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December 30, 2006

Time, Love and Meaning vs Fear and Loathing on eBay forums

Filed under: Quality of Life — estreet @ 2:32 pm

Diane Kennedy does a fantastic job with her newsletters. This is from this week’s mailing:

  1. A Maui Millionaire has the money, plus the time to enjoy it.
  2. A Maui Millionaire has the money, plus the relationships to enhance it.
  3. A Maui Millionaire has the money, plus the deep-seated conviction that what she’s doing in the world truly matters.

If I extract the money part, it boils down to: Time, Love and Meaning Now that’s what I call a good value proposition.

Intelligent thoughts like these help balance out the critics. As you know, I’m partial to competitive market analysis. Someone posted in an eBay forum on seller research, “Why does anyone want to research other sellers anyway? Isn’t it just being nosy or is there a legitimate purpose?”

So I asked my 9 year old daughter Jessica, “What would you do if you knew how many toys our neighbor sold and how much each toy sold for?”

She promptly said, “I would find out which toys made the most money and sell the same ones.”

I’m so proud. See you in 2007!

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December 23, 2006

Warm thoughts of new friends

Filed under: Quality of Life — estreet @ 8:16 pm

Christmas is near and my thoughts are on the good people who became my new coworkers this year. There’s Kristen, from Seller Sourcebook, who continues to serve as my shining example that you can turn a simple talent into a successful internet business. John-Marc proves that PHP and common sense will get the job done. I thank him for wanting to work with me. And Maggie with her unchallengeable patience.

There are the “friend” companies like Terapeak who manage the eBay interface and kindly buffer me from the eBay corporation. They are extremely competent and gracious. And Vince from Big Crumbs who took the time to tell me my marketing message was totally messed up. 😉

My best friend Roxy who listens to me talk for an hour every day. We’ve been best friends so long it has to be a record. Pat for listing (suits on eBay) and listening each Tuesday while keeping Shining Star Suits running.

I really enjoy working with users and I’m so very happy to finally have a service. And thanks to Steve B. for telling me about the paranoid Zone Alarm firewall problems.

Merry Xmas

December 3, 2006

BigCrumbs Empowers Consumers by Giving Back Cash

Filed under: Cool Ecomm sites — estreet @ 11:19 pm

Now everyone can get a piece of the annual $1B affiliate cash payout offered by online merchants like eBay. BigCrumbs is a superbly designed affiliate program and networking site that pays you cash even if you don’t shop online.

Many sites like Fat Wallet offer savings and cash back to buyers. But BigCrumbs does it better by rewarding buyers, sellers and the well connected.

How it works: Refer your friends to BigCrumbs and you will receive a cut of the affiliate payment for their purchases on any of the 100+ merchants’ sites. If you choose to be a CrumbEarner, you will get a cut of 5 generations of referrals.

eBay sellers can use the site by referring their buyers through links in email and on their “me page”. The buyer, seller and referring members share the eBay payment. On a $100 eBay purchase, the payout is $1.28 for an auction and $3 on a store listing.

Their website is a treat for visitors. One of the founders, Vince Martin, is on a mission to empower consumers to claim a piece of the pie, um… chocolate chip cookie. He has the patience of a teacher, communicating complex concepts with intelligence and respect. They seem like good folks doing good things for e-commerce. What a relief from the venture funded, sell, sell, sell corporate mentality!

BigCrumbs’ traffic is on the rise according to Alexa’s traffic rankings. Not surprising because the business model is so exciting that you want to immediately email all of your friends.

Check out BigCrumbs for yourself: BigCrumbs