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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2012-06-22 14:29
Subject: Gadget Fort
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Tags:this is totally for seo
By the way, our new store url is http://gadgetfort.com. At this point, we sell laptops, digital cameras, tablets, and camera lenses. You can use a coupon code IReadASpammyPost to get $7 off :D
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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2012-12-17 20:25
Subject: AAA!!!
Security: Public
Tags:casino

Originally published at A Couple of Robots. You can comment here or there.

I found an error in my code that prevented me from getting any alerts if ” symbol (double quotes) was in the item title. It’s in most titles for laptops and in some for tablets, meaning screen size in inches.

And now I am totally overloaded with alerts and need a business partner more urgently than before.

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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2012-11-15 16:41
Subject: Job posting
Security: Public
Tags:casino

Originally published at A Couple of Robots. You can comment here or there.

I need an assistant for my business. Again.

Job duties:

  1. Receive packages with electronics
  2. Unpack and test contents, return items if they do not pass testing
  3. Put items on sale on eBay, Amazon marketplace, and gadgetfort.com
  4. Answer questions from buyers
  5. Pack and ship sold items

Salary:
You will be getting $9-$70 per processed item, depending on the profit made. On average, about $19. At first there will be about 1-2 packages arriving every day, and it would take (again, on average) about an hour – hour and a half to process one item. So it’ll end up being about $15/hour for a couple hours a day. The number of packages per day will grow. You should be able to devote about 2-3 hours a day.

Requirements, in order of importance:

  1. You must be located at an address where you can receive packages during the business hours. If you miss a package you may need to go to a shipping center/post office to pick it up.
  2. Transportation. You will need to go to a post office to ship the items. You will sometimes have to carry several boxes at once. Having a car or living right next to USPS is preferred.
  3. You’ve got to be dependable. After you receive a package you must put it on sale within 4 days. After it’s sold you must ship it within 2 business days (sometimes, 1 business day).
  4. Trustworthy. You will have access to my eBay account and limited access to my PayPal account. It’s better if I know you in person; either way I have to be able to trust you with significant amounts of money.
  5. Attention to detail. You will sometimes need to describe items in great detail, making sure to correctly list all the selling points and deficiencies.
  6. Ability to take criticism. I will frequently correct your listings after you. You must not take it personally.
  7. Long-term commitment strongly preferred.
  8. It’s nice if you are often online on instant messaging. That’s my preferred method of communication.
  9. It’s nice if you are in or near Boulder, Colorado, but not required. Must be within continental USA though.
  10. It’s nice if you know something about digital cameras, tablets, cell phones, laptops, and other electronics, but it’s not required. Same for eBay experience.
  11. You’ve got to be able to lift fairly heavy boxes.

Good stuff:
You get to work from your own place on your own time. In time you will become a guru with all kinds of electronics and eBay trading.

Actually, sometime in the future I would prefer to shift many more duties (and profits) to my assistant — so while I am looking for an assistant, I am also looking for a future business partner.

Comment or email me at iraykhel@gmail.com if interested.

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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2012-10-02 19:18
Subject: This is what I deal with every day
Security: Public
Tags:casino

Originally published at A Couple of Robots. You can comment here or there.

“Well my email is [REDACTED] and is there a better offer you cab do then the 300 cause all i have is 290 cause i thought i didnt win the item but i will make the payment if you can go down 10 bucks cuz all I have is 290 dollars but it would have to be including shipping it’s not that much of a difference but its a for sure by I will pay as soon as I get the invoice for second chance offer right now if you would be so kind to accept it that would be great I had no clue I had a second chance offer till I got to work but this computer would be perfect for my son please take that into consideration god bless?”

SIGH.

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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2012-06-28 14:57
Subject: Colors.
Security: Public
Tags:dev, lists

Originally published at A Couple of Robots. You can comment here or there.

Some colors found in official eBay digital camera names while writing a blacklist for what is not a camera model:

“ice blue”

“cool blue”

“graphite”

“champagne silver”

“sleek silver”

“plum”

“elegant silver”

“slate black”

“sunset orange”

“carbon”

 

And my personal favorite,

“wasabi green”

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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2012-02-24 12:00
Subject: Part-time job opening
Security: Public
Tags:casino

Originally published at A Couple of Robots. You can comment here or there.

I need an assistant for my business.

Job duties:

  1. Receive packages with electronics
  2. Unpack and test contents
  3. Put contents on sale on eBay and my website
  4. Answer questions from buyers
  5. Pack and ship sold items

Salary:
You will be getting $8-$70 per processed item, depending on the profit made. On average, about $15. At first there will be about 1-2 packages arriving every day, and it would take (again, on average) about an hour to process one item. So it’ll end up being about $15/hour for a couple hours a day. There is an opportunity for expansion and the number of packages per day will grow.

Requirements, in order of importance:

  1. You must be located at an address where you can receive packages during the business hours. If you miss a package you may need to go to a shipping center/post office to pick it up.
  2. Transportation. You will need to go to a post office to ship the items. You will sometimes have to carry several boxes at once. Having a car or living right next to USPS is preferred.
  3. You’ve got to be dependable. After you receive a package you must put it on sale within 4 days. After it’s sold you must ship it within 2 business days (sometimes, 1 business day). Even during exam times.
  4. Trustworthy. You will have access to my eBay account and limited access to my PayPal account. It’s better if I know you in person; either way I have to be able to trust you with significant amounts of money.
  5. Attention to detail. You will sometimes need to describe items in great detail, making sure to correctly list all the selling points and deficiencies.
  6. Ability to take criticism. I will frequently correct your listings after you. You must not take it personally.
  7. It’s nice if you are in Provo/Orem. It’s likely that I will have to drop by from time to time.
  8. It’s nice if you are often online on instant messaging. That’s my preferred method of communication.
  9. It’s nice if you know something about digital cameras, tablets, cell phones, laptops, and other electronics, but it’s not required. Same for eBay experience.
  10. You’ve got to be able to lift fairly heavy boxes.

Good stuff:
You get to work from your own place on your own time. In time you will become a guru with all kinds of electronics and eBay trading.

Comment or email me at iraykhel@gmail.com if interested.

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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2011-12-07 14:36
Subject: <DailyHardLimit>1500000</DailyHardLimit>
Security: Public
Tags:casino, dev

Originally published at A Couple of Robots. You can comment here or there.

My eBay application has passed the compatible application check! “What does it mean?”, the imaginary you would ask.

Well, let me tell the imaginary you.

The eBay application is the primary and most important component of my laptop reselling business, and it’s also my master’s thesis. Anybody can register to be an eBay developer and use their APIs (the thingamajig that lets a program get information from eBay and put stuff on sale there, without the programmer ever actually going to eBay website). The API allows for 5000 calls a day — that means that my program can get information from eBay 5000 times every day.

Looks like a lot? Well, guess what, it’s NOT. Not for my purposes anyway. My application sends dozens of requests every minute, and it adds up to about 9000 a day. So actually I use two applications. Actually actually, I use 4 applications cause it makes their duties easier to separate. This is however, quite annoying, possibly against eBay policy, and if I ever want to expand I need to make more applications using a bunch of fake names and emails.

But lo! There is a way to make it all simpler. It’s called “EBay compatible applications check” and I JUST PASSED IT. WOOT. Basically, eBay looks over your applications and says that it’s OK. I had to jump through a couple of hoops to pass it, but it wasn’t so bad. And now instead of 5000 calls a day I can make 1500000 calls a day. That should be enough for awhile :)

And now I can expand beyond laptops! What should I sell?

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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2011-12-02 13:32
Subject: Steampunk
Security: Public
Tags:steampunk, web

Originally published at A Couple of Robots. You can comment here or there.

We are often asked what is steampunk. Well, it is a little hard to define. This video might be helpful:

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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2011-11-23 12:37
Subject: Goodles
Security: Public
Tags:web

Originally published at A Couple of Robots. You can comment here or there.

On Thanksgiving, google.com unsurprisingly has a Thanksgiving doodle: https://www.google.com/ It’s cute, you can change parts of the turkey.

Google.de, google.pl, google.ru, google.fr, google.by have a different doodle: http://www.google.fr/  This is an interactive game reminiscent of Stanislaw Lem novels, and probably the most complex Google doodle to date. It commemorates 60 years of his first book. Article about the doodle:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/stanislaw-lem-google-doodle-the-best-interactive-cartoon-animation-ever-rendered-by-google-seriously/2011/11/23/gIQAYrzfoN_blog.html

The doodle even has a bunch of Easter eggs: https://plus.google.com/101765089097091765365/posts/1MaYwxJz62X

 

 

 

 

 

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Ilya Raykhel
Date: 2011-10-24 12:28
Subject: Programming wisdom #12
Security: Public
Tags:dev

Originally published at A Couple of Robots. You can comment here or there.

<script src=”somescript.js” /> does not work. Use <script src=”somescript.js”></script>

This stuff is inserted into every post

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