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Buy Shipping preferences

You can set Buy Shipping preferences for purchasing shipping through Buy Shipping in Seller Central. By entering preferences, you can decrease the time that it takes to purchase each shipping label.

Tip: If you choose to buy shipping in bulk, set up all Buy Shipping preferences prior to bulk purchase.

To learn more about how to buy shipping, see Buy shipping through Seller Central.

Note: These preferences don't apply to the Merchant Fulfillment API.

To set your preferences:

Select Settings at the top right of any page in Seller Central, click Account Info, and then click Buy Shipping Preferences under Shipping and Returns Information.

Manage your Ship-from locations


  1. Click + Add new address or Edit.
  2. Enter your Ship-from locations. Be sure to include full addresses and time zones.
  3. Select a default shipping location. Once complete, you will be able to set Buy Shipping preferences.
    Note: The changes made here will be reflected under your Shipping Settings.

Certain preferences will be for all shipping locations, while other preferences will be specific to the location selected.

Preferences for all ship-from locations

Package Types:

If you frequently ship packages of the same size, you can create custom package types to choose from when you buy shipping. This will save you time since you won't have to repeatedly enter the same dimensions. Enter a name for the package type so you’ll remember what it’s for.

Confirmation Settings:

Select your preferred method for receiving confirmations.

Insurance Settings:

Insurance preferences allow you to set optional insurance settings for all of your shipments, or only for shipments over a defined package value. These settings will apply to all shipments regardless of which warehouse they are shipped from.

To learn more, see Enter Buy Shipping preferences for all shipping locations.

Preferences for carrier prioritization

Use these preferences to prioritize your available shipping methods in Buy Shipping. Drag carriers from right to left in order of preference. To exclude a carrier, leave it outside of the box. If you don't have a preference, you don't need to change anything.

To learn more, see Enter Buy Shipping preferences for ship-from locations.

Manage your carrier accounts

Amazon charges shipping and related services to your seller account. If you have an account with one of the listed carriers, you can sign in to buy shipping through your carrier account instead. Based on this prioritization, Buy Shipping will select the lowest cost shipping service your carriers offer that meet the required delivery date.

For more information on managing your carrier accounts, see Manage your carrier accounts.

Note: Some carriers allow you to change your printing preferences for the layout of shipping labels. On the Buy Shipping page, select a carrier and any optional services. If available, click Label print orientation. If you need a new label, see Reprint a shipping label.
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