Sunday, September 28, 2008

Shipping Changes

I was poking around some options on the PayPal site and realized they've redone their shipping calculator - you can have different prices for domestic and international, among other things. I went ahead and took advantage of this, which means no more stupid button to add it manually, and I also adjusted the rates. There's a couple of approaches to shipping - you can make them really accurate and complex or you can just kind of ballpark it. And remember it's not just postage - shipping tubes and other packaging material have to be paid for somehow, and it's usually more at a per-order rate than a per-print, although some kinds of prints cost more than others, blah blah blah.

I decided to keep it simple, and add free shipping for domestic orders over $70. I picked $70 because it's pretty easy to hit, and that's roughly the break-even point where I save enough on eBay fees that I can afford to cover the shipping. For under $70 it's $6, which is slightly cheaper than eBay. For international it's a flat rate of $15, but I often pay more than that if it makes anybody feel better (it can run about $27 for some things, but they're expensive prints so it kind of works out).

I might fiddle with the exact cutoffs and amounts at some later date, but I'll let this just run for a bit first and we'll see how it goes.


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