This article applies to selling in: **Canada**

The following examples illustrate how the refund holdback is calculated for a non-BMVD Product.

Suppose you receive the following two-item order:

ItemA (item price) | $300.00 |

ItemB (item price) | $50.00 |

Shipping on ItemA | $40.00 |

Shipping on ItemB | $5.00 |

Gift Wrap on ItemA | $5.00 |

Gift Wrap on ItemB | $2.00 |

TOTAL | $402.00 |

You then refund ItemA, including shipping and gift wrap (this is commonly done if the customer cancels the item before the order ships). Assuming the commission rate for items in this category is 15%, the initial holdback is calculated as follows:

= HoldbackRate x [CommissionRate x (ItemA + ShippingItemA + GiftWrapItemA)] = 20% x [15% x ($300 + $40 + $5)] = 20% x [15% x $345] = 20% x [$51.75] = $10.35

But as the holdback for this line item cannot be greater than $5, it is capped at $5. Note that other item-related charges, such as shipping and gift wrap, are included in the holdback calculation.

Suppose you receive the same two-item order as described above, but this time you refund the order in full, including shipping and gift wrap (this is commonly done if the customer cancels the order before it ships). The initial holdback calculation applies to each line item in the refund, as follows:

= HoldbackRate x [CommissionRate x (ItemA + ShippingItemA + GiftWrapItemA)] = 20% x [15% x ($300 + $40 + $5)] = 20% x [15% x $345] = 20% x [$51.75] = $10.35

= HoldbackRate x [CommissionRate x (ItemB + ShippingItemB + GiftWrapItemB)] = 20% x [15% x ($50 + $5 + $2)] = 20% x [15% x $57] = 20% x [$8.55] = $1.71

But as each of these holdbacks cannot exceed $5, the first is capped at $5 and the second is taken as is, for a total holdback of $6.71. Again, note that other item-related charges, such as shipping and gift wrap, are included in the holdback calculation, but tax is not. Amazon does not retain a portion of any refunded taxes.

Suppose you receive the following three-item order:

ItemA (quantity: 2) | $600.00 |

ItemB | $50.00 |

Shipping on ItemA | $20.00 |

Shipping on ItemB | $5.00 |

Gift Wrap on ItemA | $5.00 |

Gift Wrap on ItemB | $2.00 |

TOTAL | $682.00 |

You then refund both quantities of ItemA, excluding shipping and gift wrap (this is commonly done if the customer returns the items after the order has shipped). Because the holdback calculation applies to each unique line item in a refund, and multiple quantities of a single item comprise a single line item, the calculation is applied one time for both ItemA's. Assuming again that the commission rate for items in this category is 15%, the initial holdback (before applying the $5 cap) is calculated as follows:

= CommissionRate x [HoldbackRate x (ItemA's)] = 20% x [15% x $600] = 20% x [$90] = $18.00

As this holdback is greater than $5, it is capped at $5. Note that no holdback calculations apply to subsequent refunds involving this item because the $5 cap is already met.

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