Below is a message from Amazon describing their upcoming fee changes.
“Hello from Amazon,
We want to thank you for your collaboration in better managing aged inventory, which has helped us improve efficiency across our fulfillment network. While the costs to fulfill, transport, and deliver orders increased last year, our continued investment in supply chain innovation allows us to limit the fee changes for 2019. Certain fulfillment fees will be increasing, while many storage and referral fees will go down. Our goal was to minimize the impact of these adjustments for as many of you as possible, and we expect over 40% of FBA units shipped to experience no change—or even a decrease.
Please review the fee change highlights, as well as each fee detail page linked below. The storage fee changes will take effect February 15, 2019, and the fulfillment and referral fee changes will take effect February 19, 2019. We are notifying you now so you can plan accordingly.
We will make no changes to fulfillment fees for small standard-size and large standard-size items with a shipping weight of 10 oz or less.
We will implement small increases in fulfillment fees for products in other size tiers to reflect fulfillment and transportation cost changes.
We will change the dimensional billing weight calculation for oversize items. We will apply a minimum width and height of 2 inches when calculating dimensional weight for oversize items, to align with packaging costs.
We will introduce separate fulfillment fees for dangerous goods that contain flammable or pressurized aerosol substances and items that contain lithium-ion batteries.
We will simplify the Subscribe & Save fee structure starting in September 2019. You will be able to fund a flat discount of 5% or 10% for each new item you add to the program.
We will eliminate long-term storage fees for units that have been in a fulfillment center for 181-365 days. The last long-term storage fee charge for inventory we store for 181-365 days was January 15, 2019. We will continue to charge long-term storage fees for units in a fulfillment center for more than 365 days.
We will reduce the minimum long-term storage fee on units in a fulfillment center for more than 365 days from $0.50 per unit to $0.15 per unit. The last charge at $0.50 per unit was January 15, 2019.
We will introduce a higher monthly storage fee for dangerous goods that contain flammable or pressurized aerosol substances. This change will first be reflected in April 2019 charges for storage that occurs in March 2019. We will not change the monthly inventory storage fees for other products.
We will reduce the referral fee percentage for Beauty, Health & Personal Care, and Baby products (excluding Baby Apparel) from 15% to 8% on items with a total sales price of $10 or less. We will continue to charge a fee of 15% on items with a total sales price above $10.
We will reduce the referral fee percentage for Grocery & Gourmet products from 15% to 8% on products with a total sales price of $15 or less. We will continue to charge a fee of 15% on products with a total sales price above $15.
We will reduce the per-item minimum fee across 30 categories from $1 to $0.30 per item, and from $2 to $0.30 per item for Jewelry and Watches.
We will reduce the referral fee percentage for Furniture items from 15% to 10% on any portion of the total sales price above $200. This does not apply to mattresses.
We will reduce the referral fee percentage for Jewelry items from 20% to 5% on any portion of the total sales price above $250.
See all 2019 US referral fee changes, definitions, and examples
For a directory of all fee changes in this announcement, visit amazon.com/selling-fee-changes. We welcome your feedback on these changes at firstname.lastname@example.org and will review each comment.”