Category Archives: Guides

Adding an Item that does not come up with UPC

When you are adding items to your inventory, occasionally you will find an item that does not have a UPC. Sometimes the UPC is not linked properly to the product, or it is linked to multiple products. Here is a quick fix. Look up the item using a regular Amazon window. (www.Amazon.com)

amazon search

Once you have found the specific item you are looking for, look in the address bar.

In this example, the address bar looks like this:
address bar

http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Component-HD-AV-Cable/dp/B000B6MLPU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364839032&sr=8-2&keywords=xbox+360+HDAV+cable

The area right after the /dp/ that says “B000B6MLPU” is the information you are looking for. That is the ASIN.  Copy and paste that into either the “Add a product” page on Amazon, or your Scanpower lister.

Congratulations, you have exactly the product that you were looking for.

 

If the product you were looking for does not exist at all, then you will have to add the product.  For information on how to do that, click here. (Article to follow)

How to pack board games for Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA)

We sell a lot of board games through our site, www.amazon.com/shops/amusingtreasures.  We also use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), which allows us to have Amazon ship out our games, and handle the customer service on the orders.  When you use FBA, you have to pack the items and label them with a unique barcode.  Then you ship them to their warehouses, and Amazon stores them and ships them out from there when the order comes in.  There are a couple of things to keep in mind when preparing board games for FBA.

1)      Condition.  The guidelines for the board game category can be found here. http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200143590#everything_else The important thing to note here is that a “Like New” product should show no signs of wear.  Make sure that you do a thorough inspection.  List all damage, and include all pieces.  If the instructions are missing, there is a good chance that you can find them online.

 2)      Preparation.  It does not do any good to find a New or Like New game, and send it in to Amazon only to have it get all beat up or damaged in the warehouse.  Another thing to think about is the labeling requirements.  Many of the games are collectors’ items, and serious collectors do not like having stickers on the packaging.  Here are our recommendations, based on experience.

 a.       Cleaning.  If you source in Goodwills, thrift shops, yard sales, or storage auctions, then the games might not be ready for resale yet.  Give them a wipe down with a cloth or paper towel to remove the dust.  If they have grease pencil marks on them (pricing from Goodwill or Yard sales), use a dry Magic Eraser to take them off easily.  If it has stickers that you do not want to stay, you can use a hair dryer on low to loosen the adhesive.  Then you can use your fingernails, or a Scotty Peeler, to gently remove the sticker.  Bestine, Goo-Gone, or another cleanser may be required to lift all the adhesive off.

b.      Place all of the individual components in their own bags.  I like to rubber band the cards (if any), but if they are flimsy I might not.  If it looks like the rubber band will bend or damage the cards, then I leave them loose in the bag.

c.       If the pieces are rattling around and you believe there is a chance of damage, then you can place a piece of foam or bubble wrap between the pieces and the board.

d.      When sealing the box, I prefer to use plastic wrap.  We bought a big roll of it from the shipping section of Wal-Mart, and just wrap the entire box.  We prefer not to tape the boxes shut, as some tape will rip the pictures/packaging when you try to remove it.

e.      Place your custom label over the UPC on the outside of the plastic wrap.  Make sure that the plastic wrap is taped into place or snugly wrapped so that it does not shift.  For FBA, all existing barcodes besides the one you create must be covered.

f.        Many board games are over-sized.  Make sure when you are generating your shipment to place them in the same shipments, to cut down on postage costs.       

 

3)      Shipping.  Once you have them prepared, place them in a box with adequate padding.  Ensure that if you stack them on top of each other, do not place a board game that is skinnier than the edges on top of another game.  If you have a game that is supporting another smaller game on top, there is a good chance that the box will bow in the center. 

That is it.  When you ensure that your games are packed well, it ensures that your customers are happy with the things that they order.   Make sure you show the same care with your listing, and people will love to buy from you.  If you have any questions, please contact us at amusingtreasures@gmail.com. 

How to put links in your posts to move to different sections

When I was writing the last article, I realized that my story was kind of lengthy. Some people might want to cut to the part that explained the lessons that we learned. I knew how to embed a link to go to different pages. I did not know how to make links that would take them to a different section of the same post. Now that I know, I figured other people might want to learn the same thing.
I found an excellent article that helped me at the wordpress support forums. There is a link to that article here.

The tool that I was looking for is called a “page jump”. You make a link that points to a specific unique identifier somewhere else on the page. This requires two tags. The first one says where to look, and the second one says this is the right spot. These identifiers can be anything, you make them. OK, here’s an example.

I wanted my readers (you) to be able to go from the link at the top of the page in this paragraph:

“If you would just like the lessons learned, you can skip the personal story by clicking here“,

to the subheading of Lessons Learned in the same post. The first thing you have to put in is the hyperlink for the word “here”.

The format is as follows:
<a href=”#Lessons”>here</a>”

The # sign is important, as it means that the next thing that is written is the unique identifier. In this case, the unique identifier is the word “Lessons”, although you can use anything you would like. The text that is displayed is the word “here”.

The next bit of code is the part that identifies the target. In this case, I want the reader to be directed to the heading “Lessons Learned”.
The format is as follows:
<a id=”Lessons”>Lessons Learned</a>

In this case, you are setting the ID tag for this bit of code as the word “Lessons”, and the text that is printed is “Lessons Learned”.

That is it! You can now make links to take your reader anywhere on your page by using this set of commands, and making unique identifiers for each link. Enjoy!

P.S. While making this post, I had to learn how to make HTML code that you can read that does not work when the web browser resolves the webpage. In order to do that, you have to replace the < and > characters with codes for those symbols. Unfortunately, I have not learned how to show you those symbols without them being converted. If you know, send me an email at amusingtreasures@gmail.com.

How to make WordPress pages that show blog posts by category

First, it is important to understand that “posts” and “pages” are two different things

Pages are fixed information that stays the same.  For example, your contact me page, or your home page.
Posts are blog entries (basically)
When you create a custom menu, you can ask for a Page to be created (wordpress does this behind the scenes) that shows all of the posts that are in a specific category.
This is how to create those specialized pages.
First you need to decide on your site structure.  What types of information are you going to offer?  Just like when you build a house (or anything else) having an overall picture of how this is going to work and setting it up at the beginning is easier than making changes mid-stream.
I started with sketching the basic things I wanted to cover in a menu format across the top of a spreadsheet, and listing the type of content that it would include.  Type sof content include static pages (a page you make and then edit rarely), blog posts by category, hyperlinks, pictures, etc.
It is not important at this point to get it perfect, this is jsut to get you started.  Here is my (VERY) rough draft.
 
My Main Menu
                     
                       
ABOUT US CONTACT US Getting Started LESSONS LEARNED REPAIRS TOOLS SUPPLIERS EXPERIMENTS USEFUL SITES FAQ CHECK OUT OUR STORE! making website help
Page page sub-categories sub-categories sub-categories sub-categories sub-categories sub-categories hyperlinks   hyperlink with current offerings  
    setting up your amazon account shipping xbox seller products          
    setting up your ebay account packaging playstation repair tools          
    buying the supplies that make life easier cleaning miscellaneous inventory            
    setting up your office pricing
 
 
             
 
Log in to your wordpress account as an administrator
Under your “POSTS” setting, select categories
You only need to create categories for the items that you are going to have blog posts show up in.  We will create any static pages later.
Create a category for each title heading that you are going to have.  You can also have sub-categories.  You can nest these, so that if they click the main header, it will show all posts.  If you click the sub-header, it will only show ones in that specific category.  First I made all the main categories.  I changed a few of them, like making website help into wordpress.  I realized that some of the items (Like the getting started sub-categories) would be better as pages than posts.  I also realized that I needed another section called “Guides” for areas where I would put step-by-step instructions like this one.  For my sub-categories, I made the slug (internet address or URL version of the name) the name of the sub-category followed by the name of the main category.  For example, this post will be under “wordpress_guides”.  You can follow any naming method you would like, and can change them at any time.  I also created a category called “Mindset” for general articles that I think are important, but not directly related to instruction.  Once you have your categories and sub-categories the way you would like them.  Remember that you can always change this structure later (and I am almost sure you will), so it is important just to get started.  Don’t spend a lot of time trying ot get it perfect.  You can change it.
 
Now click on the appearance tab on the left, and select “Menus”.
You can create different menus, so that you can change them when you want.  Many themes also allow multiple menus to be displayed at the same time.  Once you have created a menu, all you have to do is select the pages, and the categories that you want displayed on your menu.  You can click and drag them to the appropriate level, so that they are displayed in the order that you want.  If you put an item on there that you do not want, simply click the drop-down menu on that category or page and click remove.  To nest categories, drag them on top of each other.  Make sure that the shadow is indented before releasing.  Try to organize things in logical ways that people would look for the information.  Remember, ease of use is much more important than being very fancy.  In order to rearrange the sub-items in a menu, click and drop them on the main heading with the one on the bottom of the list being first.  In other words, everytime you drop a sub-heading on top of a heading, it moves to the top of the list.  That is it!
 
Now, everytime that you warite a post under the appropriate actegory, it will show up on the page that you want it to.  Any questions, please contact us.  I am not an expert, but I do enjoy trying to help people.  I would like to give credit to this page http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/, as it helped me to figure it out.  There are many more things you can do with your menus, but this page was specifically about getting pages with blog posts to show up the way you want it to.  For further help, refer to the hyperlink above.
 
One of the other things that I did was to add a hyperlink to our store to the menu.  Under “custom Links”, just type in the URL (web address) that you want to add, then the label you want displayed.  Click “add to menu”, and you can move it around like any other label.  Have fun with it!