These days, you can find any product on Amazon. You can also sell any item on the seller platform. However, it would help to consider their sizes when selling products as Amazon charges extra fees for oversized products. But how do you know what items Amazon considers to be large? How to find if a product is considered Amazon oversize?
Most e-commerce platforms, including Amazon, have product specifications that you need to adhere to as a seller. For this, the e-commerce giant has set up a product size tiers page where you can get more information about the size and weight of the products you can sell on the platform. But, these pages may not talk about special oversize products or single unit weight that you have to maintain.
In the following guide, we have covered everything you guys should know as Amazon sellers.
What is an Oversized Product on Amazon and Dimensional Weight?
Before you understand what an Amazon oversize product is, you should know the basic rules Amazon asks us to follow.
When selling an item on Amazon, you must be aware of its specifications as you cannot sell oversized products. The standard size that you can sell on the e-commerce platform is as follows:
- The product shouldn’t weigh more than 20 pounds. It is one of the basic tenets of how Amazon decides whether a product is considered oversize.
- Also, it shouldn’t exceed 18 inches, 14 inches, and 8 inches on the longest side, median, and the shortest side, respectively. You can find these exact numbers on the product size tiers data.
So, Amazon considers those items that exceed these specifications to be oversized and levies extra charges to ship them, in addition to storage fees and special handling fees. Therefore, you should understand if the product is an Amazon oversize one.
Why Shouldn’t You Sell Oversized Products on Amazon?
You shouldn’t sell oversized items on Amazon as there are many fees levied for such products. For example, when you sell on Amazon’s FBA platform as a Pro, you will pay $39.95 a month.
However, you would also need to pay additional fees over these charges if you sell oversized products. The additional costs you would be paying include:
- Packing fees starting from $1 for standard products, going up to $8.4 for oversized products (Sometimes even up to $10.53 for special large products).
- Besides the packing fees, you would also be paying weight handling charges up to $0.92 for every pound. It may also depend on the shipping weight.
- Then, there’s also the outbound shipping charges that you can get by dividing the weight of the package by 166, adding the packing weight charges, and rounding off the total to the nearest pound.
- Besides this, you also need to pay storage charges. These charges usually start from $11.25 and go up to $22.5 for every cubic foot. So, if the item is more oversized, the fees levied are more.
In addition to all these, you also need to pay shipping charges.
How Can You Tell if a Package is Oversized?
To know if a package is oversized, all you need to do is upload a comma-separated value (CSV) batch file containing details like the UPC, EAN, or ASIN codes to Amazon. To do this, feed data related to the product or item, such as weight, cost, and product code, into the respective fields, and you should be able to calculate the shipping weight of the package.
After doing this, you will get a report to know about the lowest shipping charges and weight. The information that you get here should help you to decide how to ship your package. You already know the packing fees. So, you can use this information to determine other charges in case of the Amazon oversize products.
How to Know the Product Size Tier?
If you want to know the product size tier of a package you are about to ship, you must first understand the weight and the FBA oversize dimensions. Also, if you are selling special oversized items, you must know their weights, whereas, for other products, you need to look at their single unit and dimensional weights.
You can use the following formula to estimate the dimensional weight. These numbers can help you identify Amazon oversize products in bulk.
Dimensional Weight = Length * Breadth * Height / DIM Factor (139).
You should know the product size tier to keep things without hassle. Special handling from Amazon may depend on these numbers.
What Sizes are Amazon FBA Boxes?
Amazon FBA boxes usually come in standard sizes. The boxes shouldn’t exceed 25 inches on either side for standard-size items, while oversized items can exceed this limit. Also, if the parcel is larger than an oversized package, no shipping charges would be levied. Of course, the calculations are based on weight and dimensions.
In such cases, fulfillment centers may sometimes refuse to ship the items.
Another thing to consider here would be the weight of the boxes. The weight should not, at any time, be more than 50 pounds for standard items. If the item exceeds 50 pounds or is oversized, that item should have labels such as ‘Team Lift.’ Also, if the weight is more than 100 pounds, that package should be labeled as ‘Mechanical Lift.’
What are Amazon Oversize Fees? Storage and More
Amazon charges different fees depending on the oversized product. The e-commerce giant categorizes oversized products into dangerous goods and non-dangerous goods. Depending on their weights, both non-dangerous and dangerous goods come under small oversize, medium oversize, large oversize, and special oversize.
- All non-dangerous small oversized goods have weights of 70 pounds or less, and their fulfillment costs are $8.66, in addition to $0.38 for every pound of weight over the first.
- Similarly, all medium oversize non-dangerous goods must weigh within 150 pounds, and their unit fulfillment fees are $11.37, in addition to $0.39 a pound over the first.
- Large oversized non-dangerous goods weighing within 150 pounds have a unit fulfillment fee of $76.57, in addition to $0.79 for every pound above 90 pounds.
- Likewise, special oversized non-dangerous goods weigh within 150 pounds and have unit fulfillment fees of $138.11, in addition to $0.79 for every pound over 90.
When it comes to dangerous goods, the Amazon fulfillment fees are as follows. They are also based on weight and dimensions.
- Small oversized products weighing at or less than 70 pounds have fees of $9.38, in addition to $0.38 for every pound above the first attached to them.
- Similarly, medium oversized products should weigh less than or at 150 pounds and will have fulfillment fees of $12.2, in addition to $0.39 for every pound above the first attached to them.
- Large oversized products that weigh less than or at 150 pounds and have fulfillment fees of $87.93, in addition to $0.79 for every pound above 90 pounds, attached to them.
- Likewise, unique oversized products weigh more than 150 pounds and have fees of $157.91, in addition to $0.79 for every pound above the first 90 pounds attached to them.
What are the Amazon FBA Fees for Standard Products?
When it comes to standard products, there are two categories: apparel and other products. As far as goods that are not dangerous are concerned, the FBA rates are as follows:
Fees for Standard Size Products
Items weighing six oz or less are considered small and have a fulfillment fee of $2.7 attached to them. Similarly, the FBA rates for goods of the large standard size are:
- $3.47 if the package weighs 6 oz or less.
- $3.64 if the package weighs between 6 and 12 oz.
- $4.25 if the package weighs between 12 and 16 oz.
- $4.95 if it weighs between 1 to 2 lbs.
- $5.68 if the package weighs between 3 to 20 lbs.
Fees for Small Apparel
Likewise, the FBA rates for small and light apparel are as follows:
- $3 if the item weighs 6 oz or less.
- $3.14 if the item weighs between 6 and 12 oz.
- $3.62 if the item weighs between 12 and 16 oz.
Fees for Large Apparel
The FBA rates for large standard apparel are:
- $3.87 if the item weighs 6 oz or less.
- $4.04 if the item weighs between 6 and 12 oz.
- $4.65 if the item weighs between 12 and 16 oz.
- $5.35 if the item weighs between 1 and 2 pounds.
- $6.08 in addition to $0.3 for every pound above the first three if the item weighs between 3 and 20 pounds.
Fees for Small Dangerous Goods
Similarly, the FBA rates for small dangerous goods are as follows:
- $3.63 if the item weighs 6 oz or less.
- $3.85 if the item weighs between 6 and 12 oz.
- $3.89 if the item weighs between 12 and 16 oz.
Fees for Large Dangerous Goods
The FBA rates for large dangerous goods are as follows. These are for units exceeding certain limits.
- $4.22 if the item weighs 6 oz or less.
- $4.39 if the item weighs between 6 and 12 oz.
- $4.82 if the item weighs between 12 and 16 oz.
- $5.52 if the item weighs between 1 and 2 pounds.
- $6.12 if the item weighs between 2 and 3 pounds.
- $6.12, in addition to $0.30 for every pound above the first three if the item weighs between 3 and 20 pounds.
You will incur additional charges for selling oversized products on Amazon and other such online platforms. So, calculate and get to know the weight and dimensions before putting an item up for sale. Also, the sizes vary depending on several factors, such as location and the item.
Hence, pay attention to all these factors when you sell products on the e-commerce platform and don’t forget to use the standard formula to determine the dimensional weight of the packages so that you know how heavy they are and if you can ship them.
Remember that selling oversized products on Amazon requires additional fees. So try and know what they are before you start trading. A proper analysis of weight and dimensions will help you. It is better than having a unit exceeding certain limits.