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How to configure competitive adjustment values?

As a first step, you may configure a new repricing model as described in this wiki link and then assign couple of SKUs to this newly created repricing model to test.
A) Compete with FBA only
If you wish to compete with FBA sellers only and ignore all other nonFBA sellers then you may enable rule#47 in the repricing model created(as instructed above), scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on save near 'Update This Rule'.
You may configure rule#1a with value 0.00 to match the price against the lowest FBA competitor.
B) Compete with nonFBA only
You may configure the following macro in rule#54b to compete against nonFBA sellers for your nonFBA listings, scroll down to the bottom fo the page and click on 'Update This Rule' to apply the changes.
NonFBACompeteWithNonFBAOnly
C) Compete with both FBA and nonFBA sellers
You may configure the following macro in rule#4a, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on 'Update This Rule'.
Featured:0.00,FeaturedFBA:0.00;
As per these strings repricer would match your price against the lowest FBA or lowest nonFBA seller.
Additionally, below are how Other repricing rules work in ChannelMAX.

Match price to other seller, rule#1

  • If you put 0.00 in rule#1, then repricer will match the price with the lowest price seller. You may input a positive value to lower your offer against the lowest competitor and enter negative value to raise your price against the lowest competitor.
  • When you configure both rule#1a and rule#1b, rule#1b would precede rule#1a in other words if you put percent, amount will be ignored.
  • Further, you may use 1(b-1) to limit your prices from the percentage drop against the value configured under rule#1b and cap your prices from lowering by setting rule#1(b-2).
  • By using rule#1c, you may round the prices to the nearest value such as 5c or 5p, value must be less than or equal to 9.

Complex adjustment, rule#4a

Say you want to be 2% and 15c below your competitor, then you can put the following string in rule#4a

ComplexAdjustment:2%+0.15,


Say you want to be 2% and -15c below your competitor, then you can put the following string in rule#4a

ComplexAdjustment:2%+-0.15,

FBA and merchant fulfilled for the same ASIN ? rule#1

Question

We sell both on FBA and regular merchant fulfilled items. We want two different sets of rules: one for our FBA items and one for our merchant fulfilled items. We want our FBA items to only match the other sellers' item price and not beat it. However, we still want our merchant fulfilled items to beat it. How this can be done ?

Answer

You will have to define two separate repricing models under 'Settings(Beta) --> Repricing Model', one for FBA and one for non-FBA. In the one for FBA, you set rule#1(a) as 0.00 and for the non-FBA, set the rule#1(a) to whatever value you may like (default is 1c lower). Then you need to upload a file containing SKU and the corresponding repricing model ID.

Lowest Seller Dependent Lower By: Rule#4(a)

' Lowest Seller Dependent Lower By' will work when the specified seller is the lowest in Amazon offer listing page. Below are the details about the macros which could be configured in

rule#4a.

1-Question
What we want to is modify our repricer so that, instead of going .10 below (as it normally does when competing against sellers,) it will go, say, .20 below an FBA seller. I believe that this

is the rule to use, but I'm a bit unsure as to what to I should be writing in the box. Just to be clear, I'll provide an example. There are two sellers on a listing, ourselves, and FBA. FBA sells

at $15.00, so by default we reprice to $14.90, but this is not low enough to win the buy box in this situation. Thus, we want to set our repricing rules to price .20 below, to $14.80, only

when competing against FBAs.

Answer

If you go by the example provided

Target:0.05;Amazon.com:-0.01;DetroitTigers:10%;MichiganWolverines:-4%;SellerX-fba:0.05;SellerX-reg:-1.00;Featured:2%;FeaturedFBA:0.75;FeaturedBuyBoxFBA:2.1%;Regular:-

2%;RegularFBA:-1.43

Please input
FeaturedFBA:0.20
This will lower your price by 20c compared to FeaturedFBA seller
2-Question
I want to be .08 higher than the seller "Idakoos". Which rule do I fill in and what should it look like?
Answer
You need to input Amazon merchant ID "A320TA6891MKGN:-0.08" into rule#4a
Please note, negative value will raise the price against the competitor.
3-Question
Can we actually have different rules applied for FBA items? For example, we don't want to beat anyone's price with FBA, we just want to match it.
Answer
Sure .. please input the following into this rule rule#4a and click on save at the bottom of the page near 'Update This Rule'.
FeaturedFBA:0.00;RegularFBA:0.00
4-Question

For items that we are competing with FBA sellers for the lowest price, match the price down to the SKU's floor price and do not reprice upward,

Answer
To match with FBA seller, input the following
FeaturedFBA:0.00;RegularFBA:0.00
Not to go upward, you may un-check rule#6 (Price Upward if too low ?).
5-Question

For items that we are competing with non-FBA sellers for the lowest price, reprice to 6 cents above the current lowest price down to the SKU's floor price and do not reprice upward

Answer
To match with FBA seller, input the following
FeaturedFBA:0.00;RegularFBA:0.00
In rule#1, put 0.06 so that if non-FBA, then it will be 6c lower
Not to go upward, you may un-check rule#6 (Price Upward if too low ?).

Lowest Seller Dependent Lower By: Rule#4(a), FBA vs nonFBA

New macro example
nonFBASKUs[Featured:1%],FBASKUs[Featured:0.00]

You may use these macro to lower your price by 1% against the Featured(nonFBA) sellers for your 'nonFBA' SKUs and match the price against Featured sellers for your 'FBA' SKUs.

Lowest Seller Dependent Lower By: Rule#4(a), Reset2CeilingIfMinBelowFloor

New macro example
Reset2CeilingIfMinBelowFloor:0.01
Reset2CeilingIfMinBelowFloor:0.02
Reset2CeilingIfMinBelowFloor:2%

This is ideal for recycling your price. If the competitor price is below 1c or 2c (depending your setting), then price is reset back to Ceiling price. This logic only works if the offer price is not

equal to your ceiling.

Lowest Seller Dependent Lower By: Rule#4(a), ConditionSpecific

Now for item that are not new, you may set reprice price with reference to price of new condition item
UsedLessNew:15%, ReburbishedLessNew:30%, CollectibleLessNew:-10%
UsedLessNew:0.10, ReburbishedLessNew:22%, CollectibleLessNew:-0.10
  • By default, repricer would consider the competitors from the same 'Condition' whether it is new or used. However, when you are selling the same ASIN as 'Used' as well as 'New' item, you may use these condition specific macro which would allow you reprice against the lowest seller under 'New' condition.
  • For example, if you configure rule#4a with macro 'UsedLessNew:15%', repricing program would lower your 'Used' SKU price by 15% against the lowest seller under 'New' condition.

FBA and nonFBA: Rule#4(a)

If you sell the same listing (ASIN) as FBA as well as nonFBA and you want FBA to get BuyBox, you have to make your nonFBA listing higher priced. To do that you may put this macro in

rule#4a, example:

 
NonFBAHigherThanFBABy:0.05
This will make nonFBA listing higher than FBA listing by 5c
NonFBAHigherThanFBABy:5%
This will make nonFBA listing higher than FBA listing by 5%

Adjust price according to BuyBox price, rule#4(b)

If you want to match your price to buybox seller, please type in the following in rule#4(b) and click on 'Update This Rule' at the bottom of the page.

AnySeller:0.00:10

Where

0.00 means that match the buybox seller price
10 means that as long as buybox seller is in within top 10 positions
 

If you want to lower your price to buybox seller by 1%, please type in the following in rule#4(b) and click on 'Update This Rule'

AnySeller:1%:10

Where

1$ means that match 1% lower
10 means that as long as buybox seller is in within top 10 positions

Other example

Amazon.com:2.01%:10;FeaturedFBA:1.01%:10;
 
Question Oct-18-2010

If there a way I can set up a rule that will adjust my price based on who is in the Buy Box (not necessarily compete with the lowest price featured merchant but rather compete with whoever is in the buy box)? Let’s take into account the following example:

We have a price of $19.95
Seller-2 has a price of $19.95
Amazon has a price of $19.99
Assume my floor of $14.99 and ceiling of $25.00

In this example, my current rule will not adjust my price down because the system thinks I have the lowest price (which is true) but I do not have the buy box. Amazon does. So, I want to know if there is a way I can compete with who is in the buy box rather than the lowest price featured merchant? Generally speaking, I want to be about 2.01% lower than Amazon in order to get the buy box. If it is any other merchant in the buy box, I can get it by being the same price as them.

Answer

If you put the following the rule#4(b), then if Amazon has BuyBox and within the lowest 10 sellers, the price will be lowered by 2.01%.

Amazon.com:2.01%:10

If you put the following the rule#4(b), then if Amazon has BuyBox and within the lowest 5 sellers, the price will be lowered by 2.01%.

Amazon.com:2.01%:5

Seller Selling Dependent Lower By, rule#4(c)

You can define your competitive adjustment amount or percent in relation to specific seller(s) as long seller is selling and not lowest.

If you want your price to always 50c lower than Amazon
Amazon.com:0.50:Always
If you input the following in rule#4(c), as long as Amazon US is selling within lowest 5 sellers, your price will be 0.50 lower
Amazon.com:0.50:5
If you input the following in rule#4(c), as long as Amazon UK is selling within lowest 5 sellers, your price will be 1% lower
Amazon.co.uk:1%:5
If you input the following in rule#4(c), as long as Amazon DE is selling within lowest 5 sellers, your price will be 0.25 higher
Amazon.de:-0.25:5

Seller Selling Dependent Lower By, rule#4(c): Always

Question
I want my price to be always 50c lower than Amazon, what should I put in rule#4(c) ?
Answer
Amazon.com:0.50:Always

Seller Selling Dependent Lower By, rule#4(c), SkipRepriceIfNotSelling

Question
I want to leave price asis if I am not selling
Answer

Please put the macro SkipRepriceIfNotSelling

Reprice Upward, rule#6

If you check this box, you price will move up according to your competition. ChannelMAX recommends that you keep it checked.

Question

I want to stay at the price even we are the lowest, do you know which setting that I did wrong?

Answer

Please un-check rule#6. This will stop upward repricing. If you want this rule#6 only to handful of SKUs, please define a new reprice rule and assign that rule those SKUs. Please note that by default, this rule is check and ChannelMAX advises not to uncheck.

Ignore lowest seller, rule#8

Question

I want to ignore lowest seller, how I do it?

Answer

Please input 2 in rule#8

Ignore lowest seller but not if its Amazon, rule#8 and rule#53

Question

I want to ignore lowest seller but not if its Amazon, how I do it?

Answer

Please input 2 in rule#8 and input Amazon.com in rule#53

Lead Time To Ship Specific Rule#11

Ship-Lead-Time means how much time seller will take to ship the item once order is placed.. In rule#11, if you input 7, that means that you are saying that ignore any seller if does not ship within 7 days.

Q)In rule #11 I have set to ignore Amazon if Amazon is not shipping within 6 days. The Amazon listing says "Usually ships within 3 - 5 weeks."? Will the repricer ignore this listing from Amazon ?

Amazon.Com:6
Answer

Yes, ChannelMAX will ignore Amazon in that case. If you look up the reprice report, you will see something like the following image attachment.

File:Repricer-Rule-11.png

I Have zero shipping, Rule#12

Question-1

I want to change my default shipping as $0.00, what should I do with ChannelMAX ?

Answer

When you make your shipping to zero, that means that buyer would not pay you shipping. So for example if you were selling an item for $10 plus $5 for shipping, now you need to sell the same item for $15 plus zero shipping. So you need to take care so that you just don't set shipping to zero in Amazon start selling this item at $10 plus free shipping. So these steps, ChannelMAX recommends:

  1. Make sure that your MinSellingPrice (aka UnitCost in ChannelMAX inventory) is raised to account for zero shipping.
  2. Secondly, you need to check rule#12 under 'Settings(Beta) -->Repricing Model'.
  3. Now let the repricer run. Since rule#12 is checked, your prices will go up in Amazon as ChannelMAX will assume zero shipping.
  4. How to run the repricer immediately
  5. Now You change your setting in Amazon to zero.

FBA Zero Shipping Thresh Hold, Rule#13

Question-1
Example: Amazon is selling an item for $8.88 w/free shipping. However, if its less than $25 then customer has to pay for shipping. So, this rules helps NOT to re-price/compete with the $8.88 price? And we enter "my shipping" because i still want our shipping rates to be considered.
Answer

In this example, ChannelMAX will take total Amazon price as $8.88 + [your shipping]

Question-2

What is lowest/average shipping? Where do you get these lowest/average shipping costs?

Answer

We sum shipping all the sellers and divide it by number of sellers to calculate average. For lowest, we take the lowest shipping among all the sellers selling that ASIN.

Feedback Rating, Rule#15

Question-1
I want to ignore sellers with a feedback of 80% or less. How do I do that?
Answer

Please input 4.0 in rule#15.

Question-2
I want to ignore sellers with a feedback of 91% or less. How do I do that?
Answer

Please input 4.51 in rule#15.

Stock Level Specific Rule#16(Deprecated)

Q)In rule #16 I have amazon.com with an offset of 10 and Target.com/ITC with an offset of 2. Why is it that I am not ignoring Amazon nor Target.com/ITC in the following listing when they have 8 left?

Amazon.Com:10;Target.com/ITC:2
Answer

The Amazon product advertising API PAA that ChannelMAX uses to get pricing information for specific SKU does not return quantity for Amazon or from Target.com/ITC. It returns for all other sellers. Hence this rule is not applicable for Amazon or for Target.com/ITC. I have included a screenshot from ChannelMAX Amazon reprice report to corroborate this.

With the current Amazon API, we may not be able to activate this rule as Amazon API does not return the sellers qty. Hence, rule#16 does not work now.
 
However there is a good news.
You can use rule#11 to exclude sellers based on lead time to ship. When out of stock, the lead time to ship will be quite high. Putting a value of 7 in rule#11 will exclude the sellers who are temporarily out of stock.
 

File:OutOfStock-InAmazon.png

Stock Level Specific based on SalesRank Rule#16

Case-1

If the product is listed in video games and If lowest price seller has less than 50 pieces in stock and if amazon bestseller rank in video games is less than 1000: in this case ignore lowest price seller.

Case-2

If the product is listed in video games and if Lowest price seller has less than 50 pieces in stock and if amazon bestseller rank in video games is more than 1000: in this case, reprice according to lowest price seller price.

Answer

You can use the following marco in rule#16

SalesRank+Video Games#1-1000:50
Please remember that this rule too does not work now with current Amazon API.

Compete With Better Condition Also, rule#22

Question-1

How we compete with sellers that offering products in different condition than ours, for example, we are offering software at used like new and another seller is offering the same software as used good?

Answer

Please check rule#22

Question-2

I am featured in "Video Games". But I also sell used items in the same category. Even if for new items, I want to compete only with featured sellers, for used items, I need to compete with all sellers. How can I do it ?

Answer

Please input the following in rule#53

FeaturedSellersForNotNewItems
Question-3

I sell item with condition 'Used-Like-New' and want to compete with all used conditions such as 'Used-Acceptable' etc. How can I do it ?

Answer

Please uncheck rule#22

How MinimumSellingPrice or Floor (excluding shipping) is defined for Repricing ? (Rule#35)

(a) In the simplest form of understanding MinimumSellingPrice is the price (excluding shipping) below which the specific SKU will not be repriced.

for example, suppose you procure an item at $10.00
your cost of handling the item is $2
you would like to make $2 profit
the ASIN belongs to electronics, so you will have to pay 8% commission to Amazon
so your MinimumSellingPrice is [$10 + $2 + $2]/0.92 = $14/0.92 = $15.22
suppose the shipping listed on Amazon is $5
if the item sells at $15.22, buyer will pay you total [$15.22 + $5.00] = $20.22
Amazon subtracts the 8% commission of $1.62 and you get [$20.22 - $1.62] = $18.60
now if you subtract the shipping cost of $5.00, you will be left with [$18.60 - $5.00] = $13.60
This $13.60 is 40c below your original calculation of $14.
So its recommended that instead dividing by 0.92, you divide $14 by 0.89 = $15.73
Now the item sells at $15.73, buyer will pay you total [$15.73 + $5.00] = $20.73
Amazon subtracts the 8% commission of $1.66 and you get [$20.73 - $1.66] = $19.07
now if you subtract the shipping cost of $5.00, you will be left with [$19.07 - $5.00] = $14.07
so uploading $15.73 to ChannelMAX as minimum selling price will guarantee you minimum $14.07
Minimum Selling Price
# Purchase Price Handling Cost Profit Needed Commission Markup MinSellingPrice BuyerPays Less Amzn Comm Net
1. (8% for commission) $12.00 $2.00 $2.00 $1.22 $15.22 $20.22 $1.62 $18.60
2. (11% for commission) $12.00 $2.00 $2.00 $1.73 $15.73 $20.73 $1.66 $19.07


Minimum selling price is saved to ChannelMAX as "Cost/Min" in "Unified --> Inventory"
Under "Settings(Beta)--> Repricing Model", it's the rule#35 that determines the floor aka minimum selling price
by default, rule#35 is set at 100% of 'Item SKU Unit Cost'
  • Minimum Selling Price is same as floor

(b) In the 2nd form of understanding MinimumSellingPrice is the price (excluding shipping),

you let ChannelMAX calculate Amazon commission
for example, suppose you procure an item at $10.00
your cost of handling the item is $2
you would like to make $2 profit
so your MinimumSellingPrice is [$10 + $2 + $2] = $14
now you can use ChannelMAX setup under 'Category Setup' to appropriately markup required Amazon commission
ChannelMAX repricer will automatically divide the $14.00 by the value input in 'Settings(Beta)-->Category Setup' to calculate your floor
Under "Settings(Beta) -->Repricing Model", its the rule#35 that determines the floor aka minimum selling price
by default, rule#35 is set at 100% of 'Item SKU Unit Cost'
however in this example, you will have to check rule#36(a) and Rule#36(b)
  • Minimum Selling Price and floor differs by category setup markup percentage

Retrieving price when it's hidden in Amazon rule#32

ChannelMAX can retrieve the price if the price is hidden in Amazon. Price is hidden in Amazon is the offer price is below MAP. To enable retrieving hidden price, please check the box for rule#32 and click on 'Update This Rule'

As of May-6-2012, as per Amazon, MAP functionality is not available for these categories:

- Clothing, Accessories & Luggage
- Jewelry
- Health & Personal Care
- Office Products
- Home and Kitchen
 

File:HiddenPriceExample.png

Handling of price when you have BuyBox rule#33

(33a) Don't re-price if I Got BuyBox
When you enable this rule, repricing program would skip the SKUs holding buybox from repricing. When you lose buybox in Amazon, with the next repricer these SKUs would be repriced normal.
(33b) Ignore If I Got BuyBox but Enforce Ceiling
Tick marking this rule would lower your price to ceiling if your price is above ceiling when holding BuyBox.
(33c) Don't Ignore upward re-pricing if I am too low
Sometimes, you may have BuyBox at a big difference. Your price may be $10 and next seller is at $12. Even if you have BuyBox at this price of $10, it comes at a 20% discount. If you say put 0.75 in this box, then if your price will be adjusted upward to $11.25.You may configure the text box with values either amount or percent. Amount can be like 0.05 for 5c for or percent like 1%.
(33e) GoDownEvenIfIHaveBuyBox
By default, even if there are seller selling at lower price, ChannelMAX repricer will not lower your price if you have the BuyBox as it's not warranted. However, sometimes you may need price to go down even if you have the BuyBox. In that situation, you may enable this rule to force down the price below buybox price. ChannelMAX recommends you don't check this until and unless you really need it.

How MinimumSellingPrice or Floor (inclusive of shipping) is defined for Repricing ? (Rule#35 & Rule#38)

(c) If the minimum selling price is inclusive of shipping: ChannelMAX advises you of this option only if your shipping is not weight based, meaning either with shipping band or with shipping override.

for example, suppose you procure an item at $10.00
your cost of handling the item is $2
you would like to make $2 profit
say your actual shipping cost is $1.50
so your MinimumSellingPrice is [$10 + $2 + $2] + 1.50 = $14 + $1.50 = $15.50
suppose the shipping listed on Amazon is $5
The minimum price that item will be repriced will be $15.50 - $5.00 = $10.50
Minimum selling price is saved to ChannelMAX as "UnitCost" in "Inventory" dashboard.
Under "Settings(Beta)--> Repricing Model", its the rule#35 that determines the floor aka minimum selling price
by default, rule#35 is set at 100% of 'Item SKU Unit Cost'
however in this example, you will have to check rule#38
If you want to subtract your shipping charged to buyer to get floor for all your items irrespective of repricing model, you need to check 'Subtract Shipping To Get Floor' under 'Repricer Settings' in 'Selling Venues'. Doing so rule#38 will be overridden.
  • Minimum Selling Price and floor differs by category setup markup percentage

Repricing with floor derived from price ? rule#35

Question-1

I understand that ChannelMAX requires MaxSellingPrice and MinSellingPrice for each SKU for repricing. However I would not like to add those two values, rather I would like to simply upload my current Amazon price and to calculate floor, I need to mark it down by some percent. Can I do this ?

Answer

Yes .. you can do it. You may enable option#4e, 5a,5b under 'Settings-->Selling Venues' in the appropriate Selling Venue to auto import your listings from Amazon Seller Central. When these options are enabled we would import your listings from Amazon. Current price displayed in Amazon would save as 'Retail/Max' in 'Unified --> Inventory'. Now, in rule#35b under 'Repricing Model-->Floor/Ceiling', you may configure desired percentage of SKU "Retail Price" as floor, click on 'Update Floor/Ceiling Rules' to apply the changes.

Question-1

I want to reprice below my floor price. How I can do that.

Answer: ChannelMAX does not recommend you do that. If situation warrants, then you can configure rule#35a to be less that 100% of your floor, like 90% of the 'Item Unit Cost'

How to compete with featured sellers only ? rule#40 (a)

  1. Login to unified.channelmax.net
  2. Click on 'Legacy'(You may even login to www.channelmax.net/login.aspx to access Legacy area of ChannelMAX application).
  3. Navigate to 'myInventory-->AMZN Category Setup'
  4. Tick mark the categories that you are 'Featured' and click on 'Save'
 

File:Settings-Category Setup.jpg

 

Is it possible to ignore sellers that are non eligible for the BuyBox?

Answer
Yes.. you may do the following to meet this requirement.
  1. Login to unified.channelmax.net
  2. Click on 'Legacy'
  3. Navigate to 'myInventory-->AMZN Category Setup'
  4. Tick mark the categories that you are 'Featured' and click on 'Save'
 

Featured Count thresh-hold ? rule#41

If you are featured merchant in Amazon, then you would generally like to compete with featured merchants only. However there can be exception to this requirement. Say, for an ASIN, you are the only Featured sellers and there other two regular non-featured selling that ASIN. In that case, you may like to compete with non-Featured sellers too .. You may configure rule#41 to achieve this.

 

If you notice the following example, if you are the seller who is featured and competiting with a regular seller only, then by putting 2 in rule#41(a) will enable you to compete with the regular seller too ..

 

File:Repricer-Rule-41.png

Enforce Ceiling, don't reprice above ceiling (rule#42)

Q) All the “new price” values it shows seem to be ignoring the ceiling. As an example, SKU XYZ is set with a ceiling of $9.99. But it’s still pricing 6 cents over showing the new price would be $10.05

Answer
Navigate to 'Repricing Model' in 'Settings(Beta)' icon.
Check the box in rule#42
Click on 'Update Floor/ceiling Rules'
This will enforce your ceiling and you will not be repriced above ceiling.

When I am the only seller, rule#43 (rule#18 combo)

Question-1

Let’s say I am selling something for $50.00 and I have 5 competitors for about the same price and I made my max price to be $60.00 and the minimum should be $40.00, now what happens if my competitors go out of stock, does the price change automatically to $60.00 or goes up slowly first to $55.00 and then if I get lower in stock it goes up a little higher or it jumps up right away to the max price

Answer

Since by default Rule#43a is checked, it will go directly to $60 .. However if you wish it go to $55 first and then to $60 ... you can do so by configuring rule#18, i.e Maximum price allowed to rise with every repricer.

Question-2

If I am the only seller or featured seller, then I would like the re-pricer to leave this ASIN alone and not make any changes. If you notice, I set my max price to 2000 because I cannot look at every ASIN and figure out what my max/low is. This way I will only look at the results and see if anything is really extreme.

Answer

Please leave rule#43a as un-checked.

Rule#43b

When rule#43b is enabled, repricer would set your price as per rule#43a when you are holding buybox and rule#33a is tick marked to skip repricing the SKUs holding buybox. With this rule#43b unchecked, repricer would not change the price as per rule#43a when rule#33a is tick marked.

Repricer is report mode: rule#44(a)

Question-1

Repricer is running, but no price is being fed to the venue ? rule#44(a)

Answer

This is happening because its running in report mode, please do the following steps to move out of report mode:

Login to unified.channelmax.net
Click on 'Settings(Beta)'
Click on 'Repricing Model'
In 'Home' tab, please uncheck rule#44(a)
Click on "Update Rule#44" to save the changes.
Please make sure that you have correct login credentials under 'Selling Venues' in 'Unified --> Settings'.
The next repricer will feed the price to the Selling Venue.
Question-2

For low competition/manual adjustment items, a rule that will not actively reprice items, but just run a reprice report to allow us to check on the pricing on them so we know if they need to be moved to one of the other rules for active repricing or if they can be left alone.

Answer

Using "Repricing Model" in "Settings", please define a new repricing rule, keep rule#44(a) checked and using 'File Uploader', assign this rules to those SKUs you want.

Question-3

If I want to upload some price changes to Amazon but not others, how do I select the ones to upload? For the items where I do not want to upload the repricer prices, can I create a SKU - specific rule so that I do not have to ignore them every time?

Answer

Using "Repricing Model" in "Settings", Please define a new repricing rule, keep rule#44(a) checked and using 'File Uploader', assign this rules to those SKUs you want.

Load ASINs to ChannelMAX to observe competing sellers rule#44(c)

Q-1

I want to load ASINs to ChannelMAX to observe competing sellers

Answer

Please upload the file with SKU (any dummy value), ASIN, MinSellingPrie(0.01), MaxSellingPrice (99.99) and mark rule#44(c) checked

File:Repricer-Rule-44.png

Race Each Other rule#45

Its often the dilemma of sellers to some how get entangled in spiralling down the price by competing with an another seller who also uses auto re-pricer. Well, this is something we ChannelMAX think everyday. We always suggest that sellers who use ChannelMAX repricer keep rule#45 unchecked, so that price is matched instead, and let Amazon rotate the BuyBox, however we cannot enforce this strategy to any seller.

Question

I noticed when the re-pricer tick was "UP", sometimes it would set the new price to .01 lower than the lowest priced seller however sometimes it sets it as the same price as the lowest seller.

Answer

This is caused by rule#45, we recommend that you leave this rule un-checked.

MAP pricing functions, rule#46

ChannelMAX supports extensive MAP support. You may navigate to 'Settings--> Repricing Model' and click on "Floor/Ceiling" tab to set up rule#46. Please note that you must first upload MAP price to ChannelMAX for the specific SKUs for which MAP is applicable. You may read more about MAP here

(a) Feed Map Price:

Along with price feed, MAP will also be fed to Amazon. If your MAP is more than the price fed by ChannelMAX, then Amazon will hide the price and potential buyer will have to click on 'AddToCart' button to see the price.

(b) Map price is my floor price:

Means that you price will never be below your MAP. At no cost, you price will be below your floor. For example, say your MAP is $21.00 and floor is $18.00, with this option checked, your price will be never below your MAP $21.00, on the other hand say your MAP is $18.00 and floor is $21.00, with this option checked, your price will be never below your floor $21.00

(c) Reprice below MAP if other seller is selling below MAP:

Item will never be re-priced below floor price.

Please note that if the offer price if less than MAP, Amazon will hide the price in Amazon. You may read why here

File:HiddenPriceExample.png

Uploading MAP to ChannelMAX only for reference, rule#46 unchecked

Question

I added the field "MAP" to my files uploads for my own personal reference. Does this value show up on my listings at the Amazon website or is it just for my reference? I just need to know because if it shows up on Amazon I would like to remove the MAP data I in-putted.

Answer

If you don't check rule#46(a) or rule#46(b) or rule#46(c), then MAP will not be fed to Amazon.

Competiting with FBA only, rule#47

Question-1

How can I have my FBA items competing ONLY against other FBA competitors?

Answer

Please define a new repricing model and check rule#47 so that it only competes with FBA items. Then assign this model to all FBA items as desired.
Please check this macro too, "rule#52 : IgnoreNonFBA"

I have shipping band, can ChannelMAX support it ?

Yes .. ChannelMAX supports shipping bands. Please make sure you input your shipping band into ChannelMAX using 'myAccount --> Channels -> Option#2(E)' as per the following the format defined.

File:Shipping-band -channels.jpg

I have shipping band, but I use Shipping Override also, rule#50

I use shipping band, but I use Shipping Override also, can ChannelMAX support it ?

Sure .. please use rule#50

Say, your shipping band shipping ends with 89c, like $4.89. Then if you use Amazon shipping override for few SKUs, CMax wants that you don't have 89c as cents value in the shipping override, like $2.89. You should have anything but 89c, like $0.00, $2.91 or $2.98. In this case you will input 00,91,98 in this box to that ChannelMAX can differentiate between shipping band and shipping override while calculating total price.

Ignore Sellers, rule#52

Question

How do you get it to ignore amazon figures completely?

Answer

Please put any on this value in the rule#52 depending on the selling venue

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr

Ignore Sellers By Country, rule#52

Question

I want to exclude sellers who ship internationally

Answer

You may use this macro.

IGNORECOUNTRIES[INTL]

Ignore Sellers By FBA Status, rule#52 : IgnoreNonFBA

Question

I am FBA and I want to ignore all non-FBAs

Answer

Please put the macro IgnoreNonFBAIfIamFBA&NotInTopN, where N is any integer between 5 and 20, like

IgnoreNonFBAIfIamFBA&NotInTop5
IgnoreNonFBAIfIamFBA&NotInTop7
IgnoreNonFBAIfIamFBA&NotInTop9
 
Question

I want to ignore all non-FBAs

Answer

Please put the macro

IgnoreNonFBA


Ignore Sellers who race your down, rule#52 : LowestIfDiff

Question
I have a situation that I think you can help me set up...I just don't know how to do it in the application. Here's the situation ..
  1. My seller name is Deals$OnCall
  2. I compete with various other sellers, but there's one seller that will ALWAYS match the lowest price (of all the featured sellers) on a listing (let's call him seller YourWholeSaleRetailer)
  3. He is VERY aggressive, but I think that there may be a way to maximize profit for both of us.
  4. Let's say that there are 3 sellers that are sharing the lowest price (myself Deals$OnCall, YourWholeSaleRetailer and LiquidNation). Myself Deals$OnCall and 2nd lowest YourWholeSaleRetailer are at $20 and 3rd lowest seller LiquidNation is selling at $28.99, a difference of $8.99. If I keep my price at $20, then seller YourWholeSaleRetailer will match me at $20 and both of us will sell at $20. On the other hand, if I raise my price to $28.00, YourWholeSaleRetailer will match me and we'll both share the lowest price, but sell at $8.00 more.
  5. I want to put logic into repricing that says, "if YourWholeSaleRetailer and I are the lowest sellers, then raise the price to 2.1% below the 3rd lowest price, that is $28.99"
Answer
simple, any seller, difference between 1st and 2nd seller is less than 2c, but 2nd and 3rd seller is more than 10%
LowestIfDiff#1st2nd:0.01#2nd3rd:10%#adj:2.1%
 
complex, specific seller
LowestIfDiff#1st2nd:0.01#2nd3rd:10%#adj:2.1%#consider{seller1:seller2}#ignore{seller1:seller2}
LowestIfDiff#1st2nd:0.01#2nd3rd:10%#adj:2.1%#consider{Your Wholesale Retailer:Liquid Nation}#ignore{}
 

File:IgnoreRacers-Rule52.png

Don't ignore non-Featured sellers when selling non-New items, rule#53

Question-1

I am featured in "Video Games". But I also sell used items in the same category. Even if for new items, I want to compete only with featured sellers, for used items, I need to compete with all sellers. How can I do it ?

Answer

Please input the word FeaturedSellersForNotNewItems in rule#53 (please don't forget to check rule#22)


Never ignore FBA sellers, rule#53: FBASellers

Question-1

I never want to ignore any featured seller, how to achieve that ?

Answer

Please input FBASellers into rule#53

Never ignore FBA sellers, rule#53: FeaturedSellersForNotNewItems

Question

I am featured in "Video Games". But I also sell used items in the same category. Even if for new items, I want to compete only with featured sellers, for used items, I need to compete with all sellers. How can I do it ? Answer Please input the following in rule#53

FeaturedSellersForNotNewItems

Compete With Only These Seller(s), rule#54

Question

What should I put if I want to compete with Amazon only ?

Answer

Please put any on this value in the rule#54 depending on the selling venue

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr


Compete With Only These Seller(s), rule#54, FBASKUs[CompeteWithFeaturedOnly]

Question

We are not featured in the category, but we are if we go FBA (we sell both ways depending on the item), we want to compete with featured sellers only. How to do it ?

Answer

Please input this macro in rule#54

FBASKUs[CompeteWithFeaturedOnly]


Comment based seller exclusion Rule#56

If sellers put a comment like 'Open Box', you can exclude that seller.

Amazon Yo Yo (rule#59)

Its extremely hard to steal BuyBox from Amazon without dropping the price significantly. We believe that using ChannelMAX Amazon Yo Yo, you can achieve this to some extent. The basic strategy is to drop the price compared to Amazon by 2.1%, hopefully obtain the BuyBox and when Amazon lowers the price that you raise the price compared to Amazon by 2.1% again. And you keep repeating it, or keep repeating this Yo Yo and steal some BuyBoxes from Amazon.

How to do it
This can be done by using rule#59
First of all you should know the SKU/ASINs that you are competing with Amazon.
Define a new reprice model and name it 'Amazon Yo Yo Lower' and input 2.1 in rule#2b
Define a new reprice model and name it 'Amazon Yo Yo Raise' and input -2.1 in rule#2b
Configure rule#59 of the model 'Amazon Yo Yo Lower' to use 'Amazon Yo Yo Raise' every alternate 30 mins
Now assign the repricing model 'Amazon Yo Yo Lower' to the desired SKUs.

Enforce Time Specific Repricing (rule#59), price up in the morning

Question

We wish to price all our SKU’s at their ceiling through the early hours 1am to 7am to allow other repricers to price upwards. How can we do this?

Answer
Yes .. you can do that.
  1. Please create a new rule with rule#35 set to 100% of 'SKU retail price' or 130% of 'SKU Unit Cost'.
    http://www.channelmax.info/wiki/mediawiki-1.15.1/index.php5?title=Talk:Repricing#How_to_create_a_new_repricing_model.
  1. Now configure rule#59 on the 'Default' repricing model, set the with start time of 01:01 and end time 06:59 and enforced repriced model as created above.


Enforce Time Specific Repricing (rule#59)

Question-1

I can reprice against Amazon for .10 down and then a half hour later I can reprice up against amazon at .10 then a half hour later reprice down by .10, etc?

Answer
Yes .. you can do that. Please create a new rule with adjustment amount of -0.10 for rule#2, and assign it to the main repricing model using rule#59.
Settings(Beta) --> Repricing Model
"Default" reprice rule will display by default.
You may click on 'Copy' icon present at the left of 'Repricing Model List' to create a new repricing model.
Once saved, this new rule will be displayed in the top left grid
Click on the new rule,
Change The name of the rule to something appropriate like 'Time-Variant-1'
In 'Home' tab set rule#1 with value -0.10
Click on "Update Rule#1"
Now click on the "Default" rule from top left grid
Go to 'Rule#59' tab
Fill the values and select the newly saved rule from dropdown "Overriding Repricing Model"
Please note the time zone is what you set in 'myAccount --> Account Info'
Put 18 for 6PM
Click on 'Update Rule#59'
Question-2
I see there is function to set repricing for special time frame and sku. can u show me how? for example, i want to set sku XYZ for repricing only from 6pm to 8am. It has map price for $80 by manufacture, but i want it to repricing during those hour 6pm-8am and repricing back to $80 after 8am central time. can it be done?
Answer
Yes. This can be done. Here is how
Login to 'unified.channelmax.net'
Click on 'Settings(Beta)'
Click on 'Repricing Model' under 'Inventory'
"Default" reprice rule will display by default
You may click on 'Copy' icon present at the left of 'Repricing Model List' to create a new repricing model.
Click on the new rule,
Change The name of the rule to something appropriate
Click on 'Floor/Ceiling' tab
Check rule#46(a)
Uncheck rule#46(b) and uncheck rule#46(c)
Click on "Update Floor/Ceiling Rules"
Now click on the "Default" rule from top left grid
Navigate to 'Rule#59' tab
Fill the values and select the newly saved rule from dropdown "Overriding Repricing Model"
Please note the time zone is what you set in 'myAccount --> Account Info'
Put 18 for 6PM
Make sure rule#46(a), rule#46(b) are checked
Click on "Update Rule#59"
Question-3
In rule#59 I can only reprice upwards 5x ?
Answer
5x is default, once you save, then 5 more empty rows will be added.
Question-4
Rule #59 has a column called adjustment amount. The adjustment amount is covered in my overriding repricing model do I enter a value for the adjustment amount or leave it blank?
Answer
The adjustment amount is covered in the overriding repricing model. Please default it to 0.01, as shown the accompanying screen shot.
Question-5

I want some SKUs repriced only from 9pm until 8:30am EST and also throughout the weekend from Friday at 9PM through Monday at 8:30am.

Answer

You will have to do it few steps

  1. Define a new repricing model by clicking on 'Copy' using 'Repricing Model' in 'Settings(Beta)' icon with rule#44(a) checked.
  2. In this rule click on 'Rule#59' tab configure the desired time and day to use the default repricing model as overriding model.
  3. Then, assign the SKUs to this repricing model.
 

File:Rule-59 Time Variant Repricing.jpg

Having multiple Time Variants in Rule#59?

Question
Are there any options to have more than xx no.of Time Variant Price Adjustment options for rule 59? For example, if I want to create a special rule for a sku that fluctuates the price up and down every 30 minutes over a 12 hour time span it would require having 24 rows to manipulate data correct? Is there another way to do this?
Answer

Sure you can. By default, you will see 48 rows, which could be used to meet the requirement. However, if you would like to have additional rows then, you can click on "Reload Grid" to add more rows in the list.

FBA and non-FBA on the same ASIN ?

Q) We are running into a problem with properly setting up our re-pricing rule. I have some items sent in for Amazon Fufillment (FBA) and these same items are also shipped by our company. So we have two separate skus that go to the same ASIN. One that is an FBA item and the other that is not. The problem is that I believe our re-pricing rules are competing with our own products. All the FBA items use the re-pricing rule called FBA. And all the NON-Fba items use the Default re-pricing rule. We basically want these items not to compete with each other.

Ans: By default, it will not compete with one-self ..

Completely Customized Price Calculation Code rule#60

Did you ever think about writing your code to price your items ? Did you ever think that out of the box pricing packages don't meet your need ? If Yes ChannelMAX has an answer so robust that you will be surprised .. Actually you can just write your own code.

How to define a new repricing model

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Login to unified.channelmax.net
  3. Click on 'Settings(Beta)'
  4. Navigate to 'Repricing Model'
  5. Click on 'Copy' to the left of 'Repricing Model List'
  6. Then, select the new repricing model created
  7. Change the name and any other attribute as needed

Way to set a specific reprice model to a specific channel

Under "Settings --> Repricing Model", you may define repricing models with the following names to be associated with specific selling channel

For Amazon UK : AmazonUK-Default
For Amazon DE : AmazonDE-Default
For Amazon FR : AmazonFR-Default
For Amazon IT : AmazonIT-Default
For Amazon ES : AmazonES-Default
For Amazon ES : AmazonCA-Default
For Amazon ES : AmazonCN-Default
For Amazon ES : AmazonIN-Default
For Buy.COM : Buy.COM-Default
For Play.Com: Play.COM-Default

When you create the default repricing model to a specific Channel, all the SKUs uploaded/updated will be repriced based on this default repricing model and you need not manually change the repricing model for the SKUs which are already present in 'Unified --> Inventory' screen.

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