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* Great Deals / 20% Off Storewide Coupon Big Lots
« on: October 07, 2007, 06:25:24 PM »
* Everything eBay / New eBay Desktop Public Beta Launch
« on: October 03, 2007, 07:47:55 AM »
Don't everyone stampede to download this item that thousands tested and eBay received hundreds of suggestions to improve.

eBay Desktop Public Beta Launch

In a nutshell, eBay Desktop lets you take care of most of your normal eBay activity – without having to use your web browser. You can search, bid on, and watch items right from the eBay Desktop application, all while getting alerts about their status. One of the features I like most is the Favorite Search feed, which lets you download items from your favorite searches and browse through them, even when you're not online!
* E-commerce In The News / Spam Sites Infesting Google Search Results
« on: October 03, 2007, 07:28:13 AM »
Thanks to our member Biscuit for this information:
Speculation is that the Google index has been hacked, allowing millions of Chinese spam sites to be indexed before legit ones:
I'm gonna enter this one along with the Bundt Cake Contest.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) and Taste of the South magazine announced today their partnership in a first of its kind search for the ultimate Krispy Kreme doughnut dessert recipe. Join the fun and submit an original recipe using any variety of Krispy Kreme doughnuts for a chance to win Lodge cookware, a Viking mixer and Krispy Kreme gift cards -- a prize pack worth $1,700!

A panel of five judges including Krispy Kreme executive chef, Ron Rupocinski, and editor of Taste of the South magazine, Lorna Reeves, will judge each entry and announce the grand prize winner this November.

"We are excited to partner with Taste of the South in search of a dessert as delicious and unique as Paula Deen's celebrated Krispy Kreme bread pudding," said Ron Rupocinski, executive chef for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. "The Krispy Kreme Ultimate Recipe Contest is a chance for everyone to get creative and share their own unique recipes featuring their favorite Krispy Kreme doughnuts."

"Krispy Kreme doughnuts are such a great Southern tradition with worldwide popularity, so it's exciting for Taste of the South to be a part of this recipe contest -- and we certainly have no shortage of volunteers to serve as judges!" said Taste of the South editor Lorna Reeves. "I can't wait to sample the many delicious ways clever cooks and bakers will use Krispy Kreme doughnuts in their recipes. Let the tasting begin!"

To Read More on this:

* General Discussions / Suthrnjewls Kiss The Cook
« on: September 19, 2007, 06:15:13 PM »
I started a new blog, for recipes that  are tried and true.

Favorite recipes everyone enjoys or new recipes that I've tried that my family and friends have gone ga ga over.

I'm going to update with recipe contests I'm entering.

More to come...I'm going to do categories...i.e., breakfast, sandwiches, seafood, etc.

I hope to upload some pics of items that I make to go along with the recipes.

My first postiing was of course, Paula Deen's Krispy Cream Donut Pudding

Suthrnjewl's Kiss The Cook Blog
I'd been having problems uploading to my Google Base in the last week, this explains it.

The email from Google is below:


At this time, we're transferring support of Business Locations
bulk uploads from your Google Base account to your Google Local
Business Center
account. If you are currently submitting Business
Locations bulk uploads for inclusion in Google Maps via Google
Base, please begin submitting your updated Business Locations bulk
uploads via the Google Local Business Center found here:

If you've encountered problems submitting your Business Locations
bulk upload to your Google Base account over the last few weeks,
we recommend that you resubmit your Business Locations bulk upload
using the Google Local Business Center. Google Base will no longer
support the "Business Locations" item type. Instead, please begin
to access and manage your information through your Google Local
Business Center account. You'll be able to access this account
using the same email login and password you used for Google Base.

This change will allow you to submit new locations individually
and in the feed format, all from one centralized account. There
will be no need to access your Google Base account for business
locations purposes going forward.

Please know this was a recent change and we apologize for any
inconvenience this change may cause you. Google Base is a beta
product, which means it is constantly changing and developing. We
are confident this will provide you with a more comprehensive user


The Google Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
* General Discussions / Labor Day Week-end
« on: August 31, 2007, 09:28:47 PM »
For those traveling over the holiday weekend, be safe.

For those of us (Central FL) that have a predicted three day thunderstorm holiday...stay dry.
* Everything eBay / eBay Special No Listing Fees All Month
« on: August 28, 2007, 09:00:45 PM »
This notice via my eBay Messaging

No Listing Feels All Month
Aug 29 thru September 30

  • No insertion fees when you purchase Gallery and start pricing lower than $9.99

    25% Off Insertion Fees when you buy Gallery and start pricing at $10 or more

* Everything eBay / Auctiva Sellathon Counter Update
« on: August 22, 2007, 08:20:05 PM »
I was scheduling my auctions the other day and lo and behold, I note on my eBay auctions that a Sellathon Counter was placed on my auctions without my permission.

I had always notated the updates that needed to be done to keep the sellathon counters out of my auctions since Auctiva purchased Sellathon.

I kept up with all of my account settings and they always had the necessary controls to NOT allow any type of public counters on my auctions.

I was puzzled as to HOW those counters had gotten into my auctions when all of my controls were set up to NOT have the public counters. ALL the necessary controls were set up correctly to NOT enable the counters.

And they appeared in just one day....not back when the Sellathon became officially available to Auctiva members.

I sent off a Customer Service Ticket and got one response...I didn't feel that was a good enough answer. So I kept the case open and sent more questioning asking for a more in depth explanation.

Below is what I received. I am NOT pleased!


We recently started appending the Sellathon counter to listings like we do the scrolling gallery. This is a new option in the "account settings" on your account.

This setting however overrides the counter setting on the lister page.

I have gone into your account and disabled the auto-append setting in your "account settings". This will cause no future appends of the Sellathon counter and will not post your new listing with the counter either.

Thank you,
Auctiva Support
* General Discussions / HAPPY BIRTHDAY AngelSolutions...
« on: August 21, 2007, 09:40:14 PM »
I'm sorry this is belated by one day. Yesterday was back to school and it was crazy round here.

Anyway...I'll sing perty for you today!

Happy Birthday To You!
HAPPY Birthday To YOU!
Haaaappppy Birthhhhdayyyyy Toooooooooooo Youuuuu!

And Many More

Hope you had lots of cake and ice hugs!

* General Discussions / Greg Patillo Flute Player Beat Boxer
« on: August 19, 2007, 11:18:15 AM »
As a flautist...I don't know how he can Beat Box, play the Flute AND you can hear him humming some of the tune behind this...Awesome!

His name is Greg Patillo and I'm without words. (for once)

Here's all of his works on Youtube.
* General Discussions / Nouvelle Star BeatBoxing
« on: August 19, 2007, 11:13:29 AM »
I can't even begin to imagine how hard he worked to perfect this...

Jeri asked me bout Hannah's school decision in another thread..but I moved it here so as not to muck up Beth's post on Mac Computers.

Anyway...Hannah has applied to UCF and USF. (USF only because it's 45 minutes from our door)

She really wants the program at UCF as Disney and Universal Studios mentor and have the students intern for them.

Her Arts Teacher and her Graphic Arts Teacher want her to apply to Ringling School of Art and Design. We just talked with them earlier this week and they have some artsy fartsy schools they want her to look at. It's up to her and the scholarships that come in.

She loves the school however, she wants a true four year degree. She's got two thoughts on minors right now...French (she's had 2 years and is working on her 3rd) or Education. (so she can teach if need be) And you know what they say bout majoring in the Arts? You need to learn to ask...Wanna Supersize that? <smile> There's alot of gratification but not alot of she wants to insure that she'll have another means of income if need be.

By the way, she made it into AP Graphics instead of honors. EEEEEEEEEEEEK! Hannah is scared half to death to be taking that college level graphics class and even more scared she won't make the required B or else her GPA will fall and then she could lose her Bright Futures Scholarship.

I love her so and have teared up in private this week more than anyone would know or guess. We had her senior pictures taken yesterday and I ordered her cap/gown and tassel. The last of the babies to have this done. <wiping a tear>

Thanks for asking!

BTW, Joshua (my beloved second) applied to the Culinary Institue of America and we couldn't be more thrilled. He'd been doing research on the schools for two months without letting us know. <smile> While having lunch the other day, he smiled and said he'd made a decision finally as to what he wanted to do. (he's bounced around college classes and never really connected with them) We couldn't be more pleased. The one he applied to is Le Cordon Bleu based...which he tells me is a good thing. <wink>

The school affiliates, interns and mentors with once again...Disney. (Do you think my kids have a "thang" for Disney? ha) The other school he will be applying is affiliated with the American Culinary Federation. Joshua upon graduation has decided that he would like to travel to Spain or Italy to hone his skills, if he doesn't get hired by Disney. I told him to do Spain or Italy...Disney will always be here. <smile> 
* General Discussions / Hurricane Dean-Texas Members Stay Safe
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:30:31 PM »
We have ALOT of TX members...

I didn't know of any of you might have been visiting the Corpus Christie area but Erin is headed that way.

Houston is supposed to be flooding and will be more flooding on it's way.

Stay Safe
* Computer Lab / AOL Members answer me this....
« on: August 14, 2007, 03:31:30 PM »
The ASM has a member that is having trouble getting to the forums. The only thing I have to go on is the statement that her ISP carrier AOL and she states there is a conflict between the two.

This member uses the AOL browser, I've suggested using Firefox, IE or Opera.

A screen shot would be nice of the exact error message, too if anybody has ever seen it.

The error message that's remembered is that AOL and ASM cannot communicate.

This is the first I've heard of this problem from anyone......ever.

I've not been contacted by any other members that use AOL that they have problems.

I emailed a few members that I know use AOL and asked if they were having problems and they state they've never experienced problems of any sort using the forum. 

If any of you members are with AOL and having problems entering or using the site please let me know via PM. would be real nice if some of you if you do use AOL as your ISP if you'd let me know you have had NO problems, what AOL version you're using and what some of your settings are so I can help this member. 

No fighting amongst this thread in regards to personal thoughts on AOL the ISP...k?
August 13, 2007 | 10:51AM PST/PT

Hello everyone...

We’ve been sharing our plans with you to reignite the core marketplace and improve the buying experience. Some may wonder what this means, but, really, the “buying experience” is a combination of many different aspects of the marketplace. Over the last few months, you’ve heard from a number of marketplace teams who are working on significant projects like Finding, for instance, to make finding items easier and more exciting for shoppers. We’re investing in auctions, as well as other core areas of the site. Across all these efforts, our goal is to thrill and delight both our buyers and our sellers, and to make eBay the best shopping destination, on and off the internet. (Learn more about what’s in the works at

While improving functionality on the site is critical, a big part of the buyer experience is in our sellers’ hands. We recently launched Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs) to give buyers more information about the kind of service they can expect from a seller. DSRs add transparency to the marketplace by giving buyers a sense of how accurately sellers describe their items, what their shipping times are like, whether previous buyers have felt their shipping & handling charges are fair, and how they handle communication during the transaction. The majority of our sellers deliver a great buyer experience, and now it’s even easier for them to differentiate themselves from those that do not perform as well.

The vast majority of eBay sellers deliver consistently positive experiences to buyers. However, a very small minority -- just 1% -- of sellers currently cause fully 35% of bad buying experiences. This small minority not only damage their own reputations, but also indirectly damage all of the good sellers who benefit from a strong and vital eBay marketplace. To address this problem, we have begun enforcing our Seller Non-Performance policy in stricter ways than in the past by considering a seller’s buyer dissatisfaction rate.

New enforcement of eBay’s Seller Non-Performance Policy
There are currently two types of input from buyers which we use to measure a seller’s buyer dissatisfaction rate: the percentage of negative and neutral feedback they’ve received and the percentage of Item Not Received complaints filed against them. Sellers who have demonstrated buyer dissatisfaction rates greater than 5% within a 90-day window are now subject to temporary 14-day restrictions in the form of selling sanctions or reduced listing volume. Sellers with dissatisfaction rates that are 10% or greater are now subject to indefinite restrictions until they improve their buyer dissatisfaction rates to less than 5%. In both cases, sellers are given instructions on how to resolve their open disputes and take other recommended actions to in order to regain their full selling privileges. (Please read Seller Non-Performance policy and our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.)

More about Feedback and DSRs
Some of you have asked why neutral feedback ratings have become a part of measuring buyer dissatisfaction. Through our quantitative research as well as many conversations with community members, we have found that neutral feedback is most often an expression of deep buyer dissatisfaction. Therefore, leaving it out of the calculation would mask a significant part of the issue. Ultimately, only positive feedback is an indication of satisfied customers.

Detailed Seller Ratings are not used in our buyer dissatisfaction calculations currently, however, we expect them to become an additional input in our calculations in the future. We will keep you updated on adding DSRs as part of our calculations, and how they will impact a dissatisfaction rate.

Helping sellers improve their satisfaction rates and become successful is goal #1
Please know that our goal in restricting or sanctioning sellers is always to drive them to resolve their business challenges, improve their satisfaction rates, and remain in the marketplace as successful sellers. Our communication to impacted sellers spells out specific actions they should take to improve their rates, such as settling any open buyer dispute issues, refunding buyers when appropriate, asking for mutual feedback withdrawal when disputes have been resolved, etc.

Please remember that this new enforcement impacts the bottom 1% of current sellers, who cause 35% of the negative buying experiences on the site. The vast majority our sellers provide great buyer experiences by following these and other best practices:

They accurately represent the condition, size, and quality of the item directly in the listing.
They accept payment for an item at the end of a successful sale.
After payment is received, they promptly ship the item with proper packaging.
They proactively and professionally communicate with the buyer throughout the transaction. (Please read our Seller Tips for more information.)
We’ve talked to a lot of sellers and other members about this effort, and it’s clear that many members understand the need for this enforcement and are supportive of these efforts. The whole marketplace, and especially the 99% of our good sellers, will benefit by cracking down on bad buyer experiences in this way.

It’s also clear we need to do a better job communicating with sellers on these issues, and helping them understand what to do to avoid problems, or resolve them after they’ve occurred. My hope is through better education and communication, those sellers who are impacted can change their practices quickly and as painlessly as possible for their continued success and the good of the whole marketplace.


Philipp Justus
Senior Vice President, Auctions
Neutrals? Neutrals? Are going to be calculated?

Bovine Feces!

If anyone at all does their homework, they will see that newbies leave the majority of neutrals as they are not familiar with the feedback system.

DSR? Don't get me started. Uhhhhhhhh...look at the lowest rated category of my DSR. Shipping and handling charges. There are no charges for my items under this ID...they are emailed and I charge no shipping fees. <shaking head> Uhhhhhhhhh...DUH!

Item as described  639
Communication  635
Shipping time  629
Shipping and handling charges  614

<stomping foot>


* General Discussions / Whacha Listening to....
« on: August 13, 2007, 02:13:59 PM »
Bruce Springsteen...THE BOSS

Pink Cadillac
<dancing around the room>

* General Discussions / Reese's Elvis Peanut Butter & 'Nana Cream Cups
« on: August 08, 2007, 01:31:07 PM »

Ok...I LOVE Reese's PB Cups.
I love Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches. Grilled or not....I love em.

I bought one of the PB Cups with Banana Cream...<sigh> Wasn't what I'd thought it would be.

Oh...don't get me wrong, I did enjoy. <smile> But it wasn't the taste experience I'd hoped for.

Nana Nana Boo Boo

* Great Deals / Publix Super Markets Offering FREE antibiotics with RX
« on: August 08, 2007, 11:56:16 AM »
Many of you know my husband, daughter and son are with Publix and I'm very proud of the company. They're ranked in the Top 100 Companies to Work For

This is what was announced on the 6th of August, 2007

Publix Super Markets, a privately-held U.S. grocer, said Monday it would offer seven generic antibiotics for free for customers with prescriptions. With or without insurance, the antibiotics will be free with RX.

Publix, which is based in Lakeland, Florida, said it would give out amoxicillin, ampicillin, cephalexin, ciprofloxacin (excluding ciprofloxacin XR), erythromycin (excluding Ery-Tab), sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (or SMZ-TMP) and penicillin VK. Customers must bring in a prescription to get up to a 14-day supply for free.

Publix said those antibiotics account for nearly 50 percent of the generic pediatric prescriptions filled at its stores. The company, which has more than 900 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, runs 684 pharmacies.

Meijer, a privately-held retailer with stores in the Midwest, started giving away the same drugs in October.

The antibiotics that Publix and Meijer give away are not prescribed for flu or any other viral disease, but are often given for conditions such as strep throat and bronchitis.

* Promote Your Site / New & Much Improved
« on: August 03, 2007, 10:22:10 PM »
KWK worked her magic on my website.

KWK Designs

She does great work...all around great work!

Thank you Kathy (my fellow administrator) So Very Much!

modified to add Kathy's url

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