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@uncleleroy -  :laugh
And i thought mine was diverse :laugh   
@Donna - glad she got in. Several years ago (in the late 80s or early 90s) I was at a jewelry store at a mall and the person they had assigned to selling the pearl jewelry had this very same certificate. It looked fancy and official to the customers. Even is she doesn't use it for employment, in sure she'll enjoy learning and knowing a little more about the product.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: July 03, 2019, 04:18:25 AM »
During my last stays in Denver and Houston, every Amazon package was delivered by Amazon.  Where I live, they're all still delivered by USPS and UPS. However, when you think about it, Amazon doing their own deliveries in the larger metro areas and using usps & ups for the rest, makes sense.  It costs a lot more to deliver when the customers are fewer in number and more spread out.  Heck, there's only ONE Uber driver in the nearby town. Lol

It's a little surprising, though, that half of their orders would be to large metro areas. I knew it'd be high, just didn't realize it was that high.  Sure, there's a much larger population, but I would have thought ppl that live further away from big cities would tend to do most of their shopping online, whereas those that live in the larger metros would be doing more local shopping.  I guess for ppl in the bigger cities it's about the convenience factor. 

I came across a perfect example of why I shop so much online just the other day. Went to local grocery stores, and then finally the super Wal-Mart, looking for cocktail sauce. The only brands that anyone in town carries are Good Value, Louisiana, and Kraft. No Crosse & Blackwell, no Hoffman House, not even McCormick brand. [The Kraft was a little boring and had that lecithin aftertaste (if you've ever had cheap cookies that had a funky aftertaste, that's lecithin), the Louisiana was overly sweet and ketchupy,  The Good Value brand was actually the better tasting of the three, but still wasn't great, was merely okay.    I guess I should have simply made my own. :/  (didn't have the horseradish or the Worcestershire sauce on hand)]  There's a similar lack of selection for many other products where I live, which is why I buy so much online and seldom even bother to look locally for what I want/need.

On a complete aside, town near me only has 3 grocery stores (counting the Wal-Mart), but has 6 liquor stores and 5 marijuana dispensaries   :rotfl
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Thanks!  Appreciate it
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* Amazon Central / Re: Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: June 27, 2019, 02:09:23 AM »
Fedex Air usually does a good job around here.  Fedex Ground, though, is a whole nother matter.  They constantly deliver my stuff to the house down the street and some time back I had multiple boxes of product headed to FBA and the truck that was hauling them to Tulsa left the back of the truck open while going down the road, dumping my boxes out a few miles away on the street.  :053

The only reason I found out is because someone living near where they got dropped saw two of them sitting there, picked them up, and called the number on the return address (me).  The other boxes were never seen again.

Fedex covered my cost on them, but that didn't make up for the lost sales  :( :(
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* E-commerce In The News / Re: Toy r Us, back from the dead
« on: June 27, 2019, 02:02:48 AM »
Lol!  I hope not, I still need to replace the water well pump and havent stocked up on ammo!   :-X :laugh
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The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc., has long offered certification for pearl specialists. This certification is normally $600.  In a bold move to help the pearl industry and help generate more public interest in pearls, the government of Tahiti has decided to cover the cost of the classes & certification for a limited time!

If you're in retail jewelry sales, or think you might eventually want to work in a retail jewelry store, this is a great deal!  Or, if you simply want to learn more about cultured pearls, this is a great way to learn about the product!

If you've ever sat down with a certified pearl specialist at a retail jewelry store, this is the exact same certification s/he had.

You read the material, watch some videos, take a few quizzes, read and watch some more, then take the final exam.  The final covers the material that's presented throughout the course.  When done, you can save a pdf of your certificate for printing yourself.  If you want to order a certificate after passing the exam, you can then order one for $18 plus a few dollars for shipping.

This is a self-paced course, with no time limits on the exams.  I sat down and went through the entire thing in 10 hours.  However, you can spread it out over several days or more if you want.

Tip: while the purpose is to actually learn the material, you can have the course material open for reference in one window and the final exam open in another. Even with that, it'll be much easier if you do study the material.

https://www.pearlsasone.org/p/pearls_as_one/?coupon_code=TAHITIFREE

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* General Discussions / Re: WayOutWest tornadoes in OK
« on: June 27, 2019, 01:08:04 AM »
Thank you.  Appreciate it.  Most of the flooding is over with, but still getting rounds of rain from time to time, so the lakes are still overstuffed.  Flooding washed out my rural water company's main line for filling the water towers, resulting in water draining OUT of the towers   :o They got it shut off, but we're waaaaaay low and under mandatory rationing (and have been for a few weeks now).  Could be worse, though, a couple of towns nearby are on the same system, but a different tower, and have no water at all  :-X :-X They cant fix it until the lake gets low enough that they're no longer draining water out of it (pipe ran underground below the spillway) and right now it's still 21 feet above normal.

Aside from the water thing, though, everything okay here :)   Hope everyone is doing okay.
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* E-commerce In The News / Toy r Us, back from the dead
« on: June 22, 2019, 04:15:18 AM »
Toys r Us will be resurrected later this year, with an e-commerce site and stores that are about 1/3 the size of the original stores.

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2019-06-21/toys-r-us-back-from-the-dead-will-open-u-s-stores-in-2019?in_source=amp_trending_now_1
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* Amazon Central / Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:00:23 PM »
From Barron's:
 
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FedEx decided to dump Amazon.com as a customer on Friday, saying it would focus instead on doing business with other online retailers. The move underscores the extent to which Amazon has become a serious competitor to existing logistics providers. But it also shows that FedEx believes it doesn’t need Amazon’s high-volume business to thrive.

“FedEx has made the strategic decision to not renew the FedEx Express U.S. domestic contract with [Amazon] as we focus on serving the broader e-commerce market,” FedEx said in a statement. Amazon accounts for 1.3% of FedEx sales, according to FedEx.

read entire article at: https://www.barrons.com/articles/fedex-dumps-amazon-51559941071

Of course, Amazon would probably have ended up dumping Fedex, since they're building out their own delivery network.  I suspect Fedex felt it would look better to investors if Fedex did the dumping, but I could be wrong.
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* General Discussions / Re: WayOutWest tornadoes in OK
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:32:08 PM »
It's been absolutely key-raaaay-zy, with a capital K!   We had over 60 tornados in one month!    And the flooding to boot, oy vey!!

Thankfully I'm on higher ground (house is higher than the nearest dam), so no worries about flooding and the tornadoes have all passed by at least 8 miles or so north of here and around 6-8 miles or so to the south.  Lots of sleepless nights, to be sure, though, what with some of the storms and tornadoes blowing through in the middle of the night. Those are the worst. In the day, the storm chasers can easily see where they are, so we get excellent news regarding precisely where they are. At night, though, it becomes more of a guessing game, especially when the storms pop up all of a sudden.

In other news, got my mother back on her feet. YaY!   She had other hip replaced and this time it didn't go so smooth.  Her back went out while laying in one position so long in bed during the recovery.  At first I was having to help her in and out of bed because of lack of mobility of leg, then it became having to help because of sharp nerve pain from back.  Which, I'm not really complaining. After all, it's my mom. She's done plenty in her life for me.  After six weeks of being on call 24/7 to help in and out of bed, though, I gotta say I'm glad it's over :)
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Bless those Amazon reps that have the patience to deal with these people.  :laugh
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I don't know how new this is, but someone I know just posted this on Facebook and thought I'd share.

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Paypal Hosted Buttons HEADS UP!
For those you you who use PayPal hosted buttons for ordering on your web page there is a problem when you are linking to your web page from Facebook when your customer is using most mobile devices and clicking on your link.  It is caused by the Facebook Mobile Browser. The browser is a stripped down browser for fast page loading. It does not render the button correctly, This causes the user to end up at a login page with no relation to your product he/she has ordered. The only solution i have found is to request the user type or paste the URL into a different browser like Safari or Chrome. Learned that yesterday when a $90.00 order was not placed because of a customer frustration when he could not purchase and could not articulate the problem.

I would provide the link to the post, but it's a closed group
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I've been experiencing just the opposite. Everything has been 2 day and many not having 1 day upgrade as an option :( Hopefully this is merely a temporary side effect of the upcoming changes.
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* General Discussions / Original Woot.com
« on: April 17, 2019, 05:30:49 AM »
Woot.com was the land of 1 item a day at a discount price, then Amazon bought it and made it into a dumping ground for stuff they can't sell, with several items a day, but nothing special.

For those that miss the old woot.com, the guys that built it have launched a new site, meh.com  :D!

This may be old news to some, but I don't get out much and just found it. If you knew already, why didn't you tell me?
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Amazon sent out a follow up email that lists which states they'll be collecting tax on the selling fees and fba fees.  From the email:

• Amazon is required to collect taxes on Selling on Amazon fees in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, South Dakota or West Virginia, based on each state’s tax rates. Selling on Amazon Fees include the Referral Fee, Subscription Fee, Variable Closing Fee, Per-item Fee, Promotion & Merchandising Fee, Refund Commission Fee, Checkout by Amazon, and Sales Tax Collection Fee. For example, if your business is located in West Virginia, and your sales tax rate is 6.39%, and you sell an item with a total price of $20, which is subject to a 15% referral fee, we will collect and remit a sales tax of $0.19 to comply with state laws (calculated as 6.39% of the referral fee amount of $3.00). If your business is located outside Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, South Dakota or West Virginia, we will not collect sales tax on the Selling on Amazon fee you pay.

• Amazon is required to collect taxes on FBA Prep Services in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois or West Virginia, based on each state’s tax rates. FBA inventory prep fees include the Labelling Fee, Polybagging Fee, Bubblewrap Fee, Taping Fee, and Opaque Bagging Fee. For example, if you decide to use FBA Prep Service to bubble wrap your products, and the service is performed at a fulfillment center in Arizona, and the sales tax rate at that location is 8.37%, and the bubble wrap fee is $0.80/unit, we will collect and remit a sales tax of $0.07 to comply with state laws (calculated as 8.37% of the bubble wrap fee amount of $0.80/unit). If the service is performed at a fulfillment center outside Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois or West Virginia, we will not collect sales tax on the FBA Inventory Prep fees you pay.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Action Required email from Amazon
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:38:58 AM »
^ Ha!  Sounds like another typical day of bots gone wild at Amazon Smh.   I can't help but wonder how many bed bug proof mattress covers, pillow covers, etc. got flagged
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* Everything eBay / Re: New PayPal Policy Regarding Fees and Refunds
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:36:02 AM »
Yeah, ebay has started their own payment system, but I haven't shopped there enough lately to even see it.
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Oklahoma doesn't have sales tax on services, so I *might* not be hit by it.  We have tax on tangible goods, so Amazon *might* decide that FBA prep qualifies.  Under Okla law it's supposed to depend on if the fees for the supplies (such as the cost of the poly bag and cost of sticker) are separated out from the labor portion of fee or not, but it really comes down to Amazon's interpretation of it.  :/

A few years back our state legislators *almost* passed a bill that would have taxed services, but there was so much backlash they backed off at the last minute.  It would have meant sales tax on basically everything: haircuts, accounting services, doctor visits, surgeries, etc.  Smh

Hope nobody else here is affected by it.
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* Everything eBay / Re: New PayPal Policy Regarding Fees and Refunds
« on: April 08, 2019, 02:16:49 PM »
 :laugh  Ain't that the truth  :rotfl
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