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  1. One more idea: the functionality (mentioned in this thread) that l had proposed to be set via the inventory upload spreadsheet (e.g. muting some carriers, soloing some, making some free, making some free and reducing all other available carriers by a percentage too) could *also* be set via a grid of carrier data within the cart itself. Call this "Shipping Profile Mode". To create a new shipping profile, you press the "Create new shipping profile button" (put this new button somewhere in the AIOS module interface). The resulting display would be: >>> For each zone, show the avilable carriers, the cost, the weight, just as CubeCart currently displays them in the All In One Shopping module. As if you have copied and pasted into a spreadsheet the display the AIOS module produces. >>> Display all zones in one page. >>> Do this every time a new shipping profile is set up. So, it's the entire AIOS module's data, all on one page, each time "Create new shipping profile" is clicked. >>> So far, nothing new except that all of the zones are on one page, and the display is definitively a grid now, not just a table. >>> Now, for each row (each row has shipping tariff, and price and weight band, as you recall - that's how the AIOS module displays the data), have further columns represented by radio buttons. Columns include: "Free","Mute", "Solo", "Empathy percent" (if nothing entered, then no empathy setting applied, if "10" input, then all other prices i.e. all other rows, in that grid are reduced by 10%, unless they also have "Free" selected) >>> Do this zone by zone, all on the same page >>> Accidentally closed window? Or navigated away? Saved without naming it? Don't worry, it will auto save as "Un-named Shipping Profile 2020 01 14 time 150343" etc. >>> To invoke this profile, name it in the CubeCart inventory upload spreadsheet. If you rename a profile, a warning comes up to tell you you must change it on any still-current inventory upload spreadsheet that you may have waiting in the eaves, too. >>> Naming a shipping profile in the inventory uploads spreadsheet overrules any other shipping settings for that specific inventory item that have already been set e.g. via module interface based on weight, or even shipping settings already within the upload spreadsheet >>> Finally, rename "spreadsheet" as "spreadhseet" as it is typically how it comes out. Seriously though, just checking you're awake There you have it, best of all worlds: Shipping calculated by weight AND Set by profile Also: Shipping data arranged in two-dimensional grid AND Data arranged serially AND Manual overrides set via inventory upload spreadsheet Sorry if that doesn't make sense. Please re-read or ask for clarification if it's unclear.
  2. Edit: eek! One more thing: We can combine a few of my previous suggestions about muting and making free some courier methods, with another idea about displaying only a named courier (= soloing that tariff) via product upload spreadsheet: have "Shipping Tariff mute/solo/free?" column, where you name a tariff for the inventory stock item that you are selling. Example: UPS Next Day, free,Royal Mail 2nd Class Tracked, free Result: will make UPS Next Day *and* Royal Mail 2nd Class Tracked tariffs free of charge for THAT inventory item. Example: UPS Next Day,solo,Hermes 48,solo Result: will show ONLY the UPS Next Day and Hermes 48 tariffs. Example: UPS Next Day,free,UPS Next Day,solo Result: will show ONLY the UPS Next Day tariff ... and it will be free of charge - for THAT inventory item. Example: Royal Mail 1st Class Standard,mute,UPS Next Day,free Result: Displays all your tariffs applicable for that 756g (boxed weight) pair of binoculars as follows: Hermes 24 @ £5 Asendia @ £16 Royal Mail 2nd Class Standard @ £5 UPS Next Day @ £6 @ £0 (FREEE!) [Royal Mail 1st Class Standard doesn't get a look in, it's been muted] Finally, maybe add an "EMPATHY" term to the syntax, so that if one named courier is made FREE, then a commensurate amount is deducted from the cost all other couriers, with the minimum price being £0. Further tweak, maybe specify a slightly lower amount to be deducted e.g. 90% of the now-free tariff. Example: Royal Mail 2nd Class Standard was £5, but now it's FREE. So, with EMPATHY, l deduct £5 from all other couriers to a minimum resulting value of £0. Alternatively, l can set EMPATHY to deduct a percentage of that £5, i.e. 90%, i.e. £4.50, from all other couriers. Example: UPS Next Day,solo,Royal Mail 2nd Class Standard,solo,free,empathy90% Result: Displays only the following, ignoring all other tariffs available for that weight: UPS Next Day @ £5 Royal Mail 2nd Class Standard @ £5 @ £0 (FREE!) BUT because l aded empathy, at 90%, it will actually display: UPS Next Day @ £6 @ £1.50 (i.e. £6 minus £4.50, i.e. £6 minus 90% of £5, the £5 being the cost of the Royal Mail 2nd Class tariff that was made free and empathied-up) Royal Mail 2nd Class Standard @ £5 @ £0 (FREE!) The good thing about adding these features to the inventory upload spreadsheet is that we now have 3 controls over Shipping: - Linear / Serial (the way a tariff is split into segments and arranged down a column in the shipping rates table) - Tabular (the cross referencing with weights and prices, and the weights don't even have to be serially arranged, no tantrum thrown by software for not arranging things serially, unlike with at least one other cart l've tried) - Personalised (the way you have new syntax so that you can add the aforementioned adjustments specific to one item's available shipping methods, via the product upload spreadsheet - it's no longer just blindly done by weight, it's weight-based AND personally tweaked to override the weight based rules if required - the new syntax enables this) All this can be done around the existing All In One Shipping plugin, no need for shop owners to re-do their data. Mic drop. [Picks up damaged mic and sheepishly replaces it on stand]
  3. Thanks Al. I know this topic is finished now but for completeness l want to add some more suggestions: - Also allow mute / solo / add countries (not just courier tariff) via the product upload spreadsheet. Multiple items separated by commas. Why countries? Well, we all want to exclude some countries universally via the Zone setup or Localisation. But for some specific items, specific countries must be excluded. Example: Cuban and Persian philatelic items are embargoes by USA. If your stamp album has any stamps from these areas, no matter how old, it will be a potential international incident to post them to a US buyer. - Display instructions alongside the shipping module - Re: marketplace being embryonic at present: Not a big deal. Extensions would typically be a quick effective way of what can be done manually anyway right? So that's okay. My main priority is proof of concept of putting existing inventory from an existing marketplace, onto a shopping cart, hence opening up a second channel, so l'd prefer to set everything up manually to begin with anyway. edit: - Also if you want to re-make the All In One Shipping module: further to existing suggestions on this thread, that "Add shipping zone" tab needs to be pushed waaaaay to one side, you won't believe how much data l've lost and had to re-input due to accidentally pressing that tab. Also maybe clarify the correct sequence for applying edits: Save *then* clear cache. I think that's it for now. Any further suggestions will over-complicate it.
  4. I feel a bit bad about slanging off CubeCart in my OP by the way. It was a backhanded compliment actually if you read carefully - it's the best cart to set up. The problem was basically solved anyway, by the All In One Shipping plugin. I had thought it was 3rd party but CubeCart are saying in this thread that it's core. So that ends that. Still, please look at my suggestions in this thread. Shipping is supremely difficult. I need to ship anything anywhere.
  5. Also need a way of, PER PRODUCT for the shipping info: - Enable shipping insurance on / off at set percentage of item price e.g. up to £20 add 5%, or up to £400 add 10% [l mean: set the rates pyramid up separately, toggle the entire rate pyramid on / off via the product upload spreadsheet, on a per item basis] - Enable Tax / VAT (inc. or surcharge) on / off - Make a named courier tariff (e.g. Royal Mail International Tracked) FREE, the implication being that all of the others will still cost the stated price. I mean, have a column on the product upload spreadsheet called "Free Tariffs:" where you copy and paste verbatim the tariff name already in your existing shipping tab, and automatically that tariff costs zero, for that product. Comma to separate tariff names if multiple tariffs. - Mute a named courier tariff (see above for how to do this). Maybe also restrict to a named courier tariff. - Maybe also, for that product, offer a price for multiple copies - some carts let you do this by formula input The only alternative is eBay's method: you base it off the type of product sold and its weight e.g. "0.5kg Jewellery UK COSTS rest of world pays" or "1kg Non Delicate FREE MYHERMES for UK", and thus your prices will reflect insurance levels and whether one or more of the couriers costs for the local buyer in the UK - as per the rubric of your makeshift postage scheme. The downside there is that you end up with about 70 schemes instead of about 8 (to cover minute variations e.g. expensive that needs insurance, non delicate that doesn't need extra insurance, free for the UK, free for the world, not free for the UK, etc. etc.) that need annual updating or futureproofing at expense of buyers. Check my suggestions out and if you can implement them but just won't, then you are saying no to money and no to potential cart users. We will recognise how important these tweaks are, even if some ppl think they can tell us we don't need them and we are, perhaps, just selling the wrong product, we must sell the right product to keep the cart happy etc etc With my suggestions above, no need to translate eBay postage schemes into a grid, then retroactively figure out base prices, prices with insurance etc. etc. Instead, the resulting rates grid will be the source of all derivative postage schemes, from Carts to Marketplaces. Finally, if it can thus be reduced to one rates table, then of course it can be uploaded. At last, an uploadable postage policy. I don't think many ppl appreciate what an immense pain point this is to sellers of miscellanea that need myriad postage schemes. As long as we know the basic figures, e.g. from a rates table, we can spin off bespoke postage schemes e.g. with / without insrance, for delicate / non delicate. free for this courier, but not for THAT one because l have to travel to drop off location for that one etc. etc. As long as we can keep a tight grip on the basic figures we can take our pricing to the bone. Maybe it wasn't important 15 years ago but now, people compare prices. We want to be confident in our final total price, we don't want to be subsidising postage, we want to be keeping it slim, competitive, so that we know we are offering the cheapest price we can actually afford to offer. Or at least we know where that cheapest price is should we need to lower ourselves. And we can translate that price grid into other carts and marketplaces as l say. Also rates table layouts will finally have uniformity (because we finally nailed down all the data columns needed) so we can one day transfer postage rates between different cart manufacturers. At the moment i'm in immense difficulty. Never known anything quite like this pain in about 20 years! It's like a multidimensional Rubik's Cube. So now you see why the native shipping modules are such an affront. All in One, however, almost does it all in one. Good job Mz. Winterflood!
  6. I can only dream of 10-30 orders a day. But if l did get that many, Parcel2Go would be a necessity for me. Unless the things you are selling have uniformity - just pick one, any one, pop it in jiffy bag, add sticky postage label, job done. With me, it's different, 15 mins just to pick and pack the order. I do accounts manually too - l input into a speadsheet accounting system l made myself. Coming to think of it, l don't know why l don't just use my PayPal's ready made accounts. Anything done outside PayPal l could just relegate to manually inputting into spreadsheet, but there'd be hardly anything outside of PayPal. Anyway, accounting at my level isn't a bother, l don't have high volume sales. As for the Parcel2Go add-on needing development, l'm sure it's already partly done hence it's in the repository. It just needs updating l think. I'm not sure whom the task falls to, l suspect it needs Parcel2Go's participation because they told me via live chat that THEY don't support CubeCart anymore. Gosh just give them a £100 note and tell them to support it again. Only 2 ppl on it? Okay but the theme of this entire thread is, there's no point in even having the cart if you leave out the shipping considerations! And l'm sorry but l'm not going to use UPS to post a 495g parcel to Isle of Skye. The available extensions won't be a complete solution and thus l'll need multiple extensions and still need a direct manual patch (= a rate table of my own devising). Nah, an aggregator like Parcel2Go is an ideal fallback solution, or even a sole solution. Also, it solves the MAIN issue: newbie wants eBay inventory transferred and up in the interwebs quickly and smoothly. The devs may lose sight of this need. Still love CubeCart, but oh man, if you could just [insert demand] you'd be THE BEST.
  7. Finally, you really need a Parcel2Go extension. Let me just nail your reply: "That's just YOU. Most of us don't POST THINGS. We are REAL men. We just LOOK at things. Maybe use HORSE and CART. You are an IDIOT." OK you're right. But in some instances l did find Parcel2Go helpful. Other carts offer it too. Your repo even officially offers it. Just saying.
  8. Why is there no way to just delete a skin in admin, i don't get it.
  9. Dude. How about a compromise. I'm not a complete ass, and neither are you. OK? So if l'm making a point about something, please try to consider that l've tried to work around it and it either hasn't worked or the workaround has worked but that only highlights that there's a stumbling block out there. Likewise l've conceded (even in the OP, by saying CubeCart is quite well wrought) that you guys (meaning the CC team) aren't completely daft. And you've left shipping as an afterthought because you're too cool for that
  10. Hi there, l've searched high and low for an answer. There's even a thread somewhere that asks the exact question l'm asking ... but strangely, the OP of that thread doesn't actually ask the question and the answers don't answer that question. Seems a bit of an obvious question: How do l delete a skin? I would have expected the function to delete it or upgrade it wouldbe in the Manage Extensions section, where the skins themselves are listed.
  11. Hi there, Setting up continents was painstaking, truly. Also, as you say, it's open to debate, with Turkey and Russia sometimes being in Europe for example. Yep, even Vladivostok, right on top of Japan. Then there's the islands in the middle of nowhere. BUT at least they could have a stock version of continents that you can then make minor changes to. They should also allow you to copy and paste continents and plans. PAID EXTENSIONS: Yes there are some paid shipping ones. For some reason l was thinking of the costly Royal Mail extension, but it turns out CubeCart doesn't even offer that. Also, with another cart it's free but another prices it highly. But evenso, regardless the extension, it'll never be the last word, you'd need other options etc. The mind boggles. That's the reason l would want a highly configurable manual solution because any niggles can be ironed out manually just as l want them. I want to explain something. I am coming from eBay and so l have a way of doing postage plans that is much the way the brain organises itself (l think): along streets dotted with info. The street is the policy name that pertains to a quality not a quantity - l mean: jewellery, not 100g. This has caused me a huge amount of confusion and distress. I am not joking, l literally went crazy about 10 days ago, as a culmination of about 3 months of stress. Something happened with another cart's WYSIYG editor, and it was the closest l had come to a total nervous breakdown in a long time. The pea under the mattress was the whole postage things, the way carts do them is different and it even differs cart to cart. The mattress itself would be the entire concept of carts versus ready-made online marketplaces. Plus l was trying to set up multiple carts. So l'm ashamed to say l pretty much near lost it. I don't really get my anger in the OP either, tbh. Feel bad about it now. The fact is, l'm making this work, l'm happy with All in One Shipping more or less. I'm glad that you have explained it's maintained and developed by CubeCart, l hope you point this out in marketplace because the author's name seems like a pseudonym hence worrying. That means a lot to me that you explained it though. Personally, l don't mind the small extension marketplace. Let me give another insight: I'm just a small business, and all l want is to prove sales. Regardless how others are doing, they aren't selling the same thing plus they aren't me. So for me, it all comes down to this: Getting my existing inventory bulk uploaded quick quick - with sane postage rates. The bells and whistles can come later once sales are proven. Regarding getting you guys money, here are some ideas: - A subscription plan for "all of our extensions" - pay monthly, minimum block: 1 month - Donation button ? - Affiliate developer links if a person can't be bothered in the end and just wants someone to do it for them? Explan what special treats the developers can offer e.g. automated marketing and order line updates for customers, comprehensively backing your site for you, malware detection etc. - Show people how to upload a spreadsheet for anything i.e. make all available column headings clear, and give an example e.g. the all elusive shipping spreadsheet (yes it's too complex but the cart recognises it at the end of the day so it does end up getting databased somehow, therefore it can be uploaded somehow, so show us the column headings for that). - And so on etc. etc. etc. Really though, l like what you're doing. I've still not opened my shop but the structurally, as a cart admin, l really like CubeCart. It's obviously made by people that use their own software. That was my entire point really. The shipping or lack of it, put EVERYTHING into a death spiral for me. The other native shipping add-ons were less than useful, they were, frankly, an insult. All the more harsh because l'd come so far only to fall at the last hurdle: Shipping. And what a fall: to be met with shipping plugins that made a mockery of everything l had done. Well, l've finally gotten my teeth into All In One, and pasted the values into a spreadsheet (another nifty aspect of CubeCart, you can copy and paste the finished array of rates from All In One Shipping plugin into .txt file, then copy and paste that direct into a spreadsheet). I like this new format. It's easy to update it now. All In One Shipping retains some of the linearity that the brain uses: i break one tariff (e.g. Royal Mail International Tracked) into a series of segments for each weight band, and l can also then arrange multiple tariffs in one serial column. It also has the easily cross-referenced tabular aspect: find weight band, reference price. Go one level up, see array of geographical zones. This joint tabular and linear aspect allows you to quickly flit around checking rates when you are contructing or updating your rates, drawing upon multiple couriers. Hope that makes sense.
  12. OK l've gone walkabouts and looked at other carts. Coming back to CubeCart l have to say it's hands down got the best usability for the shop owner. Kudos! But the shipping? I created many posts about it, none were answered. The By Weight shipping modules allows you to set a weight range. Or something. But what about other weight ranges? And you're not allowed to just name a tariff? The other modules are worse. Plus there's no concept of continents or wide geographical regions consisting of many countries. You literally have to include countries individually. The one thing that could possibly save the day is postage aggregator integration e.g. Parcel2Go, which is in fact listed. But they don't actually support CubeCart. It was just somebody fantasising that they do support CubeCart. And zero replies to my urgent requests for help about shipping. You can make a cart, but do less than nothing - yes, less than nothing - about the shipping? And leave it for people to realise this further down the line? I get that you need to make money from plugins / extensions. So we should by a Royal Mail extension and a handful of others too. But this is bad because 1. We can't afford them all up front 2. We'd deffo need multiple extensions 3. WE NEED PROVEN SALES FIRST BEFORE WE CAN PUT MONEY DOWN. BUSINESSPEOPLE ARE C*A*U*T*I*O*U*S. If we had a successful store, we'd embellish it in our own time. What you're doing is forcing people into a stay or go situation. The All In One shipping module pretty much solves the problem but even so it is 3rd party and doesn't have pre-set continents. Verdict: Space Odyssey Monolith covered in monkey ####. You need to hand over the entire cart to the creator of the All in One Shipping plugin because that has saved your entire cart. Gosh even hand over your business suit and stationery. You owe everything to that person. Yes i'll get banned for this but l am sacrificing myself for the good of the many punters. Hopefully somebody will act. My suggestions: 1. Make All in One a native extension, we don't like 3rd party for basic setup 2. If you really can't survive without paid shipping extensions (sure, you gotta make money somehow, and a paid cart won't appear on Softaculous etc.), then how about: a subscription shipping plugin???? That way business people can PROVE SALES WITHOUT HEAVY UPFRONT OUTRIGHT PURCHASES. 3. It's not hard to think of other ways to ameliorate this. It IS hard to think how you could care so little about shipping.
  13. OK upon re-reading my posts, they seem very confused. Let me rehash what l'm trying to say. First let me explain: it seems all shopping carts are copying each other and oversimplifying shipping (by letting the owner create weight-indexed policies, which the cart then calls up at checkout, based on total weight). Sure that sounds good but it's not. What if you sell anything and everything? What if you don't mind customers just buying one thing at a time, and even anticipate that? What if you want to offer a spread of courier options that you've learnt give really good value for money, including Asendia super economy 3+ days, UPS express 24, Royal Mail special delivery 1pm, plus obscure stuff like delivery via dolphins only for Bahamas or even hiring your best friend to deliver at a rate of £0.60 / km both ways based on, say, RAC routeplanner? All these options are good for 10kg, 50kg, but for a £2000 diamond solitaire ring that weighs 0.1kg you only want to send by Royail Mail Special Delivery 1pm (UK only). For 5kg there's no point offering own courier delivery at £0.60 / km both ways for an empty flight case. This is what l suggest: Make it about the item. No, not its weight. The item itself, its qualitative aspect, its weight, its dimensions, all rolled up together. Is it a ring? Is it one tiny grub screw? Is it a giant roll of bubble wrap? Is it an empty flightcase? Is it a flightcase containing a delicate 8-track recorder? So, the solution: Add a shop inventory field called "Shipping Policy Name / Code". Just like item category, you can designate via using exact name of the auto-generated code (01, 02, 03, 04). THEN, separately, you create a load of shipping policies that are good for a few years yet. Example columns: Number: auto generated, based on order of being added to your control panel, e.g. "04" Nickname: this is the Shipping Policy Name. Name it how you wish but ideally it would tell you what it represents e.g. "0.5kg NONDELICATE hence Economy FREEPOST UK inc. £25 insurance (costs you £2.90 all inc)" Description: "Max size 35cm x 25cm x 16cm" <-- this is just for your eyes only Processing Time: 1 Business Day <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Order Cut-Off Time: 08:00hrs National Tariff #1: "Hermes Economy (2-3 Business Days)" <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Cost: £0.00 <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Additional Items: £1.50 National Tariff #2: "UPS 24 (1 Business Day)" <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Cost: £5.25 <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Additional Items: £1.85 WorldWide Tariff #1: "Royal Mail International Tracked (7-14 Business Days)" <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Countries: Norway, Russian Federation <--- CUBECART MUST MATCH POLICY ID WITH THIS FIELD IF LOCATION IS NOT UK, & THEREBY GIVE READOUT OF VISIBLE INFO Regions: European Union, Asia, Oceania <--- CUBECART MUST MATCH POLICY ID WITH THIS FIELD IF LOCATION IS NOT UK, & THEREBY GIVE READOUT OF VISIBLE INFO Cost: £14.50 <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Additional Items: £6 Outlying Regions: Sicily <--- CUBECART MUST MATCH POLICY ID WITH THIS FIELD IF LOCATION IS NOT UK, & THEREBY GIVE READOUT OF VISIBLE INFO Surcharge for Outlying Regions: £4 <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Outlying Regions: Balearic Islands <--- CUBECART MUST MATCH POLICY ID WITH THIS FIELD IF LOCATION IS NOT UK, & THEREBY GIVE READOUT OF VISIBLE INFO Surcharge for Outlying Regions: £6 <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT WorldWide Tariff #2: "Royal Mail International Tracked (10-21 Business Days)" <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Countries: Regions: North & South America <--- CUBECART MUST MATCH POLICY ID WITH THIS FIELD IF LOCATION IS NOT UK, & THEREBY GIVE READOUT OF VISIBLE INFO Cost: £12 <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Additional Items: £4.85 Outlying Regions: Puerot Rico, Alaska, Hawaii <--- CUBECART MUST MATCH POLICY ID WITH THIS FIELD IF LOCATION IS NOT UK, & THEREBY GIVE READOUT OF VISIBLE INFO Surcharge for Outlying Regions: £4 <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Outlying Regions: Easter Island <--- CUBECART MUST MATCH POLICY ID WITH THIS FIELD IF LOCATION IS NOT UK, & THEREBY GIVE READOUT OF VISIBLE INFO Surcharge for Outlying Regions: £8 <--- VISIBLE TO CUSTOMER AT CHECKOUT Excluded Locations: Countries: Regions: Antarctica <--- CUBECART MUST MATCH POLICY ID WITH THIS FIELD IF LOCATION IS NOT UK, & THEREBY GIVE READOUT OF VISIBLE INFO ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Anything missing from this system can be amended by putting the order on hold, and clarifying with the customer. If necessary, amending the specific policy in question, or duplicating the nearest policy and finetuning the duplicate to the specific situation. Then you get the Policy Number, and replace the old one for that advert, with this new Policy Number, et voila the new revised ad hoc policy kicks in. Refund customer, politely ask them to repurchase under new policy. Imagine doing all this based on "0.5kg"? In the name of simplicity, we're really limiting ourselves and making life harder in the long term, for our business, our customers. Better to start off with about 10 policies, expand the list of policies as you add new stock, before the new stock has even gone live you can just anticipate slight deviations from existing policies e.g. a new policy to deal with Jewellery that might just weigh 100g but can be worth £2000, so you copy your 100g policy and delete all values, amend visible descriptions to explain to the customer you're adding a heap of insurance to the cost, etc. etc. No need to be locked down to one courier either, you can shop around, you can go pricier if you think you just need a higher tier of service etc. etc. you're free at last. And as l keep saying: it is actually simpler this way, if you sell a lot of different stuff. This can be done fairly easily in a spreadsheet, so can it really be very hard to translate the entire method to PHP code? I need this so badly. No carts seem to offer it, only eBay. Oh and l forgot, you can also add an overarching multi-item rule assembled via drop-down menu: Quantity / price / weight of total items in basket over X value --> get Y percent or absolute amount off of entire basket / cheapest item.
  14. Dear CubeCart owners: If you want to create a true all-in-one ready-made national & global multi-courier extension, based on my well-wrought spreadsheet of courier data, let me know. We could overlay the type of GUI mentioned in my OP. We could use my spreadsheet as an upload template too, if the customer just doesn't like the given "managed" prices and would prefer to enter their own prices. It should make things VERY easy. Seriously l'd pay £20 for the ability to do this. Otherwise I feel like l'm being forced to offer UPS or FedEx via their own managed extensions, which absolutely willl make my shop more expensive than many online marketplaces for my stock, and thus defeat my shop's raison d'etre plus bring me back to locked-in syndrome. As for FedEx .. l feel insane just viewing their quick quote page. They refuse to tell me the cost of sending a 2kg parcel from UK to UK via their quick quote tool. They absolutely refuse. I then get channelled into downloading a rates PDF and am told about zone K in Andorra and being good for business and get there by AM and whatnot. I'm not even convinced they deal in post. Too scared to see what UPS's own website will do to me. I'm a simple Hermes and Royal Mail kind of guy, and l sometimes do use UPS and others but only the sane / sanitised versions of their tariffs a la aggregators like Parcel2Go. It shouldn't be like this. It's better if l set the prices as catch-all figures that give me flexibility whilst having a spectrum of specific courier deals in mind. Postage is one of a shopping cart's basic premises and it looks like l'm forced to abandon the entire project.
  15. Hi there, regarding the "All in one shipping" extension, aka AIOS: - I am unable to comment on it on the extension forum, l get an error - It's just plain horrible. I cannot add continents or recognised wider regions (e.g. Europe, European Union - the European Union is a column heading for the "Countries / Zones" section of the admin control panel). - I have many different weight categories --> divided into many different courier options --> divided into different countries and continents / wider regions. Some of the geographic destinations are simpler put as continents or European Union or "an outlying regions" affixed to a country. AIOS doesn't recognise any of these 3 things. Must l select every nation in Asia individually? Must l treat the Azores the same as Portugal even thought there's a huge price difference? - I want the customer to see only the courier options for their geographical location. I will hand select the applicable courier(s) for the applicable weight. Then leave it for the customer to choose, if there is a choice of multiple couriers. Think of how courier tariffs are done on eBay. Here's how it should be done. Example row on my postage spreadsheet: POLICY NICKNAME SUMMARISING THE WEIGHTS & TARIFFS & EXCLUSIONS-- UK Option 1 inc Additional Items Price Increment (Outlying Regions Surcharge?) -- UK Option 2 inc Additional Items Price Increment (Outlying Regions Surcharge?) -- UK Option 3 (Outlying Regions Surcharge?) Then continuing along the policy: -- Global Option 1 inc Additional Items Price Increment - Countries Covered - Continents / Wider Region Covered (can leave this blank and just give countries, or leave countries blank and just give continents / wider region e.g. EU, or even fill in both a few countries plus maybe a continent or EU) -- Global Option 2 inc Additional Items Price Increment - Countries Covered - Continents / Wider Region Covered (can leave this blank and just give countries, or leave countries blank and just give continents / wider region e.g. EU, or even fill in both a few countries plus maybe a continent or EU) and so on. - Then a little caveat showing the nations l don't wish to cover at all for this policy The entire policy will be based on weight. I will manually input all policies into the admin control panel (preferably via spreadsheet upload) then select the relevant policy for each shop item going by my estimation of the item's weight (should be mentioned somewhere in the policy nickname). [This would require updating CubeCart l think, to allow shopping policy name or number to be part of each item record during upload / to be affixed per item ad hoc, plus CubeCart will have to learn what all the different continents, best known outlying regions, and the European Union are, and allow people to duplicate / copy and paste tariff data to make a spectrum of minute variations] I want the software to then focus on the geographical region the customer is in. And from that, show the courier options l have made available. THAT is the only thing the customer will see. Maybe also add - via pulldown menus - an overarching multiple mixed purchase deal system e.g. quantity / price / weight of items over X --> get Y percent or absolute amount off. It does not get simpler. AIOS is very strange, and l'm hoping l misjudged that it wants me to select countries one by one e.g. for an Asia policy regarding a 450g 21 x 16 x 11cm parcel? It won't even let me duplicate a policy so Asia on an express tariff = re-select every country, and bump the prices up from economy tariff. LOL!
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