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* Amazon Central / Pushing for sellers to buy ads
« on: October 22, 2018, 03:16:25 PM »
Never seen the push so hard as it is now to buy paid for ads (sponsored) as it is now.
Good catch.
I've been so busy with life and all that goes along with it, haven't had time to check in.
I saw that several days ago.

Good Gawd O' Mighty!
I was wrong.
Spoke with several employees still with the store(s) in the last few days.
They stated the bonuses going away and the uppage in their weekly salaries even out in the end.
Plus, they don't have to wait for the anticipated bonus.
They are essentially getting it weekly/biweekly/monthly in their paychecks.
modified to add: Still not a living wage. STILL not a living wage. STILL NOT A LIVING WAGE!

Still doesn't address that the employees aren't being paid a decent living wage.

Is this even a raise in pay?
Hell no.
Absolutely, Positively, Hell F'ing No.
Not even a start.

$15.00 an hour is BS as a living with dignity wage.
Should be much higher.
Cost of living wages?
The mid 60s was the last time it was a fair wage to counter the rate of inflation.

As far as the vestment of stock? Waiting 2 years?
In my opinion, it's too long but I haven't studied the current amount of employees that stay on after a year.
Some of my husband's friends are still with Publix that he started with.
They won't retire as they fear boredom.
Adults under 45 do not stay with a business for lifetime as my husband did for 30 years.

My soon to be daugherinlaw works for (virtual assistant) in management.
All done from home.
And for a wage that is way above $15.00.
She is working on her masters and this is an amazing opportunity that suits her schedule and her life as it is now.
She has some benefits (medical). <---- modified as I can't be sure that she accepted the medical and decided to buy her own policy via ACA
This is fine with her as she will be done with her masters in a year and a half.
Same with my nephew, Amazon Customer Service online.
He's working on his masters and the ability to earn income, have gainful employment and move towards his masters.

Is the pay enough to live with dignity for either?

Should it be?
Most certainly.

Most would be happy with dropping the minimum pay much less giving a heads up to move discussion forward with a wage that persons can live on with dignity.
Have them live one year on one of the salaries of their voters and they couldn't do it. They wouldn't do it nor would they last.

Fifteen is a starting point.
Move it up from there.

Don't get me started on my soapbox...
It's scary.

The restricted-stock program, which vests over two years, is being replaced with a direct stock-purchase plan. The company said the net effect of this change still will result in a higher total compensation for employees. It is also phasing out incentive pay targets, perks which typically reward things like attendance or seniority.

Several businesses (Publix for one) I know of started within the last year(s) making the vests begin at the 2 year mark. They also did away with bonuses for all but the higher ups in stores. Higher up meaning store manager. Not the employees that helped that store to be successful.
Thank goodness, husband retired. It's not the company that it once was. 
Incentive pay such as bonuses tend to errode the morale of employees.

Damn shame.
I don't like it.
* Amazon Central / Re: Pay by Invoice Started Today 8/8/18
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:25:56 AM »
Having to wait for payment...still doesn't seem fair.
Fingers Crossed, I'm still at $4.31
Bah Humbug.
Amazon shouldn't have titled it as such.
The notification for October is in Seller Central under "News". And away we go.
Ok, Ok, I thought that I had read this and I double-checked.
 August Seller Central News:
August 2018
Inventory cleanup coming soon; long-term storage fees changing

Fulfillment by Amazon's next inventory cleanup is September 15, 2018.

Same message as the one in this months Seller Central News.

So it's NOT a time for sellers to clean out their I right?
Mine dropped from 519 to 511.
I noted the October cleanup coming soon notice.
Worried I missed a notice in September.
Thanks for posting.
Mine were low, too.
Not as low as yours.
I was looking for the Inventory Cleanup Coming Soon.
Did I miss a notification for that?
Anyone heard anything about this?
I wandered back to Amazon Headlines to see if I'd missed the announcement.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: Facebook analytics
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:49:33 AM »
I KNEW you would know, Bobby.

Sellathon Article.
I forgot that Auctiva purchased them.

Good ole Auctiva...those were the days.
Goodness, I need to check into the site and see what I have there on file.

"A company called Sellathon recently launched a product called ViewTracker, and they say on their Web site that ViewTracker “tells you … in real-time … exactly how each auction visitor found you, what words they searched for, what categories they browsed, how they sorted their search results… even where they live.”

* Amazon Central / Re: Let Amazon Giveaway help you drive sales
« on: September 21, 2018, 11:39:14 AM »
Taking $$$ from me in one way, shape or form.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: Facebook analytics
« on: September 21, 2018, 11:37:50 AM »
Had to do some googling...I'm not sure.
Terapeak was purchased by eBay.
Lemme delve into search a bit more.
I did find that a switch to Seller Hub is used by some.
Hmmmm...the ability to use 3rd party applications is going away...
eBay is removing support for Open eBay Apps (i.e, third-party embedded applications) in November 2018

To be continued....
* Amazon Central / Amazon - Keeping your business safe from fraud
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:23:43 AM »
Keeping your business safe from fraud

At Amazon, we’re creating effective ways to keep malicious actors out of the marketplace and your business safe.
We’ll cancel any order that we suspect of being related to buyer abuse, and we’ll also close the accounts of buyers engaging in fraud.
* Amazon Central / Let Amazon Giveaway help you drive sales
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:22:26 AM »
Amazon Giveaway helps Fulfillment by Amazon sellers increase product awareness and sales.
Giveaway hosts feature their Amazon products as prizes.
We take care of the rest: targeted marketing to customers likely to buy, selection of winners, and shipment of prizes to the winning customers.

We recently launched a new feature that provides sales data for every giveaway created by FBA sellers. This lets sellers calculate the return on what they spend for each giveaway.

Go to Your Giveaways to find the sales data, pick top-performing giveaways, and rerun them using our Copy this giveaway feature. For more information, including how to create a giveaway, go to Amazon Giveaway for FBA.

My opinion: Let's not.
Tax collection for orders shipped to Minnesota State - Effective October 1, 2018

Based on changes to Minnesota State tax law, Amazon will begin calculating, collecting, and remitting sales tax for all orders shipped to customers in Minnesota on October 1, 2018.

Your existing tax calculation settings, order details, and payments reporting will update automatically to reflect this change. No action to your tax settings or seller account is required.

Answers to common questions are available in the Marketplace Tax Collection FAQ. Consider working with your tax advisor to determine any ongoing tax remittance and reporting obligations your business might have.

For more information from Minnesota, see Update for Marketplace Providers.
Free replacements for customers—at no cost to you
from Amazon Seller News

Getting a replacement for an FBA item just got easier for customers. As of September 5, 2018, a customer returning your item can ask to have a replacement sent to them free of charge—and there will be no cost to you.

For you, this means less time focusing on payments and refunds because the sale of the original item is unaffected. For customers, this means more convenient FBA returns, consistent with Amazon returns as a whole.

How it works:

1)    To get a replacement item, a customer starts a return through the Online Returns Center or Customer Service.
2)    If a customer requests a replacement, Amazon ships one from your inventory and asks the customer to send the original item to one of our returns centers. If they don’t send it back, or if the original item is returned damaged, Amazon will reimburse you according to the FBA customer returns policy. See the Replacements section of the policy for more information.

So I lose money at Amazon's cost and another 45 day wait I'm sure.

* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: Facebook analytics
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:54:27 AM »
I miss the days of the analytics we could sign up to receive via eBay.
Can't remember the company (Bobby would) but it was a phenomenal service.
Where your buyer came from, what search words they used, hours/minutes they stayed on your sales page, hours of day items were bought and more.

Now, that info was helpful.

This info/analytics not so much.
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