just not understanding why we cannot offer a ‘calculate shipping’ option to our customers & wondering if DPW plans to add that option anytime soon
Having DPW calculate shipping could be a good feature, however it is not simple to implement, unfortunately. DPW would have to be integrated through software with each of the major carriers, such as USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.
I say “could be a good feature,” because the buyer wouldn’t know the shipping amount until after they click the link to go to PayPal, sign into their PayPal account, and then return to DPW to confirm the sale. This is because DPW gets the buyer’s address from PayPal only at that time. This allows buyers to buy art through DPW without having to register or, if they do register, DPW doesn’t have to ask for their address, which would make registration more onerous and would potentially put off some buyers.
Instead, DPW allows member artists to set the shipping cost per work per region. While this may not be as precise, the idea is one should charge enough to cover one’s shipping costs. This amount can be calculated on the website of the carrier of your choice along with the weight and dimensions of the paintings you ship when packed.
I like the way it is now, and to implement USPS< UPS, etc sounds time consuming, which translates to expensive. You keep DPW so inexpensive, especially when compared to others who do have that feature. Not worth the $ in my book.
For us “foreigners” in Britain it’s easier to work the postage out ourselves, although we then have to convert that to dollars (which keeps moving about on the currency exchange, of course), in order to enter the figure here on DPW.
All my stuff goes by airmail if it leaves the country, thankfully the prices don’t fluctuate too much.