I hope they continue the small packet offer, where if it is up to 2kg in weight the postage price is £2.80.
This makes a difference for book selling, I rarely have books that weigh over 2kg, but often have books between the 1kg and 2kg bracket.
When you sell books with fine profit margins, a cost increase can break any business, especially an online business, as you do rely totally on the postage service.
Of course, for Merchant Sellers, Amazon allocates a postage credit. They did in fact increase this postage credit from £2.75 to £2.80 a few years ago, but this hardly covers the costs of fees and postage when selling low-value items.
I know Amazon will be besieged with sellers asking them to increase the postage credit, but I fear they will just urge you to ensure you price books allowing for postage charges within your profit margin.
Lately I have been selling light items, but bulky ones, so no matter what weight of the item is it has to go as a small packet, the cost of which is substantially higher than a large letter.
So how can you keep prices in check to ensure you make a profit on every sale you make?
- Ensure that all items have a premium on the price that will easily cover postage costs and leave you with a profit.
- Unless you are a Pro Merchant Seller, do not offer any low-priced items (1p) – and then only ever large letter size.
- Also, ensure if you sell items on eBay that you ensure you will be able to clear a profit after fees, commissions and postage costs.
But if it makes them happy, so goes it!
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