Friday, October 17, 2008

It's Alive! It's Alive!

I'm going against the grain a little here, making an important (for me) blog post on Friday afternoon, but I'm so jazzed to have the site up and taking orders, I couldn't wait.

Drum Roll Please -- Introducing my new webstore

This is version 1.0 and will be changing a little between now and Christmas, mostly from a product and navigational standpoint. Two things to highlight though, that are real exciting for me:
  • Right now I only have 1500 different items available and they sell both on and in my webstore. When I have the product in stock, the webstore listing will be for my item, but if I've sold it on or in the Webstore before you get there, then it will be replaced by an Amazon listing. (I get affiliate revenue from that)
  • The cool part is; if a customer buys one of my items and also buys one of Amazon's they will be shipped in the same box and they still qualify for Super-Saver and Prime shipping.
  • I am also selling items by other 3P merchants, even some of you guys who read this blog. If a customer chooses one of your/their items then I still get an affiliate commission (thank you) but you get the sale. Just make sure you ship the darn thing, fast.
  • I'm really looking forward to selling my first MovieMars item and getting that 8% commission. (Sorry Doug and Dan, I couldn't resist.)
As, we get closer to Christmas I will also be highlighting used DVD's, CD's and Video Games that I have in stock -- in their own section. My used "Very Good" product is as clean as a new snow, so it can be given as a stocking stuffer this Christmas -- hey, we are in a recession -- and because my product is in Amazon's warehouse you can have it gift wrapped as well.

So for all of My Blog Utopia readers:  If you are going to be buying a DVD, CD, Book or Video Game this Christmas, give me a shot at -- I'll take care of you. Oh that's right Amazon handles just about everything. Tee Hee!

Just my 15%


Rich said...

It looks very slick Randy. Thanks for providing us with this Amazon Website tutorial of sorts. You are doing a better job of explaining it all than Amazon is!

Randy Smythe said...


Thanks, I'll do more tutorial stuff as I get more involved in the merchandising etc.

Jim S. said...

Well done, Randy. I'm looking forward to hearing how it works out for you this Christmas season.

PS. The link at the bottom of your blog has a typo and doesn't work (the top one is OK).

Randy Smythe said...

Thanks Jim! I fixed it.

Henrietta said...

Sincere congratulations!

Anonymous said...

congrats randy!! awesome!!


Josordoni said...

Looking good that man! Love the banner, I am sure you will have terrific success with this.

Randy Smythe said...

Thanks All,

It will be interesting to test marketing strategies as I get through Christmas. I will be sharing what works and what doesn't

tula said...

Looks great! Your Amazon info has me itching to give it a try :-)

Randy Smythe said...

Tula, well it is a work in progress but at least version 1.0 is up and running. Today, I begin on version 1.1

moviemars said...

Congrats on yor store. 8% margins?!? Wish I had your margins on my product that you plan on selling. :) Good luck this Christmas!


Randy Smythe said...


I almost spit up my drink when I read your comment. I couldn't resist putting that comment in the post.