The Internet crowd was truly in a state of panic today, as the U.S. Amazon.com site was down for around 2 hours. Second to ebay in sales, Amazon is one of the cornerstones of daily Internet traffic. The panic was so widespread that it’s stock dropped.
In today’s New Economy, with so many businesses using the Internet for sales, you would think servers wouldn’t go down, but they do. It’s the nature of the game, and by Saturday everyone would have forgotten about it. Now, if amazon was hacked, that’s a different story.
I’m glad I’m not an IT guy working for Amazon, though.
Taking a Chainsaw to the ebay Myth
People are not quitting their jobs by the thousands to sell stuff on Ebay full-time. That is pure hype produced by the MEDIA. It’s utter bullcrap.
And very few people are actually getting rich selling stuff on the web. A few more manage to make a decent living.
Most people on the web earn the income equivalent of a third world employee of Nike or Kathy Lee Gifford.
What’s insane is that companies like Ebay are making money selling ignorant people on the notion that “YOU, TOO, CAN SELL ON THE INTERNET!” Or, there’s the “Underwear Entrepreneur” ads that were running on the radio — unless your company agrees to let you work from home, you are unlikely to earn a living wage by selling crap on the web.
The more storefronts on the web — the more crowded the online marketplace becomes.
As a customer, who are you likely to buy from?
– a trusted source
– a company you’ve heard of
Who is not likely to buy from you?
– fellow sellers
– people who know you personally
– people who click on your advertising
This is the truth — unless you want to be the Realtor, and basically be a complete fake sell-out. If you want to sell credit repair services for hundreds of dollars, or holistic bipolar treatments that don’t work — go right ahead. We here at the DailySkew refuse to stoop to that level. We will not become snake oil salesmen just to make a buck. I have no problem working a real job, contributing to the real economy, and enjoying this website as a side-project that is personally rewarding. It doesn’t have to be lucrative to be successful.