Why did Amazon take a 52% Fee on a $9 Book I Sold?


#1

They took $4.74 on a $9 book I sold which I find ridiculous especially as they only took $4 on a $15 book I sold which I found reasonable. I will be reconsidering using Ebay instead of Amazon in the future.


#2

If you look at the fee break-down, the shipping and fixed fees would be the same for a penny book or a $50 book.

If you sold a $5 book the total fees would be closer to 100% for the total sale.

The fixed fees are a killer for low-dollar sales.


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#4

Thanks I guess I never sold anything this low before on Amazon and probably will never again because of this. Its just not worth my time particularly for a 2 pound weighing large book


#5

There is $1.80 that is charged on any book on top of the 99 cent individual selling fee.

So figure $2.79 is going to come out no matter what price you sell. At $100 it is negligable but at $10 it is a bigger deal.


#6

Bingo!


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#8

Zero profit or break even is @ $7.00 selling price in media. I think @Lake posted this some time ago.


#9

If you haven’t, activate the “Estimated Fee per Unit Sold” on your Manage Inventory page. Then no unpleasant surprises.


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#11

Thanks


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#15

Heck, my children aren’t millennials. Grandchildren – yes.


#16

I used to rag on millennials. Then I learned I am technically a millennial myself, at the ripe age of 39 :frowning:


#17

Thanks for sharing


#18

It’s not generally a profitable venture to sell books on Amazon under $10, unless you are a mega bookseller. Even if you sell a book for $8.00, the tiny profit you make isn’t worth the time unless you have a system in place to process thousands of books.


#19

And the heavier the book, the higher the postage will be, so the profit will be even less (or the loss greater). So you might consider setting a minimum price that’s higher for your heavier books than for those weighing under one pound.


#20

(Sorry, that post was meant to be addressed to the OP rather than to AmazonSeller99.)