Got my Stuff from Customs

Customs

My shipment was cleared the day after my last post.  I guess they wanted to open up the shipment to make sure that it was what my paperwork said it was.  Everything being imported is taxed at a certain rate.  The rate depends on what you are importing and what country it comes from.  It’s a complicated decision process that my customs company determines.  I pay about 9% on my product.

US Customs opened up one box in each palette and they also took one of the products I guess for sampling?  So I only got 749 out of my 750 pieces.  I don’t know if they are allowed to do that, but it’s really a small cost.  Just having customs decide that they wanted to inspect my shipment cost me $400 more in transportation and storage charges.  I guess that’s just part of doing business.

Servers

One of my stores went down 3 times last Friday and is going down probably 3 times a day now.  Each outage ranges from 10 minutes to 30 minutes which sucks.  Of course, this is 100% my fault so I don’t harp on it.  The irony is that this isn’t even the store that I wanted to move over to the dedicated server last month.  That store has only gone down twice in the past weekend.

With a dedicated server costing a minimum of $150 a month, I have to figure if my downtime is costing me more than that.  Right now, I don’t think so.  A dedicated server would cost me $1800 a year.  So the big question is, am I losing out on $1800 worth of profit during the downtime of my stores?  $1800 is about 35-50 orders.  Right now I don’t think I’m losing money based on the outage times, but if I go down much more often this week then I probably will be.

There are other benefits such as site speed and good neighborhood SEO in a dedicated server.  I know that I will eventually have to do this, but once I get past Xmas I can wait until September 2012 to do it.

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