Welcome to Our Work Space for the Next Two Weeks.
I thought this looked like a pretty nice working environment to set the intention and the vibration and I didn’t even have to build or rent it, just download it.
The dreaded topic… shipping.
The last piece of your shopping cart puzzle once you have everything else ready is shipping (and tax but tax is easy compared to shipping). This is where you have to make some hard decisions.
If there is any way you can include your shipping price in your sales price by all means do it. When we have sites that sell CDs or T-Shirts we almost always do that and it works great. With soap and cosmetics it’s not quite so easy. People do love to see “free shipping” even though we all know there is no such thing. It’s figured in somewhere.
You can charge shipping based on weight (which means you have to enter the weight of each product in your shopping cart product setup, you can charge based on a percentage of the total sale, you can charge a flat rate. None of these will work just right because people will order different combinations of things. For example, USPS shipping, regional, is very inexpensive for a package under 13 ounces. Over that it rises dramatically. So, even if you have a table set up for numerous regions you will have to set up numerous weights too, i.e., South East States under 13 oz = X.00 cost, over 13 oz = X.00, North East States under 13 oz total …. you get it. The actual set up is not hard to do. Deciding how to set it up is the hard part.
What I do: I am absolutely not interested in shipping one bar of soap, or one of any item because it is not worth the time it takes to package so I have a flat fee shipping of $7.00. That tends to rule out the onesies or make them worthwhile. I always have discounts for larger purchases. For example my soaps are cheaper if you buy 3 and even cheaper if you buy 6. That’s the kind of sale I want to make. $7.20 is the cost for a “Priority Mail 2-Day™ Padded Flat Rate Envelope, USPS-Produced Envelope: 12-1/2″ x 9-1/2”. (They are free from the post office) It holds a lot. I can put 3 16 ounce botttles in it. Over a dozen bars of soap, a lot. There have been times when an order just won’t quite fit and on those times I bite the bullet and either use a medium sized box or 2 padded envelopes and I eat the difference… but I’m not really eating it. I’m lowering my profit a little bit but I make up for it in other places. For me, this is the sanest and easiest way to ship. I also make up specials that I know will fit in my $7 envelope and sell them with “free shipping” (at a $7 higher cost than they would have been if sold at my door).
If you decide to work up a table based on regions, weight or such, here is a good video to help you do it. The first few seconds may be a little outdated. When you get to PayPal click Tools then at the bottom click All Tools and one of the items will be “Shipping Calculator”, from there on the video is correct. Note: For flat rate, free or included shipping you will not need this. Those can be set up here right in our shopping cart.