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Picking up from last week, this we want to talk about setting province-specific tax rates for all the Canadian e-junkie users. We didn't leave our neighbors to the north out! 

Now the one problem you may find is that there is not a way to separate the GST and PST in the cart or receipt. But, since HST is used in many places this will not be a problem for everyone.


Start by going to Seller Admin>Edit E-junkie Cart Sales Tax & VAT Settings.  On the following page, in the lower right, enter in the abbreviation for each province and territory, followed by a comma and the tax rate. See the screenshot below to follow along as you set your settings. 

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So you have decided to start a web business, or to move your already existing business online. Are you ready to build a website? There are plenty of people out there that can expertly handle for that for you (at a price). But if you have never put a website together before, you probably don't know what to look for in a web developer.

There are many list like this out there, and a number of them are on websites for web development companies, which is fine, but they do promote themselves at the same time.  Since E-junkie is not a web developer, we have no such biases. Here's what you really need to know before hiring someone to build your site. 
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Lets face it, no matter how much we would like to see the opposite, taxes just keep getting more complex. Luckily, E-Junkie makes it possible to set up more then just a single sales tax rate.


If you are selling in a single state, lets say Arizona (where we are located), you will need to charge sales tax to buyers through out the state.  But different cities having their own tax rate (along with the state rate and maybe even a county rate as well), that can create a number of different rates depending on where your buyer is located. In this tutorial, we'll guide you through each step. Click on the photos to see things close up.



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Your inbox probably proves that lots of people think e-blasting the heck out of people will drive conversions. Everyone gets unexpected, unwanted emails from people trying to sell something. But can you remember the last time you replied to one of those? Blasting doesn’t work, building relationships does. So how do you do that? 


Drive to subscribe.

Give people the option to get information from you. This doesn’t mean you just have to sit with your fingers crossed waiting for visitors to your website to fill out a form that let’s you contact them. 
Sweeten the pot by offering visitors to your site a discount on your products or entry into a contest, in return for their information. And promote that offer on your social channels too.
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I was lucky enough to have a chat with prolific writer and artist Jessica Cathryn Feinberg this week. 
This is what she had to say...

Willy of E-Junkie: What is your current project? And is there anything you would like our readers to know about it?

Jessica Cathryn Feinberg: My current project is "Fire Dragons & Other RareEmber Creatures." 
It's a 100 page field guide to fire creatures, a deck of matching playing cards, and other related projects. It's the second book/deck in a series of five I am doing (Water, Fire, Earth, Air, and Clockwork).

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Shipping in the United States can be tricky if you are not using USPS Flat Rate Boxes. Part of the reason for this is that most people only really think about the 50 States, and the shipping can be different outside the contiguous United States.

E-junkie, being based in the United States, has certain settings based on the way things are set at the U.S. Postal Service. The United States, according to them, includes all the outline territories - Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, America Samoa and Wake Island. 


Even when shipping within the United States, UPS or Fed Ex can charge these locations can increase the cost of shipping.  So you will want to set specific shipping rates for these locations. We will show you how. 

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Hey makers! One of the first things you need to consider when you're trying to turn your hobby into a business is what eCommerce option is the right fit for you. 

First, you have to ask "What is my business model?" If you do not know this, you have to sort that out before you launch your business, build a website, etc.

But we can help you.

Ask yourself these questions to start: 

Are you selling physical items?

Are you selling digital items? 

Are your products individualized for each person are you selling unique items? 

Are you selling a single item to multiple people? 


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Some of our merchants have products that can all ship for the same amount, maybe you are selling CDs and/or DVDs or maybe clothing. Our shipping does allow you to setup a flat rate so the buyer gets charged for each item they are purchasing. For this example we are going to charge a flat $2.50 for each item.

Starting from the Admin page you will click on the Edit E-junkie Cart Shipping Settings link on the right side of the page. Then click Next on the page that loads, because you will not need the first page in the Shipping Settings.







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As an old User, I have seen the many faces of computers. From using command lines on Commodores and DOS, to the ever advancing styles of Windows and Mac OS, with a little toying around with Linux. 

Now, the internet is bigger and easier then it ever was, with systems like WordPress. People can build websites without having to worry about knowing anything about coding. 

So it makes sense that you might say: “Do I really need to know anything about coding?”

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A few weeks back I talked with award-winning web cartoonist Josh Sortelli - the creator of "No Scrying" and "Elf Only Inn". We delved into his creative process, found out what's next, and even got some recommendations. 

Willy of E-Junkie: I guess the first question would be what made you to decide to do a web comic when you started "Elf Only Inn" in 2002?

Josh Sortelli: This is going to sound like a joke answer but it is not: When I saw how bad the first wave of webcomics were I realized that any idiot could do it. That is still true today, there is absolutely no barrier to making comics online except for making comics online, but back then the major player was Keenspot and I was reading a comic called Fat Jesus and decided to take some ridiculous scribbles and use it to rant about chatroom roleplaying. I put a very small amount of effort into the first strips I made and I was certain that someday I would be on Keenspot too. And that actually happened.

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How do you setup shipping based on the number of products your customer is buying? We'll walk you through it.

Starting from the Admin page, you will want to click on the "Edit E-junkie Cart Shipping Settings" link on the right side of the page. Then, click Next on the page that loads.


For this example, we are going to set shipping rates: 
      • 1-3 products at $5.95
      • 4-9 products at $12.65 
      • 10-20 products at $17.90 
(We chose these prices because they are the U.S.P.S. Flat Rate Box price for deliveries in the United States and outlying territories.) 

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While brick and mortar shops employ merchandisers to encourage shoppers to buy, successful online shops employ similar practices to encourage shoppers to click and buy. Creative digital companies often employ designers who specialize in the User Experience, because they realize how important it is to capture users and make it easy for them to convert into buyers, even brand ambassadors.

Even if you can't afford to hire out, you can borrow some of their tenants to employ on your own online shop website.


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A Treat of Sorts

Posted: 9/26/2014


Hello all, are we still on our diets?  If yes, congrats! Treat yourself to a cheat day. If not, don't worry. Tomorrow is a new day. 

To provide you a way to celebrate or to indulge in one last not-sanctioned-by-your-diet snack, we curated some treats from our wonderful E-Junkie Sellers Community.





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Not all products are created equally. Some cost more to ship, and to protect your bottom-line you'll need to adjust accordingly.

I want to let you know that if you have a large number of products all with different shipping rates this is not going to be the trick for you. But if you have a no more then nine products, or all of your products can fit into one of nine rates then these steps can help you out.

For these shipping rates you are not going to need to setup shipping rules, but instead just use our Define Packaging option, on the right of the first Edit E-junkie Cart Shipping Rules screen.


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When you first start your business, getting your name out to potential new buyers is a big deal. But how should you go about it?

Word-of-mouth of course is likely going to be the cheapest form of advertising for you. Someone who likes your product, tells a couple friends, who tell a couple of friends and so forth. Your strategy should include encouragement, instead of simple waiting for the good word to roll around. 


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The Shape of Things to Come

Posted: 9/19/2014


Let’s be honest: Most of us feel we could lose at least a pound or two, fifty in my case. I find that there are a couple of times each year that a lot of people decide to try and diet. The first is at New Years (because the new year means new beginning and all), the other is when a new season of Biggest Loser starts, which was last week.

There are a lot of diets out there, even our Marketplace has a ton of them. So which one will work for you? Some people do really well on Atkins. Others use Weight Watchers. But really it’s all about the right fit. When you find something you can really work, stick to, not being miserable on, you can reach your goals.





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Recently, I told you about getting percent based discounts for individual products. This week we are going to talk about having a single discount work for a group of your products.

Now you cannot actually make a single discount for more then one product but what you can do is create multiple discounts all with the same discount code.  That way when your buyer enters in the discount code all the discounts will activate.


Start by going to the discount page and selecting a product. 





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As recently as ten years ago, self -publishing was not all that easy. You had to find a decent place to print your book, fork over some dough, and wait for the books to arrive. You couldn’t order piecemeal or wait for some orders to roll in first, you had to buy a bunch and hope for the best. Still, writers would pay thousands of dollars for this option if they were not able to find a publishing company. Like authors, independent musicians and filmmakers were in this same tough spot too. 



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When setting up a web based business, one thing to keep in mind is that your buyers will not see sales people. They will not be meeting you, or any of your employees, face-to-face. People have an innate ability to read other people's faces and their body language. A cashier or salesperson can earn trust and appeal to buyers by engaging, making eye contact, smiling. But what do you do if you when you sell your products online and such aspects cannot be read by your buyers?







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Over 2500 years ago someone wrote on a tablet, in cuneiform, that “Everyone wants to write a book.” Mind you, that person was including that as evidence that “the end of the world was approaching.”  

Today, everyone does want to write a book, or release an album, make a film, start a business and so on. Luckily, now we have ways to self publish. And better yet... if the cost is beyond what we can handle, we have website to find help with making our dreams come true. Here are a couple projects E-junkie thinks are worthwhile (and worthy of your support).  

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