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* Amazon Central / Amazon collecting sales tax in 11 additional states
« on: February 09, 2017, 03:21:06 AM »
On Wednesday, Amazon began collecting sales tax for sales to customers in Mississippi, Missouri, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont. It started last month in Louisiana, Iowa, Nebraska and Utah, and begins in Oklahoma and Wyoming on March 1.

Traditionally, Amazon has fought the collection of sales tax in states that it doesn't have nexus. However, it came to an agreement with the state government of Oklahoma to voluntarily collect sales tax, despite not having nexus. I have not researched the other states listed above, so I don't know the reason(s) for the collection of taxes in those states. Oklahoma's governor is prancing around in the media like a peacock in mating season over this win, but that's because the state current has nearly a billion dollar budget deficit this year and she's been getting some harsh criticism over it.

In addition to the above, lawmakers in Arkansas are advancing a plan to require out-of-state companies with no physical presence in the state to collect the tax if they sell more than $100,000 worth of products or make at least 200 transactions. While the intent is to force large companies to collect sales tax, that 200 transactions limit is an awfully low bar that will adversely affect small mom & pop companies.

Hopefully this will help the 3P sellers as people discover that many items on that aren't sold by Amazon are still without sales tax.

There are many B&Ms that are rejoicing over the so-called leveling of the playing field, but there are some that remain skeptical. I like a consumer comment that I heard on the radio today. He said that he was tired of hearing about the leveling of the playing field and that until the B&Ms start delivering to his door, they're not in competition with Amazon.  :laugh
The article compares it to FBA, but it's actually more of a competitor to Amazon's Multi-Channel Fulfillment program. Interesting to hear that Fedex is doing it.  Depending on the fees, might be a great option for many smaller vendors and ones that sell on Amazon but are FBM.

Fedex supply chain webpage (for U.S.)
Fedex Fulfillment webpage (for U.S.)

Also interesting to read (on Fedex site) that it's in Memphis (which makes sense) AND it's a fully temperature controlled facility (unlike Amazon).  They also have a similar program in Europe.

It looks to me like the fees are variable, and are negotiated based on volume & needs.  There's no fee chart at Fedex site, only a Contact Us button.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon entering auto parts marketplace
« on: February 08, 2017, 02:47:37 PM »
Yeah, they've carried quite a bit in the way of auto parts for some time now.  :017 Apparently this is an expansion of the parts they carry.   :?  The second article makes me think they've entered into a dropship agreement with some of the big parts warehouse companies.
* Amazon Central / Amazon entering auto parts marketplace
« on: February 07, 2017, 08:13:12 PM »
In the past, the auto parts industry was built on the local shop having a very large inventory of products on hand. More recently, the shops have been turning to centralized warehouses with a day or two delay for the customer to get the parts they need.

Amazon is looking to turn the parts industry on its head, by becoming the go to place for automotive parts, with same day delivery available in many markets.

The unknown factor is how the high return rate for auto parts that are mislabeled, or simply don't properly fit, is going to work out.  Many a time I've purchased a part that was supposed to fit, only to find it didn't. Sometimes this was because the part was wrong, other times it was because either the reference book book was wrong or the car was a one-off with a manufacturing deviation. 

On one of those occasions, my car was broken down in the auto parts parking lot, so finding the correct fit became a top concern of the sales people, who ended up coming out and taking measurements, so that they could find a part that did fit (since the part the book said would fit, didn't).  That's certainly the type of service you won't be able to get from Amazon.

Two interesting articles about it:
Yahoo Finance article: A double whammy from Trump and Amazon has short sellers piling into AutoZone

Art of Gears: Amazon Auto Parts A Brilliant Disaster
* Amazon Central / Re: Condition Box Going Away for New Items
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:10:43 PM »
About friggin time. What part of new needs condition notes? Either it matches the listing or it doesnt and it's either new or it's not. Not a difficult concept.
* Amazon Central / Re: Negative Feedback for an FBA order
« on: January 29, 2017, 03:27:40 AM »
Yeah, I hate to say it, but it sounds like a time to use the Jeff@  addy :(  which is absolutely nuts that youd have to resort to contacting the ceo over something that should be such a simple matter.
* Amazon Central / Re: Negative Feedback for an FBA order
« on: January 25, 2017, 05:26:42 PM »
Hoo boy!  I'd be banging my head against the wall, for sure :(
In the process I learned that even if the 1st delivery attempt has been made, you can still file a vacation hold. When they go to do the 2nd delivery attempt, they will see the vacation hold and intercept it (thus delaying the 2nd delivery attempt).   

When I called in to Fedex to verify that it would indeed apply to the shipment, even though the 1st delivery attempt had been made, the person in India had no clue as to the answer.  However, an in-person visit to Fedex verified it, and my personal experience with this shipment has verified it as well.
* Amazon Central / Re: Let the Split Shipments Begin!
« on: January 22, 2017, 12:51:53 AM »
Like you, Charlotte has always been good to me & Dallas a bit slow.
* Beyond eBay & Amazon / Re: Asking for a friend
« on: January 22, 2017, 12:48:03 AM »
Good question. Have no idea what the answer is, though. :( 
Another update and a bit of a warning to anyone shipping in their phone to LG repair center - when it's shipped back, they send it Fedex with direct signature required. That means that it MUST be signed for by someone at the address, and it cannot be held at a Fedex facility for pickup (it must be delivered to the address). 

According to the webpage, you can pay an upcharge and have it redirected somewhere else. But, I've also seen that same page (on other similar shipments) then error out saying that it cant be redirected. So, I dunno if you can do that with the LG shipment or not.

What you can do, if you're not going to be home during the 3 times they will attempt to deliver it - you can file a vacation hold for all shipments to your house. This will allow you to delay the delivery (up to 15 days if I remember correctly) and set it to be delivered on a day you will be there (e.g. on a Saturday).  You can also pay an upcharge to have it delivered on a specific date.
Results? Under warranty (despite being bought used on ebay) and a one day turn around at LG.  That's service :)
* Amazon Central / Re: Any rumors for free removals from warehouse?
« on: January 08, 2017, 12:04:56 AM »
Yeah, all long tail items are now no longer Amazon FBA viable. :(   As a consumer, I often turned to Amazon for those hard to find items, knowing that not only would it most likely be listed, but that there would also probably be at least one unit in a warehouse that can be delivered to me within 2 days. 

The consumers that have been trained to look to Amazon for hard to find items, and that aren't aware of the changes, are most likely wondering what the hell happened? Why is everything they look for no longer Prime eligible?   

I suspect Amazon's opening up of Prime shipping to FBM items is their rationale that many long tail items will still be available to the consumers with Prime, but that's not really the case. Many vendors don't have the volume necessary to enable them to ship to customers within 2 days without incurring huge shipping fees.

* Amazon Central / Re: Any rumors for free removals from warehouse?
« on: January 06, 2017, 07:47:39 AM »
The loss of the one unit exemption really sucks!  Amazon wants to have a wide catalog, yet wants to fee us to death at the same time. :(
So, keeping in mind that if they get enough reports of bootloop, they *might* officially & publicly acknowledge the bootloop problem with the V10s like they did for the G4, I sent LG an email, pointing out that I understand my V10 isn't under warranty because it was bought used, but here's the build info on it so that their techs can add it to their list for tracking the issue.  I got an email back saying that they have two different warranty policies.  One is 12 months after purchase, when purchased from an official vendor, the other is a simple 15 months after the date of mfg printed under the battery!  So, they *might* repair it at no charge and gave me a prepaid shipping label for sending it in.

Crossing fingers and toes that they do fix it for me at no charge.  After all, it is a mfg. issue. . .    It'll mean that I have two high end phones, but that's okay. I can always use a spare, right?   :h0035  /says quietly to himself, "I'm not a hoarder, I'm not a hoarder"  :laugh

From what I've read, it takes around a month for repair turnaround time, but I'll keep updating with what happens (if they say it'll cost to repair, etc).
@Suthrn - glad to hear :) 

@Scooters- yeah, older LGs are great phones.  Dunno what happened to them.  From what I've been reading, it's a soldering issue combined with excessive heat.  Latest phones tend to get really hot. Add that to weak solder. . .  Some think it might be because of move towards reducing amount of lead in products (electronic solder has lead in it) but dunno.

I went ahead and took the plunge for the LG V20 because it has nearly every feature I want (removable battery, good camera, lots of memory, SD card, FM radio enabled, NFC payments/Android Pay). Would love for it to have front facing, stereo speakers, but alas. . .
Okay, as crazy as it is, even though your phone is at room temp, if you have the boot loop problem, put it in the freezer for 10 mins (sans battery) and you'll be able to turn it on!  Then, QUICKLY back up your data (using LG Bridge or other methods). 

Note: some people (including myself) have found that they have to leave the phone in the freezer while backing up their data.  Thank goodness for extra long USB cables!  And some have found that they only get one shot at it, so would be best to go ahead and plan on leaving it in freezer during the data backup.

Bootloop issues have been found with phones mfg in Oct of 2015 (when mine was made) and in Jan of 2016. 

@SuthrnJewel - if you bought a V10, I'd return it. There's no excuse for a phone dying after only 10 months of use (I've used mine 10 months).  Those of us that have had these die seem to all be people that are fairly heavy users and thus the phone frequently being warm to hot.
Well, sadly, it appears it was a sign of things to come. Now I can't turn my LG V10 phone on at all :(  I get the LG logo screen, and then it goes blank. I figured it was a case of the phone needing to recalibrate the battery and that triggering a bug.  However, it seems to be worse than that. I'm finding widespread reports of the V10 having this boot loop problem, with some people having theirs replaced 3x under warranty.  So, if your LG V10 starts having trouble turning on, even if you get it working normal again (like I did), get your docs and other data off of it ASAP.

Even with this problem (and the huge financial hit I've taken with it) I'm still going to buy a V20. Why? For one, LG is one of the few mfgs that still does removable batteries. Plus, I loved my V10 and it's 2nd screen for quick access to various apps and settings.  That being said, this time I'm buying new, that way it comes with mfg. warranty, especially since LG seems to have some sort of problem in the mfg. process that's plaguing their phones (bootloop in G4 and now V10, and bugs in the G5).

Oops!  Forgot about it.  :-[ Thanks for reminder.
sounds like a step in the right direction.
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