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Variation postage setup
February 27, 2013
4:20 PM
kierancollings
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Hi

Wondering if anyone has any idea how i can setup postage for variations in a way that we will not massively lose out.

We are using variations for multi quantity of the same product.

So we want to sell a single cable or a pack of 50 cables for their respective prices.

We can cope with setting fixed shipping for UK, meaning i can incorp some shipping cost into the price and charge say £3.00 regardless of it being 1 cable or 50.

When it comes to international we cannot offer £3.00 fixed shipping for a pack of 1 or a pack of 50, the weight is too high and we cannot cover the cost of shipping.

Any ideas how we can handle this, additional per item does not help as 50 cables in a variation counts as 1 item.

The only way i can think is by setting shipping fees by weight, but i do not think ebay support that.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Kieran

February 28, 2013
1:24 PM
Matthew Ogborne
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Howdy Kieran,

You can do weights in the eBay postage rates table (see here) and the rules are for all products that it’s applied to, so won’t suit everything.

Loading the extra shipping into the price is by far the easiest way, then you work with what you’ve got and can move onto the next project :)

Does that help you?

Matt

March 1, 2013
5:09 PM
kierancollings
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Hey Matt

These are UK ebay listings with worldwide shipping.

Postage is free in UK and postage loaded into the item price, but this does not work when you want to sell to the EU or rest of world, as every customer gets the same product price regardless of their delivery country.

So whilst the UK orders are fine and all costs are taken into account, the EU and ROW orders are an issue.

If i have 50 cables for £75.00 inc free shipping to the UK thats fine and costs all accounted for.

But if someone in Norway orders they get the £75.00 price and £3.00 postage which is not enough extra shipping to cover the postage of heavy item to Norway.

So my only option i can see is to advertise worse case senario EU postage, as in advertise the shipping cost for my biggest variation pack, but that would mean offering £20.00GBP postage on the single £2.00GBP cable which is a little unfair, but £3.00 postage for 50 cables does not work for us.

I did not know ebay offers weights for shipping, so i could have a different weight for each variation?

So a weight of 1 cable being 50g and the weight of 50 cables being 2.5KG or something like that.

So what do you think?

Any other suggestions Matt or anyone else?

Thanks

Kieran

March 2, 2013
9:18 AM
Matthew Ogborne
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Hi Kieran,

The problem is that I don’t believe you can do weights per variation, which rules out the eBay postage rates tables.

Note the fields on eBay are just: Picture, Custom label, Colour, Price, Quantity

You’re asking for something eBay doesn’t have and can take years to come into effect.

So instead the option you may have not considered is not to allow the listing to be shipped to that country from the UK (and the others), but focus on the country that is of most interest which is Germany, as there are more buyers there than in the UK with a dedicated listing that has the postage prices (and item prices) set up just for the German marketplace.

Matt

March 3, 2013
9:16 PM
kierancollings
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Hey

If its not something that is possible that is fair enough. I had considered that i would have to advertise on the various separate websites with individual offerings that take into account the shipping to Germany etc.

Interesting you mention Germany, in terms of my market area france and germany are the 2nd and 3rd largest for the video game area and never really sure where to start first, it all a lot of time to setup, based on what you mentioned i guess Germany will be the first one we should work on.

thanks for the suggestions and help

Kieran

March 4, 2013
11:57 AM
Matthew Ogborne
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Hi Kieran,

I’m glad I could help you.

Matt


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