So as with all things technical things change… change can be good and bad.
The good is the structure of the website will not be changing, that code is still solid and supported. The bad is that all the visual elements…are no longer supported. This I got informed of this morning, and have spent most of the day attempting to make work and transfer smoothly. Regretfully it’s not seamless as I hoped.
There’s been the question, as to how the flat rate shipping breaks down.
Some of this may seem odd break downs, but it is the best possibilities playing 3D Tetris with the boxes and the dimensions of the product. Since to get you a better price I’m using a mixture of Flat Rate and Regional boxes I also have to work with the fact that some of those boxes have weight limits and this is not a light product.
Flat Rate Shipping
There is one time that you will need to request a quote from us here at Merlin’s Magic Plaster.
Over 150 lbs
How do I get a quote?
Include: Your store username & what you would like to order.
I’ll complete the invoice and attach it to your account, you then login and pay the order. I then ship it out for you.
We’re working on fully integrating this into the system, but coding takes time.
There is now an option in the pre-packaged options of both Merlin’s Magic and Excalibur for “Mixed”.
“Mixed” is that you want to buy multiple colors but get the price break on buying larger quantities. This is now available.
How do I use Mixed?
Select the total amount of product you want and then in the box under the drop downs type in the colors and amounts you want. Add to cart and your cart will show the amount of product and a note that you typed in regarding what mixture of colors you want. I package the product and match what you typed in.
Any limitations? Two straight forward ones
First, common sense the amount you choose has to match the amount your paying for, asking for 10 pounds and typing in 20 pounds will result in an email from me asking what you want or to make up the difference.
Second, they need to be in five pound increments. If you really need smaller than five pounds increments, email me and I’ll see how we can handle the custom order. If it’s something as simple as I need seven pounds of gray and eight pounds of white – I can handle that.
Can I “mix” Merlin’s Magic and Excalibur?
No, the reason is they have different cost points. You can put in an order for Merlin’s Magic “mixed” and Excalibur “mixed” in the same order. Not putting both in the same mixed box under either of the individual pages.
Actually it may not be, depending on where you live.
I’ve noticed when processing Drop Ship orders that the cost of shipping to places like the West Coast and North East US it was actually more for people after shipping then it would be if they purchased Pre-package with it’s steady flat rate shipping cost.
The other advantage is that you get the packages in smaller, weight controlled, and re-sealable packages that you can handle and move around easier than the larger boxes.
For assistance to see which option is better, I’ve posted a chart with the cost differences, and a map of the US (chart for Canada) of your shipping zone, so you can compare your options.
Is Drop Ship the most cost effective?
This has been a bit of a quest to find all the programming bugs.
Some of you mentioned to me that Drop Ship shipping was a bit off, so I reprogrammed it. I’ve sat down and figured out the proper cost from 25 lbs to 200 lbs shipments by individual states. You’ll now see based upon your shipping address FedEx amount your shipping, and your shipping Zone per FedEx. [FedEx 50 lbs – Zone 3]
If you wish to order more than 200 lbs or either prepackaged or drop ship. Please drop us a line via contact us page – and I’ll send you an invoice for your shipping. I did not foresee anyone on a normal basis ordering more than 200 lbs at a time.
Shipping Now More Accurate
There was a small issue in the coding for shipping that may have come up for a small percentage of customers. If you ordered multiple colors that could fix into a single box, the system could not figure out how to combine them into a single box for calculation of shipping. This has now been fixed and updated. So if you wish to order 2 or more products and they fix into a single box – you will now only be charged for that box and I don’t have to manual refund for extra shipping.
Creators, painters, designers, everyone!
If you have works that you have completed we are willing to showcase them for the community of creators. All credit will be given to participants and showcased on the website.
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I’ve updated the method of using Merlin’s Magic a little based upon personal trial and error. It is provided it here for new or old users of the product. Not much has changed on it, but if your a new user hopefully this will help you get started.
The website updates are coming along well. That doesn’t mean I’m stopping here, there are a few things that are taking some time to complete.
How to Guides
There are more How to Guides in the coming days. Next major one I want to get to you is using Excalibur with your molds. It takes me a bit of time to do these as I’m stopping and making sure I have a decent picture of each of the major steps.
Can I make a suggestion for a How to Guilde? YES! Either that we need one or that you have one that would look good on the site, drop me a line using the contact me page.
New Payment System
I know not everyone loves PayPal. I’m attempting to get a new payment system online for those that want to just pay directly without having a PayPal account. Needless to say this has been one of the more long drawn out updates. I’m waiting for the financial side to get me the information to put this online. Paypal will not be going away, it will still be a payment option, I’m adding an additional option.
We love posting pictures and showcasing off how wonderful the products look. I’m not particular about if you have it painted or not — honestly some look good right out of the mold as well. I will be trying to get some pieces up here myself in the coming weeks.