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Here is my situation:

I have a number of products that have fixed shipping rates for ground, next day, second day, and third day shipping. Each item has a different shipping rate. How can I give the shopper the option of picking the delivery type that is linked to the product and the correct shipping rates? I am a little lost.... Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Thomas

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You could build 3 shipping modules that take into account the individual rates depending on how you set them on the product.

 

Basically, the first one ground takes all the ground charges and combines them for it's rate. The second takes all the next day charges, etc.

 

How do you have the products coded in the tables for the 4 rates?

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Linda,

 

I have not coded them for any shipping rates at the moment.

 

Someone else has suggested that I use the product attributes to code the three or four different shipping options but I am now using the product attributes to have three different sizes of the each product.

 

How would I build the 3 modules that would have the different shipping rates for each item being sold?

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Thomas

 

You could build 3 shipping modules that take into account the individual rates depending on how you set them on the product.

 

Basically, the first one ground takes all the ground charges and combines them for it's rate. The second takes all the next day charges, etc.

 

How do you have the products coded in the tables for the 4 rates?

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You could add in the 4 new fields to products table:

 

products_shipping_ground

products_shipping_next

products_shipping_second

products_shipping_three

 

decimal 6,2

 

These need to be added to categories.php

 

Then you need to make 4 shipping modules that calculate the total shipping based on these rates.

 

Do all the products have the 4 shipping rates? Or will some only have 1, 2 or 3 of them.

 

This is easier if they all have the 4 rates.

 

The other consideration, is the rate for the 4 shipping methods based on a percentage of the cost?

 

Then you don't need the 4 new fields. You would just need 4 shipping modules utilizing the 4 percentages.

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Linda,

 

Thanks for your reply.

 

After checking the products and the rates charged, there appears to be three components to the rates.

1. dimension -> Example 16 x16 x12

2. weight -> Example 8 pounds

3. Cubed -> Example 16

 

This yields a prices for:

1. Next Day ----> $41.86

2. Second Day ---> $27.18

3. Three Day ---> $24.68

4. Ground ----> $ 8.79

 

Price is not a component. These are the prices from our supplier who does the shipping!

 

During the summer months some of the products will only be shipped Next Day or Second Day! One product is only shipped Next Day or Second Day all year long.

 

Is it possible to base the rates on the product number because many of the products have the same dimensions, weight and cube?

 

Your help in helping me understand this is greatly appreicated!

 

Thanks again -:)

 

Thomas

 

You could add in the 4 new fields to products table:

 

products_shipping_ground

products_shipping_next

products_shipping_second

products_shipping_three

 

decimal 6,2

 

These need to be added to categories.php

 

Then you need to make 4 shipping modules that calculate the total shipping based on these rates.

 

Do all the products have the 4 shipping rates? Or will some only have 1, 2 or 3 of them.

 

This is easier if they all have the 4 rates.

 

The other consideration, is the rate for the 4 shipping methods based on a percentage of the cost?

 

Then you don't need the 4 new fields. You would just need 4 shipping modules utilizing the 4 percentages.

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Linda,

 

As I am not a programmer but I do have a basic understanding. If I were to use the product number what exactly will I be doing?

 

I would like to take the path of least resistance if possible. I have 200 items with many having the same shipping rates.

 

Thanks,

 

Thomas

 

It can be done any number of ways.

 

It just has to be logical ... 8)

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