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Configure Shipping Fees

This page lets you configure the shipping fee logic in the most generic and flexible way. It is used by the program to automatically calculate the shipping fees on the order.asp page. Before you start, you should have decided your shipping methods, the types of items you will sell on your site, and how you divide the world into global regions and list the countries under these regions. CyberShop has pre-filled the last two parts with a US-centric consideration. You can modify the settings to suit your area. Click on the related topics to see how they can be done. We also offer you some common tips when doing the configuration.

To configure a shipping fee,

  1. Select a Shipping Method from the drop-down list.
  2. Select a Region from the drop-down list.
  3. (Optional) If the shipping fee is intended for a specific country, then select a Country from the drop-down list.
  4. Select an Item Type from the drop-down list. If you have only a small range of items, you can even define one type per item. For a large collection such as music albums, you can define CDs, LDs, Cassettes as the Item types.
  5. Click on the Find button to check the existing settings.
  6. Enter the shipping fee for the First Item of the Type in the shopping cart. Normally, on the storefront there will be only one First Item in an entire shopping order. If more than one types of shopping items are present, the one with the highest first item fee will be chosen as The First Item by the program.
  7. Enter the shipping fee for Each Additional item of the Type in the shopping cart. This lets you set discounts for purchasing more than one items.
  8. Enter Handling Fee for the Item Type. It is charged once only for the entire shopping order (if present). And only the handling fee associated with the First Item in the order is used.
  9. Click the Add/Update button to upload the information to the database.
  10. Click on the Delete button to remove the setting from the database. User with extreme certainty.

Note: Item types defined in the Shop Manager correspond to the "ProductType" hidden field when you set up the "Add to Cart" button on your shopping pages. The ProductType field should be among the Item Types defined here. Though exact match is not required. The program allows partial match on words. See Tip 2 below.

Developers: It is possible to define your own shipping fees on the order.asp page. Simply set

Session(DSN+"ExternalShippingFee") = True

and then complete the subroutine Sub ExternalShippingFee() (defined on the page). For example, inserting the following code into the subroutine,

If Session(DSN+"SubTotal") < 50 Then
       curShippingFee = 5
ElseIf Session(DSN+"SubTotal") < 100 Then
       curShippingFee = 10
       curShippingFee = 15
End If

will tell CyberShop to charge $5 fee if the total is <$50, $10 for total < $100, and $15 for total  >= $100. We have also included a more sophisticated version in the shipping.asp file, which handles multiple merchants and weight scales.

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Tips on Shipping Fee Management

Tip 1: If a product has more than one components to be considered as items for the shipping fee purpose (e.g. a package of 2 music CDs in a set),  you can include a BaseQuantity hidden field in your shopping page to indicate this (i.e. set it to 2). This is done when you set up the "Add To Cart" button.

Tip 2:  Multiple words can be put into the Item Type definition. For example, you can define LPs 12" 7" as a Item Type. Then shopping items with either LP or 12" type will fall into this category. When matching the item types, CyberShop first searches for exact match.  Then it tries to pattern-match the individual words in the Item Type description.

Tip 3Configure shipping fee by weights (or dimensions etc.).  You can pass the weight information in the BaseQuantity hidden field on your shopping page. Meanwhile, you can configure both the First Item and Each Additional fields to be the shipping fee per unit weight. The unit can be for example "lb.", "kg", etc. The number can contain the decimal point.

Tip 4: Irregular fees. What would I do if there are no rules to follow? Well it is easy. You can define all the possible shipping fees and associate each of them to an Item Type. For example $1 for Type S-001, $2 for Type S-002, ..., $100 for Type S-100. Then on your shopping pages, simply assign in the ProductType hidden fields one of the types.

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