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Monday, November 01, 2021

November 1, 2021...

I have been busy with any number of repairs; autos, sites, several of my programs. That said, I have been ordering inventory for WiredShops and ensuring some of the items listed, are exactly as I imagined.

Below, some of the inventory that has arrived over the last month (click on the image to see the listings).

Two of the sale items I really wanted to checkout were the waterproof riding boots and stretch slim leggings shown in the photos below.

I am very pleased with both items. The blouse is also a new purchase, however I have not listed it. I love the material (transparent crepe-like) and the colors suit my complexion, however there are one or two problems. Contact me (wiredshops@qisoftware.com) privately, if you are interested in the blouse.

I am not on an all out push to over market the new shopping site, however I did expect a little more action than I am currently seeing. Some of the site repairs seem a little to suspicious and my concerns are centered on overwhelming my web hosts and shutting everything down. I cannot afford to lose my core sites- over promoting my new shopping site, hence the reason I am taking a lowkey approach.



Wednesday, October 06, 2021

New Shop Owner

I spent most of September (2021) learning about online commerce and why Amazon.com is amazon.com.

WiredShops is now open and the cart is in production mode. Note, I am using PayPal exclusively to handle all transactions securely through their gateways.

I am happy I decided to add to my skill set in this area. Opencart was an easy application to install and configure for my needs and I am satisfied with the results. Some of the major tasks associated with this project, included:

  • Understanding drop shipping.
  • Automating the process using APIs.
  • Creating a Microsoft Access database to track all of my orders.
  • Selecting and obtaining inventory I could afford to maintain.
  • Analysis of shipping times and costs.
  • Ensuring compliance with the state of Maryland insofar as sales tax.
  • Research of products, sourcing the products (ensuring I can backup sales activity with actual inventory), and adding the items to my shop.
  • Issues with browsers and CORS. Spent a Sunday afternoon researching Font-Awesome problems which turned out to be because of browser CORS related issues and the fact my sites use Apache Tomcat.
  • Legal disclaimers.

The illustration below shows the new sales and use tax number I applied for to ensure I am in compliance with Maryland laws and sales tax regulations.

My core business is software consulting and advertising. I pay taxes on income derived from consulting and advertising activities as reported to the state and IRS. Sales tax on items sold in state through commerce is different and must be reported and collected at the time of sale.

As noted above, I also created a new database to maintain orders. I needed to ensure my orders and the drop shipping orders were in sync. Below an illustration of the design view of the Orders table.

Finally, one of the items I wanted to have on hand, the earrings shown below.

Quite honestly, I used to wear a different type of earring to the office. Today, I wear a pair of inexpensive diamond-like studs. I do not want my mask to snare an expensive earring. I was pleasantly surprised by the weight and how these earrings looked. I can also afford to lose one.

I enjoy researching products and adding them to my shops. I wish I could afford to order everything and ensure it is exactly- what I hoped it would be, however WiredShops does accept returns.

I will probably get back to programming and other projects, but I have to say- I thought this whole experience, very interesting. I am happy I have something to do if other areas of my life and business are not taking up too much of my time.

I worked at Circuit City part time for about three of the four years while in college. A lot of the part timers were college students. I enjoyed my experience in this area-- and understand retail operations in the "brick & mortar" sense. I love learning new things.



Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Shop My Sale

Introducing Shop My Sale. This entry provides images and links to sale items listed with PayPal.







Friday, September 13, 2019

Costumes

Starting to update the Gift Ideas post and ran across an idea I thought might be interesting for a kid's birthday, costume or Halloween party theme.

These NFL youth costume theme sets could be a hit with the kids and cost between $17 and $75 depending on size and team.

I am only showing four of the theme sets, however most of the NFL teams are available.


Are you ready for the holidays? I am trying to get into the swing of things, however I am a little late with some of things I want to do this year.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Back to School 2017 2023

I did not go away to college. I lived at home the entire 4 years, while studying for my undergrad degree. Going away to college is one of the things I always felt I should have experienced.

I am always interested to learn what new students leaving home for the first time are hoping the experience will provide them.

That said, school shopping was always one of my favorite things to do and I did more than my share- even though I lived at home. I needed supplies, fashions, books, etc., just like students living on campus. I had a part time job [one summer an internship at NASA] for most of the four years I was in college- to offset expenses and college loans.

Today, if I had to worry about living on campus what would I purchase?



WD 1TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBYNN0010BBK-WESN

SanDisk 64GB Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 for Android Devices and Computers - microUSB, USB 3.0 - SDDD3-064G-G46

Onlyeasy Foldable Underbed Bags - 2 Pack Blankets Clothes Comforters Storage Bag Breathable Zippered Organizer for Bedroom with Clear Window and 4 Handles, 39.4x19.7x5.9 in, Linen-like Grey, MXDUBBP2

EdgeStar CRF321SS 3.1 Cu. Ft. Dorm Sized Energy Star Compact Fridge/Freezer

OSHIBA EM925A5A-BS Countertop Microwave Oven, 0.9 Cu Ft With 10.6 Inch Removable Turntable, 900W, 6 Auto Menus, Mute Function & ECO Mode

Designstyles Wall Hanging 3 Tier File Holder - Wall Mounted Metal Wire Magazine Rack - Office Folder Organizer with Name Tag Slot

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I have also updated some of the other stores.

Also researching for several of my social media projects including the HanoverMaryland Businesses page on Facebook.

Since my last post, I celebrated another birthday. It was a nice birthday and I am always happy to receive the money gifts my family bestows upon me.

I did not like any of my birthday photos, so I will post a new photo later to show how gracefully I am not aging. Did you get that word play? Just kidding.




Monday, January 02, 2017

Coach

Coach ClassicsCoach is a brand long recognized for quality. Some of my Coach pieces are over twenty years old. The Coach classic handbag shown, was used almost everyday for over 10years.

Are you thinking of adding to your Coach collection, or maybe a gift for someone special?


COACH Polished Pebble Leather Lane Satchel Oxblood/Gold One Size

Coach Derby Tote in Pebble Leather

COACH Polished Pebble Leather Taylor Tote

COACH Women's Drew Satchel

COACH Women's Ellie File Bag

Coach Katy Satchel In Signature Canvas

COACH Mollie Tote 1671

COACH Val Duffle In Signature Canvas (Redwood), One Size

COACH Women's Kacey Satchel Crossbody (IM/Black)

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Things I Heart

Products or services that I use or want to own because I know it is the right product/service for my needs.



Cybex 770AT Arc Trainer (Renewed)

Ray-Ban Rb2132 New Wayfarer Polarized Square Sunglasses

Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Computer Electronics/Home Office

Home office, computer, and electronics equipment I think would be useful in running a small business from home.



PowerShot G7 X Mark II 20.1MP 4.2X Optical Zoom Digital Camera + Expo Premium Accessories Bundle - International Version (Point & Shoot)

Brother HL-L3210CW Compact Digital Color Printer Providing Laser Printer Quality Results with Wireless

GlocalMe DuoTurbo 4G LTE Portable WiFi Mobile Hotspot for Travel, with US 8GB & Global 1GB Data, No SIM Card Needed, Unlock Router Device for Home in 140+ Countries

Frunsi Wireless Keyboard for Procreate, Drawing Keyboard for Ipad, Graphics Tablet, Pad Painting 6.5 x 5.5 inch Rechargeable Procreate Keyboard

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro Bundle with 64GB Pro Memory Card, Li-Ion Battery Pack & Charger

Fellowes 62MC 10-Sheet Micro-Cut Home and Office Paper Shredder with Safety Lock

GoPro HERO9 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Front LCD and Touch Rear Screens, 5K Ultra HD Video, 20MP Photos, 1080p Live Streaming, Webcam

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise Platinum 2023 | 1 User | Accounting Software for Business [PC Download]

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Items I Have

Some of my Amazon purchases which I find particularly useful in running my business or for everyday life.


Apple iPad Mini 5-64GB - WiFi - Space Gray

Stylus Pen for iPad 9th&10th Generation-2X Fast Charge Active Pencil Compatible with 2018-2023 Apple iPad

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Steam Espresso System

Porkus Glass Cups with Lids and Straws 4pcs,Glass Iced Coffee Cups with Lids

Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard Portable Mini Wireless Keyboard Rechargeable for Apple iPad (I love this keyboard)

ELITEED 6 in 1 USB Camera to iPhone/ iPad Adapter with SD & TF Card Reader, Compatible iPhone/iPad

Ohuhu Watch Press Set, Upgraded Professional 27 Piece Watch Case Back Press Watch Press Set Back Case Closer Watch Back Remover Tool

EasyTime Watch Repair Kit - Watch Battery Replacement Kit

Bedsure Queen Comforter Duvet Insert - Quilted White Comforter

ARZOPA Portable Monitor 2K, 13.3'' HDR Portable Laptop Monitor USB C HDMI

Metal Monitor Stand Riser and Computer Desk Organizer with Drawer

YUNMAI Premium Smart Scale

GlocalMe DuoTurbo 4G LTE Portable WiFi Mobile Hotspot for Travel, with US 8GB & Global 1GB Data

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black) Premium Accessory Bundle with EF-M 15-45mm is STM Lens (Graphite)

Tordorday Bluetooth Thermal Label Printer 4"×6", Wireless Shipping Label Printer for Shipping Packages, iPhone, Windows

HAFOKO MT16 Mini Camera Tripod Small Extendable Selfie Stick Smartphone Tripod Desktop Handheld

Accuteck Gold 86Lbs Digital Shipping Postal Scale

SanDisk 64GB Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 for Android Devices and Computers - microUSB

Microsoft Office Professional 2021 | Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook

Casio HR-10RC Printing Calculator

Bialetti - Moka Express: Iconic Stovetop Espresso Maker, Makes Real Italian Coffee, Moka Pot 9 Cups

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Just Want




Sunday, January 01, 2017

Gift Ideas

The following gift ideas are from the inventory of products I own & love or items I would want as gifts.


KitchenAid KSM7586PCA 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer Candy Apple Red

MONTBLANC Meisterstuck Le Grand Ballpoint Pen

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Steam Espresso System with Milk Frother

Porkus Glass Cups with Lids and Straws 4pcs,Glass Iced Coffee Cups with Lids

Brother SE600 Sewing and Embroidery Machine, 80 Designs, 103 Built-In Stitches

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black) Premium Accessory Bundle with EF-M 15-45mm is STM Lens (Graphite)

GlocalMe DuoTurbo 4G LTE Portable WiFi Mobile Hotspot for Travel, with US 8GB & Global 1GB Data

YUNMAI Premium Smart Scale

Accuteck Gold 86Lbs Digital Shipping Postal Scale

Messermeister Avanta 5” Fine Edge Steak Knife Set - German X50 Stainless Steel

Ice Cream Maker by Cuisinart, Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Machine, 2-Qt. Double-Insulated Freezer Bowl

Cuisinart Electric Knife

Bialetti - Moka Express: Iconic Stovetop Espresso Maker

KitchenAid Blade Coffee Grinder

Cross Classic Century Classic Black Ballpoint Pen & 0.7mm Pencil with 23KT Gold-Plated

Ambient Weather WS-2902 WiFi Smart Weather Station

Celestron - AstroMaster 130EQ Newtonian Telescope - Reflector Telescope for Beginners

Mini Tabletop Pool Set- Billiards Game

Happy Sales HSCT-CNG09 Cast Iron Tea Pot Tea Set Ancient Coin Gold

LECTRIC XP™ Lite Electric Bike | Adult Folding Bikes - Weighs Only 46lbs | 40+ Mile Range w/ 5 Pedal-Assist Levels | 20mph Top Speed - Class 1 and 2 eBike

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Pink Gift Ideas



Sunday, January 01, 2017

Home Furnishings & Kitchen




Sunday, January 01, 2017

Brass



Thursday, June 30, 2016

What To Get Her?

Most of my family is preparing to leave town for the upcoming holiday [July 4th]. I never make the trek down south for the Annual Family Reunion.

So, what have I been up to?

I do most of my shopping online and plan ahead for gift giving. I love finding unique ideas or ideas I think people will appreciate. That is how my "Pink Gift Ideas" page started. Initially, it was a single page under the Gift Ideas category.

Earlier this week, I decided to make it a sub-category. Why? To add more than a page full of pink gift ideas and to unburden myself of trying to insure the pink gifts stayed on the same page. The problem? If I inserted a gift idea before the "pink" page, everything was out of sync.

Shown, a screen grab of the first page of the new sub-category as it appeared yesterday afternoon.

Keep in mind, Amazon prices may change based on different variables. Click here to see the actual page.

Also this week, workmen installed the new gutters, completing all of the work for the new roof installation, which started last week.

I had a couple of errands to run this week, so also shown... me, as I was leaving the house [alive and busy].



Friday, July 05, 2013

found two fixes..

Last week I had some issues with my Macbook's display. I believe the problem occurred because I cracked the case just under the monitor where it is hinged. There was a small screw-- in that location.

This problem began in Oct 2011-- and has not really been an issue until last week. Yesterday, I spent most of the afternoon trying to re-calibrate the display only to go to bed frustrated. This morning I finally fixed the problem.

That said-- yesterday I went in search of a portable monitor I could use with the Macbook and found the Toshiba shown on the right. If you are looking for a similar option for your Macbook-- you will need to visit DisplayLink.com and download a driver for the Mac OSX operating system-- as it uses a USB connection.

This item is still in my Wish List-- however it is a serious contender for my next purchase. When I have problems with my Macbook-- I use a flat-screen television monitor which works fine-- however, I need a more portable solution.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Things I want or need...

My Current Shopping Cart:

I need two of the hard drives-- and recently only purchased one USB 2.0 cable. I will need another.

My Current Wish List [the shoe came in sand but no longer available-- I like this color combination-- too]:

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