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JIF Peanut Butter is a surprise there. I could see products that are primarily Southern (something like Duke's Mayonnaise) would tend towards conservative but I would have figured JIF was popular across the country. Most of the others make sense.

I wonder what those numbers would look like for Moon Pies or grits.


There is one walking distance from the office here. I went once and felt really, really weird not eating it in my car. Haven't been there on foot since.

Hardware & Technology / Re: I remember when barcodes were new
« on: July 06, 2018, 01:08:05 PM »
I don't think my parents ever even owned car seats for us kids. And the first car I remember riding in was our nice, red AMC Pacer.

4 seems like a decent solution. I haven't dug deep into it but it looks like there are a lot of options around setting time limits for different apps, filtering, tracking usage, etc.

>>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.

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