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    NEW SHOPPING CART SYSTEM ON 365Astronomy

    I'd like to make an announcement about that we've launched our new, modern shopping cart in mid December.

    It happened just before Christmas, so it was very good timing for the customers, but not the best timing for ourselves.
    Well, due to some major technical issues with third-party developers, we were 6 months behind of our original deadline and we just couldn't delay it anymore.
    It was quite a task for us to set it up, test it, correct, modify, troubleshoot etc at the busiest time of the Christmas shopping season...
    Our original shopping cart was 6 years old, and although we did update the design, the technical background was too old to serve the purpose for much longer and we really wanted give our customers a system that makes it easier to find the products, simpler to make and order and go through checkout, so simply put, to provide a more enjoyable environment...

    The new interface provides lots of new features:"

    DROP-DOWN MENU SYSTEM showing all 2nd and 3rd level sub-categories at once, so less clicks for the user...

    CLOUD SEARCH. As you type the text into the search box, the system will automatically display a list of matching products with images and prices...
    (it's only a technicality, but this is cloud search only because this happens independently from our website, from a cloud based server, so it just makes it very fast)

    FILTERING SEARCH RESULTS. Well, if the cloud search didn't bring you up the required product, just click enter and you'll get the usual list of search results. The news is that now you can filter it by category, price, manufacturer or even weight.

    finally, there will be PRODUCT FEATURE COMPARISON, so you will be able to choose 4-5 products and compare them on one page. "There will be..." I say that , because it requires lots of extra data input that was not there in our previous shopping cart system, so it'll take probably few more months till you'll be able to use that feature.

    I should also mention that at the moment only UK customers can buy through the website as the INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING has not yet been set up properly, (except few countries...). We are working on it and hopefully within few days, it'll be correctly setup, so that international customers will be able to order as well. Please note that for safety and security reasons we accept orders only from select range of countries that include nearly all European countries, USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zeeland, UAE, just to mention few of these...

    There are still lot to do on the website, lots of images missing and links are incorrect within product descriptions, and we are still working on adjusting and improving many features of the new website.
    We'd also like to thank all our customers for their patience as during this time, due to lots of additional tasks related to the development of the new webshop, it was not always easy to keep up with communication needs... We would also like to kindly ask you to remind us if there were unanswered emails...
    And of course we'd love to hear about any kind of feedback about the now shopping cart system from our customers, as it might be still just in time to modify or add something extra...

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    Default Re: New Shopping Cart - International Shipping works now...

    Just to add to the above that after 2 days hard work (over the whole weekend) the INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING SETTINGS have been setup, hopefully correctly...
    I've tested it with few addresses, but if anyone notices any issues, please get in contact...

    Customers from Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, please choose Isle of Man, Guernsey or Jersey as your country from the country list during the checkout, please don't choose UK.
    In this way our system will correctly show you the price without VAT and you'll be most likely charged the correct shipping.
    Although I should mention that the shipping fees are only good estimates due to the huge amount of variations in product sizes, weights and destinations that makes it practically impossible to create a perfect shipping system (or at least not with our resources...).
    These estimates are correct for 98% of orders, but might need correction for some destinations... in which case we'll get in contact, of course.

    As mentioned before, please accept that we won't be able to serve all countries of the world as that would require huge resources, so we had to restrict it to a certain list of countries, however we hope that in 10-20 years time we'll have the resources to supply future Moon and Mars colonies as well...
    I'm not sure, which courier company we'll use...

    Zoltan

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