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Issue Number Five
May 2000
Phonex Communications, Inc.


  1. Telecom Tax Repeal
  2. Saving time on the Phonex website
  3. Guest Article : Hidden Secrets of Ebay
  4. Acronyms, Schmacronyms (telecom stuff)
  5. Joke of the Day (and a bonus!)
  6. Some sponsors

Telecom Tax Repeal

There has been a lot of press about this issue for the last few months, but it seems that Congress is getting ready to do something about it.

On Wednesday, May 24th, the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to approve a bill repealing the 3 percent federal excise tax on telecom service, including phone service for consumers. The bill has strong bipartisan support, and is expected to be enacted shortly.

My wife already has plans on where to spend our 3 percent :O}

Saving time on the Phonex website

I realize that most people don't have a lot of time to spare, especially when it comes to slow-loading websites. We've all clicked on a site, only to sit and wonder if anything was happening.

I continually update and upload new pages. There are always new questions and products available, and I do my best to share with you.

One of the more recent updates involved placing headset amplifiers on their own page. It's a little easier to order the headset top you desire, then the amplifier needed for compatibility. You can see more here Plantronics Headsets

I would love for the pages to be as fast as (where we're ranked number one :O} ), so it's a continual effort.

If there are products or information that you would like to see, please contact me at 1/800-727-1676, or email at

, and I will post the pages right away.

Guest Article : Hidden Secrets of Ebay
by John Jakubik

Like most cyberpreneurs, I have been searching the Internet for about 6 years now, desperately looking for ways to bring in just a little extra cash. Over these past 6 years, I have tried everything from the standard "get rich quick" scheme to those "you could be making millions with little or no effort" type of business.

Let's face it, even though the cyber world is relatively new, it's still based on a set of rules. Business rules. People are not going to sink endless amounts of money into stupid programs where they make no money. In most of the MLM and "cookie cutter" programs, the only person who benefits is the first person who thought of a way to deceive people out of their money.

An idea came to me one Sunday, while I was watching TV and reading the Sunday ad inserts.

When my show was interrupted by the usual 3 minutes of commercials, my eyes drifted back to the paper. I was reading an ad that said there was a local department store that was going out of business. In big letters the ad stated "Entire stock blow-out. All stock 70-80 percent off". At the same time, I overheard a commercial for EBay, "Sell your Stuff!"

I chuckled to myself, heh, what stuff? Then it hit me. What if I went to this blowout sale, bought a few items and then posted them on Ebay?

My test item was a Sharp Mini System. I had paid $115 for something that normally costs $230. If I had kept the stereo, it would have been a great deal. But instead, I posted it on Ebay for an auction starting at $180. It turned out that I had 15 people bid on my stereo and the highest bid was $193.50. So I sold a stereo and made $78.50, big deal!

Well, actually it was a big deal. I found out that it only costs me $2 to put something on ebay, regardless of how much it sells for.

My next step in all this was to contact someone who knew something about wholesalers. I figured that if I could get products even at 50% off, I could still turn a nice profit. I contacted a company called Merchandise Marketplace. They deal with wholesale products, selling at a cost much below retail. And you don't have to buy in bulk to save.

Week after week I place 6 to 10 items on ebay, each only turning about $45-$50 in profit. At the end of the week, even if I only sell 6 items, I have made an extra $300. The great thing about Ebay is that thousands of people visit each day, so you don't have to waste time and money on advertising.

So I say to you, good luck and share the wealth! Need more information? Visit If you have any ideas, please share with me:

Yours in business,
John Jakubik

(Editor's Comment : I've heard many good things about making a few bucks on Ebay, but I haven't tried it myself. You may want to become very familiar with the way Ebay works, the benefits and risks involved, and the time you have available before you jump into it. You can see more at )

Acronyms, Shmacronyms

Everytime I hear a new acronym in telecom , I start to cringe. I read every telecom magazine and online article I can get my hands on, and the acronyms seem to breed like rabbits.

While on a recent surfing adventure, I happened upon the best site for acronyms. Believe me, I've seen a lot of supposedly "complete" lists, only to be disappointed when they didn't even define "DTMF".

So this guy gets a free plug in our newsletter. He says he's a grad of OK State, and apparently this list took a long time to post on the web.

Take a gander next time you overhear someone talking about GSM's, WAP's and IDD's, and then you'll be able to speak the language, too!

Joke of the day

Reasons to go to work Naked......

7. No one steals your chair.

6. Diverts attention from the fact that you also came to work drunk.

5. With a little help from Muzak-you can add "Exotic Dancer" to your resume.

4. You want to see if it's like the dream.

3. "I'd love to chip in, but I left my wallet in my pants."

2. Take advantage of computer monitor radiation to work on your tan.

1. Your boss is always yelling, "I wanna see your @#& in here by 8:00!"

**Cheap Thought of the Day**

Don't spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt. Donate it to Goodwill instead. They'll clean it and put it on a hanger.
The next morning, go back in and buy it back for seventy-five cents.

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