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So here's my dilemma:
I sell bags of coffee from a location in NH (nice and neat—all 12 oz bags, all the same price)...and equipment from a location in IA (varying sizes, weights, and prices) all from a single shopping cart. Shipping is in the continental US. I need ideas on how to:
A: Use e-junkie to figure somewhat accurate shipping. (unlikely)
B: Come up with a shipping pricing strategy for something like a baseline shipping charge and add-ons.
C: Perhaps have a flat shipping rate up to $XX in merchandise, then free shipping up to XX pounds.
Shipments out of NH will be USPS, whereas shipments from IA will be either USPS or FedEx (which is not supported in e-junkie).
I'm also finding that the live rates from USPS for Priority Mail don't reflect the Regional Rate box rates. Is this an error in how I have things set up?
Any feedback is appreciated…thanks in advance!
POSTED ON: April 5, 2012 @ 07:13 GMT -7
Our shipping calculation settings are explained on this help page:
Our USPS rate lookups only obtain general Package rates for the order weight, number of separate parcels, and origin/destination ZIP codes. Our system can only handle a common origin ZIP code for all products in a given seller's account, so this approach may not work well for you with products being shipped from different origins.
I might suggest using product-specific flat rates per unit and/or the Cost settings for various Packaging Types to handle flat rates per different types of product -- e.g., you could do something like 6 bags of beans fit in a Small Box, shipped at $1 per bag plus $4 for the box (i.e., $5 for the first bag plus $1 for ea. add'l bag up to 6), so 7-12 bags would kick in another $4, etc. Different products could have their own per-unit rates and use a different Packaging Type with its own Cost. If you'd rather have the same baseline cost (first-item surcharge) regardless of the products ordered, that could be done most easily with a flat Handling charge rather than using the Cost settings on Packaging Types.
POSTED ON: April 5, 2012 @ 15:18 GMT -7
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