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* General Online Selling Questions & Issues / uReach.com shutting down
« Last post by WayOutWest on April 02, 2020, 09:44:00 PM »
uReach.com, a long-standing, popular service for obtaining an 800 number that automatically forwards to different phone numbers based on the schedule you set, along with voicemail service, and which includes incoming and outgoing online fax service, is shutting its doors. 

From uReach:

SUBJECT:  IMPORTANT NOTICE Regarding Termination of Your Current uReach.com service & Accounts – Effective June 15th, 2020

April 2nd, 2020

To: All uReach (uReach.com) Customers

 It has been a privilege to provide user-friendly and affordable communications solutions utilizing the uReach.com cloud. Unfortunately, Ribbon Communications has decided to no longer offer these services and as such, your service and the network supporting your service will be discontinued effective June 15th, 2020 and will not be available after that date.  This letter serves as formal notice to all uReach.com customers of this service termination and to make you aware that there will be no access to data or service on the system as of that date.

As part of this notice, you should consider whether to download any needed data from uReach.com and proactively begin to transition your uReach.com communication solutions to a suitable alternative prior to this termination of the uReach.com services and pursuant to the uReach.com Terms of Service at https://www.ureach.com/home/terms.htm.  To keep your number, you may want to port your number to a preferred carrier of your choice.

While we do not have a replacement service provider that we can recommend, several of the uReach products are similar to services provided by other vendors.  For the following uReach products, you may find it convenient to seek comparable products from our partner ISSQUARED, as found on the URL http://www.issquaredinc.com:

Executive

One Number Plus

Premier

uAttendant

uConnect

uFax

uMessage

uNumber

Visionmail

Voicemail

For BusinessPhone and BusinessCall products, other vendors such as Sprint ( see https://business.sprint.com/solutions/sprint-multiline/ ) have similar products that may suit your needs.  Similarly, for our BusinessTeam product, you might find similar services available from Microsoft Teams, Slack, Cisco WebEx Teams, Rocket.Chat, Telegram, Workplace by Facebook, and/or Salesforce Chatter.   While Ribbon neither promotes nor endorses these vendors and their solutions, nor has any commercials interest in those companies, we want to make you aware of options in the broader marketplace for you to consider.

Please note there is no upgrade or migration path for your user-related data in any case.

IMPORTANT: We are hereby advising you to backup or save any required emails, faxes, voicemails, and any other valuable information on uReach.com before June 15th, 2020 in order to avoid losing any information that may be critical to you.

For further clarity, after the uReach.com service is turned off on June 15th, 2020, and any data associated with the uReach.com services will no longer be available.  Your credit card will no longer be charged the regular monthly renewal fees after June 15th, 2020 or if you choose to discontinue your service prior to that date by contacting our customer support team.

To speak with a Ribbon Communications Customer Support representative by phone, please call 877-717-8732 (nationwide in the U.S.A.) between the hours of 9:00AM to 6:30PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
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* E-commerce In The News / Hawke Media Amazon Report During the Coronavirus
« Last post by WayOutWest on March 23, 2020, 03:19:06 PM »
From the article:
We're seeing food and beverage sales as well as companies in the wellness category skyrocket on Amazon. Their average return on ad spend (ROAS) has gone from 4.5x to 6x–an almost 30% increase!–in a week.

And

A number of products categories are seeing a massive spike in sales. Including bottled water (up 78% week-over-week) and vitamins/supplements (up 78% week-over-week).

https://hawkemedia.com/blog/amazon-coronavirus-report
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* Amazon Central / Re: FBA’s In-Stock Head Start feature Oct 2019
« Last post by WayOutWest on February 09, 2020, 03:22:34 AM »
Lately I've seen more and more items for sale that won't beer in stock for days or even a week or so. One particular item, though, the in stock date kept getting extended for some reason, which was frustrating to me as a buyer.
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Hmm.. I thought it was Amazon policy that if you sold on the .com site you had to provide a U.S. return address, regardless of order amount (if you wanted the item back in event of a return).  Apparently there's something I'm overlooking on past policy.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Can't Contact Customer for Negative Feedback
« Last post by WayOutWest on February 09, 2020, 03:12:29 AM »
Honestly there's not much that surprises me any more when it comes to Amazon :/ 
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* Amazon Central / Can't Contact Customer for Negative Feedback
« Last post by uncleleroy on January 13, 2020, 05:06:29 PM »
I rarely get negative FB that sticks. This time around though, I received it for a product I don't even carry. The feedback stated that the customer kept ordering a specific size and kept receiving a different size.

So I tried to get it removed in hope the bot was ill-programmed and would remove it. No such luck.

So I go to use the "contact customer" function to appeal to the buyer about their feedback and kindly ask them to remove it. After all, Amazon's help pages do tell us to try and resolve any issues with the customer.

Nope. Nada. Nothing. I am blocked from contacting the customer completely. I tried this with another negative FB I received (but was striken through). Nope. Nada. Nothing.

So now we can't contact the customer at all?
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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« Last post by uncleleroy on January 01, 2020, 08:13:55 PM »
Yes, enjoy your life however you are able. That way, when it is our time to go we can sense that we have lived a full and happy life.

And thank you for the condolences for Dad. It is still surreal and it hasn't yet quite sunk in yet of his passing. I am sure it will become real in the near-term future.

And yes, we look forward to hearing of your stories. Those of us that are too young to retire are going to live vicariously through you.  :laugh
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* General Discussions / Wishing everyone the best!
« Last post by WayOutWest on December 29, 2019, 12:16:31 PM »
I hope everyone has been having a very successful holiday season and that everything is going as well as can be both in business and personal lives :)
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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« Last post by Southern Jewel on December 26, 2019, 11:22:38 AM »
Your retirement seems to be on track. You can keep the soap operas. But I will take a bon bon if you will pass me one!

I am glad to hear that hubby hasn't gotten progressively worse. Make sure to appreciate the ones you have for as long as you have them. I know life can get in the way of that but if you continue to make time for loved ones, you won't have to live with regrets.

I say that because my dad passed away just over a week ago on Monday, December 9th. We had his funeral this past Saturday. Every day I was at the hospital and taking mom with me (neither of them drive). Making time for my dad while he was in the hospital and in rehab to come home was the best thing I could have done, even though it put my own life into some type of chaos. I have no regrets about the time I spent taking mom and going to visit him. In fact, he passed just a few hours after mom and I had left from our last visit. He was 94 so we knew at that age anything could happen but we had been preparing for him to come home in a few days or a week. He initially went in for a kidney stone. At the end, my dad knew I loved him and that I cared for him.

Your daughter's illness (and your entire family) is still in my thoughts and prayers. Has there been any updates on any possible treatments that might help her situation?

Glad to hear of your second son's upcoming wedding. I hope things work out well with him and his bride-to-be.

When you sell your house, do you plan on moving far away or just downsizing some?

Thanks so much for asking.
Soap opera's?
Nope.
Never been much of a fan.
Plenty of bon bon's to pass out though.

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your father.
Deepest and most sincere sympathies.
I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you for sharing the days up to his passing and the day of his passing.
It helps to talk about it.
I'm so thankful you were there through the last weeks/days.
I'm glad that you have peace knowing he knew you loved him and cared for him.
In the end that is what helped me to go with peace at his passing. 

I went through this with my father almost 2 years ago.
Some days it feels like yesterday and other days it seems years ago.
A double amputee with diabetes and his kidneys failed at the end.
It had been a really rough year for him for many reasons and his health progressively got worse, too.

He was placed in a hospice facility and we children were there 24/7.
Everyone who needed to tell him good-bye had a chance to be there.
I held his hand as he passed and it still brings tears to my eyes.
Not tears of sadness but tears of feeling blessed I was there.
It's hard to explain.

No new treatments for my sweet daughter.
We hope every day that something new will be found.
She handles her life with grace and her head held up high.
Couldn't be more proud of her.

Second son wedding will be in St. Augustine. One of our fav get-aways.
They are having a 'destination wedding'.
Money will go toward honeymoon in August.
Only family, immediate family.
It's going to be soooo much fun!
She's in graduate school and they have dated for 3 years.
My son is a classically Le Cordon Bleu trained chef.
Once she graduates, he will return to school so he may teach culinary skills.
The life of hospitality workers is not cohesive to having a family.
And they want to start a family in the coming years.
MORE  grandchildren!

Selling this house so we may move to a maintenance free environment.
I want to look out my window and see someone mowing my lawn and cleaning out the gutters.
HA!

I want to be able to leave at a moments notice and not worry about our home.

We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary in December with a cruise.
We're heading to the panhandle of FL this coming week.

Planes. Trains. Cruises.
Let the enjoying of our time begin!

We. Are. Going. To. Live. Life!
And I don't want to worry about my home.
Especially with dear daughter at home as much as she is. 

Blessings and more sent to you.
I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and send strength.

I will check in from time to time.
Promise!
<pinkie swear>
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I do find many more 'cheesy grins' in my life in selling eBay in collectibles, hard to find items.
Not going to live my life actively looking to find items, but if I run across them... eBay here I come
I enjoy eBay.
My Amazon attitude now is pretty much...
Meh.

I used to L.O.V.E. selling on Amazon and hate that the end of my time selling with Amazon leaves me just.... sigh.
Just nowhere near the enjoyment that I used to receive (bucks were nice, too).
The happy partnership years of 2007/2008 through 2015...just aren't their anymore on my part.

eCommerce has been a vital part of my life.
I started back when it was in it's baby years (eBay 1997ish) and have been quite successful with every ecommerce business I ran with.

Decisions were made and I've followed my plan and it's now time to implement that last steps.
It's time!
Woo Hoo!


 
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