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* 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

* Dressed For Success / Clothing Link Fashion History & Terms
« on: July 15, 2007, 03:20:13 PM »
For those of you selling vintage, retro clothing:

Fashion-era contains 630 content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions and Social History

I often find clothing that I know someone would really love to have...but I'm not sure of the terminology or how to narrow the search term via Google.
I have AT & T/Cingular/AT & T again <smile>

But for those who have T Mobile.....

T-Mobile has rolled out a new service called Hotspot at Home.  Using special handsets, the new service routes your cellular calls over your home Wi-Fi wireless, wideband Internet network.

It’s a new technique best described as GSM-over IP where phone calls are sent over the Internet to T-Mobile servers where the call is placed into their system.  The technology involved is remotely related to VoIP, which is non-cellular phone calls routed over the Internet.

When you get your phone home, the first step is to link it to your WI-Fi router.  Both phones guide you through an easy-to-follow tutorial.  I was able to follow along and link the phones to a number of different routers.  Some required security codes – others didn’t.  Total set-up time was two to three minutes.

To Read More:
* General Discussions / Five Words
« on: July 10, 2007, 05:36:31 PM »
Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream

<fanning self>

It is Goooooood.

Haagen Daz's Newest Flavor

We've been watching the ice cream flavor contest that Food Network ran.

I was pulling for this flavor and the Cannoli Flavor.

This is as good as I thought it was going to be.
* Community Bulletin Board / Forum BBC Codes
« on: July 10, 2007, 08:58:58 AM »
* Promote Your Site / Recipes, Remedies and EBooks
« on: July 07, 2007, 12:53:19 PM »
Suthrnjewl's Recipes, Remedies and EBooks

Suthrnjewl's Recipes and Remedies

Emailed to Save you Shipping Charges

Everything from body wrap recipes, make your own bath and body products, lotions, soaps, bath fizzies, hair products, glycerin and lotion soaps, facials and more.

Recipes to make your own Catalytic Oil Effusion Lamp Recipes and Essential Oil Recipes.

Make Your Own Edible Massage Oils and Body topping Recipes.

Make Your Own Non Toxic Natural Pet Animal Flea and Tick Sprays and Animal Soaps. Natural Dog Treats, Biscuits, Food and Frozen Treat recipes. I also have recipes for frozen cat pop treats and cat food treat recipes. Bird Suet and Make Your Own Horse Treat Recipes.

Non Toxic Bug Spray and Natural Household for you and the environment.

Crock pots, blenders, fondues and bread machines...I have the recipes to save you money by making your own.

1400+ Drink Recipes. Some non-alcoholic and some VERY alcoholic.

I only have 250 recipe auctions up on eBay...but my files are fulll on my cmputer with 800+ recipe compilations.

Ebooks: The Art of Candle and Soap Making, 500+ Bath and Body Recipes, Make Your Own Sushi and more. I have close to 6000 ebooks they're just not all uploaded.

So if you see something you'd like to have...just let me know and I probably have it in my files.
Some come with resell rights also.

Thanks so much for visiting!

* General Discussions / OK KS Texas Members Floods...Check in
« on: July 04, 2007, 06:47:47 PM »
Are all of our members safe? With the floods it worries me.

* Everything eBay / Great article Auctionbytes July 1 07
« on: July 01, 2007, 12:32:12 PM »
This one talks about the new ebay Playground searches vs Real searches.
Seach out your items on the playground and then

I plan on letting eBay know what I think.
From the Editor
By Ina Steiner
July 01, 2007

Selling on eBay is getting more challenging, and I expect it to continue to get even harder through the end of the year for two reasons. First, eBay continues to try and clean up its site through Trust & Safety initiatives, and second, eBay is changing how listings appear in search results and is replacing its search technology.

Sellers are reeling this week from eBay's crackdown on "non-performing" sellers, with eBay doling out 14-day and permanent suspensions. eBay says it is ridding the site of the bottom two percent of sellers who make up a large percentage of bad buying experiences ( But as usual, eBay's implementation is coming under fire. Compounding the issue is the company's customer-service performance (read Letters from Readers in this issue and the comments in this AuctionBytes Blog post:

A major problem is that eBay may misidentify some "good" sellers as "bad" because of the problem of "bad buyers." Sellers must contend with deadbeats leaving them negative feedback and new users who don't necessarily understand or care about the consequences of their bidding and rating activities. Sellers must also deal with competitors who may target them by reporting them to eBay and even bidding on items and leaving negative feedback ratings. And if sellers can't present their side of the story to someone at eBay who has the authority to investigate and rectify those situations, then those sellers are left with the threat of suspension and potential loss of revenue.

I'm left wondering why, if it's such a good idea to rid the site of these sellers, eBay hasn't done it all along? And why eBay doesn't do the same with inactive User IDs? It's nice to tout 230+ million registered users, but if an ID has been idle for several years, and the contact information is invalid, what's the point of hanging on to them? Abandoned User IDs can pose a security risk to eBay's site, especially if the original owner has used a security-vulnerable password. It's tempting to wonder if eBay cares more about fraud and the buying experience on its site now that its growth rate is slowing.

An unintended consequence of eBay's crackdown: expect more sellers to hold off on leaving feedback until buyers leave them feedback first, despite that a good portion of eBay users feel sellers should leave feedback as soon as they receive payment from the buyer.

Some have noted the irony that in eBay's zeal to make sure that its sellers are practicing good customer service, its own customer service is being characterized as lacking. And eBay has taken away buyer protection for transactions unless buyers pay with PayPal - eBay itself won't protect buyers for many of the transactions on its own site, while demanding 100-percent buyer satisfaction from its sellers.

In the meantime, eBay has launched a site to help consumers in Vietnam buy and sell on eBay's existing international sites, despite having previously acknowledged that the worst violations on eBay come from members who register in one country, then sell on an eBay site in another country. The non-English-speaking buyer from Asia, while representing an opportunity to sellers, also represents yet another challenge.

In writing about his take on the crackdown (which he calls "eBay Seller Smackdown"), eBay seller Frank Ross says, "This underscores the idea that one should not rely completely on eBay. eBay sellers should have a plan a do business off eBay as well as on eBay" (

Randy Smythe has been observing eBay for years, first as one of its top PowerSellers, now as a failed businessman who learned some hard lessons about selling exclusively on eBay. Randy has attended 5 of the 6 eBay Live conferences since the first held in 2002, including the latest one held last month in Boston. He wrote an interesting blog post recently observing that the questions sellers ask eBay each year really haven't changed. The post makes for an interesting read (

The other area that should concern all sellers is eBay's plans to change the search technology on its site. eBay users can go to the "Playground," which accesses the real eBay site but uses new technology, so you can search, bid and buy and then let eBay know what you think of the new searching experience (

The new search technology (eBay calls search "finding") uses a similar technology to that found on eBay Express. All sellers should immediately begin using Item Specifics (product attributes) when listing items, if they haven't been already, because it's vital to gaining visibility for listings.

eBay also announced during eBay Live that it would start favoring sellers with good feedback ratings in search results starting with Best Match results (

Try searching for your products on the Playground and compare it to the regular search results. Tell eBay what you think of it now, rather than waiting until it's already rolled out site-wide.

And please tell us what you discover. There are several ways to leave feedback:

Leave a message on the AuctionBytes Hotline (Toll-Free 877-222-0856)
Post a message in the AuctionBytes forums
Send an email that I'll include in "Letters from Readers"
Post a comment on the AuctionBytes Blog (; there's an entry on the new Playground search technology, and another on the seller crackdown
* Web Site & Search Engines / AT & T is offering a $10 DSL Plan
« on: July 01, 2007, 12:03:10 PM »
below came in my Kim Komando weekly newsletter:

On last weekend’s show, I mentioned that AT&T is offering a $10 DSL plan. I’ve received a deluge of requests to repeat the information, so here it is!

AT&T recently acquired BellSouth. In a concession to the government, AT&T agreed to the $10 DSL plan. It is available throughout AT&T’s 22-state service area.

Only those who have never had AT&T or BellSouth broadband qualify. A one-year contract and local phone service are also required. AT&T will provide a free modem. AT&T isn’t advertising the plan. So you’ll need to poke around on its site. Look for a link for “Term contract plans.” You’ll also see it once you enter the application process.
Please let me know what browser your using and your settings so I can narrow down this problem.

A member is having problems viewing unread and read postings via FF and I want to narrow down the problem and hopefully fix it.
Please help me to figure out any and all problems our users might be having with ASM while viewing via Opera.

I'm going to try and work through this today to get an answer or narrow it down to why it's not working for a member.
* Auction Mgmt & Listing/Inventory Services / Auctiva
« on: June 23, 2007, 10:21:47 PM »
Auctiva is what I use.

It's free.

Free image hosting. Free templates. Free scheduling.

Free online auction software. Free storefront and scrolling gallery.

It's easy.
Easy to get started, easy to use, easy to understand.

Save time with their scheduling.

Auctiva offers world-class reliability with distributed architecture, allowing better auction management when eBay servers are down.

Earn more.  Increase your bottom line with Auctiva’s innovative revenue-sharing features.
* Computer Lab / How do YOU find Hotspots while Traveling
« on: May 12, 2007, 02:08:37 PM »
How do YOU find Hotspots for Wifi while traveling? Do you map out spots before hand? (besides trying to find a sign on a door)
How do you insure your info security beyond normal means? Or do you depend solely on your already tight machine?
How bout those of you that use cell phones to fill in between wifi hotspots? Is it a waste of time for a sometime user like myself?
And is it better to have my own ethernet router for Wifi if I'm at a hotel?

I'm getting my ducks in a row for traveling this summer...I'd like to pick the brains of our members. I've Googled and found some answers but trust it more from your experiences.


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