Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could assist you..
The way I did it is get multi stores contribution and create a different store for each distributor. Then all the products are filtered according to how you want them split up and go through independent shipping cycles. Then create a simple html frontpage that has links to all the stores, so you can run all of them through the same iPage domain name and SSL certificate..
The only problem is sometimes products have a tendency to overlap between stores, so the customer probably wonders what's up (totally psychological). But, it's the only way I've found around the problem besides limiting yourself to one distributor or getting reemed in shipping costs..
Just visit my iPage website and you will see..
Hope that helps..
If only it were that easy I have easy over 50 suplliers..
I used the table rate and make all my own shipping prices.
This allows me to set a "weight" or cost for each one...
Say item one normally cost me 5 to ship, well that would be a 5 lb item.
Doing this to item 2 which cost me 4 to ship, a 4 lb item.
In the price/shipping cost section I set it equal.
And so on.. so if they buy item 1 and 2, it comes up at 9lb or $9, I throw a 1 or 2 fee on top just in case.. sometimes you eat a little just part of business..
Also, you can just increase the cost of the item a little to cover any extra. I have some items I make a good bit on I can afford to give up a few bucks to cover "extra" shipping.. cant be that cheap or ppl will soon notice and not like your rates~..
What I have so far is this idea..
I am using many methods of posting..
I am in australia. w ehave express post bags..
Most my products are in 1 of these items.
All I have done is used product wieght as a number to mean type of method.
3= 3kg bag.
5= 500g bag.
10= courior box.
15= postage box 50cmx50..
I am having problems working out how to charge shipping..
I purchase my products off more then one supplier.
What happens when a customer purchases items from me from different supplier I get slapped with freight costs from all the different suppliers..
What can I do to help this?.
I have just thought about factoring the price of each product into it's own price..
And charge a flat rate “handling fee”.
Any ideas will help..
I've got the same problem..
And I tried to fix it with a "low order cost"..
Under a specified amout of order costs, I'll charge € x,x..
And above the amount it's free..
You could also charge a bit extra with your own shipping cost, like a handeling fee of € x,x for shipping...