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manilamaverick

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Pricing - Amazon changes my price, why?
Posted: Feb 2, 2012 12:17 AM
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I set the price for my book to 5.99. And so it says on the Bookshelf. But it's 9.19 out there. Why would Amazon do that? Do they know better than me what is a fair price? Should I feel flattered, because they think it's worth more? Is there a way of overriding Amazon's pricing decision? I'm not selling any books, and I'm sure a lower price would help.
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Re: Pricing - Amazon changes my price, why?
Posted: Feb 2, 2012 3:55 AM   in response to: manilamaverick in response to: manilamaverick
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Are you located in the US? Typically there's a $2 surcharge in other countries. I've never heard of a $4 surcharge, but perhaps if you live in Uzbekistan?

Be happy to check it from a US-based computer if you provide the ASIN.

Sometimes Amazon reduces the price of a book. I find that I can shake it loose by posting a lower or higher price, then going back to the original. For example, I have a book priced at $3.03. I'd rather have it $2.99 (or the $3.49 originally selected).
manilamaverick

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Re: Pricing - Amazon changes my price, why?
Posted: Feb 2, 2012 5:39 AM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
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I'm in Europe. Is that surcharge something Amazon takes, or am I still paid 70%? Or 70% of MY price?
I don't really understand such surcharges, the point with digital content should be independence from location. I do understand that in some countries there are VAT or other taxes, but they surely can't be close to 50%?
notjohn

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Posted: Feb 2, 2012 9:23 AM   in response to: manilamaverick in response to: manilamaverick
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You will be paid 70 percent of your list price, not Amazon's sales price, or 35 percent if it is a purchaser located outside the US and Canada.

You will be paid 70 percent of your local list price for sales at the Amazon stores in the UK, DE, FR, ES, and IT.
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Re: Pricing - Amazon changes my price, why?
Posted: Feb 3, 2012 1:02 AM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
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Thanks, notjohn, this was very helpful. I wasn't aware of the 35% rule on sales outside US. I need to direct european buyers to go to european stores. Where did you find this info, I couldn't verify it with a quick search, but I believe you.
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Posted: Feb 3, 2012 2:42 AM   in response to: manilamaverick in response to: manilamaverick
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I think that DE buyers for example shopping in the US store get an alert that they should go to the DE store. At least that's what happened when the UK store first opened.
davebonm

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Re: Pricing - Amazon changes my price, why?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 10:43 AM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
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Are you located in the US? Typically there's a $2
surcharge in other countries. I've never heard of a
$4 surcharge, but perhaps if you live in Uzbekistan?

Be happy to check it from a US-based computer if you
provide the ASIN.

Sometimes Amazon reduces the price of a book. I find
that I can shake it loose by posting a lower or
higher price, then going back to the original. For
example, I have a book priced at $3.03. I'd rather
have it $2.99 (or the $3.49 originally selected).


Hi notjohn,

I know this an old thread, but I have just published my first book on Amazon and set my price at $2.99, yet Amazon set it at $4.99. I live in Asia, so I guess that is the $2.00 surcharge you mentioned. But does that mean that Amazon get the whole extra $2.00 as profit?

Or, do I get a % of that extra $2.00???

Thanks if you can help.

Dave
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