Finally! The Paypal Debit Card with the EMV Chip is here

We’ve just received the Paypal Debit card that has the EMV chip in it.

Because of the extra security and privacy that EMV chips have, I’ve made sure I upgraded all my cards as soon as it was available, however, the Paypal card took over 2 years since the implementation of EMV chips arrived in the US.

However, it’s finally here with an extra benefit: The added convenience of tap-to-pay option where available. Pretty cool.

Here are all the benefits:

If you didn’t get your card yet and you have the old Paypal Business Debit card, you can always go to the debit card page within your Paypal account and replace the old card with a new one.

Read more about the card on the Paypal welcome kit page here.

As for why I am a huge advocate of EMV chips, I will write up another article about it.

Dear eBay: I Told You So… A Series of eBay fuckups “exposed”

At one point or another, every company fuckup somehow. The bigger the company is the worse the fuckups are. But the amount of eBay fuckups is so beyond the average of any other aged giant. And they not only impact their users in a harmful way directly and indirectly, those screw ups effect their employees and shareholders as well.

Now don’t get me wrong, eBay was there for me when I started from nothing, I still feel that eBay will rise again someday, and I believe that it is still a great marketplace for everyone alike. So, in no way shape or form this series of articles is to trash eBay, however, throughout the years I’ve seen many things happening first hand with eBay and within eBay, bad decisions, bad practices and a ton of human bad apples. It’s at the point that someone needs to speak up about all of it and hopefully it will be heard by the right people.

Links to all articles related to this series will be added here as the articles are published.

It’s Time To Put an End to the Confusion 

Since I’ve started blogging years ago (it feels like ages ago), I had no reason to separate my business thoughts from my personal life. Back then, I was flying solo. Meaning I was the business, I was my own brand, I did everything on my own. Etc. 

But now, I’ve ventured into so many projects, started a New York based business, got married, made serious life changes like becoming vegan, and many other things. 

Did I mention I am also older than when I started all of this? Which also comes with a few health changes. 

Due to all of that, I think the time had come to separate the 2 Alexs’.

Business Alex will live partially here and will concentrate on the eBay, e-commerce, marketing ideas, news, and thoughts. 

The other business Alex will soon move to a new domain with more of my own ideas, love for gadgets, computer science, bitcoin and cryptocurrency, and much more. 

As in for “personal” Alex, well, I’m getting ready to reveal the all new blog about my personal life. I’ll talk about my adventures, health things, food, my angry opinions, and good thoughts, charity, and share some of my personal life events. 

Look for the new home of “personal” Alex all over my social channels tomorrow, and I’ll also update this post with the new blog address tomorrow. 

See you on the other side. 

eBay Science Data equals HAPPY ME!

This little overdue post is about the eBay 2016 Fall Seller Update. Here’s a screenshot:

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Notice that I pointed the red arrows to my favorite parts? Of course you did.

eBay is finally bringing the data and the science of selling into the light. Not that eBay didn’t have any of this before this seller update, but it’s been kinda hard to get to the data within your eBay seller account before this point. Remember when I talked about eBay’s new Seller hub? That’s when eBay started bringing your seller’s data right in front of you.

I have been an advocate of selling scientifically based on data, whether it’s collected within your account or from the entire eBay eco-system. Many tools within eBay will show you just that, however an extensive source of data can be found through my number one source of eBay data, a company/service called Terapeak.

Terapeak has been collecting eBay data for years, you can check on your own data, the entire eBay marketplace, and even spy on your competition. All in a nice and easy to read data sheets.

I can not even begin to describe the humongous amount of POWER that I have combining both eBay’s own data and Terapeak’s historic data that helps me decide on my next successful selling strategies.

If you are an eBay seller or thinking of becoming one, I highly recommend that you signup with eBay to get their quarterly seller update newsletter.

9/11 My Ground Zero visit after 15 years (with video walk)

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15 Years has passed by since this horrifying day. Although I live in NYC and have watched One World Trade Center (AKA Freedom Tower) being built throughout the years, and even walked around it many times taking numerous pictures of the new building on my instagram (look below)…

A photo posted by Alex (@1lx) on

I have never been to ground zero and the memorial. Why? It brings up sad memories for me whether it was friends I lost, to the thousands of lives lost, or even my own visit to the old towers almost a year before it happens.

It’s been 15 years and I have decided to go visit and pay respects in person instead of some online words.

I did broadcast my walk between the lights and Ground Zero, I’ll let the video speak to you instead. Here’s video link:

https://www.periscope.tv/1LX/1LyxBDBXoREGN

Or get it through the tweet:

eBay to Shutdown Classifieds

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Years ago eBay purchased global classifieds giant Kijiji. It did operate as Kijiji for a while until eBay finally (and slowly) changed it to ebayclassifieds.com.
Today, we received emails from eBay Classifieds that it will be shutdown shortly, I will assume that it’s because of the low traffic they have had since they made the switch.
eBay also had purchased mobile local trading app Close5 about a year or so ago and it looks like it’s gaining momentum in the ranks of local trading apps market. eBay is pushing Close5 to be “The” replacement of eBay classifieds as you can read in the email screenshot above.

About Close5: We have personally used it last year before our big move and were successful selling a few items we needed to get rid of, however other more popular local selling apps like Wallapop and OfferUp gave us better results.
eBay Classifieds will stop accepting new postings by the end of August and will completely shutdown by September 30th 2016.
RIP eBay Classifieds.

Politics?! Not Here. Thank You

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Here is my first post of 2016: I just deleted a few posts of a certain show and a certain person who is being ridiculous on so many levels throughout this upcoming political campaign.

This is a business blog, it may have some personal aspects and personal business opinions but never ever “EVER” I will talk politics with you in here.

There used to be a good business show on TV which I used to analyze and extract lessons from in this blog, but since the leader of that show decided to dive into politics, there is no space for that on this blog at all. So, at this point, I have started my 2016 blogging by deleting all posts and photos uploaded or linked to on this blog permanently.

Politics is boring to me, it gives me headaches, and I don’t want to expose you to that, I mean, there are millions of outlets out there is that’s your thing.

With that, I will leave you with the note that I just discovered something freaking wild out there that I will share soon.

Peace Out to the big D 😉

Happy Belated Cyber Monday 2015 (In Numbers)

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It’s the day after Cyber Monday, we have just finished shipping and fulfilling our orders, and the numbers are in…

We have made more online sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday than Cyber Monday this year.

Adobe analysis determined that 105 million people visited retailers on Black Friday and 103 million of them ended up making a purchase, also for the first time in history, Black Friday online sales topped the in-store shopping numbers.

Now with our numbers, if you count the entire weekend from Thanksgiving until Cyber Monday at midnight, all of our online sales were up a 12.3% comparing to last years sales. However, for Cyber Monday alone, the sales went down 7.9% (again compared to last years totals).

This is not counting the incredible success I had with the Master eBay In A Weekend course that I ran a promotion for last week, we sold all 500 spots in a record 3 days and 2 hours from the second I launched it. (for those who have been asking, I may open a few more spots at the same price, I just have been busy with Cyber weekend sales).

I think more people are realizing that shopping on Amazon or eBay is safer, easier and for almost the same prices as if you went to wait for a week outside of Walmart to get the best deals just to end up stepped on by the herd of people behind you, even worse to look like an idiot like this guy in this video going up the escalator the wrong way! (Enjoy the video and happy Cyber Weekend).

Martha Stewart To Leave eBay

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First a quick Note:

We just started the count down for our eBay course, and we’re giving away a free video with live Q and A this Saturday (2 days from now), if you haven’t already, sign up for news and launch updates in your inbox from the signup form to the right of this post or at guruofsales.com)

Martha Stewart’ American Made store  just left eBay to go to Amazon.

This is not a bad thing for eBay at all.

In a statement from eBay’s VP of Merchandise, she said that there are still hundreds of sellers who used to sell through Martha’s eBay store now have their own eBay stores and continue to sell their products.

I think there were a few mistakes with this decision:

  1. Although data is great to rely on, the fact that Martha’s store might sell more products on Amazon, does not mean to completely close down a streamed line of product selling, I personally think they should have kept the eBay channel and expanded beyond that with other channels, I am a firm believer in not putting all your eggs in one basket.
  2. I think that her American Made team should have took my eBay course, why I say that? (Not to be cocky)  It’s because I have personally helped hundreds of individuals and big brand businesses build a great business with eBay throughout the years, and I made sure to put my experience and knowledge into it.
  3. I believe this entire situation is simply a marketing stunt to grab attention to the brand, I don’t necessary think it’s a bad thing for eBay or even Etsy for her brand to be on Amazon only.

As for handmade or home made products, I have always suggested to have it listed in as many channels as you can, the fact is that some people are completely loyal to one marketplace, if you’re an Esty buyer, you most likely don’t even shop on eBay or Amazon.

I have to mention that there are many services that will help you manage multiple channels completely from one interface, making your life (and your team’s) much easier.