Small businesses can benefit by diversifying from Amazon and fulfilling their own local orders, considering Amazon pockets more than 50% of sellers’ revenue, up from 40% from 5 years ago, according to a recent report.
Marketplace Pulse looked at profit-and-loss statements provided by sellers and determined that every year, Amazon sellers pay more fees as a percentage of their sale.
Total fees vary depending on the category, product price, weight, and the seller’s business model, according to the report.
Small businesses may be further surprised to learn that advertising on Amazon is not optional. Amazon doesn’t set advertising prices, instead allocating screen space for advertising and allowing sellers to compete to be discovered.
“Every year, Amazon sellers pay more fees as a percentage of their sales. The increase is not a result of sellers using more services. The same services have gotten more expensive (FBA) or unavoidable (advertising),” writes Juozas Kaziukėnas, Founder of Marketplace Pulse.
Fees for the typical Amazon seller stack up as follows:
Kaziukėnas cautions that sometimes at the end of the year, sellers will realize how little net profit they have left. “A few sellers showed paying 60% and even 70% of their revenue to Amazon in fees. They still had to pay for inventory, freight, employees, and other expenses,” he adds.
Meanwhile, fulfillment services by 3PLs (third-party logistics) are not always less expensive than FBA. And direct-to-consumer e-commerce is a “fundamentally different business model,” as “the fees are not the only consideration,” Kaziukėnas acknowledges.
The fact that Amazon takes a 50% cut of sellers’ revenue is a reminder of how small businesses that want to offer home delivery are often subjected to monopolistic decision-making, with little to no say. It’s also a call-to-action for small businesses to take control of what they can.
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