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bon44

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Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 1, 2012 11:27 AM
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Here are some figures from my report for the week ending 5/26/12.

05/26/2012
Panic Bust...
Bonnie Lord
B007BWGTMS
5---books sold
0
5
70%
2.99 -- my price
0.17
1.79 -- avg. offer price
0.03
6.21 --total

Does anyone know why this comes out like this? I think it should be based on 2.99 X 5 = 14.95

Yes, I did have a free give away, but it was for May 18th and 19th so shouldn't be in this weeks totals. Am I right? What am I missing here?

thanks.
txpublisher

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Re: Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 1, 2012 11:49 AM   in response to: bon44 in response to: bon44
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My best guess is that you had two freebies with delayed reporting--there are often free downloads reported in the days after the promo. You will be paid for three books sold. It happens.
bon44

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Re: Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 2, 2012 6:44 AM   in response to: txpublisher in response to: txpublisher
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My best guess is that you had two freebies with
delayed reporting--there are often free downloads
reported in the days after the promo. You will be
paid for three books sold. It happens.

txpublsiher: That could be the answer, but to me that just doesn't seem fair. It is hard enough to get sales, and then we do a free promo to increase sales, but we don't get the full amount because of delayed reporting. I don't think that is our fault, but the companies.

Also, if that were the case, then it seems like they would have a way of showing it on our reports so that we can be sure we are paid correctly.

In any other business you'd get a detailed statement.

In another post someone said amazon doesn't get paid for the free books that go out under out promo just as we don't get paid for them. But, in reality they do make some money on them because if they don't have to pay us our asking price on those sold during that week, then they are saving money at our expense.
txpublisher

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Re: Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 2, 2012 10:23 AM   in response to: bon44 in response to: bon44
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Amazon did not get paid for your free promo books. Sometimes the free books don't show up in your reports until after the promo ends. That doesn't mean that the customer paid for them, it just means that the books didn't make it to your report until after the promo.

You get the full amount for any books sold. You do not get paid for free downloads. That is how it works.
bon44

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Re: Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 2, 2012 4:15 PM   in response to: txpublisher in response to: txpublisher
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I didn't understand this. But, just now I sat down again and figured it your way: I actualy sold 3 books instead of 5. So, 3X2.99 (my asking price) = 8.97.
Then I get 70% of that. $6.21 seems right then. :-)

I guess that $1.79 average offer price threw me off.

I looked all through their terms and conditions and pricing information today looking for more info on the average offer price and couldn't find anything.

So, I guess this is correct after all.
Thanks for your patience and help.

The only thing is if they would put the free promo books in a seperated column than the sold books it would be a lot more clear. What do you think?
txpublisher

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Re: Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 2, 2012 5:40 PM   in response to: bon44 in response to: bon44
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You asked what I think: What I think is that Amazon deliberately makes the reports confusing. Either that or the company is run by total morons, and I truly do not believe that.

Ignore the average price. It is a meaningless number.

Hey, you should have been here a few months ago when they were not yet separating the free books from the paid on the month-to-date reports. That was fun. Not.
frustratedovern...

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Re: Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 3, 2012 3:21 PM   in response to: txpublisher in response to: txpublisher
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How about[u] this[/u] for confusing?!

I checked my 6 wks report last week after May 26th. It showed they owed me $28 plus some sales--real sales, not freebies--that showed on my monthly report.

Well, I just checked again to see if those sales that weren't on there were there now. Yes. They are--BUT my royalty[u] dropped[/u] $8.50!! from $28 to $19.50.

HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE EVEN BY AMAZON'S "creative accounting"?

You sell books, they penalize you?
Renee
http://reneegoudeau.webs.com

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txpublisher

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Re: Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 3, 2012 5:20 PM   in response to: frustratedovern... in response to: frustratedovern...
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The six week report shows a rolling six weeks. When it was updated today, the oldest week dropped off and the most recent week was added. Because your total royalties went down, that means you had a better week seven weeks ago than you did last week.

There is nothing nefarious about it, and no penalty. Keep selling more books every week, and the number will always go up. Sell fewer some weeks, and it will go down.
frustratedovern...

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Re: Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 3, 2012 7:09 PM   in response to: txpublisher in response to: txpublisher
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Thanks, but then how do you know what royalty payment to expect.

I don't have a spreadsheet nor do I know how to use one, so what do I do? Keep a running total and hope my check is correct?
txpublisher

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Re: Can't figure this one out!
Posted: Jun 4, 2012 5:48 AM   in response to: frustratedovern... in response to: frustratedovern...
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The monthly report that comes out on the 15th will show your actual royalties for the previous month and how much you will be paid.
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