We've just had an interesting epiphany: Subscriptions are not the same as "recurring orders" (aka "auto-ship"). As we see it, subscriptions (like Netflix, magazines, wine of the month, etc.) are effectively a uniquely "subscribable" product, with the shipping price built in.
Recurring orders, on the other hand, are normal products (like vitamins) that you happen to want delivered every XX days/months. In this case, you definitely want shipping added to the recurring order.
So we have a few questions for you all. Follow our train of thought if you're interested:
* Live shipping rates seem like the best way to go, for many reasons.
* Problem is this: Let's say the customer orders 2 jars of vitamins *and* 1 jar as a recurring order ("auto-ship"). Customer wants the initial shipment delivered overnight.
* Where do you (as the store owner) decide how you want to ship the future recurring orders? The customer probably doesn't want to pay a ton of money to get them shipped overnight every month, right?
* So our thought is to build a store-wide "default subscription shipping method" selection, where you (as the store admin) could say "All subscriptions with shipping will go parcel post/FedEx Ground/etc." (Separate defaults for domestic and international.)
We'd really love some "real world usage" type examples and feedback. If you have *any* experience with recurring shipments where shipping is charged, please let us know how it's worked in your experience, and how you'd like to see it work.