Weighing In on Amazon Shipping Charges


When it comes to maximizing your profits as an Amazon Seller, it is vital that you pay close attention to Amazon’s policy regarding weights and dimensions.

Questions regarding these policies are among the most common we receive, especially from Sellers just starting to get their feet wet. We hope the following tips will help you minimize your costs and ensure that you are getting the most bang for your buck.

  • Make sure you are using an accurate scale. Put the bathroom scale away and invest in a quality shipping scale. Some have a detachable readout, which can simplify the process. Knowing accurate weights can be key to keeping your costs down.
  • Remember, Amazon rounds up, so what you consider to be a package weighing 7.1 lbs. may be billed as 8 lbs. Is there any way for you to shave that tenth of a pound from your product packaging? Figure out a solution and you may put yourself in a lower shipping charge tier, thereby saving you considerable money.
  • Also remember, price is determined by weight AND dimensions. A box that is small but weighs a lot, or a box that is large but weighs very little can both add additional cost to the shipment. You can reduce your shipping costs by ensuring that you aren’t exceeding Amazon’s requirements. We’ve seen companies substantially reduce their costs simply by reducing their packaging by as little as a half-inch. Is there a lot of empty space in your box? Making an effort to reduce that space with a better fitting box can also lead to significant savings.
  • Need to know your “dimensional weight” for a product? Here is a simple formula to help you calculate: Add the three dimensions for your box together and divide the sum by 166. This will give you the billable weight.
  • Remember, “shipping weight” is not the weight of your shipment to Amazon. It is the weight of a single product in its packaging as it would sit on an Amazon shelf. Think of it as “gross weight.”
  • When you weigh one of your products, make a habit of taking a picture of it on the scale including the weight display and keep them on hand. Should you ever need to open a case with Amazon, the photo helps to provide evidence of the inaccuracy, allowing Amazon to correct the item’s weight on their end. Doing so may potentially lead to a reimbursement for any overcharges incurred.


Understanding Amazon’s shipping policies can be a challenge. We encourage every seller to educate themselves on these policies to help reduce costs and maximize profits. We hope you’ve found some of these tips helpful and we would like to thank our friends over at www.refundcentral.com for assisting with this article.

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