The Cost Of Goods (COGS) Screen

Important Update

  • Since December 6, 2023, we have introduced a simplification to COGS entry
  • There is now 2 distinct versions of the COGS screen, a Detailed View and a Simple View
  • Both Views achieve the outcome of assigning COGS to a product
  • You can use either view interchangeably without loss of data
  • The toggle switch to flip from one view to an other is located in the COGS screen itself
  • The Detailed view has 6 additional fields.
  • Use the Detailed view if you feel you need any of the additional fields
  • Use the Simple view if you feel the 6 additional fields of the detailed view are superfluous to your needs
  • Please read the following article to fond out why we implemented this change

How To Get Here?

  • From the Menu
    • Products –> Products List –> Actions –> Enter Cost Of Goods, OR
    • Products –> Products List, click on the column COGS for the product you want to enter COGS, OR
    • Products-> Product Dashboard-> Settings-> Enter Cost of Goods.

What is it for?

  • Assign a Cost Of Goods (COGS) to a product spanning a specific time period
  • Document the breakdown of COGS into its constituent cost components
  • Document the COGS history

Tips And Tricks!

  • COGS can be assigned to a product for a period in the past
  • COGS can also be assigned to a product for a future period
  • SellerLegend will automatically recalculate the profit element of a sale whenever a COGS value or the applicability date range is changed
  • IMPORTANT: COGS need to be uploaded for EACH marketplace individually
    • This is because COGS could conceivably be different for the same product when sold in a different marketplace due to product localization costs, like a different packaging or a different product insert.
  • IMPORTANT: COGS must be expressed in the currency of the marketplace.
    • So if you are entering COGS for a UK marketplace, the COGS will be deemed to be expressed in £. If you are entering COGS for a DE marketplace, the COGS will be deemed to be expressed in Euros.
    • SellerLegend does not yet do automated currency conversions, however, this is in our development plan for a future release.

Screen Print

  • The Simple View:

The Detailed View

  • Notice the difference : The detailed view has 6 additional columns.

    • Provider
    • Notes
    • Total Paid
    • Currency
    • Conversion Rate
    • Units


  • The Title of the screen shows the Product Identifiers for the product with this COGS, in sequence:
    • Product SKU
    • Product ASIN
    • Product Internal Name
    • Product FNSKU
  • The body of the screen contains one or more Cost Periods
    • Each cost period will span a specific (from-to) date range
    • Any order for the subject product arriving between the to and from date of a cost period will be assigned the COGS of that period.
    • For the very first Cost Period, SellerLegend will automatically create the cost period with  a date range of infinity to infinity (From ∞ to ∞)
    • This ensure that the COGS will be assigned to any newly arriving order, irrespective of the order date
    • When adding additional new cost periods, SellerLegend will adjust the dates so that the new cost period start aligns with the previous period end
  • Each Cost Period is constituted by one or more Cost Elements. Each Cost Element shows:
    • Cost Element Name
      • Enter the name of the Cost Element
      • The cost period must have at least one Cost Element
      • The cost element name can be any arbitrary text, such as, but not limited to
        • Manufacturing Costs
        • Printing Costs
        • Packaging Costs
        • Labelling Costs
        • Shipping Costs
        • Customs & Duty Costs
        • Inspection Costs
        • Handling Costs
    • Provider (Only in the Detailed View COGS Entry)
      • Enter the name of your provider or leave blank
      • This is an optional free format field
    • Notes (Only in the Detailed View COGS Entry)
      • Enter any notes which describes the arrangements with your provider
      • Any URL starting with ‘http://’ will automatically be converted to a hyperlink. Use this feature when you want to link to a Google Docs or Office for the Web document
    • Total Paid (Only in the Detailed View COGS Entry)
      • Enter either the amount paid for one unit or a total invoice amount for several units
      • Works in conjunction with the Units field
      • This is a mandatory currency field
    • Currency (Only in the Detailed View COGS Entry)
      • Enter the name of the currency of payment
      • Works in conjunction with the Units field
      • This is an optional free format field. The currency name is for reference only and is not validated or used by SO.
    • Conversion Rate (Only in the Detailed View COGS Entry)
      • If Total Paid is a foreign currency amount, enter the conversion rate from the foreign currency to the marketplace currency
    • Units (Only in the Detailed View COGS Entry)
      • Enter the number of units the Total Paid refers to
      • Defaulted to 1 unit
      • This is a mandatory integer field
    • Amount Per Unit
      • Calculated by SellerLegend
      • It is either Total Paid / Number Of Units or
      • Total Paid * Conversion Rate / Units
    • Total
      • Calculated by SellerLegend
      • The sum of all the individual Cost Elements


  • COGS Entry : Adding and Deleting Cost Periods and Cost  Elements


  • Cogs Entry Entering COGS Values and Date Ranges


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