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>>some cart software

Avalara and TaxJar are probably hopping right now.

We already collect tax in about 45 states since we have so many physical entities, work with so many state schools, etc. So this won't affect us much. Most other large retailers are in the same boat. But the little guys will get screwed here.

So it is a matter of do you want to screw the brick and mortar small guys or the online small guys. I have seen quite a few different surveys and studies that show sales tax or lack thereof is a very, very small factor driving people to shop online. I can't think of an instance where I have ever abandoned a cart due to sales tax. Factors like product selection and convenience were a much larger factor. I don't think this law will be the thing that saves brick and mortar or even have more than a minuscule effect. States will be collecting more tax revenue so there is that benefit for them but parading the dying main street store as a sympathetic figure in all this is pretty lame.

>>affiliate space

Most of the ones we see have no clue how to actually value their "influence". "I have 2000 followers. Give me $2000 and I will post on IG and wear your shirt while I go to Disney World" They want free product and a lot of money. We have dipped out toes in the water with a couple that looked like great fits for us. Spent about $500 in money and gear and they have sold about $300 worth of stuff for us. I know some merchants do see good results with some influencers but we have yet to see one that is worth it.


My real estate agent in Spokane said one of the big drivers of the real estate market is people moving from California and specifically the Bay Area. They can sell their small house for $1,000,000 and put a cash offer on a $250,000 house. And the house is bigger and in a better neighborhood. That is driving the prices up and hurts people who can't put that kind of cash offer on the table. Makes it hard for the guy making $50K a year to afford a decent house let alone someone making $15 an hour.

So California is not only pricing itself out of the market, it is making it tough on the places where the people are moving.

Water Cooler / Re: Moving back to Spokane
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:52:25 AM »
I have been in Spokane the past week for my parent's 50th Anniversary and also house hunting. The market is crazy here. We had 10 houses picked out to look at before we got here and 9 of them went under contract within 2 days. But we have an offer on one right now that we really like. Hoping to hear if it was accepted very soon now. Will be really nice to have something at least somewhat locked down before I head home tomorrow.

Water Cooler / Moving back to Spokane
« on: May 30, 2018, 05:38:17 AM »
After 5 LOOOONNNNGGGGG years in Florida we are moving back to Spokane, WA. I will still be working for Fanatics but they finally agreed to let me work remotely. It will be good to be closer to my parents (alzheimers, cancer survivor, generally getting old) and have the kids get to spend some time with them.

Looking for a house now and should be moving in a month or so.

Water Cooler / Re: YOUTUBE music thread
« on: May 14, 2018, 12:46:57 PM »
If you grew up with Led Zeppelin, you might like Greta Van Fleet.

We just launched a series of TV commercials using one of their songs:

Love their sound.

>>I just ordered a cheap set of Amazon Basics flatwear

I tried some of their Pinzon sheets. Only $38 and they are better than anything else I have tried for under $100.

Water Cooler / Re: 'Murica
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:38:19 PM »
But the real rednecks would see that and say "hold my beer, I got a spud gun in the garage".


Good graphic showing all of Amazon's in-house brands.

Jobs & Service / Bay Area tech jobs available
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:49:26 PM »
My company is looking to fill a LOT of tech positions in our San Mateo office. Data engineers, marketing data analyst, principal engineer, software engineer, sr. software engineer, product managers, etc.

If you know anyone looking let me know. The office is located in San Mateo.

Monetization / Re: Waze teaches G Maps about ads
« on: March 28, 2018, 02:17:05 PM »

Waze officially launches its ad program for small businesses.

More and more we are seeing people willing to pay for expedited shipping. We did a lot of testing last year on shipping costs, shipping methods, upselling expedited shipping, free shipping, etc. and found that free shipping isn't the necessity it has been. It seems like people are more willing to pay for shipping and when you give them an incentive to upgrade their shipping to 2 day delivery they are willing to do so.

I have a 98 Honda Civic and a 2000 Honda Odyssey. We are trying to kill both of them to justify buying something newer but they just won't die. We put a couple hundred here and there into them but nothing expensive enough to make us scrap them.

Marketing / Re: Trust Seals - Overhyped?
« on: February 27, 2018, 07:01:20 PM »
I know we have done some A/B testing with different seals to see what has an effect on sales and conversion rate. I don't have any of the specifics of the test available but there were some noticeable differences when we showed different seals. Most of our sites have Norton, McAfee, and BBB but our main site is just BBB.

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