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Rumors of our death are greatly exaggerated…

No, Iwanna isn’t going out of business.

That’s the short answer to an awful lot of questions being tossed our way after WLOS-TV Channel 13 broadcast a news item this week about the impending closure of the Iwanna press facility. For some reason, people equate the Iwanna printing plant with the published Iwanna newspaper products.

They’re not the same.

Our plant at 991 Sweeten Creek in Asheville has printed newspaper-like products for many years — including the weekly Iwannas in Asheville, Greenville, Hickory and Spartanburg. But we’ve also printed Iwanna specialty publications — including the growing and popular Sophie Magazine for women — at other locations. Lately, we’ve been test printing some regular issues of the Iwanna at other locations as well.

The Iwanna press facility is aging, and in many cases, it no longer meets the needs of customers who want a lot of color and more sophisticated print quality.
So, we’ve decided to consolidate the printing of our Iwannas and associated publications at the modern press facility of Fayetteville Publishing, our corporate parent in Fayetteville, N.C. It prints color-intensive products like USA Today.

Tragically, that means the end of 12 full-time and 12 part-time jobs at the Asheville Iwanna printing plant. The press facility will close at the end of August, and the employees working there will get severance packages depending on their length of service at Iwanna. Job assistance is being offered to some of the skilled press operators.

But as far as the Iwanna newspapers: You’ll still be able to find them, as always, at your local newstand or convenience store.

And soon, you’ll see a new cutting-edge website at Iwanna.com. But more on that later.

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Fees waived for new online auction service in WNC, Upstate

Iwanna will affiliate with Boocoo Auctions when it launches  across the country on Monday, June 21st, bringing a more affordable, local online auction solution for buyers and sellers in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

Boocoo AuctionsCurrently in beta, Boocoo will waive all auction transaction fees for at least two weeks when it makes its public debut on Monday.

Local users can access the site at https://iwanna.boocoo.com.  Iwanna Blog readers can get early access this weekend by using the login: IWANNA and password: boocoorocks.

“With sellers’ fees that work out to be about 25% below the current major e-commerce sites, this should be a strong motivator to try Boocoo.com because these sellers are extremely sensitive to their own profit margins,” said Kip Knight, a marketing consultant and former executive for Ebay North America.

“Boocoo’s emphasis on local services is smart because it is a large and growing part of e-commerce,” Knight said.

Soon after the June 21st launch, Boocoo will offer local companies the opportunity to bid for jobs placed by consumers and businesses in the community.  The service providers, (painters, carpenters, landscapers, etc.) will be able to respond to proposals from local consumers and businesses that have placed a “request for quote” on Boocoo for the service they need.

“It’s an exciting concept and one that will capitalize on the local media partners long standing relationship with service providers through their classified pages and service directories” said Tony Marsella, president of Ranger Data Technologies which owns Boocoo.

David White, a seller of over 20,000 internet auction items and a podcast talk show host, says Boocoo Auctions is  positioned for success.

“Many e-commerce sites fail due to lack of exposure and advertising. With the model Boocoo.com has in place, this barrier to expansion, exposure and growth has been eliminated,” White said.

Boocoo.com will be offering more local auction transactions through the use of its 300 media partner’s websites, where users can easily access the auction site. According to a study for the Newspaper Association of America, newspaper websites attract more than one third of all internet users.

“The reach of newspapers and television in their market combined with their respective website audiences will provide the most powerful promotional platform available,” said George Willard Sr., founder and chairman of Ranger Data.

How to buy votes and feel really good about it

Iwanna.com is bringing legitimacy to vote-buying this election season.
Iwanna has partnered with the Asheville Tourists (affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) for two baseball-related contests to benefit charity.
The Video Scoreboard Contest is looking for baseball team videos — best plays, outtakes, bloopers, etc., which will be voted on by viewers. The winning video will be awarded a team party at a Tourists game this summer where the video will be played on the big video screen at McCormick Field.
The Baseball in Pictures photo contest will award the most popular baseball picture of the summer with season tickets to the Tourists next year.
Although registered users get one free vote in each of the contests, they can purchase more ballots to help move their favorites across the finish line.
All proceeds from the voting benefit the Asheville Tourists Childrens Fund.
Check out Contest Central at Iwanna.com for even more contests, including the World Cup, Pro Golf and NASCAR.

Boating season – and new rules – are upon us

As of May 1, anyone younger than 26 operating a vessel powered by a 10-horsepower or greater motor on public waterways must have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course…

via Buncombe County News.

Boats, kayaks and canoes have been among the most searched items on Iwanna.com in the last two weeks. Folks in the Carolinas are getting ready for summer fun!

Ginseng dealer sentenced to prison

A federal prison sentence handed down today for the illegal sale and transport of ginseng shows the natural resources of Western North Carolina are more than just a tourist attraction.

The conviction arose from a three-year anti-poaching investigation intended to document the unlawful take, purchase, sale and transport of ginseng and bear parts within and along the southern Appalachians by various individuals.
via North Carolina Ginseng Dealer Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Export of Ginseng Valued Over $100,000.

Ginseng and black bears, which are native to the mountains, are prized in some circles for their medicinal qualities and even culinary uses. The particular prosecution that ended today was for a large amount of ginseng transported across state lines without a license, and was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement, with assistance from the National Park Service and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Ginseng is popularly used as an energy supplement, and locals can find it by searching Iwanna.com.

The Western District of North Carolina has divisional court offices in Asheville, Bryson City, Statesville and Charlotte.

Most searched items on Iwanna in 2009

A Yorkie Puppy

A Yorkie Puppy

More than 98,000 unique items were searched on Iwanna.com in 2009. Pets, cars and recreational equipment represented the most searched terms.

The single most searched term? Dogs. With puppies close by. The most sought breed in the Asheville area? Yorkie.

The most popular car model on Iwanna.com was Mustang, followed by Jeep and BMW.

And the hottest recreational items included kayaks, canoes and campers.

Here are the Top 10 most searched items on Western North Carolina’s most popular user-generated shopping network for 2009: dogs, pets, boats, puppies, guns, jobs, kayak, campers, mustang, cars.

Failed banks yield rare auction booty

Banks that have gone belly-up during this year’s financial crisis have left behind some unique items that are being sold at public auctions, reports the business news service Bloomberg.

Business has been good,” said Penny Worley, who opened her [auction] firm in 1993. “This can be a daunting task, because there are so much and so many different things. There’s an occasional Dali. There are rare gold coins.”

via Marijuana-Reeking Tour Bus, Red Ferrari Are FDIC’s Crisis Booty – Bloomberg.com.

A rapper’s tour bus that sold at one bank auction “smelled so bad of pot after one tour that they had to completely pull out most of the interior and replace it,” an auctioneer told Bloomberg.

Hundreds of banks have failed this year, and the FDIC has recovered millions in losses by turning over assets for auction.

While you may not find a rapper’s tour bus, you will find local auctions on this page at Iwanna.com — including images of print display ads that are listed in the right-hand rail of the page.


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