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May 30, 2020
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition


Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

W

elcome to the 950th edition of this newsletter! Issue #1 was supposed to debut the second week of September 2001. And then the tragedy of 9-11 struck. Who cared about RVing?

And now, here we are with 950 issues under our belts. We’ve actually published far more than that, but we only count the Saturday editions.

We waited a couple of weeks before posting that first issue. Ever since, my schedule has revolved around preparing each Saturday edition. In the process my hair has gone from brown to gray, and my energy level decreased by 30% due to my advanced age. No complaints, though.

When I began back in 2001, I had no idea that nearly 20 years later I would still be at it. Amazing! And now, my daughter, Emily, who was 10 when I began, is 29 and running much of the show. She’s a brilliant young woman with a native ability in writing and publishing. We work almost as partners now; what a wonderful thing that is for a father, especially when he never dreamed it would happen.

Of course we now have a Sunday edition, too, plus five issues a week of our Daily Tips. In June, we will add a new newsletter aimed at beginning RVers, to be published 260 times a year (more about that in a week or two). We do all this with two full-time employees, three part-timers, and a bunch of freelancers. If there were a Super Bowl of RV Newsletters, we’d have championship rings aplenty.

The fact that we are still publishing today, in these difficult times, is because of the generosity of the more than 5,000 readers who have become voluntary subscribers. Without their financial support, I don’t know if we could carry on. These readers seem to care more about us than those who read for free. We appreciate those who benefit from their free-ride, but I sometimes wonder why they don’t believe we’re worth the price of a single movie ticket for a year’s worth of education, entertainment and information? When our new newsletter debuts, we will be producing more than 620 issues a year, all about RVing.

OUR PLAN is to soon turn the free edition of this newsletter into an abbreviated version of our ad-free donor edition, saving our meatier articles for those who help pay our way, which is critical to us in these uncertain times. If you are not yet a “member” but would like to be, you may contribute here. There are many options. Your support, whatever you choose to pledge, would be hugely appreciated.

I’m only working part-time now, although my brain continues to work full-time. I can’t stop coming up with new ideas; they just pop into my head at all hours of the day. I hope to be free of day-to-day operations by issue 1,000. That’s just about a year away.

If I were a race horse I’d be around the final curve, headed to the finish line.

I cannot express how wonderful the last 19 years have been. And now, with more than 40 million Americans out of work, my staff and I are still plugging along and paying our bills, thankful we are not waiting in unemployment lines or worrying about feeding our families.

I would love to be around for another 20 years, but I’m not counting on it. But I vow that I won’t abandon this amazing online project until I know our mission of delivering quality, unbiased and helpful information is in place for the future. My daughter will see to that.

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All that said, I hope you are safe, and making the best of our challenging times. Be wise. Be careful. Don’t take needless chances. Be kind to others because right now that goes a long way to comforting people who are nervous, scared or otherwise emotionally hurting over the dramatic upheaval in their lives.

And thank you for reading.

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Why one reader called me a Peeping Tom and a pervert

Oh, my. I have been called a lot of things by some of the 2 percent of our readers who are rude, unhappy, disrespectful human beings (98 percent of you are very nice, “thank you”). But to be called a Peeping Tom and a pervert … well, that’s a first. It happened last Saturday. I felt I had to climb up on my soapbox to vent about this. GrrrrrrrrrrrrClick here.

IMPORTANT INTERNET SAFETY MESSAGE FOR OUR READERS
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BRAGGING AGAIN: We are “The Little Website That Could.” With our relatively tiny staff, we’ve now posted more than 8,000 articles on this website, and we have attracted a huge audience. Out of the approximately 1.5 billion websites in the world, RVtravel.com is among the top 24,000 in popularity, and the most-read RV media site in North America. Thanks to all our fantastic readers (except for the angry 2 percent) who have helped us on our journey.

TRIP UPDATE: Here’s where Gail and I are now and what we’re doing. Hint: It’s not too exciting.

My Roadside Journal

(about whatever is on my mind, not necessarily RV-related)



Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• RV sales are going crazy! What the heck is going on?
• Six months after Texas RV murder arrests – What now?
• Show up at this RV park wearing a mask and you’ll be considered a criminal!
• Maine RV park owners sue Governor.
• RV park reservations see huge jump.
• Have you seen this travel trailer stolen in North Carolina?
• Canadian RV rentals skyrocket.
PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Free and bargain camping locations • Stolen RVs • Reader survey • and much more …


We need your support now more than ever
RVtravel.com is working overtime to bring you the news and information you need in this critical time in our history. The economy has forced more than half of our advertisers to stop their campaigns due to necessity. We are able to continue because of our 5,000 readers who have become voluntary subscribers. Please consider making a pledge today, no matter how modest. FROM THE EDITOR: If you are being hit financially by the pandemic, please take care of yourself: don’t worry about us. But if you are doing okay, we could use your help.

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Last week’s Tip of the Day in RV Daily Tips Newsletters

“Been there” decal U.S. maps – A view of RVer philosophy.
Sticky 5th wheel hitch, Cowboy? Slick ’em up!
RV Education 101: Do this when replacing an LP gas cylinder.
Why monitoring your tires is super important.
Navigating parking lots with a big RV.


Fight the urge to buy an RV, says lemon law attorney

VIDEO: RV lemon law attorney Steve Lehto has advice for buyers of new recreational vehicles. Unless they are fully aware of what awaits them as an RV owner, he advises to “Fight the urge” to buy one. Read more and watch the video.

Want to RV around Canada, eh? Our readers suggest their favorite routes

By Emily Woodbury
In a poll on May 12th, we asked if you’ve ever been RVing in Canada. More than 2,200 of you responded, and 74 of you left comments. … Canada, (usually) so easily accessible by RV, should be on every RVers’ travel list. Read some of our readers’ comments (more like “rave reviews”) about RVing in Canada here.

Are you anything like 19,000 RVers recently surveyed?

RV manufacturer Thor recently completed its 2020 North American RV Consumer Survey with an aim to see just how the COVID-19 pandemic might impact RVers’ decisions about buying and traveling. Here’s a rundown on responses.

Brand-new RV is barely off the lot when it starts falling apart

The post below is from our Facebook group RV Horror Stories. We post it here to remind you to always have a professional technician inspect an RV, new or used, before you purchase it. If this buyer had done that, there’s a good chance the original damage would have been noticed and brought to the buyer’s attention. Continue reading.

DID YOU MISS OUR STORY LAST SUNDAY about the man who made a pickup truck from rocks? We kid you not! Read all about it, and see a photo.


Wow! One big (ugly) truck camper!

Well, maybe it’s not ugly to its owner, or maybe even you. But, we’d have to say, generally speaking, this will not make the cover of “Beautiful Truck Camper Magazine.” It would probably not be a good idea to drive this low rider on uneven dirt roads. Source of photo: We don’t have a clue.



Last year at this time, these were the most popular articles

The future of RVing is not necessarily pretty 
Another RV Horror Story, again about Camping World
RV renovation tips to get you started
Get money back on your Camping World extended warranty
KOA manager arrested after pulling gun on picnicking couple


Buy or sell an RV at RVT.com. Click.


Brain Teaser

Three playing cards in a row. Can you name them with these clues? There is a two to the right of a king. A diamond will be found to the left of a spade. An ace is to the left of a heart. A heart is to the left of a spade. Now, identify all three cards.

(Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday News newsletter.)


Now, use your air conditioner in low-power situations you never dreamed possible!
At RVtravel.com we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV™ is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run two air conditioners on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.


Reader Poll

Where do you prefer to camp, in a scenic, primitive public campground or a nondescript but clean RV park with full hookups?

Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. We’ll post the final results in next week’s newsletter. CLICK HERE

The most popular poll in this past week’s RV Daily Tips newsletter:
How do you feel about flying in a commercial airliner right now? Tell us here and learn how more than 2,000 of our readers responded.


Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.


Readers tell us (What we learned about you last week)

We analyze what we learned about you and fellow RVers from our reader polls and your comments.

How will the U.S. resuming business affect the spread of the coronavirus?
Do you like to play golf?
Do you own a record player?


What works when your housey is lousy with mousies?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris (Can you tell by the title?)
It all started with a letter from Don Callahan, a long-time RVtravel.com reader, lamenting the fact that mice had eaten away at the Irish Spring soap bars he had placed in his motorhome to deter them when he stored it last fall. So, Russ and Tiña relate what works and what doesn’t work, for them and for other RVers, to stop critters from invading the RV. We’re sure you’ll have your own tips to share. Read more and give us your thoughts here.

Nail-biting video shows giant bear following right behind young boy

An Italian family’s day trip takes a turn when a large (er, gigantic) brown bear begins following 12-year-old Alessandro on their hike. Loris Calliairi, the boy’s stepfather, is heard calmly guiding the boy to safety. The young boy was collecting pinecones in the bushes, where it is believed the bear was sleeping. Watch the video.

Yikes! They love RVs so much they got RV tattoos!

Do you have a tattoo? Even better question, do you have an RVing-themed tattoo? If you do, you’re probably like these people below who love RVing so much they had to tell, er, show, the whole world. See their tattoos, some pretty amazing! What do you think?


Remove ticks easily from people or pets!This highly rated Tick Twister Remover Set will remove ticks, large and small, without squeezing them, reducing the risk of infection. It does not leave the mouthparts of the tick in the skin. It’s safe and easy, and it helps prevent Lyme Disease. Keep one of these in your RV. Learn more or order.


RV buyers: Never, ever fall for this sales gimmick!

Camping World is advertising free delivery of a new RV. No need to even visit the dealership. How easy is that? But, wait, what’s wrong with this picture? Find out.

Urgent recall: 1.7 million Harbor Freight jack stands

We published this information in last Sunday’s newsletter, but if you didn’t see it, here’s a detailed report regarding jack stands currently being recalled by Harbor Freight Tools. Read more.



Popular articles from last week

Don’t make these mistakes with venomous snakes.
If you can’t answer these questions, you shouldn’t be towing.
Building an RV park: WE WERE APPROVED!
Will campgrounds be even more crowded in the months ahead?
Would the “experts” who read RVtravel.com please go away.
RVelectricity: More on how SoftStartRV works.
RV Coronavirus News Update, May 24, 2020.
RV Shrink: “Bean counter” wonders how much the RV lifestyle costs.
Use your RV air conditioner in low-power situations.
Video: The Rolls-Royce of the future is INSANE.
Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, May 23, 2020.


Need a place to store your RV or belongings? Rent available space on private property near you at Neighbor.com. Save money over commercial facilities. It’s like the Airbnb of storage. Learn more.


Resources

Our Facebook Groups: RV Horror Stories • RV Advice • RV Electricity • RV Parks with Storm Shelters • RV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV CampingFree CampgroundsBudget RV TravelRV VideosRV Coronavirus News • plus Texas RV Camping and Florida RV camping.

Where to complain about bad RVs, dealers, service, RV parks. This is an ever-expanding list of resources where you can report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.

Best Club for RVers: Escapees. Click here to learn more or join. Endorsed by RVtravel.com.

The RV Show USA
Listen each Wednesday evening on Facebook or YouTube for the live taping of America’s only syndicated radio program about RVing.

Directory of RV parks with storm shelters
In case you’re on the road with your RV and the weather report is showing a tornado headed your way, have this list handy.

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

What does financing an RV for 20 years REALLY mean?
In case you missed this article the first time around, here it is again. Important! Click here.

Stuck with a lemon RV? Contact Ron Burdge, America’s premier RV lemon law attorney.


An alternative to RV parks: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership. Learn more.

Boondockers Welcome — Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee. Learn more.


Ask the RV Shrink

RV buying – Decisions, decisions

Dear RV Shrink:
We are future RV owners, I think. We have become professional lookers, but so far not buyers. It is very confusing. I am sure for people who have done a lot of RV travel the mysteries are few, but we have never done anything but read about it. Two of our biggest decisions seem to be tow or haul, and slide or no slide. Let me explain. …

Read the rest of the question and the RV Shrink’s advice.


RV Education 101

Buying an RV? Don’t buy a “yard ornament” instead

With Mark Polk
If you buy an RV and don’t have any money left in your budget to use and enjoy the RV, it is nothing more than a large yard ornament sitting next to your house. Here are some things to take into consideration before buying an RV.


Here’s an idea for you while you’re self-quarantining: Record your family history on your iPhone or video camera. If you want some inspiration, we recommend you get the book To Our Children’s Children. It will prompt many ideas of what to talk about. Your children and grandchildren will appreciate this when you are gone. Think about it, wouldn’t you love it if your parents could have done this for you?


RV Electricity

First-Timer’s primer on Hot-Skin Voltage

Dear Readers,
It appears that there are many first-time RVers here now, and while it is my 10th year of writing articles for the RV industry, this may be one of the first times you’re reading my RVelectricity columns. So, Welcome, and I promise you this will be (mostly) painless.

I’m going to start this First-Timer series with one of the most important things you can learn about … Hot-Skin Voltage. Continue reading.

This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

CarGenerator update / TT-30 outlet. Here’s Mike’s update on an impressive non-generator technology for supplementing solar panels while boondocking. And read the informative comments from Jonathan Schloo, the company’s owner, in response to readers’ questions.

Sign up for Mike’s popular and informative RV Electricity group on Facebook.

If you haven’t signed up for Mike’s monthly RVelectricity newsletter, ya better do so quick. Issue #31 arrives tomorrow. Click here to subscribe.



RV Tire Safety

Lug nut torque – Part 2: Are your lug nuts tight enough?

with RV tire expert Roger Marble
This is Part 2 of how to ensure your lug nuts are tight enough, but not too tight. The first part covered the science and engineering behind the basics, as I am expecting that there will be a number of people who will say something along the lines of, “Roger, you are all wet. I’ve done it THIS way for years and never had a problem.” You are certainly welcome to ignore my advice and continue with the methods you have used for years. Read more.


Endorsed by Roger Marble of RVtireSafety.net!gauge4
An excellent tire pressure gauge
The Accutire MS-4021B digital tire pressure gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display that provides pressure readings from 5-150 PSI. It’s ergonomically designed with an angled head and a rubber-coated easy-grip handle. If you forget to turn off the gauge, don’t worry, it will automatically shut off. And all this for about $12! Learn more or order.

TIRE QUESTION: Can black tire “covers” be used without causing damage? Find out.


RV Short Stop

Check out world-famous ice cream in Stanley, ND

As states gradually “reopen” businesses and public campgrounds, now might be a good time to start planning a family outing to smaller communities along the less-traveled blue line highways. Keeping social-distancing in mind, consider off-the-beaten-path attractions as places to relax, learn something new, and avoid the big crowds. Here are some great ideas, including the Dakota Drug Co., the only place in the USA to still serve up world-famous Whirl-A-Whip ice cream. Read more.


RV Fire Safety

Understand your firefighting equipment before you need it

To be most effective at fighting a fire, you must know the purposes and limitations of your equipment, as well as how to properly maintain and use it. Don’t wait until a fire breaks out to try to figure out what to do. Take your extinguisher out now and have a look at it to make sure you’re prepared to use it if the time ever comes. The time you save could mean the difference between minor damage and major disaster.


Fireproof bag keeps valuables safe!
This silicone-coated fire-resistant bag will save your money, documents, jewelry, passport and other valuables in case of a fire. It’s made with two layers of supreme fire retardant fiberglass material, making it 100% fireproof. It can stand up to fire and heat up to 1000 ℉. It’s waterproof, too, so when the hoses arrive, your valuables will not be harmed. Learn more or order.


Museum of the Week

Photo by @rmcoker, Instagram

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

Ticonderoga, New York

Trekkies, get ready for a whole new obsession – this museum! When the Star Trek series was cancelled in 1969, most of the original sets were destroyed. However, superfan James Cawley rebuilt the sets just as they would have been when the series was filmed. The 14-year journey is open to Star Trek fans from around the world, and offers the most accurate rebuilds of the original sets. The sets were recreated using original blueprints, hundreds of hours of research and thousands of photographs. Plan a visit for yourself here.


A thing that does all things!
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 875This large silicone pad can be used in your microwave under hot bowls to pick them up, or on top of a dish as a splatter guard, on your table as a hot plate, a drying rack, or even as a jar opener. When it gets messy just toss it in the sink for a wash, or even put it in the dishwasher. About $10 on Amazon makes it a great deal. Talk about a great multi-tasking gadget for your RV (or home) kitchen.


Readers’ Pet(s) of the Day

“This is a shot of our ‘Golden Girls’ in their Christmas picture. There is never a dull moment with these girls, and they make our life complete. They are (left to right) Rosie (6), Sophie (8) and Lily (8). Sophie and Lily are sisters.” — Don

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
• Monday: Rory • Tuesday: Emma • Wednesday: Frank & Mutton • Thursday: Cooper • Friday: Hoover

Poll: Do you have a pet insurance policy?

As RVers, there’s a higher chance that Fido or Fifi might get hurt, eat something they shouldn’t, or explore somewhere dangerous than if they were sitting inside a traditional home all the time. Please take our poll and leave a comment if you recommend the company your pet insurance is through.

Featured pet gadget of the week: Wobble Wag Giggle Ball. If you want a good laugh, get one of these hilarious interactive toys for your dog. Staff member Emily recently bought this for her dog, Astor, and has been laughing every day since. There is an internal tube noisemaker inside the ball (no batteries or charging required!), so when the ball is pushed, it makes a hilarious giggle sound. Your dog will love it! Click here to learn more.


Trivia

Volvo gave away the 1962 patent for its revolutionary three-point seat belt for free, in order to save lives.

Bumper sticker of the week

I know my sleep number – It’s 6 glasses of wine.

Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to diane(at)RVtravel.com

Joke of the Week

How are we all doing with healthy eating while at home? 😉

Thanks, Tom H.

Worth Pondering

“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.” —D. H. Lawrence


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CONTACT US at editor@RVtravel.com

Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Emily Woodbury, Russ and Tiña De Maris. Contributing writers: Mike Sokol, Richard Mallery, Roger Marble, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, Bob Difley, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Social media director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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jillie
1 year ago

I heard back in April that RV sales would go thru the roof once the lock downs ended. Who ever said it was right. I heard by mid May people would be planning and executing their vacations. We have a week long vaca during the 4th and I am planning to take a week off in October to do a Disney Halloween cruise. Cannot wait.

dave
1 year ago

Let me understand, at the first part of this, it says don’t worry if you can’t pay for this newsletter. Then in Chuck’s letter you say we non- contributors, will start getting a smaller non-meaty edition ?????

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
1 year ago
Reply to  dave

Dave, with all due respect, we work our behinds off and a reader can pay as little as $5 to us once and be on the donor list for years and years. The people who pledge some financial support deserve something beyond what those who read for free receive. But, even so, those who read for free will still receive a huge amount of material. A huge amount of material for free is a pretty good deal in my opinion.

Alvin
1 year ago

Chuck that’s dam generous of you to give the reader who accused you of being a peeping Tom the ink he got. If he’d done that to me he’d be dealing with my lawyer and I’d be updating my RV next year at this time, and the lawyer would have a good down payment on another Porsche. He not only slandered you, he defamed and libelled you, all actionable in the courts, at least in Canada when I hang my hat.
Plenty there to make him eat his words and pay for the dinner.

Bob
1 year ago

RE: Peeping Tom accusation. I assume when you are walking at night you are “not” standing in other people’s space on your tippy toes looking in their windows. So how does Mr. Olen, or anyone else, avoid glancing at RV windows as they pass by while taking a night time stroll in the park? Does he wear blinders so he can’t accidentally peer into a window. But what about windows straight ahead, how does he avoid them? Or maybe he refuses to be outside his rig once the sun goes down.

Randy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Actually Bob I, for one, try to avert my eyes when I go for a night time stroll in the RV park. So to answer you question, yes, I still see into RV’s when walking by. The difference is my gaze does not linger on the unit I am walking by. I do accept that many people, even with their window shades open, expect a certain amount of privacy when in a public sitting. Walking by and seeing the lighted interiors as part of the scenery IMO is encroaching on their private family gathering. Having folks stop and star into the interior of my Class A is most disconcerting to me. Sure, I could pull the shades if I was that bothered but why should I have to? Again there is that certain amount of expected privacy that I would expect in a public sitting. I would not have labeled folks that do stare and check out interiors of RV’s as peeping Toms just folks with a different understanding of what expected privacy would be.

Bill Shattuck
1 year ago

I donate every month but still get the version with ads. Can that be corrected?

Alvin
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill Shattuck

Me too, (except I sent a lump sum) Bill but I never said anything, maybe next time I submit, I mention this.

Lisa Adcox
1 year ago

I see many articles that seem to put down Camping World. I hear how people say they were pushed to sign papers to buy. Well the people should take some fault in this. You have to know a great word called ” NO” if you are not ready. No one can make you sign papers. I have seen more than Camping World try to make you think if you pass this deal today you are missing out.
I have dealt with Camping World and Gander RV in purchasing,warranty work and also through an huge accident that had me replacing my totalled Travel Trailer. I can say I got the best treatment every step of they way. Great purchase with no pressure, warranty work done in a timely manner and a caring staff when we were dealing with accident. How you as a customer handles things can make a difference .
I know some locations are better than others but that’s true with any sales .
Just wanted to share thoughts.

Alvin
1 year ago
Reply to  Lisa Adcox

Lisa I agree with you. There is a definite trend here to talk negative about Camping World. But I can tell you and anyone else with an ear that after a life time deeply involved in the automobile businesses Camping World definitely has no lock on crooked operators or bad product. J
Just ask yourself why dealerships have super mega repair operations attached to their sales buildings?.
They aren’t all changing oil and doing lubes -trust me.
Best defence remains – Caveat Emptor – ALWAYS, EVERYWHERE – EVERYTIME!

Wayne
1 year ago

Good morning all.
Once again I have tried to order from Amazon things offered on this newsletter.
The corps of Engineers guide to parks this time.
And once again I get declined because when I get to “checkout” I am told they will not ship to My “Canadian” address!
Anybody else running it to this?

Admin
Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
1 year ago
Reply to  Wayne

Wayne, just order from Amazon.ca . We had an affiliate program with Amazon.ca, but one day an email message showed up and said we had broken a rule and they were revoking our program. They gave no reason. So goes it with this sort of thing. We’re just waiting for Amazon.com to do the same. We hope it won’t happen because the income is important (but not critical), but we plan for it just in case. Last month, Amazon cut everyone’s commissions, so we now make about 60% of what we did before. They just do these things and nobody can challenge. Small businesses that depend on income from Amazon for their survival are always just one email away from that income being taken away.

Alvin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Get used to it folks – the smell and allure of low price sometimes turns to the ugly stench of no competition. Amazon is only getting going folks – I’ll check back in two years when they have wiped out everyone. Human geed at it highest point in history. Fun and sad at the same time to watch.

Steve - Alaska
1 year ago
Reply to  Wayne

We, in Alaska, get the same message many times a year. No rhyme nor reason and nothing that we are aware of that we have done on our end. And it is not just Amazon, it is various sites! I assume it is one of those many wonders of which we will never know the answers, but know that there is a darn good one, but it is secret!!!

Randy
1 year ago
Reply to  Wayne

Try living in New Mexico and get told that they do not ship to a foreign address…….happens all the time. Go figure. I weep for our education system.