Lesson 3: Add Shipping Fees

When clicking on Add Shipping Fees from the left-side menu you’ll land on a page which looks a bit complicated. This is an instructions page. Here you can check if your rewards shipping fees are set correctly. You can review them by clicking the first option in the suggested menu.

Shipping fees are imported from Kickstarter automatically and this is a measure of precaution rather than necessity.

The second option suggests setting shipping fees for add-ons and pre-order items only. This is basically your “to do” list. Let’s get started.

Click on Create a new shipping profile.

Shipping profile is a BackerKit term that means the set of rules for various regions.
Let’s set them up on a specific example of UVMask shippings.

E.g. we have a set of rules according to which the shipping cost for UVMask is $10 for certain regions and$8 for the UVMask Lite. How do we set it up in BackerKit? Click on the Create a new Shipping profile.

Choose the add-on for which you are creating a shipping profile. In our case that would be 1 UVMask add-on. Give a name to your shipping profile. I’ll name mine 1UVMask shipping.

Here BackerKit gives an option to choose the shipping method. The first 1 is Per item shipping fee, which is the most widespread method. With this method backers are paying shipping for a single item. However you need to clarify these details beforehand with your shipping house.

On this page the first thing you need to do is to choose an add-on that the shipping profile will apply to:

When the add-ons are chosen you need to name the shipping profile. You can name it after the rule you are applying to that specific set of countries (like specific regions, e.g. Asia, Western Europe etc, or by the prices that are the same for that region, e.g. $20 regions).

Then you click on the Per-item shipping fee and click Next. With the next step you need to create a shipping region and apply costs to those regions.

Click on the Create a new shipping region link here:

You’ll see a pop up where you need to name the shipping region and add countries to that region by searching country names. When all the countries of the region are included, click on the Create Shipping Region button.

Now, when the region has been created, click on Select a shipping region and choose the right one from the dropdown menu.

When you have selected the region, you’ll see the pop up suggesting to apply the amount to be charged for that region:

Type the amount, say $20, click in the Add Rule button and click Done.

The same procedure should be done for the rest of the regions. If you haven’t chosen any add-ons that shipping fees apply to, or you want to add more add-ons, you can do it on the right side window by clicking Edit and then choose the right add-ons.

In the advanced shipping options you can exclude countries that are not planning to ship. Or you can set those countries’ shipping price at $1000 to make sure no-one from these countries order add-ons.

The second option for setting up is weight-based shipping fees. It suggests setting up the weight for every SKU you have in the survey and assigning shipping fees based on the weight of the SKU.

And thus you are charging shipping not for a specific item, but for the weight. See how it looks on BackerKit.

Here again you can have a set of rules for different countries and shipping profiles. When the shipping profile is chosen, you need to set the shipping cost that applies to that shipping profile and its specific weight:

This screen shows that for each SKU that falls within the range of 0.0 to 0.6 oz the shipping cost will be $2.

There is another important option for the shipping set up that you should know. If you have decided not to charge shipping fees for your product on Kickstarter and you are planning on charging the shipping based on the SKU weights, you can do it on BackerKit with an option called Whole Order Shipping.

If you haven’t already charged shipping on Kickstarter and you would like pledge SKUs and add-on SKUs be calculated together, whole order shipping is your best option.Whole order shipping is a weight-based profile that calculates the fee based on the total weight of rewards/add-ons in their order.

This means setting up a weight-based shipping table with all of the weight ranges and fees per region. You can create a shipping region and have it contain multiple countries with similar fees so that you won’t need to create each one individually (e.g. an Asia region that includes China, Japan, Taiwan, etc.)

It would look something like this:

This option is enabled by the BackerKit team on request. But before asking to enable this option you need to know that if you enable whole order shipping, that will be the only shipping profile that will apply to your project. The whole order shipping table has an umbrella effect that will apply to every item in the backer’s order.

The 3rd option of shipping that BackerKit suggests is quantity-based shipping, which suggests applying shipping fees based on the quantity of SKUs.

For quantity-based and weight-based shipping methods, every region will need an infinity rule, by leaving the Max empty on the last rule, this creates the infinity rule. If a backer purchases more items or weight than anticipated, the infinity rule will charge them the last amount. If there is no infinity rule, and an item count or weight goes over the last rule, the shipping is free.

At TCF we have never tested this feature and how it works for backers. The setting up process is very similar to those I have described previously. That is pretty much all you need to know about creating shipping profiles for your add-ons on BackerKit.