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Setting Up Shipping and Freight Costs

Defining shipping costs is easy. Just click on the shipping tab.

If you'd like to charge a base rate, or 'handling charge', enter in the pre-gst dollar figure here. Most people have this set to zero.

If you'd like to encourage customers to buy more from you, one of the most effective things to do is to offer free shipping if their order total is more than a certain amount. If you'd like this feature, simply enter a dollar figure in the 'free shipping starts at' price box. This is a gst-exclusive price. If a customer's order total is above this figure, they won't be charged anything for shipping.

Alternatively, if you calculate your shipping based on weight, you can offer customers free shipping if their order totals a certain weight. You simply put in a kilogram figure in the 'free shipping starts at' weight box. You can define the individual weight of products by editing your products under the catalogue tab.

If you set the parameters to zero, they will be disabled. Don't forget to save your changes by clicking 'save'.

You can base your shipping cost according to total order price, or total order weight.

Select which you'd like, and click save. You can also put a shipping premium on certain products. This can be set up for each product by going into the product itself and entering the 'additional shipping cost'. Most people keep it simple and don't do this however.

We've pre-populated your shop with the commonly used New Zealand shipping zones – you're unable to edit these yourself. If you need these changed please contact support.

The cost to ship goods varies from company to company – all you need to do is enter in the dollar figures as to what you're going to charge to ship to each zone. The easiest way forward is just to enter in a dollar figure for each zone, however if you'd like to get more specific, you can.

For example, if you want to charge someone $10 to ship to Auckland if the total price is under $50, but you want to charge them only $5 if they've spent $50 or over to encourage them to buy more, you can. You can setup this tiered pricing structure easily.

In that example, since we want to base our tiered pricing on price, the first thing we need to do is select the radio button 'Choice of range, according to price', and click 'save'. If it isn't already, this will setup all the zones to be tiered by price, rather than weight.

The number at the top of the column is the price bracket. This means that any order total price between $1 and $1,000 will cost the dollar figure you've entered next to each zone. Let's setup the example I mentioned before, of $10 to ship something that costs under $50, and $5 to ship something $50 or over.

Click on price ranges, and click 'add new'. Let's enter $0 to $50, and click save. Now, let's create a new range, and create $50 to, say, $100,000. Finally, let's get rid of $1 to $1,000. When we now click on the shipping tab, our two tiers come up. We'll now enter $10 in the $0-$50 column, and $5 in the $50 and over column. We can do the same for each zone we want this pricing for. It's as easy as that.

Of course, the same can be setup for weight, instead. Just select 'choice by range according to weight', and click save, and setup 'weight ranges' instead of 'price ranges.