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Rent to own rims?   Wow. Just wow.  smh.  Next you'll tell me you saw some rent to own teeth grillz. Lol

Amazon's ideas - I hear ya.  Heck, when they first started I questioned the whole business model. Would there really be enough people buying books from an online seller (Vs. a B&M one) to support the kind of expenses they were generating with all that warehouse building they were doing and the huge number of employees they were hiring?  After all, whenever I was in a bookstore, whether it be in Tulsa or a city like Houston, I was usually the only customer in sight.
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Up to 70.  Dunno the when/if on getting 70% Vs. getting less. Didn't dig deeper.  Still, though, even if it's less, once you consider the fact that they do all the work of the photos, the listing, shipping, customer q/a, etc. . .  Keep in mind, though, that they set the price. 

Edit - did the digging.  They have a scale system that ranges from 55% to 70%, based on your net sales.  The more you sell, the higher the commission you get.  It looks like the first year of selling is the roughest.  https://www.therealreal.com/commission-chart

Items must be less than 10yrs old, even newer for some designers (like I mentioned in previous post about how some can only be 5yrs old).  List of designers whose goods they accept is at https://www.therealreal.com/designers

Saw on another page that for jewelry and watches you can get up to 80%, but couldn't find the details.  Did discover that their jewelry category is open to non-designer goods, as long as it's a good piece.  I'm not surprised that this non-designer piece was accepted https://www.therealreal.com/products/jewelry/rings/engagement-ring/platinum-diamond-engagement-ring-17?source=igodigital I'm a little surprised that this one was, though:  https://www.therealreal.com/products/jewelry/rings/band/ring-14k-emerald-and-diamond-stacking-bands

Handmaid's Tale - coincidentally, that's what I was watching when saw the ad  :)   That is a good show, eh?   :)
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* Beyond eBay & Amazon / New Designer Goods Online Consignment Shop
« on: June 07, 2017, 01:11:49 AM »
Just saw a consumer orientated ad for this site on Hulu.  Got to looking at it and it's a consignment shop https://www.therealreal.com

The ad says every item is authenticated by their team of in house experts.  If you look at the site you find that they have restrictions on the goods, such as only certain designers, some designers the item can only be 5yrs old, etc.

Sellers get to keep up to 70% of the selling price.  They'll schedule a pick up or you can ship the goods to them.

General info for individual sellers at https://www.therealreal.com/consign
If you're a luxury goods vendor, the vendor page is at https://www.therealreal.com/business-sellers
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I just wonder how effective it will be in attracting the walmart customer.  The monthly rate does make it seem cheap, but when you consider it's $72 over 12 months, it's not that cheap, especially for someone on assistance.  After all, it used to be $79 a yr. . .

Of course, having it listed at the monthly rate does help with the sales. If netflix advertised their plan at the per yr rate, they'd probably have fewer customers. Same reason places can rent washer and dryers, sofas, etc. for crazy prices; they tell you the weekly rate and make it look cheap.  Case in point, I used to know a person that was paying more per month for his washing machine (from one of those rental places) than I paid for a used one that was advertised in the local classifieds.  So, maybe it'll work.  :? I'm sure they spent quite a bit of time researching the optimal price point.

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Why does that not surprise me in the least  ::)
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Just saw this on Clark Howard's website.  If you're on govt assistance, you can get Prime for $6 a month instead of the $99/yr price.  http://clark.com/shopping-retail/amazon-prime-ebt-discount/

Those with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card are eligible. An EBT card is used to disburse funds for these government assistance programs:

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)

According to the article, Amazon hopes this will attract people who primarily shop at WalMart and other discount stores.


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Things that make you go hmm. . .

It's good to see that you can override it with the [Important] bit in subject line.
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Add-On Item Hack
« on: May 31, 2017, 05:14:42 PM »
So you want to buy an add-on item, but you don't want to order a bunch of stuff right now and don't want to wait until you are ordering more?  If you have Prime and an Amazon Echo (Alexa) you're in luck!  All you have to do is ask Alexa to order it for you and she will bypass the ordering minimum.  In order to narrow the search down to the add-on item, be sure to give Alexa item specifics from the title, such as the item's model number.

E.g., "Alexa, order a Leviton fourteen zero six" will result in her finding, and offering to order, the Leviton 1406 660 Watt, 125 Volt, Two Outlet With Pull Chain Socket Adapter, Black which is an add-on item that currently is priced at $4.99. 

Note: when Alexa tells you the total, it will include any applicable sales tax, so depending on what state you're in, she might not say (in this example), "$4.99".  If your tax rate is 7%, she'll instead say "$5.34".  And, of course, prices change frequently and items move in and out of add-on status.

This is also welcome news for Amazon 3P sellers whose FBA products have ended up being converted into add-on items.
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* Amazon Central / Something wonky this way comes
« on: May 24, 2017, 08:02:56 AM »
I'm not sure when it started. I only noticed it this week. Addresses have been messed up when printed by Amazon.

For years, my ship to address for Amazon purchases has been:
(My Name)
(Business Name)
(Street Address)
(City) (State) (ZIP)

Recently I noticed that shipping labels are printing as:
(My Name)
(Business Name) (Street Number)
(Street Name)
(City)(State)(ZIP)

When I look at my address book, it has business name in Address Line 1 and Street Address (number and name) in Address Line 2.  I don't know if it's always been that way (with business name in Addr1) or not. I haven't looked closely at it in years.

When looking at order invoices and other areas of Amazon, it displays my address correctly (with the street number on same line as street name). Likewise, when viewing the address in the address book and other areas, it displays correctly. It seems to only happen when they actually print the shipping label.

I'm not aware of this being an issue before, with the exception of some 3rd party FBM orders.  This has even resulted in one order being flagged by the post office as invalid address, return to sender (I went to post office to intercept).  Maybe this is why I've had so many late deliveries the past few years (so many that I haven't paid for Prime in two years)?  My late delivery rate really isn't outside the norm, though, at around 1.5%.

All of my items for sale are FBA, so I have no clue if my customer addresses are being mangled in a similar manner or not, however I wouldn't be surprised if they are.

Posting so that everyone that is FBM is aware that there is an issue.  I'd recommend being on alert when printing FBM labels.
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There was one that begged me for feedback while I was having a difficult time with them (item was defective and after I notified them, I got an email outlining their return policy and how I'd have to pay a restocking fee and return shipping -- meanwhile the feedback request was automatically sent to me).  I sent them an email back asking if they were sure they wanted my feedback since they were violating amazon policy with their crap about me having to pay return shipping and restocking fee on a defective item.  :0771

Needless to say they backpedaled very quickly.
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Thanks for the heads up
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Just tried (I rarely use facebook or chrome) and it worked fine for me.  Chrome Version 58.0.3029.96 (64-bit) on Windows 10 64-bit Home Edition

In the process of checking, came across some really cool work by a metalsmith artist.  He's doing bonsai trees made from bundles of wire.  https://www.facebook.com/AndyElliottArt/

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* Amazon Central / Re: Negative Feedback for an FBA order
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:40:03 PM »
I woulda, but bought as gifts and they were of a tv series that's hard to find here in the states  (easy to find if you want region 2 dvds, but region 1, not so much).  Which made it really suck that I found myself in the position of giving cutouts as gifts, but. . .

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* Amazon Central / Re: Negative Feedback for an FBA order
« on: May 03, 2017, 09:37:02 AM »
Crazy that you'd have to go through all of those hoops.  Meanwhile, a FB I left for an FBA seller that sent in cutout DVDs and listed them as new (with condition note of brand new) got quietly pulled by Amazon (I'm sure at seller request) without any notification to me and with no opportunity to leave an alternate FB for her.
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Interesting to read that they're working on the brand registry and brand gating in the U.S. with changes to be launched very soon.
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Good on them!  I wouldn't even begin to know where to get the uplink from.  I know one WISP service near here gets theirs from KAMO (Kansas & Missouri electric co-op headquartered in Vinita, OK, about 40 miles from here) but there's lots of hills between here and there, whereas the owner of that WISP provider has pretty much flat land between him and Vinita OK.  Only reason I know that is because of the time that I was a subscriber of his and told him I lived at my sister's house (at top of hill) and then I bounced the signal down the hill from her house to me.  The equipment I used, though, is now old tech and easily hacked.  To this day haven't found any inexpensive gear that performs anywhere near as well as that old ParkerVision router did (mfg claimed 1 mile range).  :(

At one point there was cable tv out here, but that company never would do internet (because they couldn't readily get a high speed uplink) and it got bought out by Adelphia, which went under.  Adelphia got bought out by Time Warner, but they never connected up to these cable tv lines out here and now the lines are abandoned. They're still attached to the various poles all over this area, but nobody using them.  Hmm.. .

Since the electric co-op owns all the poles, no paying for space on the poles to run the lines, no having to pay for electric to run the service, and no having to hire linesmans to maintain the lines since they already have a crew for maintaining the electric lines.  A nearby co-op ran the numbers and just having the fiber optic link to a house out here raises the market value of it by $10,000. 

To me it seems a no-brainer to want it.  Young people would be more willing to move into the neighborhoods and thus filling up the older homes that are sitting around vacant with for sale/rent signs on them, it would increase the resale value of the homes, it increases the rental price of homes, it would encourage home builders and businesses to move into the area (which in turn means they'll pay more for the vacant land which hasn't seen an increase in market price in a couple of decades), etc. 

I really think the big problem is that we have too many old folks in charge of things at the co-op, who don't even know what an inturn-nut is and think the world wide web has something to do with giant arachnids.  ::)
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drop down for fruit ripeness preference. E.g. bananas it has choices of yellow, slightly green, or green.  Of course, slightly yellow isn't a choice.  I like to buy a mix: a couple of yellow, a couple of slightly green, and a couple of slightly yellow.  Can't do that with their options. 

Town I'm in, most people commute to Tulsa for work.  With evening rush hour traffic, that's an hour and a half drive (w/o rush hour it's 35 mins).  So, by the time you leave work (whether you got off at 4 or 5) and sit behind the wheel for 90 mins, you don't want to deal with going into a grocery store.  But what pick up time does the Reasor's in my town offer? 1pm. smh  I really think they decide to offer it to show that they have services that some of the other stores don't, but at the same time don't really want to do it.
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Working now.  Great find! Very helpful instructions regarding the new shipping templates.  Thanks! :D!
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You certainly would. 

Yeah, options where I live are very limited, which is extremely frustrating.  AT&T even has a fiber optic line running right by our neighborhood (two lots away from me, in fact), but it's to link two townships together (after the old crossbar switching station got taken out by a tornado, which until the mid 80s  was a step x step system -- the kind where you use rotary & only dial last 4 digits to make a call), and they still haven't tapped into the fiber optic line for consumer use.  :(

Only options here are WISP (wireless internet provider, but house is in a bit of a valley so cant see the signal from area WISP providers), satellite, cellular (which has very limited options, especially when you start looking at data hotspots), AT&T DSL, or *ack* dialup :o   I keep hounding the electric co-op to please start providing fiber optic, but it falls on deaf ears (meanwhile other area co-ops are doing it).
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One of the services Amazon announced is the ability to place your grocery order online and then pick it up on the way home.  Like several stores, a local grocery store (Reasor's) has the same type of service (where you can go online, put in your order, and then pick it up later--on your way home, etc.).  And, like Publix's delivery service, Reasor's online ordering hasn't really taken off. 

Some of the reasons Reasor's pick up service hasn't taken off is that while you can input specific requests regarding your produce, it's still a little limited in your options (they use a dropdown menu); the selection the store has online is limited, they charge a $5 pickup fee; the website is a little awkward (they use shopouraisles.com) and stores have limited times you can pick up your order. For example, my local store only offers 1pm for pick up times.  ::)  If people are going to do pick up, most are going to want to get it on their way home from work in Tulsa, which means around around 6pm.

I don't know if Amazon is going to do a better job or not, but if they're going to start that service, they're going to have to do a better job than the locals, and the local shops are going to have to up their game and improve their systems.
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