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    Apr 12 2016 14:54:47

    #1

    Mindseye

    Join date : 2016-04-06      Posts : 21

    I'm having difficulty setting up my shipping values.

    I'm selling a product which comes in 3 very different sizes. They will each require a different shipping cost. Also, I have set up 3 zones, the UK, the EU and the Rest of the World.

    Therefore, for the one item, I will need to set up 3 different shipping costs for the UK and these will need to increase for the other zones.

    I have tried the different options available but can't seem to make it work.

    I hope that makes sense.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks .... Martin



    Apr 12 2016 16:49:24

    #2

    Debbie Q

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 4994

    Do you have a units value setup in your products with the weight or other factor that decide the shipping costs?

    Debbie Q

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    Apr 12 2016 17:23:48

    #3

    Mindseye

    Join date : 2016-04-06      Posts : 21

    I have tried that but it doesn't seem to give me what I'm after.

    I can get it to calculate the shipping based on amounts of units etc. and to have different prices for different countries but I can't get it to adjust for different sized items. Basically, I have 3 different sizes, small, medium and large that require different postage for each product.

    I do have a different 'buy' button set up for each size so it's possible to enter different values in the codes. Perhaps I did it incorrectly.

    Is it possible to give me a step by step guide?

    Thanks .... Martin



    Apr 12 2016 17:37:35

    #4

    Alan

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 2950

    As Debbie asks, what decides the price of a shipment?

    Is each item shipped as an individual package? Do multiples reduce the price per item? Might you have mixed orders?

    Alan
    Some shipping help documents are available at www.stoner.org.uk/mals/




    Apr 12 2016 17:51:28

    #5

    Mindseye

    Join date : 2016-04-06      Posts : 21

    It's most likely that the items will be shipped out as individual packages but of course, there is the chance that there will be some mixed ones but I don't expect that to happen very often.

    The products are prints of paintings that will be on very different sized paper, hence the need for different shipping prices. e.g. A single 10" x 8" print shipped to the UK would be one price and a single 15" x 12" print, also shipped to the UK would be another. The same prints shipped to the US would be a different price again.

    There may be multiples of the same item but up to a handful shouldn't affect the shipping cost.

    I hope that makes sense.

    Thanks .... Martin

    PS. I'll take a look at the link you posted.



    Apr 12 2016 20:07:20

    #6

    Alan

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 2950

    You might try giving each product its UK shipping price as the units value.

    Then using option 5 you could have
    UNITS COST
    1000 __ 1 ___ for up to 1000 units multiply the units value by 1

    For Europe perhaps
    UNITS COST
    1000 __ 2.5

    Try a few cases. There are ways to tune it a little.

    World
    UNITS COST
    1000 __ 3.5

    It's never going to be accurate but may be usable.

    Alan
    Some shipping help documents are available at www.stoner.org.uk/mals/




    Apr 12 2016 20:21:22

    #7

    Debbie Q

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 4994

    It sounds like you are not properly setting the units for the sizes. But without seeing your code it would be hard to help.

    Debbie Q

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    Apr 12 2016 20:23:16

    #8

    Mindseye

    Join date : 2016-04-06      Posts : 21

    Hi Alan

    Many thanks for that.

    I've been working through the link you sent and the first thing I realised was that the 'Cost' column in the set up is a multiplier and not actually the cost you're applying!

    I keep experimenting with option 5 but can't quite seem to get it consistent yet. It's a bit weird, one minute I think I've got it and then it all seems to go wrong. I'm sure it's 'finger trouble' but I'll keep at it.

    I think I'm beginning to understand the logic of it.

    Thanks for your help thus far.

    Martin



    Apr 12 2016 21:00:03

    #9

    Mindseye

    Join date : 2016-04-06      Posts : 21

    This is going to be hard to describe!

    Here is an example.

    The code in my 'buy' button for the small item is &units=1.
    The code in my 'buy' button for the large item is &units=2.

    In the shipping calculations set up page, for the UK it is as follows:-
    Units: Up to 2. Cost 1.50
    Next 2. Cost 0.00
    Next 2. Cost 1.50
    Next 2. Cost 0.00

    If I add 1 of my small items to the cart, the shipping cost is 1.50
    If I add 2 of my small items to the cart, the shipping cost is 1.50 which is what I want as I am able to pack 2 items into the same small envelope.

    If I add 1 of my large items to the cart, the shipping cost is 3.00
    If I add 2 of my large items to the cart, the shipping cost is 6.00 which is not what I want as I am also able to pack 2 of these items into the same large envelope.

    Hope that all makes sense.

    Maybe I'm doing something wrong but I've tried every which way with every option and just can't make it work.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks .... Martin



    Apr 12 2016 21:16:45

    #10

    Alan

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 2950

    Yes, option 5 charges COST for each unit so the UNITS and COST are multiplied.

    If you want 1 or 2 items to have the same charge, you need option 7 where you have steps.

    Change the large items to a units value of 3
    UNITS COST
    2 _____ 1.50 __ up to 2 costs 1.50
    4 _____ 1.50 __ up to 4 more costs another 1.50

    Alan
    Some shipping help documents are available at www.stoner.org.uk/mals/




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