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My problem is, I have never been able to find the answer on how to price for shipping the items.
Do you give a general shipping price? Say I pick the farthest place from me and use that as a guide for the shipping price? (use that for all the items, of that weight?)
I have a scale that only goes up to 5 pounds. I doubt that anything would go over that amount, but in case it did are there reasonable priced scales out there? Do they hook into a shoping cart somehow with software that would calcualte the shipping costs? I think I would deal with usps as I have recieved their boxes for shipping.
This is something that would be a bit before I started as web design is my main goal in learning now and becoming successful at it. However, I dont wish to let go of that other creative part of me that did woodworking, florals and candles. And eventually a few oil paintings as well.
Funny how life works out though. I started learning web design in order to sell the crafts online, and totally got hooked on design. :)
However, since you said you're working with crafts, you probably are making quite a bit of margin and your items are probably very unique. You might just want to charge either 'Free-Shipping' or implement some tier based price table (Items between $50-100, Shipping = $10)..
I'm dabling a tad in php, teaching myself as i have the rest of what i know. Would php be something that would become useful with this?
Unique? Well some of it is. I have one item that is really unique. I created only one of them as a gift to a very good friend. He got the one and only (and if he wishes he can verify quality of the things I do and did do). Were there time I would get them out for christmas, but there really isn't by the time I send for the stuff to make it. It took a while to find the supplies for them since I have been out of the crafting for about 7 years.
btw thanks for your reply. I am thinking that there is going to still be a bit of learning for me as of yet with this all?
By using Yahoo, you'll get some sales for a fairly small initial investment in your concept. This seems important to me. Then build from there. There are a lot of really great ecommerce stores out there that use yahoo store. I used Yahoo for awhile and then I moved on pretty quickly but I'd still recommend this path.