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I’m sure most of you are wandering why we have just raised the prices on all Otterbox cases after just lowering them in the previous quarter. Well, here is why.

As of February 1, 2010, Otterbox implemented a Minimum Advertised Price policy for all authorized resellers of their products. In turn, all authorized resellers can only sell Otterbox products for 10% less the the retail price (e.g. Otterbox Defender retails at $49.99…we can sell for $44.99).

This is one of the last things we want to do to our customers, especially during this economy so we have added a few things in with each purchase in order to keep our customers happy:

-Each purchase includes Free Nite Ize S-Biner (as pictured below)
-Free Worldwide Shipping on all Otterbox cases
-Free USPS Priority Mail for Defender Cases (2-3 Days) for US orders)

The Christmas holiday is right around the corner so why not get all of your shopping done in one place.  The one thing just about everyone has is a cell phone and the one thing that just about everyone with a cell phone needs is protection.  A cool cell phone case (or even a laptop case) can be the perfect Christmas gift.  The best part is that they are so reasonably priced!  Check out the Accessory Depot top 5 Christmas gifts below!

1. Otterbox Defender Series for iPhone 3G/3GS

$34.99

Does someone in your family own an iPhone 3G/3GS?  There is no better gift than an Otterbox.  It offers the perfect amount of protection, and it even comes in four colors.

Black- perfect for anyone who is looking for your typical cell-phone case

White- perfect gift for a female, as most of the people who buy our white cases are indeed women

Yellow/Black- do you have someone that loves the outdoors, or someone who works construction?  Yellow/black would be the perfect gift

Pink- just like the white case, this would be a perfect gift for that special female in your life!

2. Timex Ironman Shock Resistant 30-Lap Watch

$50

This watch is perfect for anyone who is looking for a reliable watch.  It  has so many different uses, from fitness (running), to everyday wear, to outdoors…it can be worn for anything, which is what makes it such a great gift  The next great thing about this line of TImex watches is that it comes in three different colors: grey, light blue, and dark blue.

3. ZAGG Z.buds Earphones for any music device (incl. iPod & iPhones)

$56.99

It seems that so many people have either an iPod or an iPhone (or in some cases both!).  Why not surprise them with some of the best earbuds on the market?  These buds are packed with features, such as volume control, noise-canceling mic, and even a tangle-free cord!  Oh, did I mention the sound quality is far superior than what you get with typical earbuds??  The Z.buds come in two great colors: black and red.

4. Pelican 2360 LED Flashlight

$41

One thing everyone needs is a flashlight so that’s what makes this Pelican light a perfect gift.  Not only is it a super-bright LED light, but it is also small and durable so that it can be brought anywhere.

5. Speck SeeThru Satin Case for Macbook Aluminum

$44.99

Does you special someone have a brand new macbook aluminum laptop (13″, 15″, 17″)?  Wait no longer…they need a case!  The Speck SeeThru Satin case offer great protection and a cool, soft touch. It comes in several different colors: black, pink, purple and red.

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One of the hardest things to do as a small business is to account for all processes involved.  These processes include the purchases process, inventory management process, the human resources process (for larger companies) and the financing process.  Every activity that a small business will take on is classified in one of these processes.  These are the four most important processes involved.

Accounting is an area that many companies take for granted.  When a company is first starting up the last thing an owner will think about is how to account for everything and trust me it is a lot easier to take the time from the get go instead of trying to back track and figure everything out then.  For acessory depot the main areas i have to account for are inventory and shipping/ebay fees.  All inventory i have stored in a secure area but actually accounting for and keeping track of what i have on hand is the hardest part.  I have experimented with programs that will give me an accurate number to what i have on hand but they have only created a hassle because i would have to scan every product in and out.  This took so much time and eventually became a hassle.  It really did work but i just did not have the time to devote to just that and manage my website.  Another program i have been experimenting with has been Microsoft office accounting 2009 for small businesses.  This really gives me a lot of flexibility to do the things i feel necessary for my company as well as keep track of certain products and inventory.  One of the hardest things to look for when selecting an accounting software is whether or not it links with eBay and PayPal.  Office accounting does but is very limited in its access to those sites.  Since so many of my shipments come off of eBay, i have to pay fees associated with those shipments and also shipping costs.  Office accounting will not give me an accurate view of funds because of this barrier.  Coming from Microsoft’s website here are the capabilities of office accounting ’08:

“Office Accounting Professional 2008 is a complete accounting solution that helps small businesses save time managing everyday financial tasks, get organized, and grow their business online

. With its familiar Microsoft Office interface, this program is easy to learn, so you can be productive right away. Smooth integration with other Microsoft Office programs makes information sharing simple and helps boost productivity.

FREE Microsoft Office Product Key

By organizing all of your business information in one place, Office Accounting Professional 2008 helps you find the right information at the right time, so you can make better-informed business decisions. Plus, new features will help you sell products online, get paid faster, work easily with your accountant, and more.

To get the free complimentary license of Microsoft Office Accounting Professional, you’ll have to enroll your organization in the Microsoft Professional Accountants’ Network (MPAN). The steps includes providing your organization contact information, signing the Microsoft Partner Program legal agreement for your organization, and completing the registration process by providing profile information about you and your organization.”

Another program that my brother has tried to get me to experiment with is Quick books.  I do not know a lot about it but he tells me how superior it is to office accounting since he is working on his masters in accounting.  HE claims the product is so much easier to use and a lot easier to learn.   That was one of the problems with office accounting…….it was so hard to learn at first.

“Quick books really is a great product because it is much easier to learn and you can map the business processes of your company with greater efficiency.”

This quote came from my brother again and really explains the intuitiveness of quick books.  Listed below are the specs for quick books and some of the capabilities and strong points of it:

Save time when tracking your finances
Easily print checks, pay bills & track expenses

 

Easily print checks, pay bills & track expenses. Aggregate all your checks to be paid and print them in one batch. QuickBooks will keep track of each check so you can keep tabs on where your money is going. Enter bills from vendors. Since QuickBooks organizes everything in one place, you’ll be able to access all past payments & bills for each vendor with just a few clicks.

Track sales, sales taxes & customer payments

 

Get rid of piles of paperwork. Easily enter customer payments. Since QuickBooks organizes everything in one place, you’ll be able to access all past payments for each customer with just a few clicks.

Manage payroll & payroll taxes; offer Direct Deposit 1 (sold separately)

 

Intuit QuickBooks Payroll Services, QuickBooks Payroll for Mac powered by PayCycle, and Payroll for QuickBooks Online save you time by eliminating steps and giving you the tools to get your payroll done right.

Create professional-looking invoices and forms 2

 

Select from Free professional designs to create a distinct look for your business across all your invoices, statements, and other forms. Apply across all your forms at once.

E-mail estimates, invoices, reports, and more 3

 

Create customer communications and e-mail directly from your QuickBooks using Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express using your existing e-mail address.

Organize and back-up documents by attaching them to your QuickBooks records.4

 

Document Management lets you save time by attaching any electronic or scanned document –to any customer, vendor, employee, account, or transaction.

Accept credit and debit cards right in QuickBooks 5

 

Process credit card approvals right in your QuickBooks software. If you use Intuit QuickBooks Merchant Services, the data is automatically recorded in QuickBooks when you make a sale. And, it has no teaser rates, no hidden fees, no cancellation fees, and no long-term contracts.

Scan and deposit your checks with Intuit Check Solution for QuickBooks (subscription required)6

 

Easily scan and deposit your checks into QuickBooks with Intuit Check Solution for QuickBooks. Subscription required; scanner sold separately.

Track time, mileage, and expenses to bill clients

 

Record time and expenses by client job so you can easily stay on top of your projects. From there, it’s easy to invoice clients in a few clicks so you won’t miss any billable time and expenses.

Get insights so you make better decisions
Allow multiple users to work in QuickBooks at the same time 7

 

Multiple-user functionality enables more than one person to work on a company file at the same time, increasing collaboration and productivity. It ensures that all users are working on the most up-to-date data.

Up to 5 Up to 5
One-click business reports

 

Get pre-designed, customizable business reports to gain insights into your business. See all available reports in one screen to easily choose the right one. Drill down with one click to see the detail behind the numbers. Export any report to Excel – your QuickBooks formatting and formulas go with it. Access industry-specific reports in QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise Solutions.

100+ 150+ Industry
Import data from Excel, Quicken, Microsoft Office Accounting & prior QuickBooks versions 8

 

Get up and running fast by importing data from the tool you use to track your finances now. However little or much data you currently have, you won’t have to start over from scratch.

Track inventory, set reorder points & create purchase orders

 

Easily track your inventory to avoid overbuying and backorders. Indicate re-order points for each inventory good and turn on reminders to automatically let you know when its time to reorder.

Download your bank & credit transactions into QuickBooks9

 

Save time and avoid data entry errors. Instead of typing in your bank and credit card transactions, download them securely from over 3000 participating financial institutions

and easily import them into QuickBooks.

Get an immediate view into your bottom line all in one page with Company Snapshot

 

Stay on top of your business by customizing your Company Snapshot. Choose at-a-glance reports of yearly expenses and income, expense and income details, and top customers.

Track international sales & expenses in multiple currencies10

 

QuickBooks supports all global currencies and does all the currency calculations for you. You can even download exchange rates or do wire transfers from right in QuickBooks.

Easily create a business plan

 

Build a professional business plan quickly by answering step-by-step questions. QuickBooks fills in the numbers based on your QuickBooks data. You can export the projections to Excel for further analysis or save it as a PDF file.

Forecast sales & expenses

 

Click a button to create a forecast of income and expenses for the coming year, based on your existing QuickBooks data. Increase or decrease line items by any percentage to adjust for future changes.

Create industry-specific reports and install industry features

 

Access over 150 industry-specific reports in QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise Solutions such as: Profitability by Product for manufacturing and wholesale businesses, Job/ Project Costs for professional services firms & contracting businesses, Donor Contribution Summary for nonprofit organizations, Sales Tax Liability for retail businesses.

So after looking at some of the features of both I will say that i have to agree that Intuit Quick Books definitely looks better.  This will definitely be a project in our near future and i am going to start allocating funds toward R&D for it.

To all small business owners out there if you have any comments or have had problems or pointers please let me know.

Accessory Depot

In order to enable our customers to get answers fast, we are posting some of the most common questions we receive on a daily basis.  Although we are very good at responding to your emails and phone calls, this may save you some time and effort 🙂

The FAQ’s are broken up into several categories below:

Shipping:

  • Do you ship anywhere in the world on all of your products?
    • 95% of our products ship to anywhere in the world for a very low rate.  All cell phone cases typically ship for only $5 to anywhere in the world.  The only items we do not ship outside the USA are tents.  Marine electronics ship to anywhere in the world via USPS Priority Mail International.  The cost to ship them is calculated.
  • Do you offer FREE Shipping on all of your products?
    • Every item that we sell ships to the USA for FREE.  We ship with the USPS and UPS so the carrier all depends on the product you purchase.  Likewise, all cell phone and laptop cases feature FREE Canada Shipping, and some cell phone cases (all Impact cases) feature FREE Worldwide Shipping.
  • I am a customer in the USA, and I made a purchase today.  When can I expect it?
    • The time it takes us to ship the item and drop it is about 24 hours.  From there, it depends what carrier and service your item is being shipped.  Most items (cell phone / laptop cases, outdoor gear) ship via USPS First Class Mail.  This service takes 2-5 business days but could take up to 10 business days (very rare) due to weather, location, or time of year.
    • All purchases come with a FREE Delivery Confirmation number*, which is emailed to you when your item is shipped.
  • I am an international customer, and I made a purchase today.  When can I expect it?
    • Most of our items are shipped via USPS First Class Mail International.  This service normally takes around 6-14 business days; however, USPS advises it could take longer than 14 business days depending upon various circumstances, including customs, weather and the recipients country’s postal system.
  • The delivery confirmation number has not been updated and continues to say, “The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper to expect your package for shipment…”
    • Please note that although your purchase comes with a delivery confirmation number that was provided in the shipping notification email, it serves only to confirm the delivery of the package.  This is not a tracking number so it is not unusual for the status to remain unchanged saying, “The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper to expect your package for shipment…”
    • Please note that the receipt of the shipping confirmation email indicates that your item has actually been shipped, despite having a delivery confirmation number that tells you differently.
  • I would like to have my item shipped with another carrier or service (such as expedited)…can you do that?
    • Absolutely.  Just send us an email for a shipping quote.
  • I have not received my item, and it has been past the given time frame.
    • We want you to know that since our main goal is to ensure that your customers are happy with their experience with us, we offer a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy in addition to our 30-day money back guarantee.  Please click here in order to be transferred to our customer service center.  From there, click “Report a problem” > Item Not Received, and we will take action as soon as it is received in order to get this resolved
  • I have received my order, but I received the wrong item or the item arrived damaged.
    • We want you to know that since our main goal is to ensure that your customers are happy with their experience with us, we offer a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy in addition to our 30-day money back guarantee.  Please click here in order to be transferred to our customer service center.  From there, click “Report a problem” > Problem with an order, and we will take action as soon as it is received in order to get this resolved

Payments:

  • What payment methods do you accept?
    • We accept Visa, Mastercard and Paypal.  If you choose to pay via Paypal, you are able to pay via Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover (and Paypal, of course).
  • Do you accept any other payment methods other than the ones listed above?
    • We are always willing to make special accommodations for our customers so if you would like to pay using a different method, please email us before your purchase so that we can approve it.
  • Is AccessoryDepot.net trusted and secured?  If so, how can you assure me?
    • AccessoryDepot.net is secured by THAWTE, which fully encrypts the checkout process.  For more information, please click here

Policies:

  • What is your return policy?
    • Accessory Depot offers a 30 day money-back guarantee on all purchases from the sales date on the sales record. The 30 day money-back guarantee gives the customer the option to return purchased merchandise, whether used or new*, for a full refund of the purchase price (which excludes shipping)***.
    • * The only exception to this policy is Marine Electronic and accessories: *All Marine Electronics and accessories have a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, but they may only be returned if they are brand new. Please note a 10-20% restocking fee may apply if the box or any items in the box are damaged.
  • I am not satisfied with my item, how can I return it?
    • We want you to know that since our main goal is to ensure that your customers are happy with their experience with us, we offer a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy in addition to our 30-day money back guarantee.  Please click here in order to be transferred to our customer service center.  From there, click “Returns / Refunds” , and we will take action as soon as it is received in order to get this resolved
  • Do you have a satisfaction guaranteed policy?
    • We want to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your experience with us.  Therefore, if for some reason you feel we are not living up to our standard of unprecedented service, please contact us and we will be sure that you are happy.  Likewise, if you are not satisfied with the item your purchased, please contact us and we will take the necessary strides to ensure you are happy.

Customer Service:

 

We are committed to providing you with the best customer experience

on the web. You can contact us by phone, email, or Skype. Our hours of

operation are Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 5

PM CST.

 

Phone:

Email:

Support@AccessoryDepot.net

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We just recently launched a new design for our Twitter Page, and we want your feedback so please feel free to post a reply to this post with your input!  Since we love to keep our customers informed of new information and deals on AccessoryDepot.net, our new Twitter page will serve as the official liaison between our customers and Accessory Depot.

Please feel free to become a follower of us on Twitter or even Tweet us!  Either way, we are always working to ensure the best possible communication and service.

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In response to popular customer demand, Accessory Depot has a new line of outdoor gear: sleeping bags by Eureka!.  This post will serve to outline and overview the different types of sleeping bags we carry, which will further assist you in selecting the correct sleeping bag for your needs.

The backcountry sleeping bags we carry come in three temperature ratings: 0 degrees, 15 degress, and 30 degress.

1. Eureka! Cooper River: 30 Degrees

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 Quick Overview:

This bag is perfect for camping and hunting from the Spring through the Fall. 

Specifications:

  • Zipper Side: Right
  • Insulation: ThermaShield™
  • Temp Rating: 30° F
  • Size: 84″ x 32″ x 20″
  • Fill Weight: 2 lbs. 5 oz.
  • Carry Weight: 3 lbs. 13 oz.

Warm

  • Double layer off-set multi-needle quilt construction
  • Fully adjustable contoured hood
  • Differential cut
  • Draft tube

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Comfortable

  • Polyester taffeta liner
  • Inside “stash pocket” (MP3 player not included)
  • Fleece pillow pocket
  • Trapezoidal foot box

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Tough

  • Polyester mini ripstop shell
  • #5, 2-way, self-repairing zipper
  • Compression stuff sack included

2. Eureka! Casper: 15 degress

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Quick Overview:

This bag is thin and light, and it offers sufficient amount of warmth through the winter.

Specifications:

  • Zipper Side: Right
  • Insulation: Rteq
  • Temp Rating: 15° F
  • Size: 82″ x 32″ x 21″
  • Fill Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz.
  • Carry Weight: 2 lbs. 15 oz.

Warm

  • Double layer off-set multi-needle quilt construction
  • Fully adjustable contoured hood
  • Differential cut
  • Draft tube

Comfortable

  • 210T polyester taffeta liner
  • Inside “stash pocket” (MP3 player not included)
  • External pillow pocket
  • Trapezoidal foot box

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Tough

  • 210T polyester diamond ripstop shell
  • #5, 2-way, self-repairing zipper
  • Compression stuff sack included

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3. Eureka! Kaycee: 0 Degrees

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Quick Overview:

This bag is zero degree rated for the serious winter camper.

Specifications:

  • Zipper Side: Right
  • Insulation: Rteq™
  • Temp Rating: 0° F
  • Size: 82″ x 32″ x 21″
  • Fill Weight: 3 lbs. 1 oz.
  • Carry Weight: 4 lbs. 9 oz.

Warm

  • Double layer off-set multi-needle quilt construction
  • Fully adjustable contoured hood
  • Differential cut
  • Draft tube

Comfortable

  • 210T polyester taffeta liner
  • Inside “stash pocket” (MP3 player not included)
  • External pillow pocket
  • Trapezoidal foot box

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Tough

  • 210T polyester diamond ripstop shell
  • #5, 2-way, self-repairing zipper
  • Compression stuff sack included

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