Hi again, guys...trying to focus on a workaround that will get me through my upcoming campaign. Here's my plan of action -- at the bottom you will see the snag that I'm running into (point 4 below). If I can solve that, then I'll be able to manage OK. If anything else looks wrong, please let me know.
1) I see how I can do the shipping VAT now -- it will just mean deleting all my EU shipping rules and creating new ones that have the total price including VAT. That's doable with a few hours of concentrated work.
2) The next thing is splitting up my website into an EU site and non-EU site, and hoping customers will click on the right store from the index page. I've done it that way pre-ejunkie, and it worked Ok. Also a couple of hours of concentrated work.
3) Next is to adjust my add-to cart buttons to incorporate the new VAT-included prices -- EU prices will include VAT, non-EU prices will not. I will then have to hard code the buttons when I place them in the site (deleting the parts that aren't relevant) so EU customers only see the EU options on the EU pages, etc. Also a few hours of concentrated work.
4) But now I run into what looks like an administrative NIGHTMARE. What about inventory control? It's been a lifesaver up till now. But now it looks like I will have to divide my inventory among the VAT-priced items and the no-VAT priced items.
Imagine I have 10 units of CD1 in stock. I don't know if I can get more, so I don't want to oversell them. Normally, inventory control takes care of that.
The only way I can see to keep tabs on my inventory with this new VAT problem is to arbitrarily divide up my inventory among the VAT no-VAT options, like 5 units each below:
That means that if I sell out of, say, the VAT priced ones, I'll have to manually adjust the button code and move over units from the NOVAT section.
This is gonna get unwieldy really fast when I have hundreds of orders coming in for many different items, shirt sizes, etc. Is there any way to get around this and have some kind of central control of the inventory? Something I'm missing somewhere?
Hope I've managed to explain this OK -- if not, let me know!