This article will help to explain what types of shipping policies/set up are available to Sellers on Trade Me.

All products listed on Trade Me will require a shipping policy. Here are some of the options available:

Default Shipping 

Set your products up to charge a flat rate for all products e.g All products are shipped for $5 using a courier.

Free shipping

Set your products up to have free shipping where you do not charge the buyer anything for shipping.

Free shipping from the Shopping Cart

You have the option to make shipping for orders added to the shopping cart free if it meets certain criteria - either an item amount or a dollar value. We ask that you set this only once.  If you wish to run promotions and free shipping offers you can still do this via Trade Runner. See this FAQ for more information

Shipping on additional products

If a buyer purchases 2 or more of a product you can choose whether to charge shipping for each item or to only charge shipping once.

Weight based shipping

Using Product Groups in Trade Runner, you can create groups of products based on weight then have a shipping policy for those products. For example:

Shipping Policy
Less than 1kg
$0 - Free
Between 1kg and 3kg    
3kg or more

You can also have different multiple policies for each weight, for example:

Shipping Policy
Less than 1kg
Standard - Free
Express - $4.95
Same day Auckland $9.95
Between 1kg and 3kg
Standard - $9.95
Express - $19.95
3kg or more
Standard - $19.95
Express - $29.95

See how to set up weight based shipping for further instructions.

Note that you will need to provide at least one default shipping policy that doesn't have a product group defined otherwise you will see the warning "Please define a default shipping method" on the dashboard. The default shipping method acts as a catch-all for products that do not fall into one of the defined groups.

For example, if your shipping groups were set up as follows: this case what happens for items that are >1kg or have no weight value assigned?  The answer is that they would not list because there is no defined shipping policy for them.  

To overcome this, there needs to be a default shipping method available to catch these products, as shown here:

Number of shipping policies per product

You can have up to 10 different shipping policies per product on Trade Me. 

For example you may want to offer the following options with different costs associated:

  1. Standard
  2. Express within Auckland
  3. Express Nationwide
  4. Rural delivery with Signature 
  5. etc

Points to note when naming your shipping policies:

  1. Max length of policy name is 50 characters  
  2. Must not contain $ symbol