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@@14steve14 thanks for that :) all installed and new prices now inputted.

 

having done a bit of testing, i note that the shipping methods are only available to logged in members which is fine, however for the buyers who are not logged in, no shipping method is offered,

buyer can use the paypal buy it now , upon going to paypal buyer is charged an amount.

 

question, how can i force shipping methods to show or how do you solve this issue ?? thanks in advance for any input, i appreciate you taking time to assist, makes open source possible :)

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@@14steve14 thanks for that :) all installed and new prices now inputted.

 

having done a bit of testing, i note that the shipping methods are only available to logged in members which is fine, however for the buyers who are not logged in, no shipping method is offered,

buyer can use the paypal buy it now , upon going to paypal buyer is charged an amount.

 

question, how can i force shipping methods to show or how do you solve this issue ?? thanks in advance for any input, i appreciate you taking time to assist, makes open source possible :)

 

Does anyone know the answer to this ??

 

many thanks and happy new year :)

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Probably because the operator is not logged in there is no shipping destination to use to calculate the rate.

 

So nothing is shown

 

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@@geoffreywalton

 

yes thats the conclusion i made, but its pulling a cost from somewhere, as if you check out without logging in, it adds a charge for delivery it pulls it from somewhere,

 

if i could find this out i could set it up better, i guess il just have to try and figure out how to force a log in before purchase can be made

 

would be even greater if member could input his postcode/zipcode without needing to log in

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I thought that you have to be logged in to checkout, unless you have installed an adon to bypass this.

 

Have a look at the add on here http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/7821 I use this to show shipping costs in the shopping cart.


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ok update, it seems heavy items are not bringing up any shipping options, but light items are.

 

i have set up all modules to allow for heavy items upto 120kgs infact with parcelforce48 , items are only 4kg so not sure why this is

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For a non UK customer you should not show UK only modules, so that seems to be working correctly. What does not seem to be working is your selected module for non UK deliveries.

 

I had a similar problem ages ago with international shipping. If you are using the royal mail addon, make sure you have activated the modules by setting to true the enable option. You have probably already entered a minimum and maximum weight to ship, so make sure you have added a maximum value to ship, as I think one of them was set to zero on installation, especially on the airmail module, as I think that is where the problem was, but I may be wrong.


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@@14steve14

 

i have checked settings and all modules are set to true as in enabled. furthermore this is how they are set.

 

airmail is set to max weight of 2kgs and max value of £46

 

parcelforce is set to max weight of 100kgs. and max value of 2450

 

if i place a 1kg item in cart, then i can select airmail or parcelforce.

 

if i add a item of 4kg, im not getting any parcelforce48 , i have set up all the zones and tariffs as per the last prices update.

 

im baffled on this one. all appears to work, apart from larger items going abroard.

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ok iv sussed the above, parcelforce only has the valid iso GB, making it only visable to uk

 

as my package is over 2kg , it cant go via airmail, so i think im needing to expand the reach of parcelforce module.

 

heres my settings for parcelforce

 

 

Valid ISO Country Codes

GB

Parcelforce48 Rates

2:9.67,5:10.5,10:12.75,15:17.83,20:22.75,25:31.58,30:35,35:40,40:45,45:50,50:55,55:60,60:65,65:70,70:75,75:80,80:85,85:90,90:95,95:100,100:105

 

 

so is there any way i can clone this as another zone ?

 

in a nutshell i need to offer delivery worldwide , packages could be up to 30kg, and looking at parcelforce site would cost about £200

 

how do i best go about adding further zones or adding true worldwide shipping for all zones and weights

 

many thanks

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You probably need to use a courier for exporting large parcels. There are modules available for this in the addons area dependant on courier used.


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i have browsed the add ons, and cant see anything of use, would it be easy to duplicate the parcelforce module, change the allowed iso country codes and rates etc ? if so roughly how would i go about this ? ie what exact files would need duplicating ? many thanks

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Have a look at the zones module.

 

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Have a look at the zones module.

 

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thanks but i see only these are compatible with 2.3.1 and are not what i need.

 

i was sure there was built in zones in os, but i cant find anything

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Is anyone updating this to include the new postal charges and delivery options from 2nd April 2013 when royal mail are dropping the standard parcels service and introducing three new parcel bands based on size and weight.


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@@14steve14 I think this will cause problems - it certainly will for me - previously my shipments were calculated about right with weight - but now that RM have included the size bands as well - mor parcels going Hermes me thinks...


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@@14steve14 I think this will cause problems - it certainly will for me - previously my shipments were calculated about right with weight - but now that RM have included the size bands as well - mor parcels going Hermes me thinks...

 

Unfortunately, as I had just started to use Hermes, they have deleted their 0-1Kg band. As most of my parcels are bulky but light the minimum charge is now £4.20, from £3.00, quite a jump. Oh well, back to Royal Mail and delete certain items from my catalogue.

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I have been having issues with wp-ecommerce on a wordpress site and I needed to find a suitable repacement with a royal mail addon that allows me to delivery overseas using Royal Mail. So here I am.

I have installed osCommerce on to a separate page on my site and I am toying with 'UK Royal Mail & Overseas Shipping Methods'.

 

I have managed to clone the catalog\includes\modules\shipping\parcelforce48.php to a second file parcelforcez1.php and plan to copy it to the 9 other Royal Mail zones so I can have different rates for different Royal Mail world Areas. All I needed to do was replace every reference in the file from PARCELFORCE48 to PARCELFORCEZ1 and parcelforce48 to parcelforcez1 to maintain the case.

I repeated this for the catalog\includes\languages\english\modules\shipping\parcelforce48.php which i also copied to parcelforcez1.php

 

I thought I would share this information as I notices a couple of people asking after a solution to this problem.

 

My next plan will be to do this for Hermes Collection Rates though I still need to look for their rates before I start developing the shop further.

 

I have one problem at the moment that you may be able to help me with though,

 

When I enable First Class Standard it works fine but when I then enable Second Class Standard, it disables First Class Standard and vica versa. This means I can only have one or the other active. Very Odd. Is this a known problem? I have not edited these files whatsoever.

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When I enable First Class Standard it works fine but when I then enable Second Class Standard, it disables First Class Standard and vica versa. This means I can only have one or the other active. Very Odd. Is this a known problem? I have not edited these files whatsoever.

 

It turns out if you keep adding and removing rates osCommerce gets confused. I had to remove all the modules, go to the modules that had been removed and then for some of them remove them again as the Remove Module option was available. finally I added all the shipping modules I needed.

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