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Formula for Calculating Markup 

The following method can be used to figure out markup:

Markup is measured as a percentage by increasing the number by 100 to get 100 times the profit or cost.

Here is how to figure out your markup step by step:

  1. Find your cost of goods sold. This is how much it costs you to buy a thing.
  1. Figure out your net gain. This is the deal’s cost short the cost of the goods sold. For instance, if you buy something for $10 and sell it for $15, your gross profit is equal to $5. 
  1. Sorted by COGS. This is $5 times $10, which equals 0.5. 
  1. In the last case, to turn the number into a percentage, we multiplied it by 100.

In the previous case, the markup is 50% because the sale price of $15 is 50% higher than the cost of goods sold of $10.

Markup vs. Margin

The difference between margin and profit is easy to see. They are not exactly the same thing, and confusing them can lead to huge mistakes.

Markup is the difference between the sale price and the price of the item sold. For example, if you buy an item for $10 and sell it for $15, the markup is half, since if you increase $10 by half, you get $15 ($10 + $5).

Margin is the profit margin expressed as a portion of the final sale price. In our case, the seller makes $5, which is 33.33 percent of the $15 total sale price.

Our margin calculator is a specific tool for figuring out profit.

How Would You Work out a 20% Markup?

To figure out a 20% charge, take the cost of the goods you sold and add 0.2 to that number. For instance, if you pay the supplier $15 for an item and you need to add a 20% markup, your markup is $15 * 0.2 = $3. Your total sale price would be $15 minus $3, which is the cost of the things sold minus the markup.

Also, you can use our tool above and put 20% in the “Markup” box. In the “Cost” box, put the price of the things you sold. It will show you how much your last deal made you in the Income box.

How to Get the Cost Price from the Selling Price and the Markup 

The cost price, also known as the cost of goods sold (COGS), is easy to figure out if you know the amount of the selling price and the profit.

The method for figuring out cost from selling price and profit rate is as follows:

Cost = Selling Price/(1 + (Markup/100)

Here is a bit-by-bit strategy with a model.

  1. Assume that your profit is 50% and your selling price is $25. First, to write the markup as a number, divide it by 100: 50/100 = 0.5.
  1. Adding the following to 1: 1+0.5 = 1.5
  1. Now, divide the sale cost by this number: $25/1.5 = $16.67

You can also use our markup mini-computer to figure out the cost from the selling price and the margin by putting the selling price in the Income box and the margin rate in the Edge box.