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Hello, we are in the process of building an ecommerce store for a business that sells both small and large items. For example, go-karts and go-kart parts. While go-kart parts can be sent through the regular shipping offerings, actual go-karts are large and require special shipping services. How are these sorts of packages dealt with in Magento?

 
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Currently there is no real solution out-of-the-box for this shipping logic.

We are working on improving the shipping functionality so that there is a solution for over-sized packages. I hope this makes it to the first stable version if not your best bet is to customize the existing shipping modules to do what you need.

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Thanks for the feedback. I think I may have a quick fix:

What if I assigned LARGE items with a weight of zero, and notified the user that shipping items like these would be paid separated after we have secured a shipping quote manually. Would assigning this large product a weight of zero affect the automatically provided shipping quotes for their other items that can be quoted automatically? I guess what I am asking is if the number of items affects the quote of shipping. If not, the fact of having the product with a zero weight should have no effect on the shipping quote provided. Is this correct?

Also, does this sound like a viable fix?

 
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The problem with 0 weight items is that if the order has only these kind of items then we will get an error message for the real-time shipping rates. So it is a solution but there will be some customization to get this working correctly.

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