Shipping

Shipping can be set up within Goodsie for quick and easy shipping configuration. If you have already set up shipping with a payment gateway, i.e. PayPal, be sure to disable those settings before setting up Goodsie shipping to avoid double-billing your customers.

Getting Started

To create your first shipping rule, go to the Shipping section of the navigation, under Settings.

The shipping options that you create will appear in a dropdown in the customer's cart during checkout. Be sure to give them descriptive titles, like "USPS Next Day Air" under Option Name so your customers know which option to select for their needs. See the sections below for an overview of the various shipping rates available as well as advanced options such as Shipping Groups.

Per Cart Fee

This fee will apply to the entire order, regardless of how many products have been added. A flat fee or percentage may be selected.

Per Item Fees

Per Item shipping costs apply to products and allow you to configure your shipping costs in a variety of ways, including:

None

No per-item fees. Any per-cart fees that you set up will apply instead.

Flat fee per item

This allows you to have a fixed rate for each item purchased. This is useful if all of your products are very similar and therefore have similar shipping costs.

Quantity Ranges

With the quantity range feature, you can change your shipping cost based upon how many items the customer is purchasing. This is useful if you know you can fit a certain number of items in a single flat fee box, for example, and so want to charge a set shipping cost for each group of items purchased. The quantity range option might also be used if you want to give shipping discounts or even free shipping for customers that order a large number of items.

Enter the range in the lefthand column, and the fee to the right. To add additional ranges, click the "Add quantity range" link below the last range field.

Price Ranges

This option allows you to charge based on the cost of the item. Enter the range in the lefthand column, and the fee to the right. To add additional ranges, click the "Add price range" link below the last price range field.

Weight Ranges

This option allows you to specify shipping rates based on the weight of a shipment. To select the unit of measurement for your rates, select a unit of measurement on the Settings page. This will apply to all weight range settings. Enter the range in the lefthand column, and the fee to the right. To add additional ranges, click the "Add weight range" link below the last weight range field.

Destination Limits

This option is useful if you ship only locally, or, conversely, if you do not service a particular region. To allow only certain destinations, add them to the "Shipping destinations allowed" list in the shipping rule setup screen by clicking on "Add a region" below that heading. Only customers who select their shipping destination as a destination on that list will be permitted to check out. To block certain destinations, add them to the "Shipping destinations blocked" list. Customers who select their shipping destination as a destination on that list will not be permitted to check out.

Shipping Groups

Shipping Groups allow you group together sets of shipping rules so they may be applied only to a specific product type. This is useful if you carry, for example, digital albums, which have no shipping costs, as well as physical albums. It's also handy if you carry items of widely ranging weights or sizes.

To get started, click "Add Shipping Group" under the Shipping Groups section of the Shipping screen. Note that this will only be visible after you have created at least one shipping rule. Name your group something descriptive such as "Furniture" to make it clear both to yourself and your customers, who will be able to see this title, as well, during checkout.

Your first group will automatically contain all of the shipping rules you have created already.

After you have created multiple groups, it is necessary to assign the group to individual products. This is done on the product edit page for each product. Select the name of the applicable shipping group from the Shipping Groups dropdown to associate that product with that group. Be sure to Save your change at the bottom of the page.

You can edit or delete a group by clicking on the "(edit)" link to the right of the name on the Shipping page. Note that deleting a group will also delete all rules within that group. All associated products will no longer have a shipping rate applied.

Combination Rules

This feature allows you to create a "master" group, which will apply that group’s rates to items in other groups when they are combined. For example, you can opt to use your Furniture group as the master rate, overriding your Jewelry rate when a necklace and couch are ordered together.

Begin typing a group's name in the Combine Groups field to select the groups that will be included in this new rule. Click its name from the dropdown that appears to include it in the group.

After you have selected all of the groups that will be in the rule, select it as the Master Group from the Master Group dropdown. Save your selection.

Copying and Moving Shipping Rules

After a shipping rule has been created, it can be duplicated, moved or edited using the tools in the Actions column to the right of the shipping rule. Hover over the Actions area of the shipping interface to view the available options.

To move a shipping rule to another position or to another group, hover in the Actions area to the right of the rule and click and drag the arrow icon while moving the rule to its new position. It will automatically be saved.

To duplicated a rule, hover over the Actions area to the right of the rule and click the Copy icon. This will create a new rule with the exact properties of that rule and append "Copy of" to the title of the duplicate. This title can be edited by clicking on the rule and entering and saving a new title in the Name field.

To delete a rule, hover over the Actions area to the right of the rule and click the red X icon. This action cannot be undone.