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You either ‘blewid out the water’ or you didn’t.
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Safety Tips for Avoiding the Most Common Craigslist Scams
When you ask people if they’ve heard of Craigslist, the answer is invariable “yes.” Not surprising, as the selling portal is active in more than 70 countries. But what people don’t realize is that craigslist takes in over $1 Billion in revenue each year, but there are only 50 employees in the company! That’s due to the fact that the buyers and sellers on craigslist do all of the work.
But what most people don’t know is people use craigslist to scam others out of merchandise, data and money. Never has “buyer beware” been more important to follow than it has on craigslist. So what are some of the things that you need to watch out for? Let’s look at some of the most common scams.
Big Ticket – Big Scam
If you’re looking to purchase a big-ticket item, like a car or even a house, and the seller doesn’t ask for a credit check before engaging in a transaction, stop! The seller is just trying to get your financial information and will take your money and disappear. Buyer beware on this because without question, this is a scam.
Something to remember: the Internet and social media have the unique identity to mask the identity of the person you’re dealing with, so even though they give you a name or email address, you have to verify that it’s true. Start with Nuwber, an easy-to-use online tool that will verify the true identity of the person you’re communicating with, simply by entering his or her phone number or other pertinent info. Once you’ve received their true identity, if the person whom you’re dealing with is not who they say they are, end all communication immediately. The person is a cybercrook and scam artist and they’re only out to rob you anyway they can.
Here’s another tip: if someone would prefer to call you rather than text or email you, watch out. They want your phone number in order to gain access to additional data and information, so never give out your number. Always use Google Voice to make or receive phone calls, because it lets you use a phone number that is totally different from your own. And always use craigslist’s proxy email to avoid revealing your own.
Avoid Wire Transfers
A sure giveaway to a scam is when the seller asks you to use a wire transfer to pay for merchandise. This provides an opportunity for the cybercrook to steal your financial data or your money without ever sending any merchandise! Avoid wire transfers. If you do want to use PayPal, use the website to get a link – never use one that’s provided to you by the seller. They’ll simply send you to a spoof site where they can access all the account information you enter.
By following these simple tips to protect yourself, you should be able to buy and sell using craigslist without any problems.
Funimation’s industry panel at FunimationCon 2020 was packed full of exciting new and returning series, an upcoming theatrical release, expansion of Funimation to Latin America, and more. On its streaming service, Funimation announced that all 220 episodes of the original Naruto series subbed and dubbed will launch in North America on July 6, and the next batch of One Piece dubbed episodes are coming in August to digital storefronts. Funimation also announced returning and continuing series including Fruits Basket Season 2, Fire Force Season 2, No Guns Life Season 2, and new series including DECA-DENCE, By the Grace of the Gods, Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW and Akudama Drive are coming to the service. Funimation continues to delight fans with exclusive products in THE FUNIMATION SHOP, including Dragon Ball Z Funko Pop Ultra Size Shenron, and Exclusive Dragon Ball Super Funko Pop Kale and Caulifla two-pack. And starting today, the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part One Standard Edition Blu-ray is available for pre-order.
Aniplex of America is partnering with Funimation Films to distribute the new highly anticipated Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train in theaters! We are so thrilled to partner with them on this theatrical release! Stay tuned for information soon!
Funimation, which is currently available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, will expand to Mexico and Brazil in Fall 2020. Funimation also announced it would offer select subtitled and dubbed anime series in Spanish and Portuguese. Stay tuned for more information.
Returning and Continuing Series this Summer (North America)
* Fruits Basket Season 2
* Fire Force Season 2 premieres July 3
* Black Clover
* One Piece – Simulcast continues
* Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 premieres July 11
* No Guns Life Season 2 resumes July 9 with Episode 13
* The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED resumes Simulcast on July 30 with Episode 3
* APPARE-RANMAN! resumes Simulcast on July 24 with Episode 4
* A Certain Scientific Railgun T – SimulDub™ resuming
* Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater returns July 28 with Episode 4
* Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement- returns July 3 with Episode 8
New to Funimation’s Streaming Service in July 2020 (North America)
* SUPER HXEROS premieres July 3
* DECA-DENCE – July 2020
* Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! premieres July 10
* Lapis Re: LiGHTs premieres July 4
* Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Season 2 (Subtitled) premieres July 7. All of Season 1 (subbed) will be released on the same day as Season 2 premieres
Coming to Funimation 2020 and 2021 (North America)
* By the Grace of the Gods – Fall 2020
* Akudama Drive – October 2020
* Adachi and Shimamura – Fall 2020
* Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW – Fall 2020
* Maesetsu! Opening Act – Fall 2020
* Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World – Fall 2020
* Ikebukuro West Gate Park – Fall 2020
* Dropout Idol Fruit Tart – Fall 2020
* MARS RED – 2021
New Products and Home Video Releases in the Funimation Shop
Funimation revealed exciting products available in the Funimation Shop. Highlights include exclusive Dragon Ball Z Funko Pop, Dragon Ball Super Funko Pop, Fruits Basket Kyo, and Yuki Figures, and the Chrome Pop Collection. Pre-order is open for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part One Standard Edition Blu-Ray.
* Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part One Standard Edition Blu-ray (Pre-order)
* The Rising of the Shield Hero – Season One Part One – BD / DVD Limited Edition
* The Rising of the Shield Hero Season One Part Two – BD / DVD + Artbook
* The Quintessential Quintuplets – Season One – BD / DVD Limited Edition
Products Available for Pre-Order
* Dragon Ball Z Funko Pop – Ultra Size Shenron – Pre-Order (metallic/glow in the dark) * Exclusive Dragon Ball Super Funko Pop – Kale/Caulifla 2pk
* Exclusive Fruits Basket – Kyo Figure
* Exclusive Fruits Basket – Yuki Figure
Special Product Offers
* Berserk Guts: Black Swordsman (exclusive bloody variant)
* July 3rd – Chrome Pop Collection / XL All Might Glitter FiGPiN
* July 4th – XL Gogeta/Broly FiGPiN 2-pack
Funimation distributes the best anime to a passionate, global community of fans. For over 25 years, Funimation has pioneered an omnichannel approach to engaging and entertaining millions where they want it most—streaming, home entertainment, theatrical, e-commerce, merchandising, live events, and more.
Funimation’s streaming services offer a growing catalog of over 700 anime series and 13,000+ hours of content available on 15 platforms and in 47 countries. Funimation’s in-house team designs must-have, exclusive collectibles distributed through major retailers and an e-commerce site; Funimation’s theatrical division is responsible for six of the top 20 anime films in the U.S. As pioneers of the SimulDub™, Funimation is the gold standard for foreign language dubbing of Japanese anime with the highest quality standards and fidelity to the original artists. With a fan-centric approach, Funimation has built a loyal social community of over 30 million followers and earned the trust of Japan’s most iconic creators.
Funimation has nine offices in six countries, and over 400 employees worldwide. As an independently operated joint venture between U.S.-based Sony Pictures Entertainment and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., Funimation benefits from deep entertainment expertise across cultures, territories, and languages.
It’s extremely difficult to find a reliable partner in our fast-moving world, and statistical data confirm this fact. According to the recent census, almost more 43 percent of adult American population are singles. The reasons behind these threatening figures vary, but most singles admit that they find themselves unable to fit relationships into their hectic life. It takes much time to meet someone, get to know him/her, court, and adapt your life so that you can meet the needs of a new partner. That’s when online dating comes in handy. Though presently a good many people still don’t consider online dating as serious and conducive to forming long-term relationships, more and more lonely hearts desperate for love take advantage of online dating services.
According to Camsoda dependable review, an online dating industry’s revenue is forecast to reach almost 20 million dollars by the end of 2020, which is suggestive of users’ skyrocketing interest to online dating. Needless to say, the industry in question can be a perfect source of income to those who know how to make the most of it. If you’re determined to set up an online dating business, you need to be knowledgeable about the subtleties of this industry and ready to face up to difficulties and pitfalls that are just bound to arise as you move on. In our todays article, we’re going to tell you how to maximize your business potential and create a profitable online dating site that will set up millions of lonely people.
Research the Market. Find Your Niche
You must know that the very conception of online dating has been redefined since the advent of dating applications. Such apps as Tinder, Hinge, League, and Bumble are convenient, easily accessible, and versatile and currently making massive inroads into the online dating market. The developers promise that their apps will help your find a perfect match and build valuable relationship. No wonder, more people now tend to rely on freemium apps for finding their significant others. As for the more traditional monthly paid subscription dating sites, there’s a noticeable decrease in their popularity. That having been said, you don’t need to give up the idea of building your online dating business right away. If you’re a total stranger to web development and it’s beyond you to create your own unique dating app, there’s still a chance to succeed in setting up your online dating website.
First of all, you need you need to know the market you’re about to enter. Therefore, it’s critical that you do extensive research into it. Get to know your rivals, familiarize yourself with the range of services they provide to find out what makes people choose exactly them. Once you identify your target audience and research your niche market, you’ll need to come up with some unique ideas and marketing strategies that will help you set your services apart from other competitors and attract users. Consider creating an online dating site for specific tastes or fetishes. Remember Uniform Singles that successfully brings together people who wear uniform at work (e.g. military or police officers, doctors, firefighters). You can also locate a gap in the market you’re aiming at and come up with something unique and non-trivial. Thus, you’ll be able to occupy the niche that has been hitherto vacant.
Make Your Users Like You
No matter what your site’s users prefer, they are always looking for one and the same. All singles dream of finding a person who would keep them company if not creating a lasting connection with someone. So, make sure to create a welcoming, user-friendly environment for your visitors. In other words, make them like your website. There are lots of those people who are still hesitant about using online dating services or have previous bad experiences. The onus is on you to show them that online dating can be easy, fun, and just as real as real life dating. Allow your visitors to express themselves. Let them share their thoughts, opinions, and desires. Don’t impose strict limits and don’t scare off new users with charging them too much for your services. Remember that currently only about 16 percent of people are willing to pay for online dating services. With that in mind, you’ll need to invent a strategy that will help you attract clients without and at the same time won’t rob them. You can offer free trial subscription for, say, the first month. It’s also a good idea to roll out discounts and limited time bonuses for both new users and loyal clients. Finally, you can opt for a freemium model. But if you grant all users a free membership, you’ll need to think about some other ways in which you can attract income. Most online dating business owners that don’t charge annual or monthly subscription fees, rely heavily on advertising revenue, which can be a good option for you, as well. You can also consider affiliate partnership as a source of additional income.
Understand the Importance of Software
It’s a rare website that can thrive with an amateur-looking interface, lack of technical support, and poor moderation. Therefore, you should be prepared for forking out on all those things to ensure proper operation of your website. Hire an experienced web builder who knows how to code, understands design and it able to implement such essential functions as instant messages, navigation, spam detection, image and on-page optimization, e-commerce, link building, etc. Thus, you’ll be able to earn your users’ trust and make them want to come back.
Promote Your Business
Furthermore, don’t forget about marketing your online business. It’s a good idea to start a blog you’ll be updating with unique content relevant to services you’re providing. Thus, you’ll be able to advertise your website in an unobtrusive and subtle manner. If you want to give your product instant reach to billions of active users start promoting it on social media. Don’t just provide links to your product. Interest your potential visitors with an appealing intro text and ask your current users share their reviews and impressions about your services with others on social media. Thus, you’ll be able to interest and reach out to a wider audience and attract more people willing to find their love online.
Co-President, Pete Nordstrom, along side of corporate partners hosted a tour for retailer’s newly largest single project investment in their history. On Oct 24th, Nordstrom will launch its first flagship in Manhattan since the 1920s. An exclusive onestop shop adjacent to the Nordstrom Men’s store located on West 57th street & Broadway. The seven-level flagship store, designed in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates, forms in the base of the ‘tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.’ With 320,000 square feet, it will embody an experience which is responsive and reflective of its customers. After all, a great design encourages people to stay longer and shop more. And, with 19-foot ceilings, it’s an open canvas for an interchangeable yet flexible floor plan.
The new floor plan allows for discovery, with range to explore and transition through brands freely that they haven’t experienced before. The infrastructure is designed to funnel natural light through transparency with floor to ceiling glass, intertwining the shopping experience to the city’s skyline. The atrium possesses a waveform glass façade which allows for interaction from customers inside and out. Chain-mail veils and lighting installations lend character to the location, reflecting the city’s cultural events as well as major holidays.
“A rapidly growing younger consumer who’s engaged has emerged,” asserts Pete Nordstrom. Instinctively creating a new culture and how we shop that’s relevant to life experiences. Today one-third of sales are e-commerce, which represents 30% of Nordstrom’s business.
For over 100 years, the retailer has stood the test of time. The climate of brick and mortar for many retailers have shrunk and/or has become nonexistent. Nordstrom understands as their customer evolves, their level of service and retail atmosphere should be elevated as well. Using technology and innovation, the new store’s communication system will allow employees to order beverages and/or garments throughout the location.
In addition, customers will have access to 24/7 buy online & pickup, in-store personal stylists and tailoring while you wait. The Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim, has fabricated initiatives like Pop-In@ Nordstrom – an exclusive space for emerging designers. Merchandising will include a curated depth of products (clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty, children’s, home etc) across price points.
Lastly, there will be 7 food and beverage options with 4 full-service restaurants, 2 bars and an innovative, gluten-free doughnut stand:
¤ Shoe Bar will feature handcrafted cocktails, speciality coffee drinks and a selection of small plates.
¤ 2 restaurants are in collaboration with Chef Tom Douglas.
¤ 1 restaurant is in collaboration with Chef Ethan Stowell.
For a mega metropolis that’s often explored while on foot, this fashion marquee’s newest residence seems to be long overdue.
When Printful launched its print-on-demand/drop-shipping business in 2013, most competitors were traditional bulk-printing companies that weren’t built for one-off fulfillment of t-shirts and other products. Today, thanks to the e-commerce explosion and a savvy technology-focused business strategy, Printful is the largest company of its kind with three fulfillment centers in the U.S. and headquarters in Riga, Latvia and Charlotte, NC, a fourth that recently opened in Mexico, 500 employees, dozens of product options, and 800,000+ customers around the globe from artists and cause marketers to Twitter-preneurs like WeRateDogs that use merchandise to monetize their ventures.
2018 was the year where the issue of users’ privacy took the central stage. With the enactment of GDPR and the congressional hearing of Facebook’s Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, the issue of users’ ownership rights over their data was brought firmly into the public spotlight. Now with the start of a new year, it’s time for a change.
WAAM, a decentralized e-commerce blockchain platform, made it its mission to return data ownership rights back to their original owners- the users. On WAAM, users have the right to choose whether to share their personal data or part of it, for rewards or keep it private. By connecting retailers, apps, and users, in a consensual and direct manner, WAAM makes sure that all the players in its economy have something to gain, making it into a real win-win for all.
WAAM formed a strategic partnership with FashionTV, the international fashion and lifestyle broadcasting station, reaching over 1 billion people across the globe. FashionTV is planned to embed the WAAM protocol across its channels, making the WAAM token an officially acceptable currency.
WAAM will be making its first leap into the e-commerce sphere through the fashion industry, the largest e-commerce vertical, with over 500 million USD in sales in 2018 alone. This goal will be further strengthened by the partnership with FashionTV, helping to make WAAM a household name, furthering its exposure through FashionTV’s close connections with thousands of celebrities and brands.
Another party to benefit from the partnership is inFASH, a social network for fashion lovers and the first app to have embraced the WAAM protocol. inFASH and WAAM established their partnership back in early 2018 and have been working together to increase the synergy between blockchain technology and fashion ever since. Operating on the WAAM platform will allow both inFASH and FashionTV to collaborate, providing inFASH with access to a mass audience of fashion enthusiasts, while FashionTV’s users will be able to benefit from a social platform on which they can both earn money from sharing their fabulous fashion sense as well as a better shopping experience complemented with special sales and discounts.
At its core the WAAM platform is designed to help create synergies and collaborations between different partners, whether it is by helping retailers directly connect with potential customers, or by helping apps to collaborate with one another, as is the case with inFASH and FashionTV, the motivation to create a solution that benefits all are the fuel that makes the platform successful and sustainable.
Trends That Will Impact the Finance Industry 2019 – 2020 and Beyond
It is undeniable that the pace of technological advancement is the major force behind the changes happening in the global financial services industry (FSI). Financial institutions are left with no choice but to adapt their business models accordingly to remain competitive in the markets they operate.
FSI outlook reports for 2019 to 2020 and beyond by various top financial consulting firms in the world, PwC , Cooper Parry and Deloitte, show that FinTech, digitization of operations, data analytics, client self-service, and blockchain are the most likely sources of disruptions in the financial services industry over the next two years. This article captures the real-world implications of these changes and provides insight on how organizations can prepare to win in the increasingly dynamic playing field.
FinTech to Steer the new Business Model
Today, there is nothing more disruptive in finance than FinTech. Using service-oriented innovative technology, FinTech start-ups have finally become the unopposable tools for breaking into financial services. A recent Global FinTech Survey by PwC showed that traditional players are worried of losing about 25% of their business to standalone FinTech start-ups within the next 5 years.
In a smart move to remain competent in the industry, incumbents are smartly embracing disruptions. Large to small financial institutions have come to the realization that it is no longer about integrating technology into business operations but using financial technology as a central facet of new business models.
Analytics: Key Decision-making Tool
Data has never been more critical to businesses like it is today. Data analytics combined with artificial intelligence and machine learning will be key technological trendsetters for the financial services industry in 2019 and beyond.
Business analytics is continually becoming an essential tool for truly transforming financial institutions into data-driven organizations. Financial institutions are expected to invest in technologies surrounding data analytics to realize the massive power of data on hand and that which they can collect (big data). 2019 and 2020 will therefore witness massive increase in data utilization by these institutions. Even institutions that offer products for Forex trading for beginners are keen to use advanced data utilization technologies to ensure that their customers are able to make profitable Forex trades from the onset of their careers.
Retail banking, payments, insurance, and wealth management are areas in which digitization of operations is already taking place at great lengths industry-wide. With internet development and continuous technological advancement, financial institutions are putting more investments into digitization of more and more business operations to achieve more efficiency.
The e-commerce way of doing things has become the new normal in financial services. This is evidenced by the tendency by financial organizations to transform traditional operational units into e-business units. This trend has also caught pace in financial regulatory institutions.
Shift to Client Self-service and Increasing Value of Customer Intelligence
Delivering superior client experience is one of the major competition grounds for banks, insurance companies and investment management firms. Every other day, these organizations are looking for new technologies to provide more relevant services to their clients and in the most seamless ways. Self-service platforms are especially growing in popularity.
As services become digitized, financial institutions are keen to provide technology-based solutions that add value and enhance client experience. It is no longer just increase the number of self-service functionalities.
Of critical importance is making sure that technological capabilities being developed are customer-intelligent. Customer intelligence deals with how an organization interacts with its customer as it seeks to meet the client’s needs. Being customer intelligent is a key trend that will potentially drive FSI revenue and profitability going forward.
Blockchain Will Become an Integral Part of Financial Institutions
Just recently, one of the world’s biggest banks, HSBC, reported how using a blockchain-based system enabled it to make significant cost savings on Forex transactions. It is evident that blockchain has started shaking things up in financial services. There is a surge in funding and innovation in FinTech and blockchain. There are convincing signs that the use of blockchain is likely to become a crucial part of financial institutions’ operational and technological infrastructure.
Adaptability: How to Win in Financial Services
Future winners in FSI are institutions that can envision and execute initiatives at a faster pace than the speed of change. The institution must have an evolving mindset and culture to enable it acquire the right talent and capabilities that will help to develop flexibility and innovativeness. It must also be prepared to invest adequately in securing its brand as a technology leader among its competitors. This is the only way to gain sustainable growth in the increasingly digital future.
Looking to earn some extra cash? One of the best ways to do this in today’s day and age is to sell items online from your home by setting up your own e-commerce company. This can be relatively straightforward to do as the entire operation can be run from your own home and in many cases you do not even need to store the goods at your house. The key to success will be picking the right items to sell – in addition to being in demand, these should also be ones that are cheap to source, easy to store and simple to deliver. Here are a few good options.
Jewelry is always in demand, and people often prefer to buy from independent and small suppliers so that they can find unique, eye-catching designs at affordable prices. Whether you are making the jewelry yourself or sourcing it from elsewhere, this can be very easy to sell online, and it is always in demand. Just make sure that you include high-quality photographs and product descriptions with each piece so that the consumer has a clear idea of what to expect.
Similarly, cosmetics and beauty products are always in demand with people constantly on the lookout for hidden gems from smaller suppliers. Cosmetics can also be simple to store, package and ship and there are also many companies that allow you to sell on their behalf which can be an effective way to sell in-demand products.
The sock industry is experiencing a huge boom right now, and it is expected to exceed $11 billion by 2023. In particular, colorful designs and unique patterns are proving to be highly popular so look to source wholesale socks, and you could start running a lucrative business. Additionally, they are perfect for home businesses because are lightweight and you can order in bulk to allow for an increased average order value with product bundling.
Thanks to shows like The Great British Bakeoff there has been a surge in demand for baked goods in recent times. You can capitalize this by baking your own goods and selling them both directly from your home and online. This can be an excellent business to run from home, but you will need to make sure that you have thought about how to ensure freshness when shipping baked goods.
Seeing as they play such a key part in modern day life for people of all ages, it is no surprise that smartphone accessories are exploding in popularity in 2018. What’s more, they are also very cheap to source and easy to store, so they are ideal for businesses that are run from home.
Selling products online from your home can be a terrific source of income whether it is your sole source of income or a way to earn on the side. The above are all good options for products to sell from your home as they are in demand, easy to keep around the home and simply to ship.
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NatchCom is hands-on, interactive, and will help Natural brands and professionals dominate the digital universe, today and into the future. Register now with your Compass Natural discount and stay tuned for more information as NatchCom brings the Natural/Organic industry the best thinkers and doers in tech and food!
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