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From Reddit

So if I’m reading this correctly, referral fees are the biggest item in the list is referral fees. If you have standard 15% then with sales tax (assuming avg 6%), it’s 15.9%. Plus the other increases... I don’t like losing 1% of my net. <----not from me. I'm quoting a poster from the sub-reddit.
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Important changes to Seller Fee Taxability on Amazon.com 4-11-2019

Dear Seller,

We are reaching out regarding the possible tax implications on some seller fees beginning June 1, 2019.

Some states consider specific Selling on Amazon fees such as per item, order, and refund fees as a taxable electronic service. Similarly, some states consider FBA inventory prep fees such as bubble wrap, polybag, taping and labels as taxable. Seller fees is not increasing however; you might see tax applied to some seller fees.

For more information regarding this change, refer to the FAQ below:

- What fees are taxable?

Selling on Amazon fees (based on your business location):
•       Referral Fee
•       Subscription Fee
•       Variable Closing Fee
•       Per-item Fee
•       Promotion & Merchandising Fee
•       Refund commission Fee
•       Checkout by Amazon
•       Sales Tax Collection Fee

FBA service fees (based on order fulfillment center):
•       Labeling Fee
•       Polybagging Fee
•       Bubble wrap Fee
•       Taping Fee
•       Opaque Bagging Fee
•       Repackaging Fee

The above list is some common seller fees. For a complete list of seller fees, refer to the following Help pages:
Selling on Amazon Fee Schedule: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/200336920
FBA features, services, and fees: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/G201074400

- How will tax be calculated on my seller fees?
For Fulfillment services, the fulfillment center performing the taxable service will determine the tax rate.
For Selling on Amazon fees, the location of your business in a taxable state will determine the tax rate calculated.

- When does this begin and where can I see any tax collected on my seller fees?
Beginning June 1, 2019, Amazon will start collecting sales tax on taxable seller fees. Tax collected will reflect with the order fee on the transaction details of your Payments Reports. Date range payment reports will continue to reflect the sum of fees per order.

- Can I opt out of using FBA fulfillment services that may be taxable?
FBA services are performed on your items when you elect to purchase these services from Amazon or when the packaging and prep requirements are not met.
To manage your FBA settings and minimize FBA service fees by prepping your items before sending to an Amazon fulfillment center, visit Fulfillment by Amazon settings at https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/ssof/configuration/index.html/ref=xx_fbasettings_dnav_xx.
To learn more about packaging and prep requirements, refer to the Help page available at https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/200141500.

For more information on Amazon fees, please visit the Selling on Amazon Fee Schedule at https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/200336920.

Regards,

Amazon Seller Services
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* Amazon Central / Voice Of The Customer - Account Health - Beta
« on: April 10, 2019, 09:34:22 AM »
Voice of the Customer Beta
This can be found under Seller Account Health.
Account Health
Customer Service Performance
Product Policy Compliance
Shipping
Performance Reports
Eligibilities
Voice of the Customer

My stats look Pretty Pretty Good.
<smile>

As we all know, it only takes one little bitty issue to throw our seller accounts down that deep deeeeeeep hole with Amazon.

Stumbled upon this new beta in my Amazon settings this am.
 
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* Everything eBay / Re: New PayPal Policy Regarding Fees and Refunds
« on: April 09, 2019, 03:00:38 PM »
Didn't this past year eBay began having other means of payment?
I purchased some shipping supplies in January and was able to choose Paypal or their own card carrier.
Worked smooth as silk.
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* Everything eBay / Re: eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« on: April 09, 2019, 02:59:20 PM »
I'll hang around a bit on Amazon...
Specifically October thru December.
After end of May this year, I hope <fingers crossed) to be on vacation from Amazon until October.
Maybe ship in one shipment a month off oddz and endz. 
That's easy money.
Otherwise, I'm having a ball doing my previous collectibles, vintage, etc on eBay.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Action Required email from Amazon
« on: April 09, 2019, 02:56:52 PM »
WOW!
16 to 17 threads?
That seems low.
<smile>

That many items mislabeled by a bot?
I would say unbelievable, but.... Nope.
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* Amazon Central / Action Required email from Amazon
« on: April 08, 2019, 08:05:59 PM »
Dear Seller,

As part of our ongoing efforts to protect our customers and enhance the customer experience, we are updating the requirements to offer products that qualify as pesticides or pesticide devices. Pesticides and pesticide devices include a broad set of products, and it can be hard to identify which products qualify and why. You are offering, or have previously offered, products that are affected.

To continue your current offers on affected products after June 7, 2019, you will need to complete a brief online training and pass the associated test. You will not be able to create new offers on any affected products until you receive approval. You are required to take the training and pass the test only once, even if you have offers on multiple products. This training will help you understand your obligations under EPA regulations as a seller of pesticides and pesticide devices.

To avoid interruption of your offers, you may either click this link to Seller Central to start the approval process using a sample ASIN: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/hz/approvalrequest/restrictions/approve?asin=B0002YP612, or request approval using any of your ASINs listed above.

Frequently asked questions:

1. Why am I receiving this message?
You are receiving this message because you are offering, or have previously offered, one or more pesticides or pesticide devices. EPA regulations define pesticides and pesticide devices to include a broad set of products, including many that you might not expect. For example, they can include:

• Ultraviolet lights;
• Air treatment units or filters;
• Water treatment units or filters;
• Sound generators;
Insect traps; or <---this is what I had years ago offered. YEARS. FIVE plus years ago.
• Products that make pesticidal claims, such as "disinfects" or "sanitizes".

For additional information, see EPA guidance on what a pesticide is: https://www.epa.gov/minimum-risk-pesticides/what-pesticide and what a pesticide device is: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/pesticide-devices-guide-consumers#2.

You can also see Amazon’s Pesticides and Pesticide Devices policy for more information: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/202115120.

2. What does this mean for me?
To create a new offer on any pesticide or pesticide device, or to avoid removal of your existing offers of these products after June 7, 2019, you must obtain approval by completing an online training and passing the associated test. You need to take the training and pass the test only once, even if you have offers on multiple products.

3. How do I seek approval to sell the affected products?
There are two ways to request approval. You can click on this link https://sellercentral.amazon.com/hz/approvalrequest/restrictions/approve?asin=B0002YP612  to start the approval process using a sample ASIN (you are under no obligation to list against this ASIN, but can use it to trigger an approval request).

Alternatively, you can use one of your affected products as follows:
• Login to Seller Central, click Inventory, and select Add a Product.
• Input one of your pesticide or pesticide device ASINs from the list provided above.
• In the search results, click the "Listing limitations apply" link next to the ASIN.
• Click the Request Approval button to start the approval process.

4. What does the approval process consist of?
You will be required to complete a brief online training and achieve a passing score of at least 80% on the associated test. Only U.S. sellers are permitted to request approval.

5. Can I still use FBA?
Effective June 7, 2019, only sellers approved to sell the affected products may send shipments of those products to fulfillment centers.

6. How will this affect my existing FBA inventory?
If you have remaining inventory of qualifying products in Amazon fulfillment centers, you can continue selling your remaining inventory until June 7, 2019. After June 7, you either need to (i) obtain approval to continue to sell the affected products or (ii) create a Removal Order for return or disposal of your remaining FBA inventory. For assistance creating a Removal Order, please visit our How to Create Removal Orders page: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/external/200280650.

Thank you,
Amazon Services


Take a test.
<sigh>

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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon launches house brand of cosmetics
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:52:42 AM »
Yep.
Crazy!
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* Everything eBay / eBay Store Levels and Selling Fees
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:46:38 AM »
I decided to change my eBay account to a lowest level store level.
It has the vacation mode that I want/need.
It's only $4.95 a month as I agreed to a year.

As I'm slowing my Amazon down only 210+ sku's down from over 5000.
Woo Hoo!

I used to really, REALLY enjoyed finding items that I know will sell on eBay.
Vintage, Collectibles, Hard To Find items, etc.

Having a ball scouring thrift stores for items.
I do have lots of experiencefrom years on eBay plus an account that currently has over 35,000 positive feedback.
Now to list them.
<smile>

Whoops forgot to add the link to eBay Store Selling Fees

eBay store selling fees
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* Everything eBay / Re: New PayPal Policy Regarding Fees and Refunds
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:38:14 AM »

From what I've seen, several eBay sellers are already talking about jumping ship because of this.

Every time there is a new policy:
They ALWAYS talk about jumping ship.
<smile>
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon launches house brand of cosmetics
« on: April 01, 2019, 04:16:15 PM »
Wayyyyyy over-priced in my opinion.
Here's Google Shopping Comparison
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon launches house brand of cosmetics
« on: March 26, 2019, 03:32:09 PM »
Who test marketed that name?
Geeesh!
Cross between an Italian and Chinese.

Had my daughter look over the items as she buys quite a bit of her makeup, face care and beauty items online.
She tells me wayyyyyyy overpriced.
That charcoal balancing mask?
She buys it five for $5.00 with free shipping with a $20.00 order. (we normally combine an order so we receive free shipping)
For me? That moisturizer is overpriced.
I use a retinol based moisturizer that receives 4 outta 5 star reviews.
It's 3 times less than Amazon's price.

Meh.
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: March 26, 2019, 03:27:59 PM »
Forum seems to be zooming faster.
Wonder if by reuploading it cleaned out the built up cache....

Thanks, Steve.
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Seeing lots of chatter about this around the world wide web.
In some ways, I think it's a smart move.
The fact that they did it without notification to the sellers is bad.
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* General Discussions / Re: This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: February 28, 2019, 11:44:11 AM »
Steve/WayOutWest has agreed to take over the forum.
I'll still be hanging around.
Sliding into this 'retirement' of mine slowly.
Many thanks to Steve for keeping this forum going.
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That's a definite 100.
Wait for them.
I only had 2 emails and they were generic items.
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Heads Up!
Notification from Amazon:

We are writing to you because you have previously sold children’s school supplies. To provide the best possible customer experience, Amazon is enforcing safety requirements for all children’s school supply ASINs.

As a result, you must provide safety documentation mentioned in the help page. If this documentation is not provided , we will no longer sell these children’s school supply ASINs on Amazon.

For information on safety requirements and submitting required documentation, go to https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/external/GXT3EFQS54LRKYM3.

For FBA sellers: If you have selling children’s school supplies inventory in our fulfillment centers that is missing the safety documentation, you will have 30 days from the above date to create a removal order. For information on removal orders, visit https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/external/G200280650. Standard FBA fees for returns or disposals will apply.

By submitting the safety documentation, you confirm that all the information is true.

Thank you for selling on Amazon.

Amazon Services
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* General Discussions / This forum closes on March 4th, 2019
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:14:53 AM »
Notice from GoDaddy: Cancels on 3/4/2019

ecommercesellersmotivators.com

+ Economy Hosting Linux Renewal

This forum goes away on March 4th, 2019
Forum is up for grabs only to someone I trust.

Retirement from eCommerce is coming and with it goes this forum.
Hope to be only doing a holiday season after this year.
Just cause, I can't give it up. <smile>
And the tax write-offs.

I'm going to turn off the lights and close the door on my way out.


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* Amazon Central / Re: Postage Increase - This ain't Pretty
« on: January 31, 2019, 11:10:27 AM »
You were using the partner'd shipping with eBay, correct?
They have a partnership with USPS as Amazon does.
Not sure if you've seen this posting on the forum but there's a http://ecommercesellersmotivators.com/index.php?topic=4255.0 to Link to Print Labels using Paypal (where you still receive a business rate discount for buying USPS postage).
I use this all the time when I've sold an item not from Amazon or eBay.
Works well.
Or you could use the sign in for USPS business account to buy postage BUT the site doesn't offer first class only priority. <-----hardly ever use

I had 2 orders from an eBay seller this past December.
Seller placed stamps on the envelopes to ship.
I don't know if the recipients received their item or not.
Nope.
Nada.
I'm not forgiving about that, I want my delivery confirmation/tracking.
Tried to explain to the buyer that it is a protection for them more so than the buyer.
If I wanted to (and I'm not. I believe in Karma) I could file against seller and would win because they do not have a delivery confirmation for the shipping of their product.
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