.
I miss the old days of Amazon third party selling.

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She had a ball taking the class.
Not boring in the least.
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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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