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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    Quote Originally Posted by sweettractors View Post
    I have tried a automated system several years ago with R&L Carriers integrated into our website. The problem was the the customer plugging in his product information had to know weight, class, NMFC #, pallet dimensions and any accessorial charges that could be requested to make delivery. Needless to say, the customer knows none of the info that is used to allow the carrier to make a quote.
    I have the close shipping gusstimate in my head, however, I am not always available. Ken Sweet
    Is there a way to send that item info as a hidden form so that it is pre-entered?

    Aaron Z
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    Quote Originally Posted by aczlan View Post
    Is there a way to send that item info as a hidden form so that it is pre-entered?

    Aaron Z
    I am not sure, I will check into that. All you guys have came up with some very interesting thoughts. I really appreciate the feedback. Ken Sweet
    http://www.sweetfarms.com/

    Sweet Farm Equipment LLC (Internet Sales, Shipping All States)
    Shipping Facility
    1815 Defries Rd., Canmer, Ky 42722 Toll Free 1-866-528-3323
    Ken Sweet sweet@scrtc.com

    Shipping Example: Can ship 800 lbs from Ky. to Dallas for $165
    The Northeast shipping corridor is a little more expensive.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    One thing I haven't seen suggested yet, if you would list the freight from one of your five vendors, perhaps the one you use most often, you could use that as a not to exceed shipping price. Then upon shipping you might be able to pleasantly surprise the purchaser with a lower shipping rate. Just my thought.

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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    How about option 2, but you post on the website representative shipping prices. If your shippers would allow it, maybe just post the weight, distance and cost of the last 50 things you shipped to give buyers a flavor for what they're looking at.

    I don't think people need to know the shipping details to the day and to the dollar. As an inveterate internet shopper I can say I just want to know the shipping isn't going to kill the deal.

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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    I have been thinking about the US map zoned out into 4 or 5 zones and figure shipping for each zone and post base cost + each zones shipping costs with each piece of equipment. New equipment would be easy to do, however, each unique used piece put on would need to be hand figured and when a piece is sold, it would have to be removed from the website. The used pieces would very labor intensive to maintain. If I did something like that I would not put checkout online. My customers would still have to call or email or fax their order in.?? Just thinking out loud. Ken Sweet
    http://www.sweetfarms.com/

    Sweet Farm Equipment LLC (Internet Sales, Shipping All States)
    Shipping Facility
    1815 Defries Rd., Canmer, Ky 42722 Toll Free 1-866-528-3323
    Ken Sweet sweet@scrtc.com

    Shipping Example: Can ship 800 lbs from Ky. to Dallas for $165
    The Northeast shipping corridor is a little more expensive.

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    Quote Originally Posted by sweettractors View Post
    I have been thinking about the US map zoned out into 4 or 5 zones and figure shipping for each zone and post base cost + each zones shipping costs with each piece of equipment. New equipment would be easy to do, however, each unique used piece put on would need to be hand figured and when a piece is sold, it would have to be removed from the website. The used pieces would very labor intensive to maintain. If I did something like that I would not put checkout online. My customers would still have to call or email or fax their order in.?? Just thinking out loud. Ken Sweet
    IMO that would be good enough for me. Just something to tell me if it will cost $50 or $500 to ship it.

    Aaron Z
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    There is an app available that calculates distance between two ZIP codes or addresses. Multiply the distance by the going rate per mile and weight and put disclaimer there what the tolerance of actual the price might be. Like somebody already said people want to know if the shipping is something they can live with or not.

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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    Quote Originally Posted by bcp View Post
    Option 3: Open more stores so everywhere is within 1000 miles.



    Bruce
    Yes! Option 3:
    "keep them pots black, shiny, and full of good Food and Fellowship!"
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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    PRODUCT-MODEL-BRAND-SIZE-DESCRIPTION-COST HERE-ZONE 1-ZONE 2-ZONE 3-ZONE 4

    SICKLE......350......JD.....7 FT.....REBUILT.......$2,500......$2625...$2700...$ 2775...$2875


    Menu of extra services available for Customer:

    Residential or Farm Business delivery---Add $30
    Lift Gate-----------------------------Add $75
    Call Before Delivery-------------------Add $20

    This is a rough draft of something I am thinking about. There will be a USA Zone map (similar to map below) so that the potential customers knows what his exact cost will be based on his location. Any feedback our suggestions appreciated. Nothing is locked in concrete. Ken Sweet
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -usazonemap-jpg  
    http://www.sweetfarms.com/

    Sweet Farm Equipment LLC (Internet Sales, Shipping All States)
    Shipping Facility
    1815 Defries Rd., Canmer, Ky 42722 Toll Free 1-866-528-3323
    Ken Sweet sweet@scrtc.com

    Shipping Example: Can ship 800 lbs from Ky. to Dallas for $165
    The Northeast shipping corridor is a little more expensive.

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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    Quote Originally Posted by sweettractors View Post
    PRODUCT-MODEL-BRAND-SIZE-DESCRIPTION-COST HERE-ZONE 1-ZONE 2-ZONE 3-ZONE 4

    SICKLE......350......JD.....7 FT.....REBUILT.......$2,500......$2625...$2700...$ 2775...$2875


    Menu of extra services available for Customer:

    Residential or Farm Business delivery---Add $30
    Lift Gate-----------------------------Add $75
    Call Before Delivery-------------------Add $20

    This is a rough draft of something I am thinking about. There will be a USA Zone map (similar to map below) so that the potential customers knows what his exact cost will be based on his location. Any feedback our suggestions appreciated. Nothing is locked in concrete. Ken Sweet
    Nope don't like it at all. I never do when I land up in Zone 4.

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