Fix Magento Shipping Estimate for Gift Cards

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The problem we are having with Magento is regarding the calculation of shipping estimates and totals on “Physical” Gift Cards. We have tried using the extension by Unirgy (Gift Certificates / Cards 0.9.4: [url removed, login to view]

The problem we had with the Unirgy extension is that we cannot get the cart to calculate (or estimate) shipping if the gift card is the only item in the cart. I’ve contacted the developer of this module and he was able to send us v0.9.5, but we encountered the same issue with this. I have not since been able to get in touch with the developer, so we decided to ditch the extension. Instead, we setup the Gift Card as a REGULAR product and simply created attributes for the various increments of Gift Card values (i.e. $50 Gift Card, $100 Gift Card, etc, etc) Here is a screenshot of it just to clarify: [url removed, login to view]

So anyway, using a regular product type for Gift Cards (without the extension) seems to work fine, HOWEVER, here is the current issue we cannot seem to get around:

For some reason, the FedEx shipping estimate API is estimating a higher shipping cost for more expensive Gift Cards….(i.e. the $900 Gift Card has a higher shipping cost than the $50 Gift Card)… It’s not a HUGE difference in shipping estimate, but the client has a big problem with this. They were under the impression that the shipping estimation (through fedex api) was supposed to be based on WEIGHT + DISTANCE…and we were under that same impression too. For our purposes, the price of an product should NEVER affect the shipping estimate or shipping total at checkout.

The site was supposed to launch about a week ago, but this was one of the last remaining issues. We need to be ready for launch by Tuesday-Wednesday of next week…

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