dickbaker - 5:26 am on Sep 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've had small online store for six years, and sold primarily $200 to $1500 items. I was thus able to advertise free shipping, as shipping is a small part of the price.
I've now built a much, much larger store using Magento. I have a wide variety of products. I get my inventory and catalog files from my distributor. A executable program takes the wholesale price, multiplies it by my desired markup, adds shipping costs and then multiplies by credit card or Paypal fees to arrive at the displayed price.
This works fine for the pricier items in which I can build shipping costs in the price. For smaller items, especially for multiple item purchases, it's not so easy. If I have $12 built into the price of something for shipping, and $8 into another item, and a customer buys both, that $20 in built-in shipping costs is going to make my prices seem high. If I display shipping costs, but don't discount for multiple items, the shipping costs will look outrageous.
The distributor files don't have weights, as that info's not available for most products.
Does anyone here have a similar setup, or had this problem and figured out a solution?
Thanks for any replies.