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Here comes Xmas!!

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    ryankettposted 6 years ago

    I sold two toys today, this means only one thing.... Christmas is finally here!

    I achieved the 7% threshold for the first time this month also, I have a battle on my hands to achieve the 7.5%. It provides me with motivation though.

    $328 this month on Amazon, by far my best month on Amazon ever! More than $8000 worth of items shipped (average item value $67!).

    Anybody else getting excited by Xmas earnings?

    1. Len Cannon profile image87
      Len Cannonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      How did you ship over 8000 dollars worth of merchandise and only make $300?  At 7% it should be well over $500.

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        ryankettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        You failed to consider the 4% cap for electronics, and the $25 cap for laptops.

        I got $25 commissions for a $2349 Macbook Pro.


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          ryankettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Caps which you have clearly always been aware of, I must add, considering your previous claims to have sold numerous electronics and your wide portfolio of hubs selling electronic devices such as games consoles.

          1. Len Cannon profile image87
            Len Cannonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Game consoles don't count as electronics and never sell for more than $600.

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              ryankettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Well the same applies nonetheless. I make 4% on electronics just like you, and $25 maximum for laptops just like you. Not rocket science, if you didn't know this then you do now.

              The monetary value of electronics is irrelevant anyway, the cap is 4% if it cost $1 and 4% if it cost $600. I sold lots of electronics, therefore my average is less than 7%, simples.

      2. sunforged profile image65
        sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        commission tier rates are not retroactive - you receive the rate applicable when item ships

        you get 7% items only on the items you sell after reaching that tier.

        so n x 4% + n x 6% + n x 6.5% + n x 7% = AffSum

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          ryankettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Think you may be wrong their Sunforged?

          My commissions for all items that have shipped this month rose to 7% today, with the exception of electronics which remained at 4%. A laptop went up to 6.6%, restricted by the cap of $25 (previously this was of course 6.5%).

          So a $10 book which I sold at the beginning of the month is defo showing as earning me 70 cents, etc.

          Are you on the same payment plan? Anyway, the most depressing thing is seeing that 1.06% next to $2349.00!!

          1. sunforged profile image65
            sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            ive been at 6.5% since around day 2 of the month ( i sell a ton of shitty no cost items)- i guess i should peek - but ive never seen a jump in past commissions after reaching a new tier. Sorry if that was misinformation

            edit: sorry I never noticed 6% was missing - seems I sell mostly electronics (well actually the asses categorize the accessories as electronics, they are not)  so when I look at my report in full its has a large amount of 4% and then 6.5% again the items are not electronics so until you guys pointed it out, I hadnt noticed it was miscategorized.

            I hit 7% last month but was in the very last days, so again didnt put the finetooth comb over the report.

            my bad

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              ryankettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Nope, that aint bad Sunforged, that is GOOD wink

              But yeah, those damn electronics! I would have rinsed out on that extra 0.5% if only that cap didn't exist!

        2. Len Cannon profile image87
          Len Cannonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I don't think that's true? Maybe it is for foreign accounts.  All of my items are listed as earning 7% this month.  Just to make sure I checked an item I know I shipped at the beginning of the month and it is definitely earning the full 7%, I did the math.

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            ryankettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            So you didn't sell a single thing from the electronics category and never have?

          2. Misha profile image75
            Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Yep, it is retroactive within one calendar month - at least for me. smile Though my highest rate never been more than 6.5% yikes

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    DoorMattnomoreposted 6 years ago

    OH no!!!! to xmas shopping so early. Im not ready for al ltha tyet!!  YEAH!!! for you and sales and it looks like your recovering from surgery. Hope al lis well.   smile

  3. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 6 years ago

    ...good for you and whoever makes money from xmas....

    ...me, i'm still in summer mode....ack!

  4. Bill Manning profile image71
    Bill Manningposted 6 years ago

    I still have not sold one item from Amazon yet. I even have their items as a store in my own sites. Just not good at pushing them I guess. hmm

  5. thisisoli profile image64
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    I've noticed a small upswing in expensive electronics, it still seems a little early though.  Late september/early october is a baby boom month, with October 5th being the most celebrated birthday day on earth.  I usually see a mild drop in late october before it really picks up pace for Christmas.

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      ryankettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Are there any more baby boom months?

      I know tonnes of people with birthdays a few days either side of mine. Say 1st March - 7th March.

      In fact my birthday is 4th March, so is my best mates, and so is my fiances. At university I had to share my birthday with two other people in our extended group with the same birtday, and one other with a 3rd March birthday.

      Is early March well known for this too? Or am I just extremely unfortunate to have to share my birthday with so many others?

    2. bayoulady profile image83
      bayouladyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, thisisoli, I didn't know about the date Oct. 5th. I was a SEPT. baby,though. (Sorry, I just love trivia! Helps out business to know that one,too!)COOL!

    3. sagebrush_mama profile image82
      sagebrush_mamaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That's an interesting stat!  I have two children with October birthdays, one one just a few days past the 5th. 

      My Amazon sales did better this month, hit the 7% mark!  A few holiday related items!

  6. Daniel Carter profile image91
    Daniel Carterposted 6 years ago

    The Christmas season begins in September in the music world. For schools it actually begins in July/August. Third and fourth quarters in the music biz make up for all the slowness and loss of business in the first two quarters. So, all these new music vids I've been creating are actually a little behind schedule, but at least I'm getting them done this year!

    We'll see how they rank and if they help sell that warehouse of inventory....

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      ryankettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Daniel, I was wondering actually. How come you don't sell MP3 versions of your tracks via your Hubpages through Amazon capsules? And physical copies in fact?

  7. lrohner profile image85
    lrohnerposted 6 years ago

    I totally agree with Oli. Two of my 3 kids have an October birthday, and it was always a scramble to reserve dates for birthday parties because there were soooo many birthdays being celebrated! That's what happens when you live in a climate where February is so cold and dreary. smile

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    ryankettposted 6 years ago

    I just found a list which suggests that the early March week is much more common than any other weeks in Jan, Feb, March and April.

    But, you are completely correct. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/19/busin … table.html

    September is mental. Strange how the least common is 25th December, big coincidence*

    *although probably one which can be accounted for in the unwillingess of a pregnant lady to have an induced or controlled birth around this date.

  9. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago


    Oct. and Nov. are typical baby boom months.

    I've done no christmas shopping yet, i have to get through my son's wedding and both of their birthdays...

    I have seen some amazon sales so I'm hoping to see more.

  10. jenblacksheep profile image82
    jenblacksheepposted 6 years ago

    I know 4 people who have birthdays on the 26th September and 3 who have birthdays on the 18th March. I've always thought Sept/Oct were popular months for birthdays. Once when I was in a taxi the driver told me his birthday was 25th Dec, but it is weird that you rarely get people with birthdays on the 25th. Mine's the 23rd Dec and people are always really surprised when I tell them.

    Must write some more Xmas hubs. Hopefully last years xmas hubs will start picking up soon ... all 4 of them!

  11. waynet profile image46
    waynetposted 6 years ago

    I'm excited, because I just know there is going to be an increase this year for sure with Amazon and Ebay....Amazon is fluctuating for me as my last months earnings was just below my record Amazon earnings $735 and this months is slightly lower at the moment with $612...still waiting on a few items to ship.

    A new laptop is on the cards me thinks!!!

    1. thisisoli profile image64
      thisisoliposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It will be when it hits Christmas with those earnings smile

      1. waynet profile image46
        waynetposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        They certainly have increased from what they was last Christmas.

  12. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    I've already made my Christmas Wish List!  an exercise in futility, no doubt! still . . .

  13. CMHypno profile image88
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    Somebody bought a Santa Suit yesterday and a Christmas tree ornament, so folks are definitely beginning to do their Christmas shopping.

    1. Glenn Raymond profile image60
      Glenn Raymondposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have not really dug into it yet, but I do have a few things up my sleave.  Congratulations to all of you for the great sales.