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* Amazon Central / Re: This is new...
« on: March 18, 2018, 04:32:44 PM »
I have a rule about Amazon phone calls: If I am not expecting it, I don't answer it. I never used to answer phone calls from numbers I don't know, even local ones. Unfortunately I have to do so now. Working on getting my folks in-home care since they are getting up there and are having a difficult time taking care of themselves. Especially since Mom broke her leg twice within a 3 month period.
* Amazon Central / Re: This is new...
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:16:47 AM »
I have never received a phone call about negative feedback from Amazon. And it was an FBA order on top of that ???

I used to get all kinds of calls from Amazon (not initiated by me) at all times of the day and night. I never did answer any of the calls and finally they quit.

At least it is only .15 to let Amazon keep the stuff. Still, it sucks that I would pay Amazon to take my inventory from me so they can turn around and sell it. Nice little racket Amazon has going there. Cost of Goods Sold is -.15.
I was wondering in the last few months when Amazon would go from 2 semi-annual fixed dates to assess LTS fees to a rolling 6-month system. Seems like my question was answered. Units in LTS for over a year will be charged 50 cents per unit per month. Same cost as it is to recall the item from the warehouse. So, either way, Amazon is going to make a killing.

I can just see it now: All these newbies watching these "get rich quick" videos on you tube, buy a truck load of stock, then get pillaged financially when the products don't sell after the rolling 6 months. And if they don't notice then, they will notice once a year has passed and it becomes a monthly thing. And then the sellers will come to the forums and cry about how big and bad Amazon is.
Hello from Fulfillment by Amazon,

In 2018, we are adjusting our FBA storage fees and policies to encourage improved inventory management, which will help your products be received and delivered to customers more quickly. These changes will take place throughout 2018. We are informing you now so you can plan for these changes.

Changes for all FBA sellers:

    Monthly Inventory Storage Fees: Starting April 1, 2018, monthly inventory storage fees will be increased by $0.05 per cubic foot for standard-size and oversize items. This change will first be reflected in May 2018 charges for storage that occurs in April 2018.  See the table below and Monthly Inventory Storage Fees for more details.
    Long-Term Storage Fees: Starting September 15, 2018, long-term storage fees will be adjusted and the assessment dates will be changed from a semi-annual basis to a monthly basis. See the table below and Long-Term Storage Fees for more details.
    Minimum Long-Term Storage Fees: On August 15, 2018, we will introduce a minimum charge of $0.50 per unit per month for items in fulfillment centers for 365 days or more. The greater of the applicable total long-term storage fee or minimum long-term storage fee will be charged. See the table below and Minimum Long-Term Storage Fees for more details.

Changes for sellers with a Professional selling plan:

Through the inventory management tools and FBA storage fee structure, our goal is to encourage efficient inventory management that benefits you, customers, and Amazon. While we continue to invest in our fulfillment network to better serve your business, at times we experience physical constraints on inventory capacity during key shopping seasons. To help minimize these constraints, we want to continue to allow the most efficiently managed inventory to flow through the network, while limiting less efficiently managed inventory.

The Inventory Performance Index is our first step in setting a bar on inventory performance. Beginning July 1, 2018, we may limit access to storage for sellers with an Inventory Performance Index below 350. Your current Inventory Performance Index score is 525, which indicates you are doing a good job managing your FBA inventory. Your score is updated weekly based on your ongoing inventory management. Sellers who maintain an index score of 350 or greater will have unlimited storage for standard‑size and oversize items (monthly storage fees and long-term storage fees still apply). See the table below and FBA Storage Limits Changes for more details.

Changes for sellers with a Professional selling plan who do not maintain an Inventory Performance Index score of 350 or greater:

Starting July 1, 2018, storage limits will be evaluated every three months on a quarterly cycle. If your Inventory Performance Index is less than 350 six weeks before the start of a quarter, you will be notified of your potential storage limits. If your Inventory Performance Index score is still less than 350 at the end of that quarter, those limits will apply for the next quarter. See the table below and FBA Storage Limits Changes for more details and examples.

Under the FBA inventory storage limits policy, you will not be able to create a new shipment to Amazon until your inventory level drops below your storage limits. If your existing inventory exceeds your storage limits for a given month, we will also charge an Inventory Storage Overage Fee on the portion of your inventory that exceeds your storage limits, in addition to monthly inventory storage fees and, if applicable, long-term storage fees. The overage fee will be charged monthly at $10.00 per cubic foot, based on the daily average volume of inventory that exceeded your storage limits throughout the month. We will be updating our tools to reflect cubic feet of storage instead of the number of units that we currently show.

Monthly Inventory Storage Fees
Prior to April 1, 2018
Storage month                       Standard-size                     Oversize
January – September           $0.64 per cubic foot         $0.43 per cubic foot
October – December            $2.35 per cubic foot         $1.15 per cubic foot

April 1, 2018 and after
Storage month                        Standard-size                  Oversize
January – September           $0.69 per cubic foot         $0.48 per cubic foot
October – December            $2.40 per cubic foot         $1.20 per cubic foot
Minimum Long-Term Storage Fee
August 15, 2018 and after
Inventory assessment date    Items in fulfillment centers 365 days or more
Monthly (15th of every month)    $0.50 per unit
Long-Term Storage Fees
Prior to September 15, 2018
Inventory assessment date                            Items in fulfillment centers 181 to 365 days    Items in fulfillment centers 365 days or more
Semi-annual (February 15 and August 15)                  $11.25 per cubic foot                                            $22.50 per cubic foot

September 15, 2018 and after
Inventory assessment date                     Items in fulfillment centers 181 to 365 days    Items in fulfillment centers 365 days or more
Monthly (15th of every month)                                   $3.45 per cubic foot                                              $6.90 per cubic foot
Professional Selling Plan Storage Limits
     July 1, 2018 and after
Inventory Performance Index
Score less than 350
(6 weeks before the quarter ends AND
 at the end of the quarter)
   Score of 350 or more
Storage limits                                                             Updated quarterly                                       Unlimited
Monthly Inventory Storage Overage Fee    $10.00 per cubic foot over the storage limit                    Not applicable
For more information about these upcoming changes, including fee schedules, definitions, and examples, visit and You can track your Inventory Performance Index on the Inventory Performance Dashboard. This free tool provides a hub for optimizing your FBA business, including customized recommendations to grow your sales and reduce costs.
We welcome your feedback on these announced changes at The FBA business team will review each comment.
Thank you for selling on Amazon.


The Fulfillment by Amazon team
* Amazon Central / Slow Sales Thread
« on: February 25, 2018, 09:21:03 PM »
Been seeing more "slow sales" threads on the forums. I've been hit with slower than normal (for this time of year) sales. However, I did have one order for 20 boxes of Christmas cards. And they weren't even discounted. Go figure. Ho, Ho, Ho.

And no, I'm not calling anyone a ho.
Read The Article in Full: Amazon Just Announced a New Whole Foods Perk for Some Users

Amazon has been slashing prices and offering deals and discounts since it took over Whole Foods.

And losing money all at the same time.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon adding crypto currency to payment methods?
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:18:00 PM »
I'll bite if the games include Ms. Pac Man or Space Invaders.
* Amazon Central / Re: $21 billion reason Amazon wants to build its own UPS
« on: February 17, 2018, 07:15:45 PM »
Deliveries from Amazon come UPS. Deliveries from suppliers are mostly UPS, some USPS, and the rest FedEx that hands off to USPS for last-mile delivery. Either way, the stuff comes in the mail or the little brown truck.
* Amazon Central / Re: $21 billion reason Amazon wants to build its own UPS
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:39:51 AM »
Yes it was a good read. After the failure of December 2013, you knew it was only going to be so long before Amazon moved into handling the delivery of its own products. I don't see that being viable though for much of middle America though. Maybe some spots here and there but not in other areas. I don't think they will be able to afford to have the extensive network that USPS, UPS and FedEx have to cover the entire country..

I thought it was interesting that FedEx came out and said that no customer was more than 3% of its business. I don't find that hard to believe. Amazon delivers everything to me by UPS.
* Amazon Central / Re: Unpacking and its Prime economy
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:32:29 AM »
Wow, that's an interesting article about the stats of Amazon's fulfillment and shipping network.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Seller Forums Redesigned 2-2018
« on: February 06, 2018, 03:51:22 PM »
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Seller Forums Redesigned 2-2018
« on: February 05, 2018, 01:11:32 PM »
Yes. It is so. On a positive note, you don't have to link an image to an outside location. You can now drag and drop a copy of a picture into the post itself and it will work just fine.

You can change your default name in the forums but I sure wouldn't post until it was changed.

I don't know how any snowflake thought that having a pure white background on each thread with no distinguishing between posts was a great idea. Headache, temporary insanity and banging my head on the wall was the result for me.

On the date of roll-out, some stupid snowflake thought it would be acceptable to link posts in the forums to social media. That quickly got stopped.

Several veteran forum posters left and are no longer posting there. No telling if they will come back once the forum gets straightened out.

No more "no" votes. Only likes. That way, all the snowflakes won't be offended when receiving 50 no votes for spouting incredibly horrible advice. The only way to call out really horrible stuff now is to actually create a post and explain why the OP is wrong. smh.

Too much to tell now. When I think of a few more things, I'll post it here.

* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Seller Forums Redesigned 2-2018
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:26:20 PM »
The seller forums are defaulting to show actual seller store names, not the seller name used in the forums. I don't know if this has been changed or not. I haven't figured out how many "likes" we get or what the posting amount is.

On a positive note, I have figured out that it only took 2 hours for the mods and bots to flag one of my posts as inappropriate and get a warning. I guess the community overwhelmingly noted that my post was offensive. Oh well. Live and learn.
* Everything eBay / Re: PayPal Monopoly on eBay Ending
« on: February 03, 2018, 11:37:41 PM »
Just saw this story someone wrote about why eBay dropping PayPal is a good thing.
* Everything eBay / Re: PayPal Monopoly on eBay Ending
« on: February 03, 2018, 12:22:28 AM »
With the eventual roll out of the additional choices to purchase, I am wondering if sales will start to increase. Not everyone likes PayPal. The only reason I even have an account is because of selling on eBay.
Would be interesting to see their business model, but don't put too much faith into the nonprofit status being the deal maker. Blue Cross, Blue Shield and most companies with Mutual in their names began as nonprofits.

I had forgotten about that.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Seller Forums Redesigned 2-2018
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:34:56 PM »
This redesign is absolutely horrible.

I would rather slide down a stripper pole full of razor blades into a bucket of rubbing alcohol than to use the "new and improved" forums.
* Amazon Central / Re: Introducing the Seller Central Alexa Skill Feb 2018
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:24:34 PM »
Do we really need Alexa to manage our seller account? smh
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