Hi, I was wondering about shipping profiles and zones.
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1. You don't need to duplicate an item to offer different shipping options. You can set different pricing for different items, just by selecting different shipping rates within the same profile (each country/zone can have their own).
2. Products will show up on your website independently of whether they're included in a shipping zone or not (provided they're set to Active and Online store is checked). If a user tries to purchase an item that is not included in a shipping profile, they'll receive a warning during checkout that will inform them that there are no shipping rates available for that particular product.
3. We've had stores with upwards of 10-20 profiles, never had an issue. It's really rare though that a store requires that many.
Thank you for your reply
Regarding my first question, I am asking about prices for the item itself not the shipping. I know I can set different shipping costs. I want to set a different price for the item in the store based on the location someone is shopping from. Is this possible?
Not including currency conversions.
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Setting different prices for the same product is not possible. Duplicating a product, as per your suggestion, would achieve what you're after, but effectively be technically not very reliable.
First you'd have the issue of having to monitor or sync inventory in two places for the same product. Then comes the fact that you'd need a geolocation app to show each one to different countries. The thing is that geolocation scripts are now rather unreliable (with people using VPNs, etc), so you're not 100% sure that the visitor you want to be showing a specific price to, is actually seeing that product/price.