Why I can’t give jobs to everyone that asks for one.

I think I had better get one thing perfectly clear to everyone – The Australian market is lousy when it comes to supporting locally produced comics.

What irritates my is when these same people ask me for a job, the same people that assume that anything that is Australian made is awful. Heck, i’ve even caught reviewers out that haven’t read it.

I remember the first time someone rang me up and asked for a job; I was flattered, someone wants to work for me?
I was really, really pissed off when I found out that they hadn’t even read the comic; his mother worked in the printers and took one home for him to read. He said he hadn’t read it because it was black and white – well if you don’t want to read it why would you want to work with it?

I have had more job applications than fan mail at the moment. I do this as a hobby because my sales only just cover my expenses, so how am I supposed to employ people? If I was helped to increase my sales then I would be more than happy to compensate you for your time. If anyone could come up with a few sale ideas then please tell me, I would be more than happy to reward a good idea or someone that helps me.

If anyone wants an art ‘job’ (pencilling, inking or lettering) then yes, you can write to me with your samples. But do not, under any circumstances, expect to get paid for it.
Everyone who has drawn for me does it for one reason and one reason only – to get a profesional job. Some of them have been succesful too.

As for fan mail? Please send it in, I love hearing people’s comments. Good or bad.

Adsense, ad-rings and ad-scams

After my article ‘Adwords and Adsense’ I received a few emails from people who were making a lot of money (or so they claimed) from being in a click ring with 100,000 other members.  They all used false email addresses so I couldn’t reply to them individually so I’ll have to do it here.

Don’t you people all realise that you are stealing??  I’m a person who used adwords to advertise my web site and I can tell you that you are STEALING my money!  There is no other way to describe it as it is theft, pure and simple.

From the tone of the emails I don’t think they really care though, as long as they get their money;  I for one hope that google find out who is in this ‘click ring’ and ban the lot of you, do you really think it’s that hard to work out who is in it from the inside?  And please don’t try to convince me that ‘google will never discover us because we are too smart for them’ – Bulldust – you only need one google person to infiltrate it in order to finish it off.  The laws of probability says that google has already infiltrated your ring and is busily gathering info.
And 100,000 members?  I don’t think so, someone would have told google waaaay before you hit that mark.

I actually went through my old adwords account today – did you know that there are some key words that are GUARANTEED to be clicked on?  I have the proof!
Nigerian letter scam, 419 scam and Nigerian scam all had a 100% click through rate!  How good is that?!?
As I have stated before though, not one person clicked any further than the home page so I’m guessing that it was the Nigerian scammers that actually find these sorts of ads and click on them in order to get them off google; or at least push our advertising expenses through the roof (which they succeeded to do with my account, I had to shut it down).
Never fear though, my account will be back.

EDIT : My account didn’t come back; google refuse to give me any information or allow me to get my account back.

Finding a bargain on ebay

Found a bargain on ebay? It’s a nice feeling when you find what you want for a good price. Before you buy though there are a few things you should look out for.

I remember once I was searching for a Digital Video Camera and found one on ebay for $5.
Bargain of a lifetime I thought.
A lesson I learnt from experience though is to always read the fine print; and in this case it threw up a few surprises.

I’ve sold over 3,000 items on ebay so I know a bit about postage costs and I estimated that the item would cost about $12 via registered post or $9.70 express post. So you can imagine how shocked I was when the local postage cost was $80!!
So this camera is now $85 instead of the $5 I thought it was.

I kept reading though for any more unpleasant surprises – and found one more.
This item required insurance – $20!
When I insure my items I pay about $1.80 to $3 depending on the item. So where is this $20 coming from??
So now this camera costs $105, not what I expected!

So why the high postage costs? The item was supposed to be located in Sydney but in the fine print the item is coming from Asia, hence the high postage costs.

So, is the item worth $105? Reading the feedback for this item I would say no, nobody was happy with it for the price they paid.

But the description states that if someone is unhappy with the item they can return it for a 100% refund – so if buyers are unhappy they should simply return it shouldn’t they?
Read the description more carefully and you will see that a 100% refund only covers the BUYING price (Please note that this is in line with ebay’s policy). You don’t get a refund on the postage or the insurance, so you get a refund of $5 only. And to rub salt into the wound you need to pay the postage cost to send it back to Asia!!

So what are the Golden rules for looking for a bargain?
Read the fine print.
Check out the postage costs, are the items combined? Is there a postage cost?
Should you insure it? Remember that Australia Post delivers 98% of items quickly BUT the flip side is that 2% of items get held up and maybe lost.
Don’t assume anything!! Don’t assume postage will be combined unless it says so in the description, if there is no postage cost then don’t assume they will charge a reasonable cost (some people make their living on ebay by overcharging on postage).
Check the feedback of the person, this is critical to find out how honest they are and how happy buyers have been with their service.

Don’t get all paranoid after reading this article though, 99% of transactions are as honest as the day is long. Happy ebaying.