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* Amazon Central / Fedex Express Dumps Amazon as Customer
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:00:23 PM »
From Barron's:
FedEx decided to dump 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:

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.
* 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 :)
Bless those Amazon reps that have the patience to deal with these people.  :laugh
I don't know how new this is, but someone I know just posted this on Facebook and thought I'd share.

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
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.
* General Discussions / Original
« on: April 17, 2019, 05:30:49 AM » 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, the guys that built it have launched a new site,  :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?
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.
* 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
* 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.
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.
* 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
* Everything eBay / New PayPal Policy Regarding Fees and Refunds
« on: April 05, 2019, 05:23:51 PM »
Effective May 7th, 2019

"We're changing how we treat refunds. If you refund (partially or fully) a transaction to a buyer or a donation to a donor, there are no fees to make the refund, but the fees you originally paid as the seller will not be returned to you."

In other words, the 2.9% fee from the original transaction will no longer be refunded (as well as the original 30¢, which they've always kept).

See full notification about this and other changes at:

From what I've seen, several eBay sellers are already talking about jumping ship because of this.

* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon launches house brand of cosmetics
« on: March 31, 2019, 12:23:40 AM »
I was wondering about their pricing. It seemed way overpriced to me, but a lot of cosmetic products are way overpriced, imho.
* Amazon Central / Amazon launches house brand of cosmetics
« on: March 25, 2019, 04:14:44 AM »
Amazon enters yet another retail segment by launching their own house brand of cosmetics, Belei.

Belei features a dozen items including a charcoal balancing mask ($18), a dark spot solution serum ($22) and a vitamin C moisturizer ($35).

Read more at:
Agreed. Imho, they've simply changed their methodology of enforcing essentially the same thing.
* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: March 24, 2019, 03:06:59 AM »
Sorry that I let it lapse for a little bit.  Got crazy busy at show in Houston.  :(   On plus side, we had best year ever at the show (whereas many vendors we know had worst year ever).
Am Amazon Prime cargo plane just crashed while approaching its destination of Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, killing all 3 crew members aboard.

At the time of the crash, visibility was over 10 miles; high winds from the edge of a storm front are believed to have caused the crash.
This is a developing story. 
* General Discussions / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 26, 2018, 12:47:18 AM »
Merry Christmas!   Hope everyone is having a great (and prosperous) one!

* Amazon Central / Re: Christmas Craziness
« on: November 29, 2018, 06:35:00 PM »
Have  great Christmas!   Glad to hear sales are doing well :)

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