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    Admin search [by celiawessen]

    osCommerce:: Admin search
    It's very difficult to search for items in the Admin section. The search box only searches through the title of the item. With a collection of goods like ours, it'd be so much better to be able to search by their item number.

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    When do I break even? [by celiawessen]

    osCommerce:: When do I break even?
    The server costs $3000. I'll probably be getting a new one in three years. So, that's $1000/yr … about $84/mo. If my profit margin is 16%, I need to make $525/mo to break even. That's 62,000 YEN.

    This week, my osCommercer store went on-line. I've made a 80,000 YEN profit. This month, I broke even.

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    RIAA is suing individual users [by celiawessen]

    Vending Machine-less Lounge:: RIAA is suing individual users
    Last week, the RIAA (and 13 major record labels) put a full page ad in the NY Times (which kids don't read) warning that they will go after each and every user who 'share' music over P2P networks. It was a message to parents to watch what their kids are doing. The ad also equated 'sharing' music over the Net is like 'shoplifting'. They also warned that 'sharing' is such a public act that it is very easy to track down who's who.

    The problem.

    1. Most MP3s that are 'shared' over the Net are distributed at college campuses or by those who are over eighteen. Parents do not have REAL control over their college students. The RIAA and record labels must somehow appeal to these age groups.

    2. Going after each user is not going to stop file sharing. File sharing is not like 'shoplifting' at all. It's more of an epidemic like 'using drugs'. Just like cartels, if you get rid of one supplier, another one pops up. The RIAA and record labels must CONTROL the EXISTING suppliers – THEMSELVES.

    3. 'Sharing' today IS a public act, but 'sharing' tommorow won't be. Somebody will, and already has come up with ways to make the sharing private and secure… hey if you can shop on Amazon.com securly, why can't you share MP3s privately, right?

    Solutions?

    1. Since most kids that share music files are on campus, if the RIAA licenses a college to open their own file sharing network and for students to pay an annual fee?

    The average student would save about 300 songs to disk annualy. That's about 20 CDs… so $300 retail? Now, because it costs nothing for the record companies to advertise, press, and distribute these files, they can probably get the costs to come down slowly over the years to about $60 annual. For the price of about four CDs, students can download a year worth of music! Isn't that great?

    2. If the RIAA wants to equate 'sharing' to 'shoplifting', then they should know that 'shoplifters' do it for two reasons. Necessity and Thrill. The RIAA could answer Necessity by providing low cost alternatives. They could also squelch the Thrill by spoiling it for users. Which they are doing very well with their legal campaign.

    But people steal music, because artists make music. Like the Prohibition, making sharing illegal will just increase bootleggers. The best thing to do to an epidemic is to control it. The record labels MUST RETHINK THEIR DISTRIBUTION OPTIONS.

    3. Oh, yes, private/secure P2P will happen. It exists already as VPN tunnels throughout corporate America. Users will connect to a server in the Carribeans using a VPN router, and the RIAA would never find it. This will happen if the RIAA pushes too hard. The record labels must work with artists, fans, and technology to supply the demand without suing their own customers.

    Hey, if the Apple iTunes Music Store had a complete list of music that has been released digitally since 1985, I'd say 60% of adult users will stop file sharing. It's secure, private, and the record labels can still get its money.