Amazon.com have announced an update of Fees for FBA and for some products there are steep fee increases coming into effect on the 18th of February 2013. If you use FBA in the US then you’ll need to do an urgent assessment of your product portfolio in the new year.
Amazon.com FBA Fee Changes 18th Feb 2012
Update will increase overall fulfillment fees
Amazon say that they “expect that this update will increase overall fulfillment fees for the majority of products, while reducing overall fulfillment fees for many products that fit into the new Small Oversize and Medium Oversize categories”.
Amazon give the example of a keyboard and mouse which currently costs $7.11 to fulfil and after the price change will only cost $5.37. For many small items and media the price changes are around 9 cents, however it’s for Large and Special oversized items where the price increases really bite.
A Portable rollaway bed which currently costs $46.33 to fulfil by Amazon will rise to $82.44 and the example of a White board as a special oversized item sees a price hike from $31.53 to $130.00.
Introduction of Returns Processing Fee 18th Feb 2012
Amazon.com are also introducing a Returns Processing Fee for products in categories where Amazon offers free return shipping. These categories include Apparel; Watches; Jewelry; Shoes; and Luggage. Where the customer returns a product Amazon.com will start charging a fee equivalent to the fulfillment fees for an individually shipped unit.
Amazon suggest that you use the Returns report in Seller Central to look up your historical returns, and new fee schedule to estimate the impact of the Returns Processing Fee.
Where can I find the full fee announcement?
Amazon.com have published a comprehensive fee schedule for the FBA price changes coming into effect on the 18th February 2013 including examples for different types of product.