troubleshooting Question

Should I 301 redirect URL's with variables?

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I am quickly approaching a task that will need doing at some point.  I will be redirecting users accessing all content from one website to another domain altogether and with a slightly different URL structure.  To be brief, here's the difference:

old url

new url

Now my question is what happens when I have a variable URL like this?


where page=2 is the second page (and not indexed by google) and sort_by=price is just that (again not indexed).  
Using canonical linking I have google only indexing the main page - please note I may haven't got the specifics right but that's not important for this Q.

Should I write the variables in htaccess?  I estimate each URL to have perhaps 4 possibilities in filtering the content plus how ever many pages it has.  If each page has 4 possibilities then that is a lot of redirecting!!

Do I really need to do this in your expert opinions?
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