Ok so here my problem. I am setting up a store with Zencart that sells saltwater aquariums equipment and livestock using the XML UPS shipping module. Most items are easy I can set the weight of coral X to 5 pounds and coral B to 4 pounds just like dry goods.
But, thing I am having a problem figuring out it shipping costs for items that are small and where the quanity of the items does not change the overall weight of the package much past a base water weight. Example given - Snails. Now I can ship say 20 snails for nearly the same cost as shipping two snails as most of the weight of the bag would be water. Lets say the water in the bag weighes 3 pounds. If I set the weight of the snail to say .05lbs it would theen calculate the shipping for the bag at .10 pounds when it is really about 3 pounds. Now if someone were to order 30 the weight would show to be 1.5 pounds.. neither is nearly right. What I am wondering and have in mind is can I set a TARE weight just for certain items somehow. Like give certain snails, crabs or other inverts for instance a starting weight of say 3 pounds and then have the small amount of weight added for quantity which would get me a lot closer for those types items.
I am using Zencart 1.3 and the site address I am setting this up on is saltycritter.com/storefront