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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Supreme Court Ruling Affects eSellers
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:33:51 PM »
I see what you're saying.

Do you have forward thinking elected officials that would move forward?

I believe that it's possible because it happened in my town.
Repurpose and reuse.

Our downtown area in the 80's was in such bad shape.
The burbs were where people were moving and left downtown in the dust.
The homeless were hopping of the nearby train station in the winter.
Shops had closed.
Buildings boarded up.
Nobody went downtown.

Luckily, we had a vision 'reborn.'
And when I say we (tooting my own horn) I mean it.
I served on a board to open a children's museum downtown in an abandoned group of shops.
Two of the larger shopping buildings (JC Penney and Maas Bros)was purchased and repurposed into offices.
One houses Publix IT department and the other houses another business.
Shortly thereafter, Merrill Lynch repurposed one of the older buildings into their main office in Lakeland.
The children's museum I helped establish back in the mid 80's is now in the old repurposed Kress Store and is amazing!

There was the purchase of the oldest hotel in Lakeland by a big money family and was turned into a fine dining restaurant, The Terrace Hotel.
(my classically trained chef/son worked there)

Hipsters opened 'kewl' restaurants.
Every Saturday morning there's a market downtown.
The streets are closed off and it's so much fun.
Organic vegetables, owner made items, repurposed furniture, performances by varied groups, small food trucks, etc.

First Friday was started as a celebration to begin every month with open shops and restaurants.
Second Thursdays are Food Truck Rallies.

Coffee Shops are plentiful.

Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland now has a botanical garden that brings in loads of photographers, weddings and more
It's a botanical garden featuring neoclassical architecture, fountains & a variety of plants.

The symphony has concerts in the downtown park.
Bring your blanket, chairs, wine and have a great time.
Munn Park is decorated during the holidays and it's been a fun tradition.

SNOWFEST for FL kids!

The Federal Building was renovated into another restaurant.
All kept the integrity of the original buildings.
Downtown Lakeland FL

I'm really proud of what our city has done with it's properties not only in downtown but further out.
Like the use of the older abandoned mall turned into one of those mega churches.
I'm not a fan of mega churches but if it kept the old mall from being sitting unused and brings people into the area, then I'm all for it.

Alot has to do with having officials and business owners that are willing to apply for matching grants and to be forward thinking.
If you don't have those types of officials, then GOTV and elect ones that do.

Cities that are moving forward with the above idea's find that businesses are more apt to consider moving there, which brings in more jobs, which in turn brings in more people.
The circle.

I guess you can tell I like my hometown.
Close to everything but far enough away.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: The Brand-less Brand
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:05:26 PM »
Geeeez... I didn't know peeps were reselling them.
* Everything eBay / Re: Ebay Marketplace Update 2018
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:02:17 PM »
We used to have a marketplace on this site for self-selling certain items we didn't want to waste time on putting on an ecommerce site.
* Amazon Central / Amazon Insurance
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:58:23 AM »
Oh My Gerd!
What in the world?
Outside Business to protect you against seller suspension insurance.
* Amazon Central / FBAForward Bankrupt and Closing
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:55:17 AM »
FBAforward prep company went bankrupt yesterday and now everyones stock is stuck inside the warehouse.

Here's the site:
FBA Forward

I'm 99.9% sure that we all handle our own but just in case.
Comments on this Reddit are worth taking your time though.
* Amazon Central / Re: Pay by Invoice Started Today 8/8/18
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:52:19 AM »
I don't want to pay to receive my money.
They already hold my payout for 2 weeks (they earn interest, I don't).
Not paying 1.5% to receive my own money earlier than a payout.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Supreme Court Ruling Affects eSellers
« on: August 12, 2018, 03:27:48 PM »
allow companies to suck up empty lots and build instead of steering them toward revitalizing existing commercial buildings that have been vacant for years (and in some cases, well over a decade).

I hear ya!
There is a huge retail apocalypse that isn't being discussed.
The jobs that are lost.
I feel for them.
With our local Sears closing down, there was a news reporter interviewing employees and some of them had been there since the 80's.
Can you imagine?
I can't.

You're right, there were too many stores being built.
Time to get with the times and move forward.
My children would rather save their time by buying online, having it delivered and enjoying their time doing other things.

I watched a documentary last year or the year before (and also a 60 minutes segment) that many cities are turning their malls into apartments.
And it's working!
Excellent article

The individual stores are being turned into apartments/condo's on their 2nd and 3rd floors.
Security won't be an issue and easily taken care of.
The dead food court, will be filled with what people are looking to eat.
Quirky, local, organic, healthy, fresh foods.
Similar to this place I enjoy in nearby Tampa. Armature Works
Along with a lounge or two/coffee bars/craft beer.
Using the larger stores for grocery stores.
USPS/Fed Ex/USPS stores will be available.

The one that's being discussed in Tampa will have a gym with swimming pool added. Exercise running tracks in the lesser busy areas of the bottom floor.
I'd consider it as a soon to be retiring adult and it would be a great solution for my disabled daughter.

I did see that an old mall in TN was turned into a medical facility.
Smart move.
It had different offices for doctors, testing, walk in clinic etc all under one roof.

Our oldest mall in town was turned into one of those mega churches.

There are uses, people just have to accept moving forward instead of the property isn't going to waste.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: The Brand-less Brand
« on: August 12, 2018, 02:56:54 PM »
It's a good site.
I found it through a Reddit discussion.
I'm not sure of the quality of the items, but there were no gripes.
* Everything eBay / Re: Ebay Marketplace Update 2018
« on: August 12, 2018, 02:54:59 PM »
I've been cleaning out my own DVD's in the last month.
Grandchildren are now in possession of the Disney dvd's.
I'm keeping 4 that I have a hard time streaming from any of the legit sites.
The rest I'm working on deciding where to sell. 
* Amazon Central / Re: Pay by Invoice Started Today 8/8/18
« on: August 12, 2018, 02:48:35 PM »
I can remember my first one of these.
I received it last December and it scared the bejesus outta me.
I wasn't expecting a payment drop.
Nor was I expecting one for that amount of money.
Had to do hella amount of searching out of why I received this payment.
I had to turn to Seller Support for the answer. 

I haven't moved forward with the new option of choose which payment option.
Payment faster for a 1.5% charge?
I don't receive enough of these types of payments to warrant a charge of 1.5%
* Amazon Central / Re: Police Find Amazon Reviews Left by Serial Killer
« on: August 04, 2018, 04:16:50 PM »
Great Movie
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: A New Sales Vemue
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:39:44 AM »
So glad you are doing well with eBay.
It's not a dead venue as some have said.
Just this week I purchased 4 items from them.
I have so much to list, hubby needs to get pics and measurements for me.
Oh. My. Lord.
What the hell?
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon App Gets Part Finder Feature
« on: July 29, 2018, 01:41:00 PM »
I hear ya. I love the small Mom and Pop hardware stores or as I said Ace Hardware. 
I flat out refuse to use Home Depot.
I'll definitely use Lowes....
But, my 100% Go To Ace Hardware.
Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware to be exact.
Established 1955...Love the older gents that work the floor, they have explained to me more times than I can count how to move forward with a project.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon App Gets Part Finder Feature
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:51:05 AM »
Ace Hardware is my preference!
Thank you for reading them so we don't.
I think it would best in their best interest to offer to 3P sellers.
I like to think that it's coming.
As do those that advise me financially.
Remember it's not only Bezos but JP Morgan and Buffet.
Neither of those partners are slouches.
Thanks for your opinion.
It matches mine.
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