Amazon fee changes are rolling out beginning this week, and there is good news and bad news. As we reported in December, it will become cheaper to sell in certain categories (via referral fee reductions), and it will generally become more expensive to use Amazon’s FBA fulfillment services, though Amazon is also lowering FBA long term storage fees.
Amazon explained the changes on this page of its website and noted that while saw increased costs to ship and deliver orders, it also experienced improved efficiency across its fulfillment network.
One reader asked, “But still no changes in what Amazon allows for shipping?” explaining that with shipping rates going up in 2019, Amazon is sticking with what they will allow sellers to charge – “one could look at that has a “fee” increase,” they noted.
During its fourth-quarter earnings call with analysts in late January, Amazon was asked about the changes to third-party selling fees and indicated it will continue to make changes to fees. In our February 3rd article, “Takeaways for Merchants from Amazon Q4 Earnings,” we wrote:
“Amazon said third-party sellers are an important part of its value proposition – “they’ve had great success on our site, more than half of our units sold are from third-party sellers.” Amazon said it would always be evolving that business, including adding new fees or subtracting existing fees. “We generally work to change the fees to make sure that the incentives are strong on both sides and we continue to have a healthy growth in third party.””
The Amazon FBA storage fee changes will take effect on February 15, 2019, and the fulfillment and referral fee changes will take effect February 19, 2019.
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