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Automatic Invoice Generation Is Now Easy In ManageByStats

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This week a special notice regarding Amazon PII data.

Notice: As of September 20th Amazon will no longer provide Personally Identifiable Information (PII) for Amazon buyers. This impacts certain areas of MBS. See the following blog entry for full info:

More Info On New PII Rules

We cover it all in the blog, so take a look and get the lowdown.

This week we’ve got YouTube tips for more views, news coming out of California, the biggest sales state for Amazon, and an extra long joke to cap things off.

Have a great week.



As you saw in the news article above, we’ve added automatic invoicing to your ManageByStats. Now, in addition to on-demand invoice creation, you can set criteria for MBS to automatically send your invoices:

Check it out in your MBS under Settings > Invoices. If you’d like to automatically receive invoices either Monthly, Quarterly or Annually, you can now do so.



It turns out that just as the YouTube algorithm guides viewers’ behavior, it also has a big effect on the people making those videos. What your video is about, how long it is, when you post, what keywords you put into your metadata, and what your call-to-action calls for can affect not just your video, but your whole YouTube marketing strategy’s success.

Here’s a compilation of the latest information on what’s going on behind the curtain at YouTube, which you can use to ensure your video claims its rightful place among the 400 hours of video uploaded every minute …

YouTube Video Tips: A Guide To Getting More Views



News coming out of California which will greatly reduce sales tax issues for Amazon sellers, as California is the state with the highest amount of sales for almost all sellers.

Beginning October 1, 2019, a new California law generally provides that a marketplace facilitator is responsible for collecting and paying the tax on retail sales made through their marketplace for delivery to California customers. A marketplace includes a physical or online place where marketplace sellers sell or offer for sale tangible merchandise for delivery in California. A marketplace facilitator is generally the operator of the marketplace. This new law is referred to as the Marketplace Facilitator Act, added by Assembly Bill 147 (Stats. 2019, ch. 5) and amended by Senate Bill 92 (Stats. 2019, ch. 34).

If you operate a marketplace or sell tangible merchandise through a marketplace, this guide will help you understand the new law and how it affects your sales and use tax registration, collection, and payment responsibilities …

CA Marketplace Sellers May Be Affected By New Marketplace Facilitator Act



We try to keep these jokes short and sweet, but this week we’re taking a little liberty and giving you a long one. What the hey. You’re here at the end of the newsletter, all the good reading is done …

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, “My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?” The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange, enchanting sound.

The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.”

The man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry way.

Some years later, the same man breaks down in front of the same monastery.

The monks accept him, feed him, even fix his car. That night, he hears the same strange, enchanting noise that he had heard years earlier.

The next morning, he asks what it is, but the monks reply, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.”

The man says, “All right, all right. I’m dying to know. If the only way I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become a monk?”

The monks reply, “You must travel the earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of pebbles. When you find these numbers, you will become a monk.”

The man sets about his task. Forty-five years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the monastery. He says, “I have traveled the earth and have found what you’ve asked for. There are 145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 pebbles on the earth.”

The monks reply, “Congratulations. You are now a monk. We shall now show you the way to the enchanting sound.”

The monks lead the man to a wooden door, where the head monk says, “The sound is right behind that door.”

The man reaches for the knob, but the door is locked. He says, “May I have the key?”

The monks give him the key, and he opens the door.

Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone.

The man demands the key to the stone door.

The monks give him the key, and he opens it, only to find a door made of ruby.

He demands another key from the monks, who provide it.

Behind that door is another door, this one made of sapphire.

So it goes until the man had gone through doors of emerald, silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks say, “This is the last key to the last door.”

The man is relieved to no end.

He unlocks the door, turns the knob, and behind that door he is amazed to find the source of that strange, enchanting sound …

But we can’t tell you what it is because you’re not a monk.



“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do, if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

 – Ronald Reagan


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