I heard on the news this morning that most people buy online things that include free shipping. Which of course is stupid. These companies are simply adding the cost of shipping into their cost. Part of that is because its easier for them. Trying to figure out rates is nothing but a headache. I know for me its easier to do it like that. Trying to figure out the postage to Alaska from Tennessee is a nightmare. My advice is try and use as many flat rate boxes as possible. Even then it can be a tricky situation.
The hype has started about Black Friday and all the sales and what great bargains that are out there. The truth is Black Friday has not been the busiest shopping day of the year for years. I get up at 4 a.m. because of my wife’s work schedule. There is no way I am doing that to go stand in some line and get trampled on.
While building my store it has amazed me how people are ripping people off especially on postage. I won’t do that. More and more I offer free shipping. It makes my life and everyone else’s easier. I had an employee of the Postal Service say that she has worked for them for 32 years and she doesn’t understand how it works. Often I offer free shipping and send it priority. Maybe that is a sign of old age. (http://stores.ebay.com/dealswithduke) I had an old-time fisherman give me this advice about fishing. “Keep it SImple”. The really bad thing about Black Friday is that people are lulled into concept that they are getting a deal. In reality all they are getting is scammed!
With the start of my e-bay store I have acquired a small army of little things that make me believe that they must be sitting on something? I think that thing is called my desk? So the goal for today is to go through all this stuff and put it up on my store. I need space and it sure would be nice to know what is under all of this stuff! Maybe there is a cool million hidden and then its “I gotta go”!. I suspect that is not the case. So I will most likely combine some of this stuff and put it on sale. I start digging around for stuff later today. Then again isn’t that how I lost my desk in the first place?
It appears that after all the ups and downs over my health I am coming down the home stretch . The neck healing great and I don’t have to go back to that doctor for 6 months. The shoulder seems to be making progress. In 2 weeks I see my other doctor over that. Now on to more pressing issues. The e-bay store is coming along. Mental Health Association stuff is coming along. I’m going fishing next weekend.
Watching the news it dawned on me that with all the problems we have why can’t we get straight talk out of our leaders. Things are in the tank. Everyone knows that. It’s all about who gets credit. Of course these are the same folks that caused this mess in the first place. We should have a perp walk for every member of Congress and Presidents for the last 30 years. I know some of those folks have died. Dig them up and cuff the coffins! Of course the biggest culprits in all of this are the American people for not participating in the system at all.
On one hand you had Vice President Biden on the View yesterday that all the Republican candidates for his bosses job want to privatize Social Security ( which is not true). Then on the other side you have Republican blaming President Obama for these huge debts. There is one small detail they are leaving out. NO President has spent one dime without Congress giving the OK.
I was pleased to hear yesterday that the President has decided not to fight any more challenges to the main issue in the Healthcare overhaul. That is can the Federal Government force people to buy a product with the threat of penalty if you don’t? My predication is that the Court will say you can’t do that. I know one of the arguments is that states force people to buy car insurance. Those are two different things altogether. Stats don’t have the power of the IRS to come after them!
Some of you may be thinking that I have died by not writing as much as I would like. That is not true otherwise I would be writing from the grave. Now that would a be story. It’s just that I have been so tied up trying to start my e-bay business (http://stores.ebay.com/dukescrafts). I’m enjoying it and one of the unexpected benefits my sister is being a big help as an advisor. She owns her own business ( http://www.flexdox.com/clients/testimonials.asp).
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Have a Great Day to one and all!
I finally opened ny e-bay store (http://stores.ebay.com/dukes-crafts/_i.html?_dmd=1&_sid=1012924142&_sop=10) There much work to be done but there are times in life you just go for it!