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    We are in the process of updating our website and looking for input from you guys as potential buyers. We are basically looking at 2 formats. Option #1 would be to list all new and used attachments with prices,pics and description with free shipping included in the pricing within 1000 miles of our location. Keep in mind that Option #1 overcharges some and undercharges some. Option # 2 would be to list the attachments with pictures and description and prices without shipping included, then the buyer would need to call or email us for his exact shipping costs. Any other suggestions, tips or input would be greatly appreciated. Ken Sweet
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    Sweet Farm Equipment LLC (Internet Sales, Shipping All States)
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    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

    Ken,

    At first blush, I like option #2. But is there an application that would allow for the automation of obtaining shipping costs? For example, the potential buyer supplies his/her zip code and the application returns shipping costs. There may be enough variation in shipping costs from week to week, etc. that this might not be applicable.

    Good luck.

    Steve

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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    Option 2, but use the system other sites use, where the buyer enters his zip code for shipping costs so it is known quickly.

    Or change your shipping from 1000 miles to one determined by state or region.

    Bruce

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    Option 2.

    Because I live so far away from major tractor equipment dealers (Alexandria, VA) I don't get a chance to "impulse buy". But I've found it's worth it to "swing by" when I'm on major trips to pick up things that are big (pallet forks, etc.) because I'm so cheap.

    I'm actually thinking of "swinging by" your place, it's only 60 miles out of the way on my trip to Mississippi this summer.
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all

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    To get the very lowest rates for shipping that we are "famous" for on the net, we use 5 different freight brokers and manually run each one's software on each shipment. This takes us about 5-10 minutes and can only be performed when the office or email is staffed. A automated system is not available to do what we do. Ken Sweet
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by sweettractors View Post
    To get the very lowest rates for shipping that we are "famous" for on the net, we use 5 different freight brokers and manually run each one's software on each shipment. This takes us about 5-10 minutes and can only be performed when the office or email is staffed. A automated system is not available to do what we do. Ken Sweet
    With that said, I'd go option #2 and make it clear on the website why the need to contact you for shipping info. It's all in how you market it, and with a polished version of the above statement I doubt anyone would mind the extra step.

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    Default Re: Help us Choose the Best Website Format

    Our company has chosen to go w. the freight up front option. It is true that some shipments cost more than what we charge, and others cost less. Keep in mind we ship out 800+ packages a day UPS and about 30-40 motor freight shipments a day. Because of our volume, we are able to utilize a logistics company that finds us the best freight carrier in terms of cost and time in transit for each shipment.

    From my experience, if I'm shopping on the internet, I overlook most sites that I can't get a complete price without needing to contact them. There's nothing more annoying to me than a website that had items for sale on it, but no prices. Also, if I am price comparing, I need to be able to do that apples to apples, and having a complete price is necessary for that. So, I guess what I'm saying is I would vote for option #1.

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    Ken,

    I'm out here in North Idaho and I'd vote for option 2.

    Thanks for asking for our input.

    idaho2

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcp
    Option 2, but use the system other sites use, where the buyer enters his zip code for shipping costs so it is known quickly.

    Or change your shipping from 1000 miles to one determined by state or region.

    Bruce
    Plus 1. I've been on your website and was interested in a piece of equipment but stopped looking when I couldn't quickly figure out the shipping since I live in another state. Thanks for asking.
    RJ
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    Ken,

    Always, wanting the best of both worlds, can you do two columns? One within the 1000 miles and everywhere else?

    Just a thought.
    Some folks are lucky to be raised on a farm (with tractors), I am playing catch-up.

    Pumkin~Kubota L2900 with bucket AKA FEL
    Abe~Ford250C
    Jack~John Deere 310 B Backhoe (learning to use this summer, so excited!!)
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