This is a copy of the post on julzcrafts.com I published on 14 February.
For those of you who seem to be checking this blog out on a regular basis, to see when the new website will be live – I can only apologise!
Well, I did say it would take some time to get THE STORE up and running! And its certainly taking a lot of time! I never realised it was going to be so complicated, and as I am not a ‘techie’, its been a slow learning curve.
I just thought I could follow the instructions and then it would take some time to enter the 100+ listings for the stock I have in my living room! However – its not quite that easy, and it turns out that I have been spoilt by the large selling sites that I have been using up to now.
Ebay and Etsy have a very comprehensive system for costing reasonably accurate postal rates – or shipping costs – as others call them, and I thought I could do better than them!
It turns out to be a very complicated matter, because there are 4 shipping zones to cover, all of which have different tariffs for weight and size, and even if I put in the weight and dimensions of each item, it still wouldn’t give me an accurate price per parcel! I have done a lot of research on this, even spoken to Royal Mail themselves – and nowhere in their repertoire is there any help for websites to set up their pricing system. The Business Section, which will happily link in with ebay to offer you cheaper postage – had never heard of a ‘plug-in’ for small businesses, and were utterly unhelpful!
When I contacted various other UK businesses and asked them how they had sorted out the problem, most of them said, they didn’t know, because they had employed a specialist to do their website – I’D NEVER EVEN CONSIDERED DOING THAT!
Having bought from various sites over the years, it seemed the best compromise would be to set flat rates for each shipping zone for the moment, and I even had trouble working out how to do that! There are some +ve’s and -ve’s about using flat rates, and it would certainly put some of you off if I charged you parcel rate for an item that can be posted in letter form – so – head’s up for my readers – if you contact me before you put in your order for a small, flat item – like a badge or small signs etc – I will agree to refund you the extra postage that the system will charge – because I can’t find a way to be able to offer TWO FLAT RATES at the moment, and nor can the ‘Happiness Engineers’ at WordPress!
I aim to post WORLDWIDE, on the same basis, until I can come up with a better solution!
That said – there are a few more things I need to iron out before julzcraftstore.com – julz craft supplies – THE STORE – will go live – but it shouldn’t take too long now – cross fingers!
I hope some of you will come and visit when it does!