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    I am currently using UPS ground real-time shipment calculation.
    Many of you out there using shipping based on $$$ of order?
    I am thinking maybe this is the way to go.
    However, many of my customers, are in "extended" delivery areas and I may find losing out in the long run.
    Any tips or trials and tribulations to using value based shipping?
    My products range from1 pound to 70 pounds.

  • #2
    I use value based shipping. I had started off with real-time shipping, but on my previous cart, customers couldn't find out the cost of shipping until they were in step 3 of checkout. Obviously this isn't a issue with 3dcart, but when I moved over to 3dcart, at that point I was using value based and decided just to stick with it.

    I used realtime shipping for Canada, and International for a while on 3dcart, but I found that a lot of times my customers couldn't find out there shipping and they would call and I would find out there were issues with UPS's website and such.

    So, with that being said I have found value based shipping to be easier. I don't really have any tricks or tips. For the most part I have found that I don't lose out on shipping.

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    • #3
      I base shipping on weight. I've been trying to play with the real-times shipping - but haven't perfected it yet - so all my rates are custom right now.

      If I could put an initial box weight on each shipping method I would be set. Overall going by weight works great.

      Don't like the value thing - I think I'm punishing customers to spend more.

      I try to keep it as close to actual shipping (with overhead of envelopes etc. figured in) as I can.

      My shipping starts at $2.00 - but my products are SMALL and LIGHT. Every once in a while I have a box that weighs 4 pounds but not often- so I'm lucky.
      C Ekman
      Owner/Designer: Cobweb Corner
      http://www.cobwebcorner.com

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      • #4
        I have NO markup on UPS shipping and it just seems that my customers are in rural or other high shipping cost locations. In fact, for some strange reason, a significant percentage of my orders go to UTAH. :eek:
        The google that serves up UTAH must be favorable to my website. :D
        Now, if I can just get that to be true for CA, TX, NY and NJ I'm all set! :D

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mark View Post
          I am currently using UPS ground real-time shipment calculation.
          Many of you out there using shipping based on $$$ of order?
          I am thinking maybe this is the way to go.
          However, many of my customers, are in "extended" delivery areas and I may find losing out in the long run.
          Any tips or trials and tribulations to using value based shipping?
          My products range from1 pound to 70 pounds.
          I'm sorry but I am new at this...what is value based shipping and how does it compare to "regular UPS" shipping? Thanks.
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