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Simple Questions Re: Shipping Modules and Zones


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First questions is for Shipping Modules....

I have multiple shipping rates installed so that a customer can pick how they would like thier purchase shipped, however what I would really like is

Multiple shipping rates with Tiers...Now there is a contribution called this, but it doesn't really do what I think its title refers to. What I would is Multiple shipping rates with tiers....example First option is USPS Priority Mail at 4.80, but as the contribution works, the price is 4.80 whether they buy 1 item or 112 items - well obviously the more items bought, the heavier and so you can see that after a few items are purchased its not going to be 4.80 any more and then the owner gets dinged for the excess.

The Multiple Shipping rates with Tiers sets up 3 tiers so if the purchase goes over say 50 dollars then you can set a higher shipping. This is very nice, but I would like my customers to have a choice whether they want shipping to be standard or expedited and then there are always the International buyers...

So the question is, can these two modules be combined? I can't believe no one has ever thought of this delima, unless I am looking at the shipping module all wrong. It looks to me that it is either one way or the other, when both are turned, I don't see any way that they would work together, but maybe I am wrong. If I turn both of these modules on will they do both thing?

 

Next Question is What the heck does zones do? I must be missing it significance. It seems like a big part of configuration, but I just don't see its usefulness. Could someone explain its asset and how it works for them?

Thanks for any info!

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Not sure specifically on your shipping question. I prefer to use live quotes for the various carriers and not deal with trying to come up with table method. Somehow it seems the table method always works against me :)...

 

On the other hand I can help you with zones.

 

Zones allow you to create geographic regions for taxes, payment, and shipping. So you create a zone for your home state so and set the tax rate. That way customers from your state get charged tax. You can use zones to configure shipping so for example if you wanted to have USPS for U.S. only customers you could create a US zone and then in the shipping module set the zone to US Only. If you wanted to have UPS for Canada you could do the same thing, create a Canada zone, and then set the UPS module to Canada. Zones allow you to segment what customers from various parts of the world see in terms of tax, payment, and shipping.

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Hi Jeff

Thanks for the info. I just started playing around with it. I had zones set up for taxes, that was a "gimme", but I had never really explored its full potential, after playing around with it this morning and with your excellent explaination, I can see a much wider area to explore. It's like walking the main street of Disneyland, but not checking out the side streets.

 

As for your Live quotes...I can see your point. My clientelle (sp??) tends to be older women who barely get the whole idea of the "Computer"...I have painfully learned, that if I don't make things as simple as possible, I end up practically flying to their home and walking them through the checkout procedure. I hope that doesn't sound terrible...I mean, I'm no spring chicken...just saying that the less complicated the better...They are certainly the nicest gals you'll ever meet!

 

Thanks again for your great input!

Kindest regards

Teresa

 

Not sure specifically on your shipping question. I prefer to use live quotes for the various carriers and not deal with trying to come up with table method. Somehow it seems the table method always works against me :)...

 

On the other hand I can help you with zones.

 

Zones allow you to create geographic regions for taxes, payment, and shipping. So you create a zone for your home state so and set the tax rate. That way customers from your state get charged tax. You can use zones to configure shipping so for example if you wanted to have USPS for U.S. only customers you could create a US zone and then in the shipping module set the zone to US Only. If you wanted to have UPS for Canada you could do the same thing, create a Canada zone, and then set the UPS module to Canada. Zones allow you to segment what customers from various parts of the world see in terms of tax, payment, and shipping.

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Just thought I would send a note out to the forum, that I did figure out how to do the shipping the way I wanted to...I wanted it Tiered, but I also wanted multiple shippers (USPS Priority, USPS Global, etc...). So that is what I did. I combined the two contributions and made as many shippers as I needed, plus I set it up with zones....I will post the modifications as a contribution if anyone is interested in having this. Add a reply here if you are interested in knowing how to do this. If there is no interest, or maybe I was the only dummy out there that didn't know how to do it, then I will forget about it.

Best of luck to you all in your oscommerce endeavors.

Warmest regards

Teresa

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