Archive for November, 2006

A Bad Review of a Bad Review

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

I recently got a Sansa, which is a new portable music player that competes with the iPod Nano. I am typically an iRiver gal, but decided to give this unit a go. I like it!

The Wall Street Journal recently reviewed it. Evidently, they really hated that it came with like 2G of music preloaded. I think the review went on about it too much, and missed one very important point.

The 2G of music can be removed.

You can do it from Windows Explorer, or more easily, you can do it from the Rhapsody software that’s free and is designed to work with the unit. It was really easy to clear off the pre-installed tracks, playlists, and "channels." The review made it sound like the channels were evil as they can auto-update and download more music to the device. So hey, go into Rhapsody and delete the channel!

I give that review a bad review. It made the device sound like it was going to drive you crazy with music you didn’t want when it should have been clearer about how EASY it is to remove the pre-installed stuff.


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Mpire Discontinues Builder and Launcher Software

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Last week, Mpire announced that it was discontinuing its Builder and Launcher software. We felt that it was a shame that it couldn’t be priced to continue. Many of our clients were happy with it, and we recommended it often.

So if you were using Mpire, where should you go? We will probably start recommending ChannelAdvisor Pro to the target audience that used to get our Mpire recommendation.

People looking for more features who are OK with spending a bit more and a larger learning curve for software with more features may want to look at MarketWorks.

We can’t recommend Turbo Lister or Vendio as they cannot accept the installation of our custom and unique listing templates. In fact, they can’t deal with ANYBODY’s listing template. Vendio will install something you make, but none of your information will be dropped into it; we’re not going to bother with that as it won’t have the look our templates need!

There are a lot of choices out there, so if you have questions, ask them here! We’ll answer!


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Proposition 204

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

For those of you following the fiery world of my Proposition 204 post, Election Day was 7 November. Evidently Proposition 204 passed. Evidently, Arizonans feel that caged animals should get better treatment. Good for them/us.

Some of the other commercials were pretty dumb. One asked if we REALLY want "out-of-state animal rights groups like PETA to tell us what to do." Is the problem that the group representing better treatment for the animals is NOT headquartered in Arizona?


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And Steak Burrito

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Remember "Puppet Show and Spinal Tap?" I have the new version of that. I drove by a place that had written on its sign:

New Manager
And Steak Burrito

Congratulations to both.


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Driver’s Licenses for the Non-Driver

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

A few weeks ago, I went to concert that required ID to go in. I showed my drivers license. My friend who attended with me showed a Canadian citizenship card.

The guy at the door had never seen one. He wanted to see a passport. My friend wasn’t carrying it. The guy at the door wanted a driver’s license. We told him my friend never learned to drive, so he has no driver’s license.

The guy at the door replied, "Wouldn’t you have a driver’s license if you’re Canadian?"

Not if you don’t drive.

Well, we got in to see the concert, but I still couldn’t figure out the connection between Canadian and having a driver’s license.


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How Badly Do I Have To Go?

Monday, November 20th, 2006

I was on an airplane recently, and we were delayed for takeoff. That meant the fasten seat belt sign was on, but we were going nowhere. After that went on a while, I asked the stewardess if I could please get out of my seat to go to the bathroom.

"How badly do you need to go?" she asked me in full voice, which could be heard a few rows in each direction.

I was stunned. The best reply I could muster at the time was, "Bad enough to ask you." I was allowed to go. How benevolent.


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Older Persons

Friday, November 17th, 2006

I drive by plenty of communities for the older and retired. Usually, they say something obvious like:

55+

Senior Citizens

Senior Living

I recently passed one that said, "Sierra Court for Older Persons."

Older persons?!


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Read To Your Children

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

When I was a teen, Teddy Ruxpin was on the market. This was a teddy bear that took special cartridges. It read a story and its mouth and eyes moved. This was evidently an acceptable substitute for a parent engaging with a child.

I was glad when that was gone. I was hoping that parents were being taught the importance of bonding and interaction with their children.

But the product is back. Now it’s called T. J. Bearytales. I’d like you all to boycott it and send manufacturers messages. Technology is nice, but it shouldn’t replace actual parent interaction. Get your child something that will really stimulate him or her, and inspire connection and growth. Don’t get a stuffed animal read to your child at night.

Are you too busy? Too busy to connect with your child? A story-reading bear is probably the least of your problems if you thought that was an OK replacement.


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But I Can Make You Rich

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Yesterday, I mentioned a new website from an eBay University instructor that seemed a bit weird. The weirdest point is that she says that her money was made thanks to eBay Stores, and you should learn eBay Stores secrets and success from her. What I think she doesn’t make clear is that the money she has made from eBay Stores seems to be from talking about them rather than using them.

According to some research I did on Terapeak.com, she sold $175 on eBay in September and $664 in August. She has 13 items listed on eBay right now ranging from $7.95 to $99. And she’s not a PowerSeller, which means that she typically doesn’t sell $1000 or more each month. Yet her website claims that thanks to eBay Stores, she spent a month in South Africa at a spa, is going to Paris next year, and just had a 3,000 sq ft home built for her.

The numbers don’t add up. I’m going to have to assume that this money was made from her speaking, writing, and other non-eBay-selling endeavours. I doubt that any eBay seller out there selling under $1,000 per month on eBay would credit his or her eBay sales or eBay Store for fabulous wealth.

But thanks to grammar, can she say that eBay Stores made her all this money? Sure. Talking about eBay Stores seems to have made her a lot of money. Buy her new product and add to her fabulous, braggable fortune!


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The Rules Are For Everybody Else

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

I was recently forwarded an email that an eBay University instructor sent to her mailing list. This was an eBay Stores mailing list, so it goes through the eBay system (and is subject to eBay’s rules).

The email told people to go to an off-eBay website to purchase her new package of stuff for eBay sellers. It reads like an "internet marketing" site, which sadly always look like scams to me even if they’re not a scam, but that’s another story. The story today is that an eBay University instructor – speaker, author, and self-proclaimed all kinds of things :) – is willfully breaking an eBay rule.

You can’t use your eBay Stores mailing list to send people off of eBay. I notice that her eBay account doesn’t have this item for sale. So what she should have done was put this item in her eBay Store and then promote it through her eBay Stores mailing list.

I encourage everybody who got that email or gets one like it from any eBay seller using the eBay Stores mailing list to report it to eBay. You are not allowed to try to sell things outside of eBay to your eBay bidders or eBay Stores mailing list members. http://pages.ebay.com/help/contact_us/_base/result_6_3_6.html and then click "email us." Help keep eBay a level playing field where the rules apply to everybody.


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