Amazon FBA, also known as Fulfillment by Amazon, is a fulfillment service that enables e-commerce sellers to store their products in Amazon warehouses all around the world at a fee, known as a storage fee. The service also enables Amazon to package and ship your products on your behalf at a fee known as a fulfillment fee. However, the fees for Amazon FBA are highly dependent on the size and weight of your products. This is because Amazon categorizes products into the standard size and oversized products. Therefore, your charge is highly dependent on which category your product falls under.
DO I HAVE TO BE AN AMAZON SELLER TO USE FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON?
No! Amazon FBA is open for use even when you are not an Amazon seller. You could use another channel to sell your products but still use Amazon FBA to fulfill your orders. This is called Multi-Channel-Fulfillment (MCF). However, the catch here is that fulfillment fees for MCF are much higher than the ordinary fulfillment fees for Amazon sellers.
Regardless, that is not our focus in this article. but rather the weight and size of the products you will be having.
AMAZON CATEGORIES FOR PRODUCT WEIGHT AND SIZE
As stated earlier, the weight and size of your products highly affect the cost of your fulfillment and storage. You can estimate your cost by looking at the categories put up by Amazon.
- STANDARD SIZE PRODUCTS
These include products that weigh below 20 pounds after being packaged, and have a dimension of 18” x 14” x 8”.
Below is an image showing the fees for all standard-sized products.
You must note that these fulfillment fees for standard-sized products apply for both international and domestic orders.
- OVERSIZED PRODUCTS
This includes products that weigh over 20 pounds after being packaged and have a dimension of over 18” x 14” x 8”.
However, since there is no determinant as to what the largest, biggest, or heaviest product will be, there is no fixed price for all oversized products. Instead, Amazon has different tiers to determine the fulfillment fee you will be required to pay. These tiers include; small oversized, which is 71 pounds or less, medium oversized; which is anything between 72 and 151 pounds, large oversize, and also, special oversized products.
The table below illustrates the fulfillment fees for each of these tiers.
MONTHLY INVENTORY STORAGE FEES
These are dependent on the space that your product occupies in the Amazon warehouse. This is calculated per cubic foot. Therefore, the more space your products occupy, the higher the fees you will pay for storage.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER FBA FEES THAT MIGHT BE AFFECTED BY WEIGHT AND SIZE?
Yes! Apart from the storage and fulfillment fees, you might incur extra costs if you are dealing in apparel. These charges are also divided into large-standard, small-standard, and oversize apparel tiers. However, oversize apparel tiers take on the core fulfillment fees.
Another cost to be incurred particularly for MCF will come in depending on the priority shipping method you will choose. The shipping fees are categorized into three, namely; standard shipping, expedited shipping, and priority shipping. Standard shipping takes place within 3-5 business days; expedited shipping within 2 days and priority shipping are done the following day/ next day shipping.
Even with shipping, product size has a bearing on the shipping costs, therefore, standard size products will cost less than oversize products.
Under Standard shipping, products between 4-10 ounces cost as low as $2.39, the same products when taken for the expedited shipping cost $3.29 and for priority shipping would cost $7.30.
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Fulfillment by Amazon is an available tool for both Amazon sellers and e-commerce traders selling on other websites. As good as an idea as it sounds to have all the work done for you, from storage to packaging and shipping, you must first take an estimate of the cost of fulfillment especially if you are dealing in heavy or large products as size and weight will highly affect your cost.
We hope the information provided in this article will help you estimate your costs and fit them into your budget. Good luck!