There are 5 different ways to calculate shipping costs.
This is the default. If you are offering Free Shipping on all of the items in your Shop to all zones, you will not have to set up any additional rules.
Flat Fee by Item Count
This option enables you to define multiple tiers of shipping charges based on ranges of the item count within an order. This option can encourage “buy more” behavior by the Customer if the shipping fee for purchasing more items is less, or even free, than if they purchased fewer. Conversely, this option can also be used to charge more for shipping for more items purchased.
- Setting Flat Fee by Item Count - For example, if you want to charge a $5.00 shipping fee for 0 – 3 items purchased, and a $7.00 shipping fee for 4 – 6 items purchased, you would set the first tier Max Item count as 3, then set the second tier Max Item count as 6 (the lower item count limit for the tier will already be pre-populated based on the previous tier). Add the cost by typing the appropriate fee next to the “$” for each tier (numbers only). To charge less for more items, flip the costs to be $7.00 for 0 – 3 items and $5.00 for 4 – 6 items.
- If you want to create additional tiers, simply click the “Add Tiers” link in the lower right corner.
Flat Fee by Order Value
This option allows you to charge shipping based on the dollar value of what the Customer has spent with your Shop. Flat Fee by Order Value is based on the total cost of the items purchased from you, before discounts and tax. For example, this allows you to charge a shipping fee if the total cost of items purchased are below a certain threshold, and offer free shipping if the total cost of the items purchased meets or is above a certain threshold.
- Setting Flat Fee by Order Value – To continue with the scenario above, let’s say you want to charge $5.00 for shipping if the Customer spends under $25, and offer free shipping if the Customer spends $25 or more. For your first tier, which is $0 - $24.99, you would enter “24.99” in the first tier Max field (“0” is the default lower limit of the first tier), and “5” in the Shipping Rate filed. You’ll see that the Min of the next tier is set to “25” and the Max default is “Infinite”. If you are done adding tiers, you should enter “0” in the Shipping rate field at this point.
- If you want to add additional tiers, simply click on “Add Tier” and set your Max order value and shipping cost for each tier.
Flat Fee by Weight
This option allows you to set shipping fees by the total shipping weight of the order. Shipping fee by weight is based on the total of each individual item’s shipping weight in an order, so you will need to take that into account.
- For example, if the order contains an item with a shipping weight of 2lbs, and another item with a shipping weight of 4lbs, the shipping cost will be based on 6lbs.
Shipping Weight for each item is assigned during the item set-up process, and assigning a shipping weight per item is only needed when you are using the Flat Fee by Weight shipping rule.
- As is the case with the other shipping rule options, you will determine your ranges of total order weight and assign Shipping Rates to each tier. For example, if you wanted to charge $5 for orders that weigh 0 - 5 lbs, and $7.50 for orders that weigh 5.01 lbs – 10 lbs, and $10 for orders over 10.01 lbs, you will first click “Add a Tier” on the lower right (this is because you have three tiers as opposed to just the two defaults), and then you will enter “5” as your Max for the first tier and “5” as the Shipping Rate, and then enter “10” as your Max for the second tier and “7.50” as the Shipping Rate, and then just add “10” for the third tier Shipping Rate since the Min and Max are already pre-populated.
Fee Per Item
This option allows you to set a shipping cost that gets applied to each item in the order. Let’s say you want to charge $2 per item. You would enter “2” into the “Cost per Item” field. The Customer would be charged $2 if they purchased one item, $4 if they purchased two items, $6 if they purchased three items, and so on.