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If i bought something for \$10.00 and sold it for \$20.00, is it a 200% mark up?
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Tax Professional: Guru_Guy, Lawyer (JD) replied 9 years ago
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Hello,

No, that is a 100% mark up. Mark up is the difference between the sales price and market price. So if you sell something for \$20 that you purchased for \$10, your mark up is \$10 (\$20 - \$10). When calculating the percentage, you compare that mark up to the purchase price. The \$10 mark up is 100% of the \$10 purchase price.

I hope this helps!
Customer reply replied 9 years ago
but if you multiply \$10. times 200% you get \$20.
That is why I'm confused.
Tax Professional: Guru_Guy, Lawyer (JD) replied 9 years ago
The markup is basically the amount of profit made. So the profit in the scenario you lay out is only \$10 (\$20 sales price minus the \$10 cost). That \$10 profit is 100% of the initial investment. You are calculating the markup based on the total price, not just the amount of profit.

I hope this helps!
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