I must have posted this topic in the wrong place so I have decided to post it here.
I need help with my USPS shipping module.
TagTech . . .
SHIPPING WEIGHT CALCULATIONS AND USPS
Ok in my store I ship widgets. My widgets fit into a standard #10 envelope.
If a customer orders one widget it weighs 1 ounce or less depending upon thickness of envelope used and will ship for current first class postage at the post office.
If a customer orders two or more widgets then I am over the 1 ounce limit set by the post office and my envelopes become non-machinable. In person I can usually ship an envelope with two widgets in it and non-machinable for about $0.86 first class mail. I still find that shipping first class non-machinable is still cheaper than shipping parcel post or priority mail.
I have looked in the forum and found others that have asked what is the default unit of measure for weight used in the shipping modules? To date I have not found anywhere that anyone specifically indicates what unit of measure is used for shipping.
I make an assumption that it must be pounds . . . this is only an assumption. Now working from the assumption that the default weight is in pounds, I set up product widget #1 as having a weight of .0625 or 1/16 of a pound.
If I use .0625 as my weight the USPS shipping module does NOT offer First Class as an option for shipping.
If I use .0624 as my weight the USPS shipping module displays that it is not a valid option for shipping to use the USPS shipping module at all. In fact if I use .0624 as a product weight the shipping module changes the weight to 0.000 when I update the product.
I would like to be able to put in a weight that will allow for shipping of less than an ounce and add the fee for non-machinable envelopes. If i cannot add the non-machinable fee, I can add that fee by building that into the handling charge.
I have only three options selected for USPS shipping: 1) First Class, 2) Priority Mail, 3) Parcel Post
I have a product that weighs less than 1 ounce or .0624 of a pound
I cannot get the shipping module to offer First Class as an option for shipping.
If I use .0624 as my product weight the USPS shipping module becomes unavaliable
If I use .0625 as my product weight the USPS shipping module offers only Priority Mail and Parcel Post as a valid shipping option and does not offer first class.
HANDLING FEE CALCULATIONS
I would like to add $0.75 handling fee per every $6.00 on the product order total.
I Changed the Ã¢â¬ÅCalculate Handling FeeÃ¢â¬Â to Percent
Handling Applied = Per Order
Handling fee = .125
If my theory is correct then .125% x $6.00 should = $.075
I might have the handling fee calcuations correct but I have no idea since I cannot get the shipping weight correct so that it chooses first class mail to allow me to verify the fees.
#1) I would like to find out exactly how Magento handles weight and what units of measure are used.
#2) how to set up a product that weighs 1 ounce and products that weigh less than 1 ounce.
#3) I would like to find out how to add Ã¢â¬ÅFirst ClassÃ¢â¬Â as a mailing option so that it displays the price for Ã¢â¬ÅFirst ClassÃ¢â¬Â until the weight reaches say 4 lbs. - the USPS will quote prices for Ã¢â¬ÅFirst ClassÃ¢â¬Â up to 4 lbs.
#4) The USPS also offers first class in envelope, flats and parcels, the classification is different for each and the pricing is different for each. I see no differentiation between the two in any of the first class shipping dialogue that I have found associated with magento. Can anyone tell me if I were to get the first class shipping module to work, would it give me all the offered options or will is just give me the option of Ã¢â¬Åfirst classÃ¢â¬Â? If it only gives me the option of Ã¢â¬Åfirst classÃ¢â¬Â, is this first class envelope, flat, parcel or what exactally?
It appears that this thread (http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/3953/) might address the envelope, flat and parcel issue, can anyone confirm that this has worked?
For anyone wanting to make this fix, it is the table called Ã¢â¬Åcore_config_dataÃ¢â¬Â in the row with a Ã¢â¬ÅpathÃ¢â¬Â of Ã¢â¬Åcarriers/usps/allowed_methodsÃ¢â¬Â. Add one or more of the below options in place of just Ã¢â¬ÅFirst-ClassÃ¢â¬Â
First-Class Mail Letter
First-Class Mail Flat
First-Class Mail Parcel
NOTE: I know that in my current shopping cart - I had to alter the weight formulas in the code to properly calculate shipping for weight less than one ounce. I expect that I might have to do the same here. It would help if someone could point me in the right direction.