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#96 - Amazon Announces New Service, Holiday Shipping Surcharges, and much more

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Hi, there! We hope you are doing fine. September means it's time to wake up from hibernation! In the #96 issue of FBA Monthly, we compiled for you only essential news and tips from the past two weeks. But before we get to the latest news, we want to ask you to follow us on Twitter - @FBAmonthly

Hot News

Amazon will raise prices on third-party sellers for the second time this year — this time adding a holiday fee for merchants who use the company’s fulfillment services to pack and ship items to customers.


Justice Department investigates Amazon and some of its executives on charges that they have withheld information about Amazon’s use of third-party seller data or lied to the committee about the topic.


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Good to Know

As inflation’s bite lingers and big box retailers dig themselves out of massive inventory gluts, Amazon’s latest earnings report looked like an anomaly.


Pharmapacks, one of the top Amazon sellers, filed for bankruptcy on Sunday. Despite annual sales exceeding $500 million, the business was unprofitable and failed to secure additional financing.


eBay, Amazon, and Etsy warned sellers in the UK of the pending postal strike actions, the first of four which hit the country today, August 26th. The companies also offered information and advice to sellers.


While 61% of respondents said they started on Amazon during the second quarter, that's down from 74% in the first quarter of 2021. Meanwhile, search engines have remained steady at 49%. (Respondents could select more than one option.)


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The vice president of marketing for Paper Mart recently decided to stop selling products on Amazon. The reasons, McGuire says, are varied. First, the high fees charged by Amazon for its Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program were problematic.


Amazon is testing a new program for eligible US sellers to identify their products and storefront as a Black-owned business, the company announced this week.


The American e-commerce giant’s 2021 gross merchandise value in the country, where it has deployed over $6.5 billion, stood between $18 billion to $20 billion, lagging Flipkart’s $23 billion, the analysts said in a report to clients.


The pandemic’s surge in demand for goods spending, along with the natural desire to avoid crowds, allowed the company to flip the switch, leading to record fortunes and realizing many of the fears anti-monopolists warned about regarding the e-commerce giant.


Sellers are still trying to figure out the benefit of using a feature Amazon first introduced in October after the company announced it again this week. The feature lets brands issue courtesy refunds to buyers who leave critical reviews of their products.


Amazon allows third-party sellers to use its online retail platform to advertise items, make sales and communicate with customers. Ordinarily, when an Amazon customer purchases an item listed by a third-party seller, Amazon credits the third-party seller’s internal Amazon account for the amount of that purchase.


Eddie Levine and Jing Gao have worked in e-commerce for over a decade. When they tied the knot Aug. 21, their wedding reception paid homage to their careers in the online retail world.


The e-commerce giant has elevated Tinuiti, an independent performance marketing firm in Streaming TV and digital advertising, to “advanced partner” status through a new global recognition program that recognizes partners based on the growth they deliver for Amazon’s Ads Partner Network.


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Tips and Tricks

Hidden keywords help Amazon customers find your products. Here's what you need to know to put the power of backend keywords to work for you.


Amazon is gaining a lot of popularity for being the go-to platform to buy and sell products. However, it is also a place you can find defaulters. So, if you want to know how to report unauthorized sellers on Amazon, we got you covered!


This article will act as a one-stop shop for how to do product research for Amazon. We’ll provide a quick overview of Amazon product research and links to our Live Amazon Product Research Webinar Series!


User MackseyHustles shared an Amazon sales trick that only requires TikTok and a bit of internet knowledge. "You're not gonna wanna miss this side hustle," the TikToker explained in the 39-second video.



Serious Sellers Podcast: Learn How To Sell On Amazon. In this episode, Bradley shares his top 30 travel hacks that Amazon and e-Commerce entrepreneurs should be using.


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