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One look at the Amazon forums shows sooooo many newbies that think this is eBay.
Uh huh.
Gotta follow those rules.
* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on May 27, 2019, 08:57:59 AM »
Totally working out.
Considering not coming back to Amazon full time until November.

Have very little in Amazon warehouses = Yep
I've sent in one fairly large shipment since April 2
Sent a bits and pieces shipment last Thursday. Oddz and Endz so to speak.

My storage metrics, excess storage and sell through rate are continually dropping.
Hell my warehouse stats dropped 200 points and is now hovering mid 400's but that's the cost of not sending in items.

eBay and Etsy are chugging along with hard to find items or items I sell in lots.

I'm in Set It and Forget It mode.

Me = Not Surprized
It's been going on for ages.
Not sure if China would've done anything had it been their children.
* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« Last post by uncleleroy on May 25, 2019, 10:50:58 PM »
I'll hang around a bit on Amazon...
Specifically October thru December.
After end of May this year, I hope <fingers crossed) to be on vacation from Amazon until October.
Maybe ship in one shipment a month off oddz and endz. 
That's easy money.
Otherwise, I'm having a ball doing my previous collectibles, vintage, etc on eBay.

Are your "vacation" plans working out for you?
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon customer phone number anonymization May 2, 2019
« Last post by uncleleroy on May 25, 2019, 10:44:18 PM »
That would explain everything.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon plans to make Prime shipping one-day by default
« Last post by uncleleroy on May 25, 2019, 10:43:25 PM »
Too bad that one-day thing isn't for everything. Just ordered a new printer and couldn't get it for a week. I looked at other places (Best Buy, Staples, Mfg. website, etc.) and all had free shipping at the same price and all had delivery dates of this coming Wednesday. But the extra ink I ordered to go along with the printer came the next day. Can't figure out what the delay was but everyone was in sync about the selling price as well as the delivery date.
* Amazon Central / Re: Jonesing for a free removal
« Last post by uncleleroy on May 25, 2019, 10:40:36 PM »
I am working on more inventory control with respect to amounts. I finally got the last of the stuff cleaned out here and after tallying up the cost, I almost cried. Price softness from established competition as well as a bunch of 1st-year R/A players really hurt. Hurt my top line, hurt my bottom line but significantly helped Amazon's coffers.

My current order for this year took a lot of this into account. At this point, I would rather lose sales to being out of stock on a couple of items than be stuck with a lot of inventory that I eventually have to dump.

One of my sales reps knows one of the main competitors I have and told me they are not placing an order this year. I guess they got burned worse than me.
The stuff comes from China. Are we really surprised that they don't give a flip about the safety of American (or other kids worldwide)? This has been going on for decades and decades. However, had the tainted stuff got into the hands of Chinese children, you can be sure the government would have then intervened.
* General Discussions / WayOutWest tornadoes in OK
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on May 23, 2019, 08:05:32 PM »
Stay safe, I've been watching the tornadoes out your way... Scary!
Just in case any of you are sourcing your products for sale from China.
Latest stats show that 40% of sellers on Amazon have items that are sourced from China.

US manufacturers moving production out of China

The comments on this thread are well worth taking the time to read.

If you have a WSJ subscription check out the following article (or use to bypass paywall):

If you have a WSJ subscription check out the following article (or use to bypass paywall):

Snippet: Even if President Trump eventually lifts tariffs, multinationals will know they can be reimposed if tensions flare again.
And China could slap tariffs, too.
So to limit their exposure, many will shift assembly of U.S.-bound goods to third countries less exposed to protectionist threats.
In some cases, the uncertainties stemming from trade tensions were the final nudge for companies, already facing rising costs in China, to go elsewhere.

Camera maker GoPro is moving production for the U.S. market from China to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Shoemaker Steve Madden is moving production to Cambodia.
Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group is weighing assembling Apple Inc.’s iPhones in India, a huge emerging smartphone market.
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