Posts Tagged ‘Business’

Silly Shipment Stipulations

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by

About a year ago I pre-ordered some items where if you bought a couple of products at the same time you would get a rather big discount. Now the thing was each item had a different release date and so not everything would get shipped at once. It just so happens that I wanted to change the shipping address to make the delivery more convenient. However, apparently because one item had shipped a few months ago the company stated that they can`t change it.

Kind of silly if you think about it huh? Imagine if you moved to a new address and the company would still forward it to the old address. Would be worst if all your ID and everything stated a different address too and the shipment happened to go to an outlet. It’s one of those things as a business where I would think it’s easy to do but requires manual labor adjustments which they are not in the mood to do. Not too big of a deal overall for myself, but it makes me think how a business shouldn’t be cheap in investing in solutions to enable people to adjust simple items like this.

Online Price Matching Scams Used On Traditional Big Box Stores

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by

I think most of us are pretty happy to have traditional big box retailers being willing to price match items that we find cheaper online as long as it is from an authorized retailer. Imagine my surprise today when I was reading how there were people creating fake listings on reputable online retail sites where products are listed at rock bottom prices. Afterwards, people would go to a tradition retail store and ask for a price match such as printing out a copy of the page or having the retailer visit the site to verify.

One of the most prominent examples I was reading was how people were buying Playstation 4 consoles for extremely cheap. The example starts like this where a person uses a site like Amazon and creates a fake listing as you can see here:

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To the untrained eye this looks perfectly legitimate where a product that is normally say $399 is on sale for $89.99. So a customer can then bring this into a company like Walmart and ask them to price match this. In many cases, people have successfully got the transaction to go through.

I’m one for saving money, but this is just wrong and a scam where it will ruin legitimate requests for others. So if you are a store owner who has price matching policies here’s a very easy way to tell if it is legitimate or not. Take a look at the screenshot I have above for example. Usually on sites like Amazon you can clearly distinguish if the item is from them or a third party by looking at the field near the price where it says the item is “Ship from and sold by.” In this case, the company is “AmzonElectronics.”

That should be an instant auto reject for a price protection as it is almost no different than an Ebay listing in many ways which a retailer would not price match. This information can be useful for the regular shoppers too where if the price looks too good you can use the same information to determine if it’s actually from the online retailer or not. If you are one of those retailers that these people are targeting train your employees please to lookout for those details.

Are Ketchup Chips That Rare

Friday, November 14th, 2014 by

Was this a shocker for me. Not too long ago I reconnected with a friend who moved to a different country and he was telling me how one thing he missed in Canada was ketchup chips. I was thinking, don’t they have this everywhere? Apparently not according to him and he really wanted some. So, I offered to one day find him some and ship it out.

For fun I decided to research this in places like Amazon and holy moly the prices are insane as you can see here:

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Are you kidding me? Like almost $10 a bag? People are buying it too. On average without a sale these are like $2 here.

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I swear you could pretty much make a part-time business from home just selling these. Again, I thought this would be a common item. Just goes to show how the things we think are not very valuable can be worth so much more in other countries.

Remembrance Day

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by

Today was pretty much a day to reflect especially with that incident that happened this year in Canada. It’s days like these too where when it comes to money or business success it kind of makes you think how much you have done this year in terms of helping others? In many ways it almost feels like doing so is your way to say thank you to those who sacrificed their lives to give us the freedom we have today. More reason to work hard to be successful each day.

I did find it very awkward that some companies actually use this day to create sales events. Seems a little inappropriate don’t you think?

The Notion of Wanting To Fail Faster To Learn

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 by

This was a very interesting thought a friend told me the other as he expressed to me how he often looks for things to do where he can fail really fast at them. This way, he will learn way faster to be better. I was definitely surprised as we all usually think that you need small consistent victories in order to learn and grow.

The analogy he used was that if you were training to be a fighter and got punched by someone you will learn really quickly that getting hit is not good. That was kind of a good way to put it I suppose. True in many ways too huh? I guess business wise it just makes me wonder how you could set a realistic environment where failing a lot wouldn’t say cost you your home. I guess a classroom would be the most obvious choice, but even that I don’t think you would get the true picture on what it is like when you actually go out.

Actually makes me wonder where if you were training someone to be an employee for something as simple as a customer service role if they will actually learn faster if you set time to teach them about the role in a safe environment or if you just throw them out to work immediately where they will make tons of mistakes.