How to Find Out Which Items Will Be Charged Long Term Storage Fees

LTSFIf you’ve been selling on Amazon at least 6 months, then it’s possible you will receive a FBA Aged Inventory Notification email from Amazon (if you have not, you may soon). This notification from Amazon is to warn you about upcoming Long Term Storage Fees (LTSF). To read more about what the LTSF are, why Amazon charges them twice a year, and some timely tips on how to avoid these fees, then click here

Most Amazon sellers would be wise to find out which items in their inventory will be charged the LTSF and how much they’ll be charged. The good news is that Amazon has recently created a FBA Inventory Age report within Seller Central so you can access this information directly. It’s currently in BETA, but seems to be working rather well. 

To find out how you can access your FBA Inventory Age report in Seller Central, all you need to do is watch the video below, or scroll down and read the rest of this blog post. 

Don’t want to watch the video? Well, below is a text version of what I talk about in the video above. Note, there is more information in the video above, but the text below will still tell you the basics of what you need to know.

Here is exactly how you can find out which items in your inventory are going to be charged a LTSF on February 15th (and how much you’ll be charged per item):

1. Log in to Seller Central.

2. Hover over Inventory and click on Manage Inventory.

3. Click on Inventory Dashboard.

4. Scroll down until you see the FBA Inventory Age box. Then, click View Details.

Now, you are able to see the magical report that automatically shows you what items are going to be charged a long term storage fee. At the top of the list is the item that will be charged the highest long term storage fee, and then the following lines show you the rest in descending order. 

With each line item, Amazon gives you a lot of valuable information. It gives you how long your item has been stored at an Amazon warehouse, the estimated long term storage fee (if you don’t sell or remove those items), as well as the number of units you have sold in the last 90 days. Amazon shows you your current price and then tells you if that price is the current low price. If not, Amazon gives you the option to lower or match the current low price. Amazon also gives you the option to advertise the item, edit the listing, improve the keywords, or create a removal order (to either dispose or send back to your place of business).

The next step is to decide what you want to do with the inventory that is affected by LTSF. In a previous blog post, I’ve discussed all the ways you can avoid Long Term Storage Fees, but for the rest of this post, I’ll only discuss the most popular method of avoiding the fee: lowering your price to get the next sale. 

LC_OFF_Body_NLPLowering the price might indeed get you the next sale, but there are more important aspects to consider. Remember, in our example above, you’ll be charged $1.19 for each item for the LTSF, so if you lower the price by over $1.19, just be sure you don’t think you’ll ever sell the item for the price you want over the next 6 months. If you do some CamelCamelCamel (CCC) research and see that you’ll probably get your original price later in the year, then maybe pay the fee, and then wait for the sale to come. On the other hand, if you don’t think you can sell this item for the price you want, then it might be a good idea to lower the price and avoid this fee. 

Again, with our example, say you have the item priced at $19.95, but the current low FBA price is $11.95. If you  lower your price by $8.00 to $11.95 to share the Buy Box, you might indeed get the next sale… but lowering 7 items by $8 each, you’ll be losing out on $56.00 in order to avoid a $8.32 fee. Is this worth it? Well, we’ll need to check CamelCamelCamel to see if we think the price will go back up later in the year. If CCC shows that the price will probably go back up later, then maybe it’s a good idea to pay the $8.32 fee in order to make the profits at a later date. On the other hand, if CCC shows that the price will probably never again go up, then maybe it’ll be a good idea to lower your price in order to sell out before February 15th. As always, different items will require different actions, so do your research and make the best decision for your inventory.


Note: Amazon does not want to be your long term storage solution.

You might be thinking that this requires a lot of work and thought, but the LTSF is something to take seriously, as it’s currently $11.25 per cubit foot for items stored over 6 months, and $22.50 per cubic foot for items stored over 12 months. Currently, my LTSF would be over $100, but I’ve been keeping track of my potential LTSF for over a month now. If I didn’t use these tactics to avoid long term store fees, then the fee would be even higher.

So how about you? What are some of your strategies for dealing with these Long Term Store Fees? I’d love to read them in the comments below. 

8 responses to “How to Find Out Which Items Will Be Charged Long Term Storage Fees

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  2. It’s key to make an accurate and realistic forecast of what is going to sell and what isn’t. I wait until I have consistent sales for a product before using a remote warehouse.

  3. I am a fairly new FBA seller (less than a year ago) and just got a Storgae fee of $70 on Jan 6th!?! I did not get email before warning me about the charge and the only email I did get was the one that was sent out on Dec 9th about the fee changes on Feb 18th.
    Any suggestions?

    • The storage fee you got on January 6th was not a long term storage fee, but the regular monthly storage fee. They do not send you warnings or updates on the monthly fee. You’ll be charged a monthly storage fee for all of the items stored at a FBA warehouse. For more info about the monthly storage fees, go to:

  4. Wow — I have never received monthly storage that high (thank goodness) — do you think she has lots of items or many oversized ones? I think the most I have ever paid is $11.00 — but I am a fairly small seller.

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  6. One thing I would love for a scanning app to do is tell me if the ASIN is already in my inventory. As a bookseller, I often will want a single long tail book in my inventory, but not 2. So I end up having many duplicates. This time around it was 40. So I pay for the book initially, and it cost me $12 to send those in, and $0.15 each to destroy, around 6 cents each for the monthly storage , not to mention the couple hours wasted in shipping, pricing, and removing. It is a lot of wasted $ and time in the end. I estimate about a $2.50 loss per book.

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