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May 8th, 2008

Cellphone Ripoff?

It was attempted on me when I first got mine… sorry $%#&^%$#’s!
H/T to IAB SmartBrief;
FTC on Watch Against Wireless Ripoffs
“An FTC commissioner warned cellphone content providers they need to do a better job of disclosing the costs consumers incur when clicking or downloading services for their mobile devices.
Speaking yesterday at the start of a two-day […]

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May 5th, 2008

The eBay Buy.com Partnership Deal Deserves Followup

Somehow I sense that this eBay Buy.com partnership is going to ascend from a slow burn to a grave and unquenchable combustion…

Randy Smythe had predated the eBay Ink blog by a day with his excellent article.

The Auction Bytes blog got in on the action yesterday.

And Powersellers Unite has plenty of action in their forum.

And the […]

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April 17th, 2008

Barnes and Noble [There Are Others]

Although I personally do not know if this is a viable alternative to Amazon I thought it would be an idea to post information that might be of help…
Getting Started With B&N;
If you are a publisher who would like to sell your books through Barnes & Noble.com, you must become a Vendor of Record with […]

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April 15th, 2008

Positive Reaffirmation April 15, 2008

Because I allow myself to be influenced by the incessant spewage of the world…
Some thoughts from The Master Key System;
“Unless you do this, you had better not start at all, because modern psychology tells us that when we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we […]

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April 14th, 2008

All That “Stuff” In The Middle - The Writing?

Yeah, okay, we’re lost… officially.
From The New York Times;
He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)
“It’s not easy to write a book. First you have to pick a title. And then there is the table of contents. If you want the book to be categorized, either by a bookseller or a library, […]

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April 12th, 2008

I Enjoy Positive Thinkers - Do You?

Perhaps that title might be a bit misleading - or - not - this pertains specifically to the Amazon/Booksurge chaos but can be applied throughout all of life…
Angela Hoy has published comments in response to her follow-up article about the Amazon “policy” changes. (Has anyone noticed all these policy changes by the hot shots large, […]

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April 11th, 2008

eBay’s Digital Download Ban [The Competition Grows]

In the natural course of human events…
You anger your customers long enough and loud enough and they will rebel! Competition that you never heard of will also spring up out of nowhere. No one is immune to the forces of folks who want a different way to live and are willing to go to whatever […]

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April 10th, 2008

eBay - Safe Payments [Require Positive Attitude]

They set it up for what may eventually be revealed as a totally self-centered corporate profit generating attitude but it doesn’t mean that you are required to react with a negative attitude towards their policies!
What they said;
Safe Payments Requirements
Last January, Bill announced that all new sellers would be required to offer PayPal or a merchant […]

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April 8th, 2008

Heightened Awareness Re: Amazon Books

It no doubt was in the works ahead of the recent flap over Amazon and POD, but the flap raises the awareness of what could be construed as competition. And - why not? Competition is good. (If it really exists).
Stefanie Olsen tells us;
Eco Amazon.com rival brings in millions
“Better World Books, an online retailer that resells […]

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April 2nd, 2008

Gannett and CSU’s Collegian [Readership Program Kerfuffle]

It has taken me some time to return to this. Apologies to A. Rooney…
It’s been quite a while since my college days :)
To refresh - QuadrantOne, “an online advertising network … offering advertisers the means to book national campaigns through one portal, that will have a reach of as many as 50 million people a […]

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April 1st, 2008

Amazon POD [Pause and Relax A Moment]

Might I suggest stepping back for just a moment or two and giving Amazon’s open letter some consideration…
They are trying to account for their actions. A better idea might have been to explain the change prior to implementation, but, what the hey. Mark Riffey’s right - “Wouldn’t it have been a better idea to contact […]

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March 30th, 2008

Well Doggone - Look What I Found

The prediction of the demise of b5media…
b5media doesn’t deserve $2 Million
Seems to me b5 has done a bit better than you imagined Nick :)
Might have been a thought to have quoted the positives rather than what you did quote in the VC’s article. This might have worked;
“I believe that the markets and the focus of […]

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March 25th, 2008

Consumer Confidence In The Dumper [It’s Time To Reconsider]

Consumer confidence at 5-year low
“Consumer confidence sank to a five-year low in March as tight credit markets, rising prices and worsening job prospects deepened worries that the economy has fallen into recession.”
Why not reconsider what you’re doing?
Try giving this a read - Make Money Blogging
Or this - Copywriting Tips For Online Marketing Success
Or this - […]

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March 20th, 2008

QuadrantOne Doubles Its Size

In an announcement that likely will not make A. Rooney happy, [I’m still researching A. Rooney’s last comment about this topic], QuadrantOne has more than doubled its size…
More newspapers join online ad system
“A group of newspaper publishers said Thursday it was joining an industry-backed online advertising sales effort aimed at winning more business from national […]

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March 15th, 2008

Thanks Seth For Staying Positive!

The mind set that is possible today in light of our economic news contains the ability to send many of us into a conservative shell or even into a deep isolationist negativity cave. Thankfully, there are those who can see the positives!
Opportunity of a Lifetime by Seth Godin;
“So, there’s plenty of bad economic news floating […]

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