I recently sold an item on Amazon and thought the fees seemed a little high. Upon review of their policies, I found that I was being charged the 15% fee upon the grand total of the order which is the item plus shipping costs (also gift wrapping if you choose that option).
Really!!!!!!!! I'm getting charged a fee on the shipping charges, and then have to turn around and buy shipping from them for the item? This is total BS. If you think I am making this up, I am including the description of fees from their website.
About the gift wrapping, they will charge you to gift wrap the item if you choose and then charge you 15% of the cost of gift wrapping for a referral fee.
Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!Directly copied from Amazon Seller Central:Referral FeesSellers pay a referral fee on each item sold.For media products (books, music, video, DVD, software, and video games), Amazon deducts as a referral fee a percentage of the item price, excluding any taxes collected through Amazon tax collection services.For non-media products, Amazon deducts as a referral fee a percentage of the total sales price (the total amount paid by the buyer including the item price and any shipping or gift wrap charges), excluding any taxes collected through Amazon tax collection services.On my item, the value of my loss is only $1.42 but can you imagine how much Amazon makes if they skim this much off of every order? A crook by any other name is still a crook.
Product or Service Mentioned: Amazon Website.
Monetary Loss: $1.