tekgems on October 29th, 2010

At a press conference after the keynote, I asked PayPal’s president Scott Thompson where eBay was in all of this. via eBay Plays Diminishing Role in PayPal’s Future. eBay has to play a diminishing role. eBay had giant liability for years for having a closed system with Paypal only. Credit cards are accepted online, but […]

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tekgems on October 28th, 2010

I recently went into my local Ralphs (aka Kroger) to buy eBay Gift Cards with double rewards: http://www.kroger.com/in_store/fuel/Pages/default.aspx I buy these cards with my rewards credit card which gives me back 1% (but some people have 2% cards like Fidelity, Schwab, or PerkStreet. AmEx Accelerated Rewards is 1.25%). Then I go to BigCrumbs which directs […]

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I recently applied for two new credit cards. One was a Citi Bank and another was Capital One. Both offered 0% Balance Transfer for at least up to a year, with a small balance transfer fee (3% or higher). One distinction I noticed about how each company operates is this: 1) Citi Bank customer service […]

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tekgems on October 20th, 2010

These are the things about DOS and Windows that frustrate me to no end. Who knew you can’t use asterisk but had to replace it with percentages when using ODBC? Use Notepad or another text editor to open the FindName.ASP file. You need to change the SQL Statement so that it will use the appropriate […]

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tekgems on October 12th, 2010

This is a very interesting play on eBay and Paypal’s part. For almost a decade, if you think of eBay, you think of Paypal as being the payment method. eBay at one point had their own payment service called BillPoint. Once eBay saw Paypal was kicking their butt, eBay just bought Paypal. Every since, eBay […]

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I can envision a modern clothing boutique using an iPad to accept credit cards. The three services profiled here — Square, Intuit GoPayment and PAYware Mobile — hail from experienced entrepreneurs and seasoned payment veterans, and each offers a slight variation on the same idea that you can accept payments from anyone, everywhere. via How […]

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tekgems on October 8th, 2010

Effective October 26, the new Duplicate Listing policy will help prevent search results from being dominated by multiple duplicate listings of the same item from the same seller, and improve exposure for great listings from many more sellers. via eBay: Seller Information.

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Under the terms of the Visa and MasterCard consent agreements, once approved by the Judge, merchants who accept those brands of cards will be able to direct customers toward other forms of payment (such as cash, check, debit or Discover card) without the threat of fines or other retribution by the biggest card networks. via […]

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I’m glad the US market is finally learning something from Asian MMO’s business model. With piracy being some rampant, you can’t charge for the physical media. If you make it available for free, distribution and production cost of the game go way down. You can set up peer-to-peer torrents to download the game which can […]

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Yes, I agree a dedicated server is always better than shared environment, but defeat your own argument against Magento being slow when you suggest a dedi. If your client is serious about your online business, don’t use shared hosting but get a proper dedicated server instead. I’d also highly recommend seeing a Magento specialized hosting […]

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