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Amazon.com fee hike for clothing & accessories

By Chris Dawson January 24, 2018 - 10:00 am

Business Insider has reported Amazon.com Referral Fee Percentage changes which is yet to appear on the Selling on Amazon Fee Schedule. If the Amazon.com fee hike happens then clothing sellers will pay more, as will handbag and sunglasses sellers but Jewelry sellers of high value items will benefit from lower fees.

“The company raised the fee for the Clothing & Accessories category from 15% to 17% and for the Handbags & Sunglasses category from 15% to 18% on items priced above $75. Items under $75 will still be charged the 15% rate.

At the same time, Amazon tweaked the rate for jewelry items, charging 20% on the first $250 of the price, and 5% thereafter.”
Business Insider

If these fee changes are correct then it’s bad news for sellers of clothing and accessories. It’s also bad news for consumers as undoubtedly higher fees will result in higher prices for the end customer.

There’s a big jump on handbags and sunglasses for items priced over $75 – and additional 3% fees for higher priced items will again be significant for sellers and only time will tell if they are willing to suck up the additional costs or if they will be passed on to the customer.

Jewelry sellers in the UK will be envious as they pay higher referral fees already – 25% compared to the current 20% on Amazon.com and the further discount on Amazon.com referral fees to 5% of the portion of the sale price over $250 is even more attractive.

We’ll confirm these fee changes as soon as we see an updated Referral Fee Percentage change officially on the Amazon.com site. But in the mean time keep an eye out and let us know if Amazon inform you of any fee changes in any other categories.

  • 11 months ago

    We received the confirmation on Friday from Amazon, we sell in the clothing category ‘Clothing & Accessories – 17% of the total sales price, with a minimum fee of $1.00 per item. This change will take effect at on April 15, 2018 (midnight PST).’
    Very disappointed. There is a lot of competition on many of the brands we sell, I think we will be taking the hit rather than passing on to the customers. It just reinforces the need to diversify and expand our marketplace portfolio.