Archive for August, 2007

Silence and Secrets

Friday, August 31st, 2007

These are the two words I see the most in books, products, and websites pushed in the eBay industry. "Silent" and "secret." Basically, the idea seems to be that these products are so amazing, nobody knows about them, nobody should know about them, and they’re absolutely not drawing any attention to themselves at all…

Except when all kinds of people link to them in blogs, emails, and other places. :)

So what’s the secret? What is the secret to unlimited income? Despite my curiosity, I have not bought any of these. I’m hoping someone who has will tell us what these amazing secrets are… and if you now have unlimited, huge amounts of income and profit because of these.

I’m 6+ years in this industry, and have not yet ONCE met someone who said they made their living thanks to stuff put out there or recommended by the likes of Mike Enos, Skip McGrath, Jim Cockrum, Adam Ginsberg, and the like. I love how when you hit Adam’s site, he tells you he’s sold over $20 million eBay… yet he forgets to mention how much of that his cohorts won in shill bidding. He forgets to mention that he’s been permanently suspended from eBay since mid-2004. And I just heard that Skip was basically chased off of a message board when he wouldn’t answer questions about a MLM service he recommends.

An eBay "expert" is recommending a MLM system to people? Huh?

To me, the biggest secret is what most people really think of these people passing themselves off as the experts that you have to read and go see. The silence is from the people who know what these people have done, and aren’t putting it out there in public so that others will stop getting hurt. I’d like to see the silence and secrets all go away, and let’s expose people where that may be appropriate.


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Doing Your Own Commercials

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

http://www.tuccicreative.com/ta/tv.html

That’s a local guy doing his own commercials. I doubt that is a hired actor. I don’t mean to be mean, but I don’t find this guy attractive to look at. I don’t enjoy the cheese of the ads. Is this really the best this guy can do for his business? Should we all do our own commercials?

SCTV fans, think "Phil of Phil’s Nails."


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Mortgages and the Housing Market

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I happen to be applying for a mortgage right now… in the midst of everything that’s going on. In case you hadn’t heard what’s going on, people are defaulting like crazy, and some mortgage companies are closing their doors. The lenders and brokers working on my file tell me that every HOUR, programmes for which I would qualify are going away. It looks like less and less money will be lent because the industry is in chaos right now.

Think about how that’ll affect the housing market. If I don’t end up buying right now because I can’t get a good mortgage at a reasonable rate, then that’s one house that doesn’t get sold to me. Many that I’m looking at have already had to drop their prices, and have been on the market a while. Some I’ve seen are already vacant… they bought or rented something else, and left. Those people are paying two monthly somethings, and that can’t be comfy, so they are probably really looking to sell. My grandmother just sold her house after it being on the market I think around 2 years. She took nearly $200K less than her original asking price, which I thought was a fair price for what it was, where it was, and its condition.

We know the housing market is messed up. We know that Americans are more in debt than ever before. Bankruptcy laws got changed to make it harder to declare bankruptcy. Evidently, people are piling on debt, credit agencies are giving the credit, and people can’t pay. And we know that many Hurricane Katrina victims are stuck with being under foreclosure (I wonder if they even have a home for the bank to possess). Maybe mortgages are just the start. Maybe this is the tip of the iceberg on the economy, which hasn’t been terribly healthy during this administration.

Yeah, I’d like a mortgage and a house. I saw some really lovely ones. But I know that if I can’t get a good programme right now, I’ll just save up extra down payment, which will make me look like a star, which will open up more programmes for me. So I’ll get there. But what’s going to happen to other people? What will happen to all those homes that are already having a hard time selling once their pool of potential buyers gets smaller?


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Our New Live Call-In Radio Show

Monday, August 27th, 2007

We now have a live, call-in, internet radio show that we will do every Thursday at 11am west coast time, 2pm on the east coast. The system we use only lets us schedule 4 weeks in advance, so here are our first three scheduled shows:

6 Sept: Intervew with Marcia Cooper & Harvey Levine
Marcia &
Harvey are Education Specialists Trained by eBay. They’ll be discussing
the EdSpec program, what it means that Marcia is a Certified EdSpec,
and their upcoming classes. Call in to ask them or your hostess your
eBay selling and buying questions!

13 Sept: Designing Your eBay Store
Get tips on what to consider when designing your eBay Store. Call in to have your Store reviewed live, and your questions answered!

20 Sept: Using Blogs to Get the Word Out
How blogging can improve your eBay sales. Call in to have your questions answerwed.

All shows allow you to call in LIVE to say what you want or have us answer your question. So put these in your calendar, and visit our radio show page for archives, the upcoming schedule, and the links to listen live.

www.blogtalkradio.com/aswas


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Impossible to Serve Your Needs

Friday, August 24th, 2007

I guess I had filled out a form on a website that I was interested in something. I’ll edit out what it was since it’s not important, but what I got in reply was a survey. I just wanted their pricing, which wasn’t on their website, and I didn’t feel like filling out a survey. So I deleted the survey mail.

I just got this mail:

Dear Valued Customer,

You recently inquired into our [product edited] and we sent you a brief survey that would enable us to serve you better.
Without your input it is impossible for us to serve the needs of our customers
as we strive to ensure them the most enjoyable home buying experience possible.

Really? If I don’t fill out the survey, it’s impossible to serve your customers’ needs? Then you may want to get some help with that because the entire function of your company should not hinge on an emailed survey.


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America’s Got Talent

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Once again, another TV show loses me when they pick what I think is the wrong horse. OK the ventriloquist guy was talented. No doubt about that.

How do you measure talent? I thought about this, and I decided that I measure talent this way:

  • Is this person doing something really well that I can’t do at all? I would think that’s talent!
  • Is this person doing something really well that I think I do much better than most people? If I’m good at it, and they impress me, then that’s talent.
  • Is this person doing something reall well that most of the country/world can’t do really well? That could be talent too.

So looking back at acts that made some of the final cuts, I think many were talented, but I also give them a so what. I would not rush to buy tickets to watch another acrobatics group fly around the stage. Lots of those types of shows right now. Singers? Lots of great singers out there. Few on the planet really WOW me. Many are just good.

Who really wows me? That Butterscotch chick. She was robbed. Ventriloquism that includes singing and impersonations, OK that’s good. That’s talent, and lots of it. I’m not faulting that guy at all. But I would go see Butterscotch if she toured. I may not go see a singing ventriloquist. I saw plenty of ventriloquism (and tap dancing and baton twirling) when I used to go to the Miss America preliminary nights and pageants. Note that I was going there because As Was was their website company, not because I was into that. :)

Go Butterscotch! Boooo to these TV shows.


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The Body Shop Goes Avon/Mary Kay

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Last weekend, I went to a small business meetup in town, and met Graciela. She is a consultant for The Body Shop. She will come to my house with her kit, show me different items, explain what will be best for my skin, and show me how to use them. Of course, she’ll sell me Body Shop products.

However, like many pyramid things, I am wary of them in general. I’m not sure about a business where people make more money by bringing other people into the business than they do by selling what the business is about. I’m never a fan of that, but that’s what these businesses are. You evidently make more money when you create local competition for youself. Whateva!

They are also looking to do the Tupperware Party type of thing where you have friends over to see and buy the products. I’m not into trying to make money off my friends that way, but some people like that. So that’s an option too for those who like that.

I don’t have to go to the mall anymore for Body Shop products. That sounds good to me, so I like this idea. I used to buy a lot of Body Shop products in the 1990’s. I still buy a few, but I mostly stopped because I didn’t find them conveniently located. If it helps the Body Shop sell more, be more profitable, and expland themselves, then good for them.

Graciela was very nice, and she can talk to anybody in the country about joining her team. I thought this was interesting, and I said I’d plug her on the internet. So you can contact her on her website.


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3-Ounce Bottles

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

We can take 3-ounce bottles on planes. I saw a news piece earlier this month on how that amount was calculated. Evidently, it started with the attempt to use a liquid-based bomb on a flight. The government studied how much liquid they had and how big the explosion would be. They then calculated how much liquid could people bring on where the explosion I guess would not blow apart the plane… or who knows what standard they used.

But here is something they evidently forgot. What if someone is travelling with a teen tour. Or a family group. Or friends. Or a group of whatever. And each person brings 3 ounces of their liquid bomb. Next thing you know, you have 30 ounces of liquid bomb with 10x the explodo-power.

So this tells me that the whole 3 ounces is another masturbation. Once again, if someone really wants to take a plane down, there are LOTS of ways to do it. I’m against it of course, but I think these things our (and other) goverments do claiming we’re safer are just ridiculous. I think the water bottle lobby is behind this one.

I look forward to when I can fly with a 3-litre Camelbak completely full.


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The Skype Outage

Monday, August 20th, 2007

For those of you NOT on a cruise ship last week, you know Skype was not working for a day or two (depending upon where you were located and which Skype services you use).

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. But I found that it didn’t affect me much. I had two calls scheduled that were going to go through Skype. One became a real phone call and the other was rescheduled for this morning, still through Skype. Working with staff and clients that normally happens over Skype switched to Yahoo Instant Messenger and AIM (through Trillian for me).

I like Skype, and I’d miss it if it went away. I was able to function without it. How do your customers feel about you?


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The As Was Conference

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Hey there! We’re working on planning the first annual As Was Conference, probably for early February 2008. We want your input so that we can make it the type of event that really helps you with your eBay (and off-eBay) sales. We’re kicking around some ideas and locations, and we want your help!

We have a survey to gauge interest, and we hope you’ll take the time to fill it out. The event is going to be invite-only, so if you want to be invited, please fill out the survey. We want to connect the right sellers with the right vendors and information, and we’re looking to do it halfway between eBay Live events.

Thanks!


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