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Upcoming changes to Amazon UK shipping rates and fees

Blog Post created by monsooninc Employee on Jul 26, 2017

A reminder for books, music, video, and DVDs (BMVD) sellers on Amazon UK: Beginning on August 1st, 2017, you will be able to set your own standard shipping rates (including offering free shipping) as well as unique shipping rates by region for expedited delivery or by country for international delivery. You can learn more about creating your shipping templates on Amazon UK and adding them to Monsoon here.

 

In addition, Amazon will also be making changes to their selling fees in these categories for Amazon UK.

 

Amazon sent the following notification to merchants earlier this year:

 

Dear Seller,

In the coming months, we will make several changes to features and fees relating to the sale of Media items on the Amazon Marketplace at Amazon.co.uk. We are introducing several changes that will further improve the customer experience and provide you with increased flexibility.

Set your own shipping rates for Media items

Effective 1 August 2017, you will be able to set your own shipping rates (including offering free shipping) for books, music, video, and DVD items and to set different shipping rates by region for expedited delivery or by country for international delivery. No change will be made to your shipping rates without your action.

Changes to Selling on Amazon fees for Media items

We will be making two changes to how Selling on Amazon fees* are charged for Media items (including books, music, video, DVD, software, and video games). These fee changes will not take effect until 1 August 2017 to give you time to plan accordingly.

a) Variable Closing Fees (VCF): The VCF charge in Media categories (books, music, video, DVD, software, and video games) will change as per the table below. This charge will appear as a Closing Fee (CF) instead of as a VCF to avoid confusion, as it will be a fixed fee rate and not variable.

Closing FeesBefore 1st AugustFrom 1st August
 Books£0.43£0.50
 Music£0.24£0.50
 DVD£0.14£0.50
 Video£1.15£0.50
 Video games and software£-£0.50

 

b) Referral fees: Currently, the referral fee for Media items is an applicable percentage of an item’s sales price (excluding any shipping or gift wrap charges). Effective 1 August 2017, the referral fee will instead be calculated on the total sales price (the total amount paid by the customer, including the item price and any shipping or gift wrap charges).

Changes to Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) fees for Media items

Effective 1 August 2017, we will align fulfilment fees for Media items with the fulfilment fees for non-Media items. Media items are eligible for the FBA Small and Light program, which offers lower fulfilment fees versus standard FBA for items under £7 that meet the size and velocity criteria. 

Regards from the Amazon Seller Services Team

*All fees are exclusive of VAT and other taxes that are payable by the merchant

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