AZGem Gems
January, 2007

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Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
The Dorado Company
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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.

 

Buying Gems With PayPal

 

 

Buying gems with PayPal is safe and easy

What is PayPal?

Why do you use PayPal?

Is PayPal safe?

These are questions I'm asked occasionally (and once recently). I don't get the questions as often as I did several years ago. I've not written about PayPal since right after we first began using it, so... I'll relate the story now.

I was aware of PayPal when we started the azgem.com website in the summer of 1999, but we decided to go with an old fashioned credit card processing service (bank merchant account) rather than PayPal.

Why? Because I couldn't see into the future! PayPal was newly established, and only had a million or so account holders.

Buying gems with PayPal was a new thing back then. In fact buying anything with PayPal was unusual in 1999.

A few years ago we were looking for ways to keep our costs (and your price) low, and the high credit card processing fees were an obvious target.

We had been using PayPal to order books and videos for our personal use since 1999, so we took a fresh look at PayPal as a merchant. PayPal had grown up! New features, new security protections, and many more users made PayPal more attractive.

We began using PayPal to receive payments and cancelled our expensive credit card processing account. That move has worked out well.

You can buy gem stones and jewelry from your computer using your credit card, debit card, or eCheck. You also get PayPal's buyer protection in addition to our guarantee.

  • You get an invoice from us through PayPal
  • You never have to give us your payment information (card number)
  • You get gems and jewelry at lower prices
  • We see your payment almost instantly
  • We ship your order quickly

Buying gems using PayPal (and buying almost anything else) is safe and easy... and that's good for both of us.

PayPal now has more than 100 million account holders. I don't know the number of internet merchants accepting payments through PayPal, but it has to be huge, maybe millions.



Click on the box... and have Google start putting money in your bank account!

If you're an internet merchant, I can highly recommend PayPal as an effective and efficient way to receive payments.

  Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

A Google search for the keyword phrase paypal alternatives  returns a number of listings and ads for some other opinions.

 

Google

 

What are the gems featured above?

    • Iolite (water sapphire) oval
    • The many colors of garnet, the January birthstone
    • Spessartite garnet trillion

 

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Gem Industry News...

 

Online Holiday Retail Sales

 

Here is part of another press release from comScore.com.

JEWELRY CATEGORY FUELS RECORD ONLINE HOLIDAY SPENDING

RESTON, Va., December 22, 2006   “Late-season online shoppers spent more than $1.5 billion in the first three days of the final work-week before Christmas (December 18 – December 20), up 35 percent versus the corresponding days last year,” said Gian Fulgoni, chairman of comScore Networks. “In past years, online spending slowed significantly well before Christmas, but this year, spending has accelerated up until the final days of the holiday season. The surge in late season online buying appears to be the result of retailers’ shipping guarantees, coupled with consumers’ willingness to pay for expedited shipping and their confidence that their purchases will arrive on time.”

High-Ticket Purchases and Popular Gift Items Drive 2006 Holiday Spending Growth
Growth in online retail this holiday season has been primarily driven by significant spending increases in both high-ticket and popular gift categories. High-ticket categories experiencing gains include Jewelry & Watches (up 66 percent), Video Game Consoles (up 54 percent) and Consumer Electronics (up 33 percent). Popular gift categories include Video Games (up 65 percent), Event Tickets (up 54 percent), Toys (up 36 percent), Sport & Fitness (up 34 percent), and Apparel & Accessories (up 31 percent).

 

My Opinion:

Online sales just keep on growing! I think they have grown to the point where tax-hungry state and local governments will renew their cry to tax online sales.

Congress has blocked earlier attempts by states and local governments from imposing sales taxes on online sales. But this new Congress will be tax-friendly. Look for online sales taxes within two years... possibly a Federal online sales tax, rather than state and local.

 

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Tucson Shows On The Horizon

The largest gathering of colored stone industry players the world has ever seen will happen in Tucson beginning at the end of this month. If you're going to be there, drop me an email. Maybe we can have a cup of coffee and rest our feet together..

 

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Jewelry Dealers

wholesale jewelryHow was your Christmas season? I hope it was as good as ours. Thanks, everyone!

Now we can all take a week off to recharge... and then start gearing up for Valentines Day.

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JCK Las Vegas

The 2007 edition of theJCK Show - Las Vegas will be held in two locations: The Sands Expo and Convention Center/The Venetian Hotel Resort & Casino and, for the first time, the Las Vegas Convention Center.

This show is for jewelry store operators, and is a huge show held in early June of each year. Maybe this year JCK will enter the 21st century and allow internet jewelry retailers to attend.

And if they don't, there are other shows held in Vegas a couple of days before. You can meet many of the same manufacturers at the other shows.

 

 

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Jewelry Dealers Program

Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?sapphire ring

Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.

 

Carolyn Doyle

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