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Shipping question

Thread began 1/04/2010 3:22 pm by jajja | Last modified 1/05/2010 2:55 pm by Eric Mittman | 721 views | 3 replies |

jajja

Shipping question

Hello,

In the list of items for sale, I have a hidden field with a "shipping value" (calculated from a session variable (the customers discount percentage & the shipping-factor of the particular merchandise group)). How do I get this value to be the shipping rate of the particular item?

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Eric Mittman

How you would like to utilize this shipping value will depend on how you want the shipping calculated. Is this a flat shipping rate for the item, or do you multiply it by the quantity?

Once you have determined this part you would then create a shipping charge rule that will be based on the subtotal of either this shipping price or total shipping price column that you have.

Also, just FYI if you set the value of a hidden form element like this it is possible for users to edit this value client side. If you are calculating the value server side you could just make use of a server side variable that holds this value for the shipping price binding in your add to cart server behavior.

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jajja

Ok, I changed the hidden field to a variable ($faktutrakning) (thanks for the tip). I understand that I need to put the value from the "$faktutrakning" variable in to the cart. Do I just write "<?php echo $faktutrakning; ?>" in the eCart Add from Recordset -server behaviour?

Now, do I have to make a new column in the cart in where to store this value, should I call this column "Shipping"? Or how would I get this value to the Shipping column so that it would be automatically inserted in various right places on the checkout pages?

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Eric Mittman

You are exactly rite about how you would make use of this variable in your add to cart server behavior, just use the echo for it in the php blocks.

As for the shipping this is a two part approach to calculating shipping for the cart. In a regular cart the shipping is calculated as either a flat rate or a shipping quote value based on the entire cart contents.

In your scenario where you would like to apply shipping on a per item basis you will have the two parts. The first part will be what you are currently working on where you get the shipping for the item into the cart. You will need to have another column in your cart to hold this value. Finishing this part of it will require you to create a new calculated column for the total shipping per line item. This total shipping calculated column will multiply the quantity times the shipping value.

The second part of this is to craft your shipping charge rule. This is how you see the shipping charge in the cart on the checkout pages. Your rule will be very simple, it will use the subtotal of the total shipping calculated column.

Please post back with any questions that you have about any part of this and we will be glad to help you out with any part of it that we can.

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