tekgems on November 21st, 2008

>Google has cut down their processing time of sorting 1TB of data from 209 to 68 seconds. It only takes a third of the time it used to take. Makes me wonder how much of this is due to hard drive writes. Is RAM cheap enough now where you can use Gigabyte i-RAM to be […]

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>The smallest rebate purchase I made on this was $32.50. Everything else is ranging in the $100 to $200 rebate range. I see little point in purchasing something via Live.com cashback unless you can get maximize your rebate. But then again, the purchases are for business so perhaps we are not the ideal target market. […]

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tekgems on November 14th, 2008

>One of our customers purchased an Echo Star power supply and did not like it. I would say Echo Star is slightly better than A-Power. Made my own 12V Supply and it sucks – RC Groups: “I bought a brand new 450W computer power supply thinking I would save some money. Its not the best […]

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tekgems on November 13th, 2008

>We already pay eBay a listing fee to advertise our products on eBay. I do not really understand the logic of why you have text ads on top of that. I can only reason that if keyword “spamming” is an issue, you can get around by supplementing your advertising via text ads. eBay Launches Pay-Per-Click […]

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>We skipped PubCon this year and will save our attendance for IRC. If you plan on attending an eCommerce trade show, this is the one to go to. Internet Retailer Conference Named Fastest-Growing Conference: “‘This recognition is really a reflection of how vibrant the e-commerce market is compared to other industries. When you consider that […]

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>This is an interesting concept in fraud detection. I’ve always wondered if there was a way to contribute our suspicious orders to a central database that other merchants can leverage. For a time, we used to have fraudsters use our shopping cart to test the validity of credit cards. We had to implement an IP […]

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tekgems on November 13th, 2008

>We are anxious to start using the Small Flat Rate Box that is priced at $4.95. We have been using Flat Rate Envelope for years, but having an inexpensive Flat Rate Box will really help us give USPS our business instead of UPS. USPS – Shipping Services January 18 Pricing Change: “On January 18 prices […]

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tekgems on November 12th, 2008

>With established competitors such as UPS and FedEx, DHL had a long way to go before they could have competed on the same level in the United States. I think it was a smart move for them to give up the territory and focus on their international business. Their international rates are far better than […]

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tekgems on November 11th, 2008

I have been anxiously awaiting the integration of ProPay.com into eBay Checkout. Apparently, ProPay customer service is not really aware that there is even a problem… ? Below is the communication I received after I explained what the current integration issues are. They honestly thought proactively checking the ProPay account for sales was an appropriate […]

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>This is very good news for consumers and businesses that offer US Postal Service Express Mail service. You can imagine for high dollar parcels you do not want to chance a carrier leaving at someone’s door step. The shipper gets a guaranteed signature. If the package is being delivered to a rural area, USPS can […]

Continue reading about >USPS Express Mail ‘Hold For Pickup’ Available for Online Shippers