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* Amazon Central / Re: FBAForward Bankrupt and Closing
« on: August 19, 2018, 03:37:45 PM »
I've thought about this, too.
I would put money down on it that there will be auctions for pallets of inventory.
My thoughts?
Amazon will probably swoop in and buy the pallets.
The products are ready to go and pretty easy to move forward with putting them into their existing inventory.

I don't know if you've ever looked into this:
Liquidations website which I used the keyword Amazon

We used to have a member or two of this forum that would buy from the site (not just from the keyword Amazon but other liquidations) and then individually upload the items back into Amazon or sell on eBay or their own sites.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Insurance
« on: August 19, 2018, 03:30:53 PM »
When I first saw the paid promotion come up in my Reddit feeds, I assumed (and I'm probably correct) that these are former employees that can help you to be reinstated.

I have heard (I'm not on FB) there are Facebook groups of these types of persons that offer this service for a good chunk o' change.
They guarantee your account will be reinstated or money back guaranteed.
They know exactly the wording that needs to be used as they 'supposedly' worked in the departments of Amazon.
Mind you, I don't know if it's true, I've only seen postings on Reddit and other forums that the groups exist and who runs the groups.

Don't know about the insurance part of it and taxes info will be helpful for some.
* Amazon Central / Re: Pay by Invoice Started Today 8/8/18
« on: August 19, 2018, 03:25:45 PM »
Drinks on the house compliments of Uncle Leroy
SellerCentral News: Inventory cleanup coming soon; LTS Fees Changing
Aug 16, 2018

Fulfillment by Amazon's next inventory cleanup is September 15, 2018. Changes to long-term storage fees have been introduced. For details, see FBA long-term storage fees.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Insurance
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:51:07 PM »
It comes up on my reddit feed as a paid promotion.
Here's the link:
* Amazon Central / Re: Pay by Invoice Started Today 8/8/18
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:49:12 PM »
I don't know if it works better for larger sellers or if it's just one of those things Amazon institutes that just doesn't work out for me and my tadpole level of seller.
* Everything eBay / Re: Ebay Marketplace Update 2018
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:47:25 PM »
It was ok.
Nothing earth shattering.
Our members who used the marketplace were in charge of their own marketing, backlinks and more.
That was also when we had a blog for this forum.
Members would upload an item into our marketplace, then use their blog via this forum to market and backlink.
Ended up closing it down as members moved onto eCrater, back to eBay, Amazon or focused on their Shopify which was more seo friendly.

* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Insurance
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:59:44 AM »
It comes up in my Reddit feed.

* Amazon Central / Re: FBAForward Bankrupt and Closing
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:57:42 AM »
Same as you except I started in 2008.
* E-commerce In The News / Re: The Brand-less Brand
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:57:00 AM »
quickly checking eBay
* E-commerce In The News / Re: Supreme Court Ruling Affects eSellers
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:56:19 AM »
I hear ya.
This ---->

It's the politicians and city council members who have the ability to say "no" to sports owners, and that's who Oliver should have directed his speech toward. Or rather, to the citizens who repeatedly say yes to voting such politicians into office.

Oliver closed his speech saying, "The next time a team comes around asking for a new stadium, I want you to make them pay." Rather than sticking it to sports teams, though, the public should instead make the politicians who enable them pay, with their jobs or by demanding constitutional amendments prohibiting such unscrupulous policies.

* Amazon Central / Re: Pay by Invoice Started Today 8/8/18
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:46:31 AM »
My last invoiced payment:
Disbursed to your bank account ending in 2523 on Jan 21, 2018.

I rest my case.
<taking a bow>
* 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.
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