Saturday, November 6, 2010

Seattle's Best Coffee RED hot!

I love this Coffee! Many years ago my wife and I took a trip to Seattle with our 2 year old daughter. We were going to try for more kids and wanted to take one last journey when it was just the three of us. It was a wonderful time. The weather was great and the scenery beautiful. We stayed at the Edgewater and almost had a seagull for an overnight guest. But the one thing we took away with us was the discovery of Seattles Best Coffee. We happened upon it when we were exploring the Fish Market. My wife wanted some coffee, the place looked inviting so we went in. When that first cup hit my wife's lips she thought she had died and gone to heaven. Prior to finding SBC Di would got Deidrichs coffee or Starbucks. But after finding this great coffee maker in Seattle there was no going back. The cup below is just like the one we had our first wonderful drink from in the Emerald City. I can't think of any better way to start the day then with a cup of coffee in my SBC Red mug!

The worlds greatest coffee!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

M&M's and You!

I love M&M's! That's why I sell them. I have always liked the milk chocolate and the peanut M&M's. But when M&M/Mars started coming out with new flavors a whole new world appeared. One of  Peanut Butter and Almond and Cherry and Coconut. Speaking of coconut... They are a case in point of what drives me nuts with regards to the marketing folks at M&M's. They come out with a flavor like coconut, distribute it in large bags and just as people start to notice them on the shelves they yank 'em away and either discontinue their sale or distribute them in the 1.5 ounce personal size only. I don't get it. Wildly Cherry two years ago. People were nuts about them. M&M's said they were a limited edition and to be honest they did keep that flavor on the shelf foe six months or so. But after six months they disappeared never to be heard from again. I was amazed that when they came out with peanut butter it would depart the shelves after a few months. Thankfully it outsells milk chocolate and peanut combined in areas where they compete for shelf space. Perhaps after my and others countless suggestions to them to leave these flavors on the shelf they will finally acquiesce. But for now as soon as a new flavor shows up I will announce it here and have it readily available for your enjoyment.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Omar's Tent Expanding

As E-bay continues to grow it becomes less feasible for a small guy like me to list small objects. Mainly Trading pins. I have a slew of Disney trading pins I have collected over the years. Quite a few cast member pins and a number of hard to find Cloisonne pins. I recently found another site that is an ideal outlet for all of my pins. That place is E-crater. Apparently it has been around for  4 or 5 years but I found it only a week ago. It's perfect for my needs. I will be listing Trading pins and chocolate only at E-Crater . I will still be offering all of the other Disney items (Snowglobes, Mugs, Plush, etc..,) and all of the chocolate we have become famous for at Omar's Tent at E-bay. I have only just started at E-Crater and have yet to sell an item. But that has more to do with getting the site built up and bringing people in to see it. If you also have items you are looking to sell but the price is too small for E-bay then you might wnat to check E-Crater out. It's a bit more work but could be more than worth it at the end.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Shipping with Omar

There has been a lot of controversy between buyers and sellers regarding shipping costs. i know I get a number of questions from potential customers as to why some of my items have such a high shipping cost. Believe me, If I could ship for less I would do it because I would attract more customers and enhance my bottom line. So here's the deal:

I ship almost exclusively with the US Postal Service. Fo me this makes the most sense. The type of items I sell ship better this way and frankly the overall service has been better. When I ship over seas I use USPS priority mail international. When I ship MM's, Reese's Mini peanut butter cups, or Reese's Pieces I use the flat rate envelope. I can ship up to 4 pounds of goods in this envelope worldwide for $11.75. That is what the postal service charges and that's what i charge my customers. If it is an item like mugs or globes or plates etc..., I ship either USPS parcel post or priority mail. I use the E-bay postage calculator on all of my aucions and store items. The price of shipping on each auction is dependent on the weight of the item being shipped and the size of the box. I also charge a one dollar handling fee foe domestic shipping and a $2.00 fee for international. The handling fee covers the cost of the box, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts and address label. If insurance is required then that cost is also factored in according to the USPS guide lines.

I realize that there are some sellers out there that charge high prices for shipping. many of them are legitimate costs but some are just padding their profit margin. Take the time to compare items and see what different sellers are charging for shipping. They may charge a low preice for the item but a high price for shipping or vice-versa to balance the price. Take all charges into consideration before making a decision and then decide if the item is worth it. Don't just base your decision on the cost of the item alone.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nightmare Before Christmas

Recently I was getting the house ready for the coming holidays. I was cleaning a closet in my office and came across a box labelled Halloween. In the box were some Jack Skellington items I bought 3 or 4 years ago and completely forgot about. In looking at them I remembered why I bought them. They're really nice. I found a Jack Skellington doll in a coffin presentation box. Also a Sally doll in the same type box. There is a box of Nightmare Before Christmas Figurines and there is also a Jack Skellington head with a black cat standing on top as a candle holder. They are great for this time of year. i bought them at the Disney Store to use at Halloween. But now that I see them and because I already have too much for Halloween I thought I'd see if anyone else might like them. I haven't seen any of these out at the stores since the year that i purchased them. They are all in there boxes and have never been displayed. Take a look and let me know what you think.Oh I almost forgot. There is this great mug with Jack and Ooglie Booglie on it. I have not seen this one anywhere since the day I bought it.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hershey's Kisses. Not to be overlooked!

There are things in life that we see every day and end up taking them for granted. Or we pass them by because familiarity breeds contempt. In the case of chocolate I think we tend to focus on Belgian or Swiss fine chocolates or the day to day chocolates of Britain such as Cadbury. I know I have certainly fallen into this trap. But, as I have recently discovered, Hershey's is not to be overlooked. Over the last year I have noticed that Hershey has been placing on the market a number of flavored kisses to quiet fanfare. Unlike the heralded presence of M&M's, Hershey's kisses have no sexy mascot or striking alternate colors. What they do have is a stable of unusual flavored chocolate drops that are worth more than a passing glance. What I have come across so far are Cookies 'n' Creme, Cherry Cordial Creme, Vanilla Yogurt Creme, Almond, Special Dark Chocolate and Caramel. They are all quite tasty. The Cookies 'n' Creme are my favorite with Special Dark a close second. Probably the only one that misses the mark is the Cherry Cordial Creme. That flavor just doesn't do it for me. If you are looking for a change or the price of European chocolate is becoming more than your wallet can bear then you may want to take a look at these fine confections. They are well worth your time and investment. Jim Thomasson, Omar's Tent

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New generation of Disney Mugs

Disney has just come out with a new generation of coffee mugs that are a departure from past mug sets. The newest ones are shaped like a castle tower. Framed within this motif are color renditions of favorite Disney Princesses and their Princes. Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Jasmine and many others. There are also some that have the appearance fine china or fine restaurant mugs with the same characters in different settings. They are well worth checking out.