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Maximum Shipping and Handling Costs

Limits on shipping and handling charges for select categories

Starting in October, limits on shipping and handling charges* will be in effect for select categories. These maximums apply to the first flat-rate shipping service within or into the U.S. Sellers are required to offer at least one shipping option within the maximum and may offer other options above the maximums for expedited or international shipping.

When listing in categories with limits on shipping and handling charges, the only time when sellers are allowed to charge more than the maximum is when using the shipping calculator to set the actual size and weight of the item, including packing materials, to calculate actual shipping cost. When using the shipping calculator, sellers should make sure the calculated cost isn't higher than the actual shipping cost or it will be considered excessive shipping. See FAQs for more details.

  • Books
    Subcategory Description Maximum Shipping Cost
    Accessories Address Books $4.00
    Blank Diaries & Journals $5.00
    Book Covers $5.00
    Book Plates $3.00
    Bookmarks $3.00
    Other $3.00
    Antiquarian & Collectible Antiquarian & Collectible $4.00
    Audiobooks Audiobooks $4.00
    Catalogs Catalogs $4.00
    Children's Books Children's Books $4.00
    Cookbooks Cookbooks $4.00
    Fiction Books Fiction Books $4.00
    Magazine Back Issues Magazine Back Issues $5.00
    Nonfiction Books Nonfiction Books $4.00
    Other Other $4.00
    Textbooks, Education Textbooks, Education $4.00
    Wholesale & Bulk Lots Audiobooks $10.00
    Books > 101-500 $20.00
    Books > 11-50 Items $8.00
    Books > 51-100 Items $15.00
    Books > 6-10 Items $6.00
    Books > More than 500 $30.00
    Books > Up to 5 Items $6.00
    Magazines $8.00
    Other $6.00
  • DVDs & Movies
    Subcategory Description Maximum Shipping Cost
    DVD, HD DVD & Blu-ray DVD, HD DVD & Blu-ray $3.00
    Film Film $6.00
    Laserdisc Laserdisc $6.00
    Other Formats Other Formats $3.00
    UMD UMD $5.00
    VHS VHS $3.00
    VHS Non-US (PAL) VHS Non-US (PAL) $5.00
    Wholesale Lots DVDs > 101-250 Items $30.00
    DVDs > 11-50 Items $15.00
    DVDs > 251-500 Items $60.00
    DVDs > 501-1000 Items $120.00
    DVDs > 51-100 Items $25.00
    DVDs > Up to 10 Items $10.00
    Mixed Lots $10.00
    Movies Accessories $17.00
    Other $10.00
    VHS > 101-500 Items $30.00
    VHS > 11-50 Items $15.00
    VHS > 51-100 Items $25.00
    VHS > More than 500 Items $120.00
    VHS > Up to 10 Items $10.00
  • Music
    Subcategory Description Maximum Shipping Cost
    Accessories Accessories $5.00
    Cassettes Cassettes $3.00
    CDs CDs $3.00
    DVD Audio DVD Audio $3.00
    Other Formats Other Formats $3.00
    Records Records $4.00
    Super Audio CDs Super Audio CDs $3.00
    Wholesale Lots Cassettes $10.00
    CDs > 101-500 Items $30.00
    CDs > 11-100 Items $20.00
    CDs > More than 500 Items $60.00
    CDs > Up to 10 Items $10.00
    Other Formats $10.00
    Records > 11-50 Items $15.00
    Records > More than 50 Items $25.00
    Records > Up to 10 Items $10.00
  • Video Games
    Subcategory Description Maximum Shipping Cost
    Accessories Accessories $6.00
    Games Games $4.00
    Internet Games Games > Guild Wars $6.00
    Games > World of Warcraft $3.00
    Software & PC Versions $6.00
    Other Other $4.00
    Systems Systems $15.00
    Vintage Games Vintage Games $6.00
    Wholesale Lots Accessories $10.00
    Console Systems $50.00
    Games $9.00
    Other $9.00

*As of September 23, 2008. The maximum shipping costs specified above are subject to change.