Just a Little Advice

dog-1713341_640Whenever you make a purchase take a look at the bottom of the receipt, or the back, for the return conditions.  Many stores have a short period of time in which to return the item.

I purchased four 9V batteries a month ago from my local 99c store to replace the fire alarms in my home.  I had to wait for my daughter to come by since I am not able to get up on the ladder to do that.  When she arrived she told me I only needed one battery.  The other alarms were good for a year.  So I decided to return the unused three batteries. I had no other use for them right now. And as I live on my Social Security every penny is needed.

I took them back to the 99c store and was told that the return time had expired. However they would honor it this one time.

When I looked at the sales slip for the items I purchased that day I noticed that the return policy was printed at the very bottom of the slip in tiny letters.  I had 9 days to bring any item back for credit.  NINE days!

I received credit for them in the form of a printed receipt which gave me a store credit for $3.27.  However, I must take the store credit within 9 days.  I had already checked out with my current purchases and wasn’t planning to go back quite that soon, but will, to take the credit.

So, check that receipt! Stores vary and you may have to research their policy.

Who do You Think You Are?

I just saw an article about how NBC picks the celebrities they feature on their show, ”Who Do You Think You Are?”  It‘s very interesting.  They do a great deal of research before picking someone who has an interesting story and they can take the ancestry back several generations.   Not everyone who would like to be featured is chosen.  Sometimes the researchers  hit a dead end or it isn’t interesting enough to get the attention of the viewers.  In fact they turn down more than they choose.  You can read the entire article at http://goo.gl/7Q5wN

The program has its detractors.  Read the comments after the article.  A program like this is not going to satisfy everyone and the comments are valid.  I would like to know that NBC and Ancestry read them, but have doubts that they will.

I watched all of the first 2 seasons and eagerly looked forward to this season.   I’m glad that Ancestry is doing this series because I think it encourages more people to seek out their heritage.   The program provides well known people who don’t have much information, or sometimes wrong information, about their ancestors with dates, places, names, interesting events and lots of travel.

It would be nice if your average genealogist had the means to travel all over the world in search of his or her family, not to mention meeting with the professionals who always magically produce documentation on the family.   NBC and Ancestry does all that research and then selects people who will have a large amount of original documents taking them back several generations.

This makes the program interesting because we get to see how the chosen few find the information that they have been looking for.   Unfortunately the majority of people doing genealogy don’t have that opportunity.  They have to work for each little item they find.  If they get lucky it sometimes leads them to another ancestor they didn’t know they had.  This is what makes the research so fascinating and addictive.

Almost every genealogist will have a “brick wall”, a person who has no information beyond a certain point.  But we keep looking, because we are hooked.  But we won’t appear on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

OOPS! Sorry (;o(

I should have included sales tax advice to sellers in other states as well as California.  I am just now involved in the reporting and remitting of the sales tax I collected from my Etsy sales.  It finally dawned on me that someone outside of California might just skip over this post.  The advice that I wrote applies to all US states that have a sales tax program.   Some don’t.  In doing research for an ebook on this subject I discovered that each state has different, sometimes complex requirements.  In California each city, or county, sets a sales tax that applies only to that area.  Therefore, each sales tax on my product has to be determined by the city, or county where it is shipped in California, not just a general tax for the entire state.   Did I mention complicated?

However, if you are a seller you must research the sales tax laws in your own state.  Most states have a phone number for access to advice.  I called my Bureau of Equalization and they were very helpful.  They helped me determine how to file my return which must be done this month.   If you are a seller please find out how to collect and remit sales tax for the state in which you have shipped a product.  It is illegal to avoid collecting this tax and you could be fined a much larger fee than the original amount of the tax.   There could be penalties as well.

I have begun an Excel form which will contain all the information that I need to file my return next year.  I suggest you do the same if you haven’t already.