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Wed Dec 5 2018 01:21:41

Trump Task Force Thinks Outside the Mailbox

By: Ina Steiner

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The United States Postal Service has a monopoly on the mailbox, but what if it could monetize it as a means of generating more income? That's one of the "out of the box" ideas published in a report out on Tuesday by President Trump's task force on postal reform.

The report itself was a reminder of how badly reform is needed (not that lawmakers haven't known that for the past decade or so), detailing many of the challenges facing the Postal Service - especially financial woes.

There was no talk of directly privatizing the Postal Service, but there were many revolutionary ideas on ... Read More

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Mon Dec 3 2018 14:21:13

ALERT No USPS Mail on Wednesday December 5th

By: Ina Steiner

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There will be no mail pickup or delivery on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, though there will be limited package delivery service.

President Trump proclaimed December 5th a national day of mourning throughout the United States to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on November 30th at the age of 94. The US Postal Service announced:

"Out of respect for President Bush, the nation's 41st commander in chief, and to honor his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime, and consistent with the ... Read More

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Fri Nov 30 2018 11:11:08

Are You Seeing Delays in Etsy Seller Disbursements?

By: Ina Steiner

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Some sellers are unable to get the money owed to them by Etsy, and a response from a moderator on a discussion board thread on Wednesday indicates the company isn't clear on what's wrong with the disbursement process for those sellers experiencing the problem:

I do not know why some accounts are held up like this. I'm not seeing anything in particular wrong with your account.

Here's the Help page on what may delay a disbursement, and I encourage all affected to see if any of this applies to you.

If you still have issues, and mistycat seems to be one, please contact ... Read More

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Mon Nov 26 2018 11:12:28

Etsy Sellers Describe Nightmare Reconciling New Billing

By: Ina Steiner


Etsy recently changed its billing system, and some international sellers describe a nightmare trying to make sense of it, especially when it comes to VAT (Value Added Tax) and GST (Goods and Services Tax). Even if they wanted to, sellers can't ignore any discrepancies since they must reconcile records and be able to justify them to tax authorities.

Etsy is aware of the issues - we sent an inquiry 2 weeks ago pointing to this thread on their discussion boards where sellers describe problems, which we summarize as follows:

1) Sellers say their selling fees are inaccurate and believe ... Read More

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Wed Nov 21 2018 11:48:14

Amazon Appears to Notify Customers of Data Breach

By: Ina Steiner


Update 11/21/18: Amazon provided us with the following statement. "We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted." Note that Amazon's system was not hacked - its website inadvertently disclosed email addresses and names due to a technical error that has since been fixed. 

Some Amazon customers say they received an email from the company about a breach of data, according to multiple news outlets today. UK tech publication The Register said readers forwarded emails from Amazon UK informing them that it had "inadvertently disclosed [their] name and email address due to a technical ... Read More

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