Quick Update, Anime Expo, TRU Farewell

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The haunting, handwritten sign hanging from the inside of the Toys R Us on Jefferson Blvd in Culver City, CA.

Quick Update, Anime Expo, TRU Farewell

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Its been about two months and I’ve been a very busy bee making things happen on the e-commerce front again. Since TRU vanished in glorious fashion, all eyes have been on Amazon. Normally, its difficult for professionals that aren’t intimate with selling on Amazon to get familiar with the platform. Fortunately for me, having been a store owner of all things anime, I’ve got spare inventory that I can play with.

I have renounced doing direct e-commerce with the closure of my core website, PowerAnime.com, but I have taken an interest in promoting drop ship service for my inventory. So, I don’t directly sell anything to consumers; I pull, pack, and ship items that are sold by other B2C sellers. I feel this is an area that’s severely undeserved and in desperate need of strategy. I’ll be sharing more info in the future. In the meantime, I’ll be posting my offerings for view here via my wooCommerce plugin at http://www.figwiz.com/shop . If you’re interested in the dropship program, send a message directly to me.

Anime Expo has come and gone, and this year, I passed. Honestly, I didn’t really miss it as either a fan or a pro even though this was the first time in the last 17 years that I didn’t attend. But, as I see the posts from associates and long time customers, I get this itch in the back of my head that says I should have gone. It looks to have been an amazing event, and to see it thrive without me was both a sad and proud moment for me. With My Hero Acadamia all the rage, special appearances by the King of Fighters character artist and the creator of Devilman (Go Nagai), and the breakthrough showing of Tokyo Pop and Sean Danconia’s Supapop art, this was a monolithic showcasing of where this genre is headed.
Deep down, the fandom and subject matter are something of a heavy significance to me, and I’ll definitely try to do more to make an appearance next year.

I’m continuing to refine my trade with Amazon as I await my new home studio for my youtube channel and twitch streaming. Its been 18 months in the making, so its long over due. As a self proclaimed organically grown nerd of the 80’s and 90’s, I’m looking to feature truly geeky content including toy talk, gaming fits, app development, hobby shop retail talk, e-commerce trade tips, trading card game features, and gaming tournament etiquette. Oh, and giveaways… lots of giveaways… I’ve seemed to have amassed a large swath of bins containing mountains of loose figures and lifestyle goods from my adventures in retail. So, I’ll have a feature of me unboxing some pre-unboxed stuff.

– The Keep


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