<1) What is the min, max, and average weight for your widgets?>
Weight of products I'd be selling range from anywhere between 20oz and 15lbs I'd say on average, the weight might be about 7lbs. These are fairly rough estimates as I haven't yet sat down and done all the math.
<2) What is the retail cost of products?>
Hmmm, the retail costs on items could be anywhere between $15 and $2000. Again, this is another estimate.
<3) Are packages Oversized?>
Nope, no oversized products.
<4) Who are you clients? Domestic 48 states? All 50 states? International?>
I'll be selling to those living in the continental United States, no international sales.
I'll be focusing on selling various computing devices (e.g. notebook computers) and accessories as well as consumer electronics, toys, and games.
I don't anticipate having to pay any outragious shipping costs based on seeing the weight of some of the items. However, I do want to nail down a reasonable estimate so as not to hurt myself financially. The same would certainly be true of my customers.
I know that UPS offers shipment calculating services that can be included on one's web site but I have my doubts as to it being able to integrate well with any of these shopping cart packages. In a previous post someone mentioned something about cheapy shopping cart packages. I have to agree there are some fairly crappy ones out there. Since I'm fairly new to all this, I'm making a diligent effort to do some shopping of my own. Trying all these packages out has really helped me learn a lot. Thanks.