Is there any way in Magento or with an extension to restrict the purchase of select item by state or zip/postal code? We have a bit of a unique problem in that we sell some replacement exhaust parts that are just illegal to use in two states due to environmental restrictions. On eBay we have to cancel orders as they only offer country restrictions, but I was thinking as flexible as Magento is, maybe there is a way to keep people from buying these.
Wow party pooper states eh, not letting you have some monster exhausts? I wonder if the ban 1200cc Harleys with some Screaming Eagle exhausts fitted ha ha. I saw a couple of those when down in Miami and you could here them when they must have been at least a mile down the road. :D
The one extension we have seen which allows you to do this is the Matrix Rates extension which we show you in this guide here: https://understandinge.com/tutorial/mwf-0027b/ at the 7.20 mark we show you a CSV we were using to block out some postcodes in the UK, although if you look there is the ability to set states for the US.
This may be able to do it for you, but not sure how it would fit in with your current shipping set up, but something to look into?
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I went through that tutorial the other day, but it seemed it would be site wide, not specific to products or product categories. Tomorrow I will have peace in the office so hopefully I can work on some of these things and see what I can do. I am also still trying to sort out if I want to use live rates by some of the carriers for shipping to non mainland places and international locations. I think I can mix that extension with live rates, but I will find out tomorrow :) The exemption is the next step, but it is not super critical to get up and running on Magento. I do would like to find a solution later and I may have to give their other paid offerings a look.
Ironically, the exhaust systems are not the problem, it is the darn Catalytic converters and one can only imagine the one state that just has to be different….
I put a little work into this problem this morning and I have shelved it for the time being. The free MatrixRates would be site wide, so that won’t help much. The paid version could handle it to some degree but it appears checkout could still be made possible because I use live rates from USPS and Fedex. In my spare time (not sure when that will be) I may dig through Magento Connect, but I think I may use layered navigation or some other selection method to provide guidance to buyers to choose a state if they are looking at catalytic converters. There are some more advanced layered navigation extensions that I would rather spent the money on as they would also provide more help and flexibility with other products.
On eBay the problem is simply that people don’t read. So with Magento I can do some other things to try to navigate buyers into the right choice by requiring them to make “decisions” before purchase and hopefully avoid the problem orders as much as possible. Worst case scenario, we refund the buyer and cancel the order.
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