Update to Amazon US referral and FBA fees: Effective June 1, 2021


#1

2020 was one of the most successful years for sellers in Amazon’s store, even with the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. From April 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021, independent third-party sellers – almost all small and medium-sized businesses – increased their Amazon sales by more than 55% year-over-year. And we are working hard and investing heavily to help you continue this success.

In 2020, we increased square footage across our fulfillment and logistics network by 50%, opening dozens of new delivery stations and fulfillment centers around the world. We built more than 250 tools and services to help you manage and grow your business, such as the Growth Opportunities page to help you drive new sales, FBA Liquidations to help you recover value from inventory and improve sustainability, and improved Seller University courses to guide you on how to use all of these new tools and services effectively. We also recognized the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic created for small businesses, and in December, we made the decision to postpone our annual fee adjustments until the spring of 2021 to provide stability and support through what we expected would be a challenging winter. While many other companies passed along costs through surcharges and fee changes in 2020, we absorbed over $5 billion in COVID-related costs on your behalf, and are absorbing billions more in the first half of 2021.

Now, as vaccines are being distributed and we see a path to normalcy, our next fee adjustment in the US has been scheduled for June 1, 2021. Most referral fees will not change, and we are making only modest increases (about 2-3% on average) to fulfillment fees, in line with or below industry averages. We will also reduce certain fees, like the returns processing fee, which reflects feedback we have received from sellers and our continued efforts to reduce costs.

Please review the fee change highlights below and links to the more detailed fee pages in Seller Central. These changes will take effect June 1, 2021, except where otherwise noted.

2021 FBA fulfillment fee changes

2021 Amazon referral and program fee changes

2021 FBA returns processing fee changes

2021 FBA New Selection program changes

2021 FBA fee changes for removals, disposals, and manual processing fee

2021 FBA Small and Light fee changes


#4

One-time improvements at the cost of ongoing charges, though for us most of these tools and programs are not used.

How is an accepted solution to the pesticides problem, to add (or attempt to add) an ASIN you don’t carry to your inventory? That is a huge code smell, to be asked to lie to a system.


#5

Getting charged up the a** for FBA Removal Fees.

OVERSIZE:
Before June 1, 2021 (10+lbs) = $1.90 + $0.20/lb above first 10 lb
After June 1, 2021 (10+ lbs) = $3.50 + $0.35/lb above first 10 lb

Doubling the cost even more, yet customer get free returns on our buck, it will soon not even be worth it to retrieve FBA Returns bcs of such high fees. this is ridiculous


#6

Now that we’re returning to normalcy, will restock limits be removed?


#7

Amazon keeps on giving to customers… & taking from hard working sellers


#8

They raise the fees because they can, not because there’s an overbearing need to. When they want to make an investment the 1.56T dollar company doesn’t do it themselves, they charge us to fund it, then charge us to use it and release a newsletter expecting us to be grateful and thank them. Amazon already takes such a massive margin on low cost items (>70%) yet continuously raise fees, demand lower costs, and give us heavily restrained cashflow in bi-weekly payouts that hold over half our money every two weeks and we either have to turn to Payability and have all the profits eaten or suffer until the next payout. Amazon is moving heavily to get rid of 3rd party sellers, and quite fast to say the least. This monopoly of a company in both e-commerce and internet presence (AWS) is simply inconceivably massive. And where buyers of a company would typically face the honorifics of such a massive company, it is the oddly situated, “partnered” sellers who face this slowly killing and abusive devastation.


#9

I expected worse honestly.


#10

What does this mean

  • We will eliminate the packaging weight adjustment to our rate card calculation for FBA.

Using Dim only?


#11

FBA is a classic bait-and-switch scam. Why would anyone fall for it?


#12

Hello @Amazon_Seller_8472,

Currently, packaging weight is used to determine shipping weight, but starting June 1, 2021, we will eliminate the packaging weight adjustment. For units 0.75 lb or under, unit weight will determine shipping weight. For units over 0.75 lb, the greater of either unit weight or dimensional weight will determine shipping weight.

I hope this helps!


#13

When are they going to make an improvement for the ridiculous pesticide issue?
Now today 2 of our listing got flagged again which was unflagged 3 months ago after multiple emails and now I do not have the energy contact seller support as it is useless to receive a bot response back. I have to reply the very same email so many times until someone who can understand English responses back so they can unflag it. I would rather to delete the listing and sell that product on another venue instead of dealing this endless issue that Amazon does not make any improvements at all.

@SEAmod
@QVD_Seller


#14

At least Amazon’s talked a little bit about the pesticide issue. Still no response at all about my history book being flagged because it has a Confederate Flag on it! Let alone my rare edition of Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat Visits Gettysburg”.


#15

I know they did talk about it, but all it was a talk.
It is so annoying that the listings that was unflagged getting flagged again after all the work we did previously. Our product is a car decal/sticker “fly fishing design” obviously very poorly programmed software sees that “fly” as an insect not the design theme or name.
This is the result of a very poorly work done by lazy engineers who are coding in the back. They are running the software to search specific keywords to flag it (in my case “Fly”).
What they need to do is create coding rules to skip these listings that have these keywords for good. If they do not have the skills to create those coding rules than use a filter where software skips listing per ASIN list which can be added in the back end manually , however to reach someone in the back end is like winning a lottery. First 7-8 emails we receive are from bots


#16

I question that the increase is 2-3% on average. My fees are going up 8% on most items!


#17

Amazon always seems to brag about themselves. They tell you what they have done all year so they can justify the FBA fee increases. I can tell you they haven’t fixed the seller support issues that sellers have complained about for nearly a decade. I can tell you that Amazon hasn’t fixed the system so buyers can’t scam sellers into refunding without return. Seems amazon only notices the stuff they do and not what the sellers go through with amazon allowing buyers to steal from sellers at will.


#18

seller support is so helpful when I asked where I should put POLO men’s ED toilette they asked if that was a French toilet.


#19

Is there a storage cost price increase ? Cant seem to find that.


#20

What’s your other option, tho?
Disposal? They still charge the same !!


#21

Shhhhh
Don’t give 'em any ideas!


#22

3% increase in fees*

  • with an additional 20% decrease in seller support quality