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Add a field for MFN shipping charge/Option to automatically subtract this amount from the price

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    Christina

    Hi there, Tyler! Thank you for your feedback and taking the time to let us know what would best improve your workflow in InventoryLab.

    At this time, the "MFN Shipping" field and "List Price" field are separate, as you've noticed. For example:

    This is because Amazon only accepts the List Price of your MFN items through their API. We do not transmit the Est MFN shipping cost data to Amazon, and that field in IL is for the purposes of estimating Profit & ROI only.

     

    As for the Auto-Pricing rule, the option to set your automatic list price at a dollar or percentage amount difference from the buy box at a given time is also available! For more information about how to utilize this feature, please see: Auto-Pricing

    However, the option to include the MFN Shipping amount as part of the consideration for auto-pricing is not available at this time. I've gone ahead and opened a suggestion with our development team for this in particular to be considered. Thank you again for your feedback!

    If you have any other questions or concerns regarding suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us anytime at support@inventorylab.com.

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    Tyler Ross

    My suggestion was to include a field where you input your own shipping charge so that the cost could be automatically subtracted from the price you input into the list field. Why is this important? Because if I price an item at the total price I desire, IL feed will send that to Amazon with the chosen shipping template, which means it'll take the total price I want and add the shipping template's specified shipping charge to that price. The only way to currently skip this step is to use a free shipping template, which is fine for some products but not for others. The suggestion simply allows for this calculation to be made automatically in IL before the feed is sent and specified by the amount I enter into this new MFN shipping charge field.

    Current example:
    I want to price an item at $19.99 including my own shipping charge, which we'll say is $5. I input $19.99 into the list price field, add to batch and then send the feed to Amazon. When the listing goes live, it'll price this item at $19.99 plus the $5 shipping charge for a total of $24.99, which is of course not the total price of $19.99 I wanted.

    In order to avoid this, I have to manually subtract the amount of my shipping charge for the current shipping template, and then plug that new number into the list price field in Inventory Lab.

    Now imagine having to do this for every product you list and it's easy to see how much time could be saved by simply automating this calculation. 

     

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    Christina

    Hi there, Tyler! Thank you for the additional details.

    To help explain, when listing MFN through InventoryLab, you can also designate which MFN Shipping Template should be applied to your listings. That way, the proper shipping price will be applied.

    With this in mind, you'd only want to enter the List Price for the item, which should not include shipping amounts. Amazon does not accept a specific dollar amount for MFN Shipping Cost information through their API (which is how InventoryLab communicates with Seller Central), but they do allow for the selection of which MFN shipping template will be applied which will help accomplish the same task.

    Because of this, you can choose which shipping template will be applied to your SKUs, and that will help apply the proper shipping cost rather than having to configure it from your List Price amount in IL. For help with this process, please see:

    Using Merchant Fulfilled Shipping Templates with InventoryLab
    Merchant Fulfilled Shipping Templates Can Now Be Assigned As You List! (Video)

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us by email at support@inventorylab.com!

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    Tyler Ross

    Thanks for your followup, but unfortunately I don't think we are reaching an understanding. I'm fully aware of the MFN shipping template selection choice, which I'm very grateful for. I'm the one who suggested it several years ago as you can see on this forum. However, I think you are missing the crux of this suggestion.

    If I go to list a product through IL, it displays a list of prices including the lowest MFN price. If I want to match that price, I can't just put the same number into the list price, because my shipping template's shipping charge would be added to this price when the feed arrives at Amazon (this is the example I showed above). Instead I am forced to subtract my shipping charge and put that number as the price (because price + shipping charge = total price). My suggestion would allow IL users to skip this time-wasting step in listing MFN items because the calculation would be made automatically. 

    Let me try yet another current example of how it works:

    Lowest MFN offer is $20 including shipping. I want to match that $20 total price using a shipping template that charges $5 for shipping. If I input $20 into IL's list price field, it will be added to the amount I charge for shipping when it arrives at Amazon. This means when the feed arrives and the listing goes live, it will be listed at $20 + $5 or $25, which is not the $20 total price I wanted to be listed at.

    Because of this I am forced to manually subtract my shipping template's charge from the list price, then put that amount into the list price field. This ensures that when the feed arrives at Amazon and the listing goes live, I'm charging $15 + $5 shipping for a total price of $20. This is the step that is wasting my-and likely other people's-time. Sure it's simple with one template and a round number like $5, but when you have many shipping templates with various amounts charged for shipping, it becomes a problem. This is what the suggestion I made fixes.

    Hopefully this articulates the problem in a way that can be understood.

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    Krissy

    Hey there Tyler!

    Thanks for going into detail on that, and we will pass all of this along so that it is fully understand as to the need. 

    Using your example, are you thinking it be similar to how our Total Cost Calculator is for buy costs, or more of an Auto-Pricing rule where you can choose something like 'Match Lowest MFN' and also have options to do +/- $5. The first way, you'd need to type in the information to get the total which would be more suited if your costs vary. The second would be a rule you can set up to apply automatically since it would always have a rule like 'Match X' to attach a dollar off amount to. 

    Let us know your thoughts and we'll create a suggestion to our product team for you!

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