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PJLaw1
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Nowhereville, NW
USA
370 Posts

Posted - 02/09/2009 :  8:17:48 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
O are you talking about the check that I just received. I actually called my RMM and asked about. She said that it was broken down. I added it up by my own account and it was off about a dollar. I said whatever too confusing to figure it out.

2x pay scales
2x copy expenses
1x mileage
1x office exp
1x postage

It reduced my taxable wages by a 1/3.

Philip
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Helene
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PA
USA
78 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2009 :  03:42:49 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Steve,
I have worked for Premium for years and have always been paid an hourly rate, never mileage. Even when I went out of the area as a favor to the RMM, I was never paid mileage, extra money was tacked to my regular pay. This seems like an easy way to make it look like the pay is higher, due to less taxable income, instead of giving the merchandisers who have been working for the company for years a raise. Mark, I also wonder what the IRS will think about this.
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KathyPeters
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Lore City, OH
USA
41 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2009 :  04:36:48 AM  Visit KathyPeters's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Actually the changes that were recently made were made in order to be in accordance with the tax laws. That's why Premium upgraded the system. And, as Mark said, the rest of the miles you drive are still tax deductible. Please consult your tax account before filing every year for your total amounts.

Let your RMM, or us here, know if you have any more questions. We want you to be well informed.


Kathy Peters
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Mark Staas
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Newnan, GA
USA
109 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2009 :  11:17:13 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the info Kathy!

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Mark Staas
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Newnan, GA
USA
109 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2009 :  11:27:55 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Helene

Steve,
I have worked for Premium for years and have always been paid an hourly rate, never mileage. Even when I went out of the area as a favor to the RMM, I was never paid mileage, extra money was tacked to my regular pay. This seems like an easy way to make it look like the pay is higher, due to less taxable income, instead of giving the merchandisers who have been working for the company for years a raise. Mark, I also wonder what the IRS will think about this.



Actually Helene, on paper it would appear to an outsider that we were being paid less! Unless one knows that the w-2 shows differently than the paycheck stub it would make someone looking at it say well: they pay mileage but also lesser of an hourly rate. When in fact that isn't the case.

As for you getting a raise or not? Well, in my mind you got one! If your taxable income went from the full amount and was cut by 2/3's that is a significant raise. If you typically get a refund every yr, and you can figure out how to adjust the dependents claimed on your tax paperwork so that you aren't loaning the government money all year but keeping it and drawing interest off of that money in an account...you will have earned another raise!

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Mark Staas
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Newnan, GA
USA
109 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2009 :  9:52:20 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Nothing like going to a big box retailer to do a scheduled 5hr reset only to find out the reset has already been done and I won't be making 20% of what I thought I was going to. Because I'm already getting soooooooo many hrs right? Every week I schedule a whole lot more than I ever end up getting.
On another note it's getting down right pitiful at an electronics store I do, when my dashbord shows the job will be 4hrs when I schedule it only to get to the week of the job and see the hours have been reduced to 1.5... yet again.
I know times are tough and it is because of the economy, right? Well I'm calling bs because I just saw said company's race car spending buku bucks on Sunday night! !@#$$$

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PJLaw1
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Nowhereville, NW
USA
370 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2009 :  9:57:04 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Man I have more than I can handle. People are flaking all around me. I was told I cannot take any more this week because I can not do too many hours. What type of car do they have? Nascar?

Philip
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Mark Staas
Valued Contributor

Newnan, GA
USA
109 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2009 :  11:17:57 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PJLaw1

Man I have more than I can handle. People are flaking all around me. I was told I cannot take any more this week because I can not do too many hours. What type of car do they have? Nascar?


More what? Hrs, resets?? Yes they have a Nascar car...BB

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PJLaw1
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Nowhereville, NW
USA
370 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2009 :  07:28:23 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hrs. I havent watched Nascar since it left Winston Cup. Have you done any of the vacuum setups. I have three to do. Heard it was kinda of hard.

Philip
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Mark Staas
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Newnan, GA
USA
109 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2009 :  09:28:43 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
That was what I was referring to in my last post.
I've GONE to them only to find they are already set up. Looks like cake to me. Place the boxes attach the cables, and put a pallet to the floor. Directions look a whole lot harder than the actual job, but that seems to be the norm here. They simplify it for all the dumb reps out there...of course I fall into that category this week because I forgot to take pictures of the setup. DUH!

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Jeana
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USA
142 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2009 :  4:42:41 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hello,

I did my first vacuum set today. I was overwhelmed before going into the store after reading the information on the website & printing out a lot of instructions. It wasn't as hard as I thought.
When I got to the store the department manager said, "The reset is done." When I went to take a picture the vacuum cleaners were there but nothing else. He was unaware that he should have anything extra. It took a while to locate the pallet as I had to wait until the receiving clerk came back from lunch. She was able to locate it and I was able to install the display.
When I got the actual bases out & read the instructions that were with them - it just fell into place. The manager liked it when it was done. He even went and got extensions to install the cornice graphic.
Jeana

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Sue A
Star Contributor

USA
455 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2009 :  5:33:38 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
My stores already had the vacs. set and wouldn't allow the pallet on the floor. On another forum reps said it was only taking about 2.5 hrs. to do them not the 5 hours that was listed, and that they weren't hard at all to do.

Sue A
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Mark Staas
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Newnan, GA
USA
109 Posts

Posted - 02/25/2009 :  01:15:01 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sue A

My stores already had the vacs. set and wouldn't allow the pallet on the floor. On another forum reps said it was only taking about 2.5 hrs. to do them not the 5 hours that was listed, and that they weren't hard at all to do.
Seems the norm Sue. It almost seems like said vacuum company forgot that Wal has a "price point/security issue". Although I'm starting to believe it is because they don't want anything on the sales floor that costs $500 because it is bad for the "low cost image thing".

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LoriLoo
Valued Contributor

Wilson, NC
USA
148 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2009 :  08:29:12 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
My store wouldn't let me bring the pallet out either. Said they had some theft issues with a group of thieves that were stealing their Dyson's & with these being priced in that similar $400-500 price range, they said no . They're keeping display model & 1 box stock on the sales floor.
My problem was that the vacuums were already set so close that I had to scoot down just about the whole line & re-secure them all. Those demo platforms were difficult to get screwed in & secured on the shelves. Overall, the job wasn't hard, just time-consuming, as most visits to that particular retailer usually are!! I hit a sharp edge on something during the process & gashed my thumb as a parting gift .

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PJLaw1
Star Contributor

Nowhereville, NW
USA
370 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2009 :  3:04:36 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Mark I see what you mean with the demo set up already. I did three of these and the last and farthest away one was set up already. I was very disappointed in the pay vs. distance traveled since it was set up already. The setups were relativity straightforward and easy. The hardest part was dealing with associates at the store. Most were less enthused about the products to begin with. My last store refused the pallet also stating that it would conflict with other products.

Philip
Silver Certified
Shopping Eastern NC
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Mark Staas
Valued Contributor

Newnan, GA
USA
109 Posts

Posted - 02/27/2009 :  02:58:43 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PJLaw1

Mark I see what you mean with the demo set up already. I did three of these and the last and farthest away one was set up already. I was very disappointed in the pay vs. distance traveled since it was set up already. The setups were relativity straightforward and easy. The hardest part was dealing with associates at the store. Most were less enthused about the products to begin with. My last store refused the pallet also stating that it would conflict with other products.



I think the shaft came out on this job. My bet is that the vacuums probably have been in WM back rooms for 1-2 wks and the stores were probably given a directive to place the displays by last Sunday (considering that was the day the ads ran during the Oscars)since I got the "price point concerns" in every one of my 4 stores (the two hood stores and the two rich areas) I'm believing that was probably a directive the mgr's were given by WM corporate too. Purely speculation...but I bet.
In the meantime we think $60/each but end up with $12. Woooohoooo :)Nothing like thinking I might make a real paycheck this week only to make enough to pay my internet bill.

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Maralyn
Star Contributor

USA
626 Posts

Posted - 02/27/2009 :  05:52:00 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Walmart has this product in the Tab for this weekend, they generally won't let you put stuff out in advance of the tab. I have not even seen the pallet for the High Price Jewel, just the Dirt Devil.
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PJLaw1
Star Contributor

Nowhereville, NW
USA
370 Posts

Posted - 02/27/2009 :  08:28:46 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Yea that last one I did was out of town and I only did it because my RMM asked me to pick it up. I think I might of covered the gas for the trip. Well it was probably only a one time deal anyway. I hope Premium gets back the electronic audits.

Philip
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Shopping Eastern NC
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Sue A
Star Contributor

USA
455 Posts

Posted - 02/27/2009 :  4:54:52 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I took my paperwork with me for the reg. jobs at wm,just in case, good thing I did as 2 of my stores had already done the vacs. and the third store wouldn"t let me place them as they are going to move the dept. around starting next week. So I did my music,etc. so at least I didn't have to make another trip to them this week, if I didn't have any other jobs to do at wm, it would have been a wasted trip,would have only made gas money.

Sue A
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AlandaJ
Member

Memphis, TN
USA
30 Posts

Posted - 03/13/2009 :  06:32:56 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Is anyone familiar with the training specialist position? They are looking for someone in my area.
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