Minimum Wage Increases and Chicago "Muscle"
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~
Why resurrect a ministry by the same name as the Taliban's invoking fear in the public? The Afghan government claims the ministry objective will range from anti-corruption to proper hygiene. Religious scholars will work with health professionals and others to develop public-service campaigns advocating basic tenets of Islam, such as honesty and clean living. The department will focus on discouraging violence against women.
Discouraging violence against women, how appropriate. Did they possibly put this one into the law? They have to teach hygiene? They also want to "discourage" drug use. How about starting by eliminating the poppy fields. Sorry, poppy by-products are the number one export in Afghanistan.
The problem is the religious fanatics and warlords are still active in the Afghan public with some in the government. Extremists maintain the patience to rebuild their groups with the goal of returning to power. The Ulema Council, a government-sanctioned group of mullahs and scholars designated to advise the government on religious issues, was one of the driving forces behind Vice and Virtues ministry return. President Karzai submitted the idea to parliament, which will soon vote it back to life.
This may be proof that changing cultures of the ages is not a simple task. Leaving too many former regime members behind is the same reason Israel should do it's best to stamp out Hezbollah and Hamas. If all the vermin isn't removed it will surely actively pursue it's natural order of creating terror in the name of religion.
Part One is Here!
Monty Krieger writes Opinion Journal:
I started eliminating personnel inventory some years ago using eBay. It's my opinion that sellers and buyers made eBay what it is today. They went from a message board to a thriving business at the forefront of business news. eBay has become a generic term similar to Xerox. eBay sellers offered valued advice, which eBay used to improve the venue. The message boards and input by merchants are the key reason eBay built a useful and productive business. Period.
If eBay new "Core" listings were the fastest method to sell inventory then why promote stores? How do you employ lower insertion fees when you keep raising them and implement a higher fixed monthly rent? eBay is exercising "double-talk" and treating sellers as if they are stupid. In some cases they are correct, because sellers keep eating the fees.
eBay admits guilt.
Amid all this change, one thing has remained constant: auction-style listings are the foundation of eBay. Auction-style and other core listings made eBay what it is today -- and they'll always be front and center on eBay.com. They account for about 91% of the gross merchandise value sold on eBay.com. But recently, we've been wrestling with some troubling facts:
"Build it and they won't come" is the new motto for eBay stores. This is what eBay promoted in email and at eBay.com. There is another saying: "Plan your work and work your plan." At eBay they assume the seller will gladly follow their advice and eat the fees. BUT WAIT! eBay miscalculated, must backtrack and capture their losses by charging the sellers who either pay up or dump their inventory and close their stores, the same stores eBay encouraged you to open.
Raising the inventory cost is not an option since eBay admits their stores don't sell. Switching to auctions will provide eBay with increase cash flow in addition to the store fees they already received. This is a form of "double-dipping." eBay also controls the search features at their site and stores suffer because the engines aren't set up to place your inventory into the results.
Of course eBay merchants can pay a very formidable fee to have a featured store. This is eBay holding a gun to your head and standing outside your store with gasoline and matches.
The hammer falls:
Today, I want to inform you of changes we're making to eBay.com -- changes intended to rebalance the overall eBay marketplace by further distinguishing the roles of core listing formats and our Store Inventory format. In short, we're improving the advantages of selling in core listing formats -- and taking action to manage the proportion of Store Inventory listings -- to ensure that the buying experience on eBay stays true to shoppers' expectations.
For those of you who operate an eBay Store, we're making changes to Store Inventory listing fees, as well as to the on-site exposure we provide for this listing format.
The Final Analysis.
Merchant product exposure is at the bottom of the eBay totem pole. In another words it will take a very persistent buyer to click your items if they are able to find them. In addition to less exposure your fees will take on a very new look.
For items selling for $0.01 -- $24.99 their will be a 150% increase in fees. Items selling for $25.00 and higher the fee increase is 400%. Vaseline not included.
Thanks for the email FeeBay....er..uh...eBay! I will continue to build it, promote it and stock it, just not at eBay.