Ladies and Gentleman, the Black President …

…of that is, LOL!

So Obama could actually become the first Black President, and all that. However, he would be the first pres. of the USA, but our company President here at 3rd Power Outlet is pretty rad too. Check out the President of 3rd Power Outlet as he speaks to ChannelAdvisor at the Catalyst convention this week about their products.

I got to give props, he represents our cool ass company pretty well. He is the “Hustle Simmons” around these parts. YO! where can I get a fly ass 3rd Power Polo shirt like that Prez? Is it only for the big wigs? Hook a brutha up, dude.

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3rd Power Made CNN

Yes, I’m giving my own shout-out, but who cares! This is a great day. Apparently, the world is fascinated by our thoughts on Gilligan Island’s Mary Ann being a weed head. At the bottom of the CNN article, they have a from the blogs section and our little community is featured!
Mary Ann Gilligan's Island

Eminem Knows How to Rock Our Gear

Eminem is always seen rocking durags & bandanas. He was one of the pioneer artists to start rocking this style and always keeps it fly. Eminem pulls this look off both with and without a cap. For all you wankstas out there rocking it wrong… take notes!

Eminem DuRag

Eminem DuRag

Eminem DuRag

Eminem DuRag

The real question is when is he coming back on the scene? Where’s the real slim shady??

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3rd Power Outlet February Winner

Joe Klingner of Jacksonville Florida is 3rd Power’s February Winner.

Joe is the winner of a Red Lobster gift card!

You could be a winner too.

3rd Power Featured in PC World Magazine

John’s quote in italics below…..

eBay Sellers Split on Changes

The significant changes that eBay announced last week have merchants abuzz as they analyze and react to the impact that the restructured fees, modification of the search and feedback functions, and other changes will have on their sales and profits.Of particular interest have been the proposed changes to fees, which involve lowering the cost of listing items and increasing the commission eBay gets when products are sold. There has also been much discussion in blogs and discussion forums of eBay’s plan to forbid sellers from leaving negative feedback for buyers.While merchants are split on the potential benefits and disadvantages of the changes, there seems to be a general consensus that, whether one supports them or not, the changes represent a major attempt on eBay’s part to alter the way that the marketplace works.”It’s clear eBay is taking it really seriously that they have to improve the buyer experience, and they’re laying the groundwork for getting aggressive about doing it,” said Jonathan Garriss, executive director of the Professional eBay Sellers Alliance (PESA), a group of large sellers that has often been highly critical of eBay.Garriss, also CEO of Gotham City Online, an apparel store on eBay that also has its own site, hopes that the proposed changes will be a first step of others that eBay will take to fix what PESA considers key problems with the marketplace, such as making the buyer experience more convenient and streamlined.To that end, Garriss is encouraged by the proposed incentives to reward merchants who provide superior customer service by giving all qualifying merchants preferred placement in search engine results and offering PowerSellers additional fee discounts based on their customer ratings.

“We don’t want to lose sight of the health of the marketplace, and the changes eBay is making are absolutely in the right direction,” Garriss said in a phone interview.

While he supports the concept of lowering insertion fees and shifting them to the commission, he recognizes that, as proposed, the fee restructuring will greatly hurt some merchants, particularly, in his view, those that sell lower-priced items in high volume via auctions. Garriss hopes that eBay will take this into consideration and possibly adjust the fee changes before rolling them out in a few weeks in the U.S.

Lisa Witt, an eBay PowerSeller for eight years, says the fee changes will not have much of an impact on her bottom line. A seller of fine jewelry, Witt says the listing fees will remain too high even under the new fee structure.

“They need to dramatically change the fee structure if they expect seller growth on the site. eBay should have a flat rate listing fee and it should be the same amount across the board for everyone, and that listing fee should be low,” she wrote in an e-mail interview. “A monthly fee for unlimited listings on eBay would work well too.”

Witt is against the plan to forbid sellers from leaving negative feedback about buyers. This change may lead to buyers using the threat of negative feedback as an extortion tactic to get extras, she said. Buyers may also be disinclined to contact sellers if a disagreement arises, resorting simply to leaving negative feedback, she added. “Feedback is voluntary and should be able to be left by either party as they see fit,” Witt said.

Meanwhile, John Lawson, another PowerSeller and owner of 3rd Power Outlet, is generally positive about the proposed changes. “There’ll be some bumpy roads, but they’re on a path to make this marketplace more vibrant,” Lawson said in a phone interview.

3rd Power Outlet, which sells urban wear and accessories and makes about 80 percent of its sales via eBay, will save about 50 percent in listing fees and, factoring in the increased commission, will have net savings in eBay costs of about 30 percent, Lawson said.

“It’ll have a nice impact on our eBay costs. It’s extra money in our pockets,” Lawson said. While not a major windfall, the savings will allow him to add more listings and do more auctions, he said.

Forbidding sellers from leaving negative feedback about buyers is a good move because, as eBay officials have argued, some sellers have used negative feedback to retaliate against buyers, he said. “A seller doesn’t have to leave any comment about buyers at all,” Lawson said. “The buyer has to be satisfied and must have the ability to leave a true comment.”

Still, he’s not crazy about new proposed fee discounts to PowerSellers based on them attaining certain levels of DSR (Detailed Seller Rating). For example, he finds that it’s off the mark for eBay to have a specific DSR category for shipping and handling, because, as a rule, no one likes to pay for this portion of the transaction. Merchants like himself, who sell to buyers overseas, are in particular disadvantage, because many buyers abroad don’t have a clear understanding of shipping costs from the U.S. to international locations, he said.

For others like Witt, DSR-based fee discounts are welcome. “It’s fine to offer incentives to sellers who strive for excellence. That was a good idea and they should expand on it. Offering rewards has always worked better than punishments,” she said.

These and other differing viewpoints about the plans reflect the ripple effect that eBay changes inevitably have, since there is such a wide variety of merchants on its platform. It remains to be seen whether eBay will want, and be able to refine further, its planned changes to achieve — as much as possible — a happy medium across its vast community of sellers.

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Dispelling the Myths: Du Rags Vs Bandanas

Ironically enough, I was standing in line at Foot Locker over the weekend and overheard a conversation about bandanas and du rags. The questions ranged from who wears them, when to wear them, and why wear them. Seeing as how I’m a guru in the industry, I thought it appropriate to dispel the myth to anyone else out there that might be wondering.

A Du Rag in short is a form-fitting version of the bandana. The du rag fits very closely to the head and has a tie on the back for a nice tight fit. Du rags come in nylon, cloth, or stocking material and can be either solid or patterned. Both of these types of headwear are interchangeable. Most often bandanas are worn under helmets or other protective hats for comfort and protection. Bandanas are also used by bikers to wipe off the seats of the bike, with the dipstick when checking oil, clean the mirror, polish the chrome.. you get the point! Bandanas are extremely versatile.

Camoflauge Du Rag

Camo Green Biker Durag
Price: $2.99

flag bandana

12 Pack (1 dozen) – British Flag Bandannas (bandanas)
Price: $6.95

Would I pick one of the other?? Not really, in most cases, I’d keep a du rag on the head and a bandana in the pocket or around the neck for a fashion statement!

If you have thoughts or picks of you rocking a 3rd Power Bandana or Du Rag, send it in!

3rd Power Outlet Receives Rave Reviews

You like me…. you really like me!

We recently submitted a survey regarding 3rd Power Outlet customer satisfaction. I wanted to share some of your thoughts on customer satisfaction, product selection, convenience, and overall shopping experience.

How Satisfied Were You With Your 3rd Power Shopping Experience?

Please rate your satisfaction with 3rd Power shopping convenience.

… Satisfaction with product selection

Overall shopping experience was positive

Would you recommend 3rd Power Outlet to a friend or colleague?

General feedback:

“My one experience with 3rd Power was excellent. You are one of the best sellers I have encountered on ebay.”

“My first experience was wonderful. I made a point the second time to “track” the website down for another purchase. Great customer service.”

“What I can tell you to improve your services?…Nothing every time I buy something it’s perfect (communication, shipping delay, price) it’s for me the 3 most important things when you buy something.”

“I would not change a thing. Your website was easy to maneuver through and I was able to find what I needed at a great price!”

“excellent service i have nothing to report but greatness with your company and web site.”

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