By Kate Hornsby | November 28, 2014

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….and we’re off!

The holiday season has officially started!

Hopefully, you had a good Thanksgiving yesterday and you have started hearing some of those “Cha-Chings” that the eBay App likes to play whenever a member sells something in their store.

If you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably going to head out the door at some point today (or maybe you’ll avoid fighting the crowds and just Christmas shop online). While you’re out and about or looking for all those deals online, don’t forget — this is a great time to buy some inventory for your eBay store and save some big bucks.

Here’s how:

Check for price matches
It use to be that if you wanted a Black Friday deal, you had to show up in person at your local retailer. Today, a lot of stores honor those Black Friday deals online and (even better!) some places such as Wal-Mart will match prices from the competitors on the sale items. Even Amazon does some price matching, so it pays to check all those ads to find out which items are the best deals. Since a lot of stores have limits on the Black Friday deals, here comes the neat part — order the limit from the store that is running the ad, then get Wal-Mart or Amazon to match the deal and get some more. This means you get double the amount, but all at the same price. Pretty neat – right?!

There’s an App for That
Stores love to draw shoppers in with coupons, but they don’t always tell you that there are coupons out there for you to find. I like to check the “RetailMeNot” App before I go shopping and if I forget — well, a lot of stores will now just scan the coupon right off your smartphone. I have been able to use coupons this way at Barnes and Noble, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby. You just do a search for the coupon and then present it (on your phone) to the cashier. A lot of the restaurants will take coupons that way too, so when you’ve shopped til you’ve dropped and it’s time to refuel, don’t forget to see if your favorite place has a coupon that they’ll accept digitally. Another great way to save some cash.

Stack Those Coupons
There’s nothing quite as much fun as finding out that something is on sale and you have not one, but two or even three coupons that you can use together. A lot of stores won’t do this, but some will so always make a point to ask. One store I frequent will sometimes offer “Buy $50 worth of merchandise – get $10 in Cash (certificate).” When I return the next time, I can then get the sale price, use a 20% coupon AND…wait for it…use my Cash too. Plus, if I bought another $50 worth of merchandise, I get another $10 and can repeat the process all over again the next time I’m in the store.

Finally, it might be too late to do it this time, but always sign up for the newsletters for all the places you like to shop. As I write this, I have an Inbox full of emails all promising me savings with promotional codes or coupons to take to the store. Don’t you just love it when that happens?!

Are you going out shopping today? Leave a comment below.

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Your 2014 Guide to Holiday Shipping Carrier Closures & Ship By Dates

By That Kat | November 27, 2014


I’m always astonished at how quickly this particular time turns back up again, but here it is: the holiday season. We’ve yet again found ourselves at the final days of the year and needing to know whether our favorite carriers will be open, closed, or have changed their service. And, of course, there’s also the ever-important “ship by” dates for making sure your packages get there on time. So, without any further ado, here’s our yearly infographic to help you know all the dates to get your orders (& presents!) out on time.

Your 2014 Guide to Holiday Shipping Carrier Closures & Ship By DatesClick to see full-size

As we did last year, we’ve made our infographic at a size that fits most widescreen monitors, so you can just leave it up as your desktop wallpaper and never worry about finding it again when you need to know the dates.

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A few words of advice before we sign off here to go do some of our own picking & packing:

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5 Hot Toys for Christmas 2014

By Kate Hornsby | November 26, 2014

If your inbox is like mine, you’re probably already getting all those “Black Friday” emails or in some cases, “Pre-Black Friday” emails offering all those holidays deals about to come. Yep, it’s that time of year again, which means Santa is going to be looking at his list and checking it twice.

If you think Santa may need a little help and you’re wondering what’s going to be on kid’s Wish Lists this year, well — here’s some ideas to help get you started.

Almost Anything with Frozen in the Title
From the Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa to the Ice Skating Anna and Elsa dolls. If it’s part of the Frozen franchise, then you can bet that there’s some child somewhere that wants it. You might be thinking that the Frozen phenomenon should be over by now, but with Frozen now ranking as Disney’s highest grossing animated film (of all time!), it’s a safe bet you haven’t heard the last of “Let It Go” for a while.

Let’s Imagine Elmo
This ones been getting some airtime in commercials lately, so it’s no surprise this one is expected to be popular. Let’s Imagine Elmo has three hats for three different play modes. Put a crown on Elmo’s head to play “Prince Elmo Says,” a sea captain hat for “Sounds of the Sea,” or a cowboy hat for “Countin’ Cowboy” and Elmo will invite your child to sing, count, and play.

Boomer – The Zoomer Dino
Boomer is a battery operated toy that makes real dinosaur-like movements and sounds. The sensors on Boomer let him know when you’re nearby and when he senses you, he will interact. Boomer spins, chomps, roars, and can even get angry (don’t pull his tail!). Since he’s on two wheels, he can move around and explore. He comes in green or purple and has a control pad so you can control him…should he decides to go on a dinosaur rampage.

If you haven’t figured it out already, interactive toys are the big drawing card this year. This one is Xeno, a so-ugly he’s cute interactive baby monster that has more than 40 expressions, animated LCD eyes, and “snot” that drips from his nose. Oh, and he can fart. Actually, Boomer (see above) can supposedly fart too, so expect some silly fun with that! Xeno comes in three colors. There’s blue, violet, and orange.

DohVinci Vanity Box
Designed for kids between 6 and 12 years of age, DohVinci uses a paint compound in what looks like a glue gun. There are four tubes of paint along with a vanity base, mirror, drawer, add-on pieces, and two piece flower attachment. There’s also other DohVinci products you can buy, such as a design kit, storage kit, and a bigger assortment of paint colors. The Vanity Box, however, appears to be the one that is particularly “hot” right now though.

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Ecomdash Announces New Software Integration with Top Multi-Location POS System – Press Release

By That Kat | November 25, 2014

Very interesting – now this could be the answer for eCommerce Merchants who also have a physical presence. Check it out and please leave your comments!


CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — To better serve retailers with brick and mortar locations, ecomdash released its newest integration functionality with POS software company Vend. Vend point-of-sale technology connects multiple physical stores and saves sales data in the cloud.

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Ecomdash customers can better manage and automate inventory and order processing functions for both ecommerce sales channels and physical stores within one central dashboard. Inventory quantities will automatically update across physical and online locations when a sale is made.

“The Vend integration enables physical storefront owners to easily expand into ecommerce this shopping season,” said Darrin Kidd, chief engineering officer at ecomdash. “Businesses can scale and grow quickly with greater control.”

The new POS option expands ecomdash’s omni-channel offering. Ecomdash provides brick and mortar retailers the ability to integrate data to and from any POS system with a system-agnostic scheduled automation functionality. The Vend integration expedites this automation function even further to create a real-time, comprehensive omni-channel automation system for better inventory control and risk mitigation.

Ecomdash integrates with Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and Sears in addition to multiple website platforms like Shopify and Bigcommerce. They are planning at least two additional channel integrations before the end of 2014 including popular marketplaces (formerly and Newegg.

About Ecomdash

Ecomdash is a web software application enabling omni-channel sellers to run their business from anywhere at any time in a fraction of the time they spend today. The automated inventory, sales order and shipping management tool is designed specifically for businesses selling on multiple marketplaces and websites. Ecomdash gives retailers the ability to save time, grow sales with an expanded online presence, and increase customer satisfaction. For more information visit

Media Contact: Laura Greeno, ecomdash, (704) 687-8067,

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That Kat Radio – Show # 74: James Rugg and Ann Nguyen

By That Kat | November 24, 2014


Design & Achieve Your eCommerce Success


In this episode of That Kat Radio, Kat spoke with James Rugg about the Daily Source List and with Ann Nguyen about being a successful Etsy seller.


jamesruggFirst, kat spoke with James Rugg about its experience with eCommerce and all about  I love finding sources or resources on Amazon seller that are worth their investment and I think I found a great one with James.

James Rugg is a list provider.  Daily source list is one of the best ways to get your hands on arbitrage list.  Stop that high profit and select for a high turnover.  It is a no. 1 arbitrage ready source list in the amazon market.

Let’s not list the actual questions, how about just a paragraph with some top things we discussed?

After speaking to James, Kat spoke with Ann Nguyen about selling on Etsy..

Ann NguyenAnn Nguyen is a licensed Esthetician, Certified Aromatherapist, and Licensed Massage Therapist.  She uses all organic and all natural products in her skincare and massage practice and have developed a profound appreciation for the power of plant essences to influence our minds and bodies. She believes that our health and our connection to the world around us can be enhanced through the use of essential oils.

Nature has engineered, over millions of years, healing properties that allow plants to survive challenging conditions. The chemicals which give plants these properties can also affect our bodies and give us the same effects. They can lift our spirits by affecting our neurochemistry, and improve our immune system and resistance to stress. Unlike some medications they are not harmful to our bodies and are relatively free of side effects.


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Registering Your Non-Profit for Tax Exempt Status the “E-Z“ Way (Part 2 of 2)

By That Kat | November 24, 2014

cliff ennicoIn July 2014, the IRS adopted new Form 1023-EZ, a simplified application process for nonprofit organizations that wish to obtain tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Your organization is not eligible to use Form 1023-EZ if:

it has more than $250,000 in total assets;

it has gross receipts of more than $50,000 a year, or anticipates that it will exceed $50,000 in gross receipts in either of the next two years;

it is organized as a limited liability company (LLC);

it is based overseas;

it has another application for 501(c)(3) status pending with the IRS; or

it is a church, university, hospital, or one of several other specific types of nonprofit.

Form 1023-EZ is essentially a “checklist” – you answer a number of questions and, if you answer them correctly, your organization is granted 501(c)(3) status.  Before registering, you sign up for an account at (type “Form 1023-EZ” in the search box), and pay the $400 fee by credit card.or PayPal.  There is no lengthy IRS review, no laundry list of followup questions from IRS agents you have to respond to, no bureaucratic red tape.  What’s not to like?

Well, actually quite a bit.  Before you consider going online today and registering your little nonprofit club that meets three times a year in your house over wine and cheese, consider the following.

Form 1023-EZ assumes that you are familiar with the many, many restrictions that apply to 501(c)(3) organizations.  By saying you are eligible to use Form 1023-EZ, you are swearing under oath to the federal Government that you understand these restrictions and are willing to comply with them.  For example, most 501(c)(3) organizations:

If you register your nonprofit using Form 1023-EZ and then violate any of these rules (even innocently) – well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes if the IRS finds out about it.

What about that “$50,000 a year in gross receipts” limit on the use of Form 1023-EZ?  What if, as a start up organization, you have absolutely no idea what your gross receipts will be in the next two years?  What if you register under Form 1023-EZ, apply successfully for a bunch of federal and state government grants, and end up with more than $50,000 a year in 2015 or 2016?

The instructions for Form 1023-EZ don’t say.  IRS Revenue Procedure 2014-40, which authorized Form 1023-EZ (the text of which can be found online at, contains merely a cryptic statement that “a determination letter recognizing exemption may not be relied upon if there is a material change, inconsistent with exemption, in the character, the purpose, or the method of operation of the organization, or a change in the applicable law.”  Translation:  if the IRS finds out you’ve goofed, the IRS may revoke or modify your 501(c)(3) exemption, even retroactively.

The bottom line:  if you are planning to use Form 1023-EZ to register your nonprofit, be sure to meet with a lawyer first and have him or her review your organization’s incorporation documents, purpose, goals and management structure to make 100% sure you meet the Form 1023-EZ eligibility requirements and will continue to meet them in the future.  You may also want to complete Form 1023-EZ electronically in the attorney’s office, with him or her looking over your shoulder, to make 100% sure you don’t make any mistakes.

Many charity-minded attorneys will waive their hourly charges and quote you a flat fee for these services if you ask them nicely (for comparison’s sake, I currently offer such a service to my nonprofit clients for a $750 flat fee plus the $400 IRS filing fee).

If you are at all unsure about your organization’s eligibility for Form 1023-EZ, DO NOT FILE IT.  To be sure, filing the regular IRS Form 1023 is a major pain in the you-know-what.  You have to pull together lots of information about your organization, prepare financial projections, provide biographies of your executive director and key employees, and make sure your organizational documents are 100% letter perfect.  You then have to wait up to 21 months to have your application approved.

By going through this detailed application process, however, you can be sure the IRS is looking at your organization very closely to make 100% sure it complies with all of the 501(c)(3) rules and restrictions, making it less likely they will revoke it later on without a really good reason.

Cliff Ennico ( is a syndicated columnist, author and host of the PBS television series ‘Money Hunt’.  This column is no substitute for legal, tax or financial advice, which can be furnished only by a qualified professional licensed in your state.  To find out more about Cliff Ennico and other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit our Web page at  COPYRIGHT 2014 CLIFFORD R. ENNICO.  DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.

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4 Ways to Promote your eBay store on Thanksgiving Day

By Kate Hornsby | November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Dealies
If you’re like most eBay sellers, you are probably about ready to kick it into high gear for the holiday shopping season. Hopefully, you already have your Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions planned out for social media, but there may be one day you haven’t really given much though to.

What about Thanksgiving Day?

Although there is a growing movement on Facebook and Twitter to boycott going to the stores on Thanksgiving Day, you know a lot of shoppers are still going to be getting out there to look for those bargains. They’re also going to want to escape from their families for a bit and check their Facebook and Twitter feeds. This gives eBay sellers a great opportunity to promote their stores and could help to get those holiday sales off to a good start.

Here’s four ways to promote your eBay store on Thanksgiving Day:

Find out what your buyers are thankful for
Take some time on Thanksgiving Day to chat with buyers on Twitter and Facebook about what Thanksgiving Day means to them. Ask what their favorite part of the holiday is, or what part of their Thanksgiving meal did they like best. You can also often get dialogue going by posing questions such as what they are thankful for, and don’t forget to tell buyers you are thankful for them shopping with you throughout the year.

If you can’t beat ‘em — join ‘em
With more and more stores starting their Black Friday promotions early, Thanksgiving can be a great time to go ahead and kickoff your Black Friday promotions. Let buyers know about the great deals in the store and invite them to be “early birds.”

Encourage more sales with freebies
Offer buyers a free gift for every purchase made on Thanksgiving Day. If you’re not already offering the free shipping that eBay encourages sellers to use, providing it on the holiday itself could help buyers make a decision to buy from you now rather than waiting for later.

As an alternative, you may wish to offer a 10 or 20-percent discount for Thanksgiving Day only. Make sure to take a moment and calculate your profits before adjusting the price of your items, however, so all your profits don’t literally go flying out the door by mistake.

Run contests throughout the day
If you’re on Facebook, you have probably already seen the promotions that run occasionally where companies give away things like cars, boots, or clothing. Your giveaways don’t have to be elaborate, just small giveaway items.

Tell buyers to “Like” and “Share” or “Retweet” your Facebook and Twitter posts. You can then randomly select winners each hour or select one winner at the end of the day for a bigger prize. This not only helps get the word out about your store, but buyers will remember participating in your contest later on and this could draw them back to your store when they are ready to make those holiday purchases.

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Ask Janelle Show # 5: Stephen Smotherman

By That Kat | November 21, 2014

In this episode, Kat spoke with Stephen Smotherman.

Stephen Smotherman has been an online seller for 16 years, starting on eBay in 1998, then transitioning to FBA in 2011. He and his wife Rebecca live with their rambunctious family of four boys in Texas, where they love to camp, hike, ride bikes, and go to as many baseball games as possible. FBA has been Stephen’s full-time job since 2011, and Rebecca joined him in the business in 2013. They love working from home, having a flexible schedule, and pursuing new sources of inventory to keep their business growing. They also love sharing what they learn with other folks who are selling via FBA, particularly those who would like to make FBA their main source of income. On their blog, FulltimeFBA , Stephen and his wife discuss ways to increase your productivity and raise your profits. They also share insider secrets about how to maximize the funds you currently have in order to grow an FBA business that can support you now and in your retirement.

Questions that were asked and answered were:

  1. How did you first come online and why?
  2. What did you do for a living before you became an online seller?
  3. What is your history related to online business?
  4. Please tell us one thing you’ve never shared online.

Questions that were asked and answered were:

  1. What is your current online business?
  2. Why did you start this business?
  3. What are your core beliefs about business and life?
  4. How do you integrate your family with your business?

Questions that were asked and answered were:

  1. Where did the idea for your book come from?
  2. What kind of online seller did you write the book for?
  3. Give us a capsule view of what is in the book please.
  4. Have you been surprised at how the book has been received?

Questions that were asked and answered were:

  1. What is your favorite part of the book?
  2. Do you see more writing, maybe a sequel in your future?
  3. What do you think the future of this business will be like?
  4. How and where can our audience connect with you?
  5. Where do you see your business in 10 years?


Links from the show:

Connect: FulltimeFBA
New book: Married to Reselling: Balancing Family Life with your Online Business
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Previous book: The Reseller’s Guide to Board Games: How to turn play money into real money
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Introducing the Facebook Groups App

By That Kat | November 20, 2014

By Shirley Sun, Product Manager

People use Facebook Groups every day to stay in touch with family, collaborate on projects, plan trips and offer support to friends.

Today, we’re introducing a new Facebook Groups app that helps people share faster and more easily with all the groups in their life. We built this app with the people who use Groups the most in mind, like:

Here’s how it works:

When you open the app, you’ll see all your Facebook Groups in one place. Groups you use most frequently are at the top, and you can quickly move between each group.


Easily start a new group by tapping Create.


You can also track notifications and easily control which notifications you want to see.


In the new Discover tab, you’ll see groups suggested to you based on Pages you’ve liked, groups your friends are in and where you live.


You can still use Facebook Groups in the main Facebook app and on desktop, and over time we’ll continue to make those experiences faster and better, too.

Facebook Groups, part of Facebook Creative Labs, is available in all countries on Android and iOS today.

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Title : Show #82 – Stephanie Inge – SeaCommerce Cruise and Julian – BidonFusion

By That Kat | November 20, 2014


In this episode, Kat spoke with Stephanie Inge of  SeaCommerce Cruise
SeaCommerce Cruise, 2015 is the first-ever, at-sea, eCommerce conference.  Workshops will include a wide range of topics, pertaining to eCommerce.  We’ll have a Beginner’s Track and an Advanced Track to cater to entrepreneurs of all experience levels.
There will be a 2-hour workshop in Jamaica, which qualifies the cruise as a tax deduction; however, we are not tax professionals, so please check with your accountant, or CPA.
Sea-Commerce Cruise 2015 is focused on eCommerce and covers much more than just eBay. Important to note…there will be a Beginner’s Track and an Advanced Track to cater to sellers of all levels.
CRUISE LINE – Royal Caribbean
SHIP- Navigator of the Seas
PORTS OF CALL- Falmouth, Jamaica • Grand Cayman • Cozumel
SAILING DATE – Saturday, February 15, 2015
Sails from Port of Galveston at 4:00PM on Sunday, February 15th, 2015.

RATES (including all taxes and fees, based on double occupancy)
The conference part of the Cruise needs to be registered separately and the Cruise must be registered via Dynamic Travel to accommodate for the Conference rooms and amenities.

Inside Stateroom 760.40pp

Ocean View Stateroom 920.40pp

Balcony Stateroom 1,100.40pp

For more details call JEFF LAND at DYNAMIC TRAVEL & CRUISES 1-800-766-2911
Questions that were asked and answered were:

  1. Please tell us about your online history and business.
  2. What is the SeaCommerce Cruise and where did it come from?
  3. What was last year’s cruise like and how will this year be different?
  4. Where are we going and when?
  5. Who are the speakers & teachers & topics?
  6. How much will the cruise cost and is it tax deductible?
  7. How can the audience connect with you and learn more about the cruise?

Kat also spoke with Julian of BidonFusion.

Questions that were asked and answered were:


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