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Heads Up!
Notification from Amazon:

We are writing to you because you have previously sold children’s school supplies. To provide the best possible customer experience, Amazon is enforcing safety requirements for all children’s school supply ASINs.

As a result, you must provide safety documentation mentioned in the help page. If this documentation is not provided , we will no longer sell these children’s school supply ASINs on Amazon.

For information on safety requirements and submitting required documentation, go to https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/external/GXT3EFQS54LRKYM3.

For FBA sellers: If you have selling children’s school supplies inventory in our fulfillment centers that is missing the safety documentation, you will have 30 days from the above date to create a removal order. For information on removal orders, visit https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/external/G200280650. Standard FBA fees for returns or disposals will apply.

By submitting the safety documentation, you confirm that all the information is true.

Thank you for selling on Amazon.

Amazon Services
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* Amazon Central / Re: Postage Increase - This ain't Pretty
« Last post by uncleleroy on February 11, 2019, 11:10:46 PM »
Sorry for the late response. Our tax office has been crazy with tons of people the past few weeks. For the two-week period ending last Friday, I've put in around 140 hours between doing taxes, teaching and e-commerce. I've been sleep deprived since this is my busy time of year with everything going on. Finally got a day off from everything last Friday. And I still did not get much sleep. Is April 16th here yet?  :laugh

I use Stamps.com for all of my shipping needs. With my new thermal printer, I am just cranking out the shipping labels like lightning. Too bad sales have slowed to a crawl.

I am in complete agreement with you on the tracking subject. I want to know where my stuff is and when it will be/is delivered. Nothing drives me crazy like someone shipping something to me with no tracking. Just imagine how much free stuff we could get if we didn't have scruples and claimed we never received it.

Thanks for the link to the PayPal shipping for items not on Amazon/eBay. It might come in handy some day.
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* General Discussions / This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on February 02, 2019, 09:14:53 AM »
Notice from GoDaddy: Cancels on 3/4/2019

ecommercesellersmotivators.com

+ Economy Hosting Linux Renewal

This forum goes away on March 4th, 2019
Forum is up for grabs only to someone I trust.

Retirement from eCommerce is coming and with it goes this forum.
Hope to be only doing a holiday season after this year.
Just cause, I can't give it up. <smile>
And the tax write-offs.

I'm going to turn off the lights and close the door on my way out.


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* Amazon Central / Re: Postage Increase - This ain't Pretty
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on January 31, 2019, 11:10:27 AM »
You were using the partner'd shipping with eBay, correct?
They have a partnership with USPS as Amazon does.
Not sure if you've seen this posting on the forum but there's a http://ecommercesellersmotivators.com/index.php?topic=4255.0 to Link to Print Labels using Paypal (where you still receive a business rate discount for buying USPS postage).
I use this all the time when I've sold an item not from Amazon or eBay.
Works well.
Or you could use the sign in for USPS business account to buy postage BUT the site doesn't offer first class only priority. <-----hardly ever use

I had 2 orders from an eBay seller this past December.
Seller placed stamps on the envelopes to ship.
I don't know if the recipients received their item or not.
Nope.
Nada.
I'm not forgiving about that, I want my delivery confirmation/tracking.
Tried to explain to the buyer that it is a protection for them more so than the buyer.
If I wanted to (and I'm not. I believe in Karma) I could file against seller and would win because they do not have a delivery confirmation for the shipping of their product.
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* Amazon Central / Postage Increase - This ain't Pretty
« Last post by uncleleroy on January 28, 2019, 11:41:47 AM »
So I had an order on the bay that I had to ship from here (Ohio) to California. Holy crap, Batman! Had to pay an extra 58 cents to ship the cheap package. What used to cost $3.05 is now costing $3.63.

I am taking bets on how many sellers will just ship everything media mail and take their chances. Especially when a seller can purchase shipping through Amazon and eBay.
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Tax Documents Available
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on January 24, 2019, 09:11:44 AM »
1099-K are available.

Seller Dashboard
Reports > Tax Documents
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Lovin' eBay all over again.
Made $$$ during the Christmas season, Alot more than expected.
And considering opening a store on eBay instead of selling each individual item for a fee. (which is still lower than Amazon)
I love the vacation mode of an eBay store.
eBay vacation help

I do love the vacation mode of Amazon, too.
I continue to make money on Amazon on vacation if my items are in FBA.

I have continued to research this subject and coming up with alot of info that I just don't understand.

Yep, LTSF was a <perk> moment for me.
And the new sellers?
Killin' me. Just killin me on Amazon.

You're smart.
Don't keep all your eggs in one basket.
Always consider more than one venue and if leaner works and you're still making money.... then better in losing out by having bigger expectations.
12 years ago, you wouldn't have heard a peep from me about not having higher expectations, I was 100% positive in my future with Amazon sales...
Not so much anymore.
I've never seen changes coming about as quickly as they do with Amazon now.
Rollin' em out faster and faster.

Me = Old Dawg
I don't do well with fast changes.
<smile>
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* Amazon Central / Re: Is Amazon One Vendor the end of 3 Party Sellers? Hmmmmm
« Last post by uncleleroy on January 19, 2019, 03:24:59 AM »

Can anyone find more information on the "One Vendor" program that's being referenced? Consolidating Seller Central and Vendor Central sounds like it could potentially be a company-killing disaster for anyone that resells branded products, like etailz, bigfly, et cetera.


So, if Amazon is going to be the only one selling big brands, then what is the rest of the marketplace going to look like? Only book sellers and nothing more?

I think Amazon is really getting too greedy now. You can sense they realized it when they changed the whole LTSF structure to something similar before they raised the fees to begin with.

I've built up my eBay store so that it can handle the Christmas volume for a fair number of products. I tinkered with volume discounts and other promotions to drive sales and it turned out to work great. As far as Christmas inventory for Amazon (next year), I am kinda backing away from products that I can't get rid of elsewhere. If Amazon decides to screw me, I don't want to have to fold. So for this year, I am going to be leaner in my inventory amounts and much more selective of the product mix.
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Amazon Vendor Discussion - Reddit

From Reddit:
Some of you may have seen these two news articles dating from December:

https://www.recode.net/2018/11/29/18023132/amazon-brand-policy-changes-marketplace-control-one-vendor

https://digiday.com/retail/amazon-sellers-third-party-marketplace-changes/

Can anyone find more information on the "One Vendor" program that's being referenced? Consolidating Seller Central and Vendor Central sounds like it could potentially be a company-killing disaster for anyone that resells branded products, like etailz, bigfly, et cetera.

I'm curious to see what the broader community thinks about these changes; I know there are some individuals in here involved with fairly large companies that run on similar business models, and I want to know what they think of this sort of discussion. Thoughts, anyone?
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* General Discussions / Re: Merry Christmas!
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on January 12, 2019, 11:29:31 AM »
Same back at cha.
Hope yours was wonderful!
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