I manage an E-commerce site for a company that sells refurbished telephone equipment. At this point customers place their order and provide payment information before they know what the shipping charges will be. We haven't adopted a method such as charging based on total dollar amount of the order because you could buy a small item for a lot of money and a large-sized item for not much. It just wouldn't work.
I would never order from a site that doesn't give you shipping charges up front, so I'm trying to come up with something.
A lot of eBay auctions have a UPS calculator in the listing where you can just enter your zip code and it tells you the shipping charges based on the weight of the item and location of the shipper based on information supplied by the seller. I would like to implement something like that.
I signed up for online tools with UPS, but what they offered is too complicated. It would require the customer to enter our location, the weight, the size of the package, etc. That's just too much to ask, I think.
Has anyone found anything simple? FedEx would be fine, too. We have an account with both. I was just thinking of UPS because of what I've seen on eBay. Thanks,