Your IndieMade store automatically calculates shipping costs based on the products in the customer's cart, the countries to which they're being shipped, and the settings you provide.
Shipping costs are defined by two prices:
- The cost of shipping one of the product, called the By Itself cost
- The cost of shipping each additional product after the first, called the With Another cost
By making the With Another cost lower, you grant customers a discount for shipping when they combine products into the same order.
If you don't want to give a shipping discount when the customer buys more than one, just enter the same value for both the By Itself and the With Another costs. If you want to charge the same fee no matter how many products are purchased, just enter zero for the With Another cost. And of course if shipping is free, just use zero in both elements.
You can set different costs for different countries, to account for differing international shipping rates. And you can create as many shipping profiles as you like, if you sell products that have different characteristics.
Examples of Combined Shipping
As an example, let's say your IndieMade site sells bowling balls, t-shirts, and paperclips. You might set up three different shipping profiles:
- Heavy, which covers the bowling balls. Products in this profile ship for $10 by itself and $5 with another product
- Clothing, for the t-shirts. Products in this profile ship for $3 by itself and $1.50 with another product
- Light, for paperclips and other small items. Products in this profile ship for $0.50 by itself and $0.00 for each additional product
Given these definitions, how much would it cost your buyer to purchase items in various shopping carts?
- Two bowling balls would cost $15 to ship ($10 for the first, plus $5 for the second)
- Ten t-shirts would cost $16.50 to ship ($3 for the first, plus $13.50 for the remaining nine shirts)
- One hundred paperclips would cost $0.50 to ship
If products in different shipping profiles are in the same cart, the most expensive product is counted as "first" and all other products as "additional." So for example, a cart consisting of a bowling ball and ten t-shirts would cost $25 to ship: $10 for the bowling ball, plus $15 for the ten t-shirts at $1.50 each.