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September 18, 2010 at 4:03 am #1845AnonymousGuest
How can you apply coupons for paid members only?
I have 2 memberships – free and gold. Free members can’t obviously get into the Gold Bonus page where the coupons sit unless they’re a paid member because I have it protected, so I get that.
Lets say I join as a free member and a friend joins as a Paid member and he gives me the coupon code on the sly, being that im logged in as a free member, the coupon still shouldn’t work (to prevent free members from applying discounts upon checkout) but it did work when i tested it.
Is there a way to apply discount coupons for paid members only regardless whether the bonus page is protected?
ClaudeSeptember 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm #24450
There is a short answer, and a long boring philosophical answer…
Short Answer: That specific capability does not currently exist.
Long Boring Philosophical Answer: You are faced with what, in the security business, we call the “insider threat.” To better understand this threat, let’s look at some real-life retail scenarios…
Walmart & Sam’s Club: You need to be a Sam’s Club member to enjoy savings over that of Walmart shoppers. To get these savings, you have to show your membership card when you enter the store. Members are allowed to bring guests with them. But in order to make any purchases, the purchaser must present a valid membership card at the register. Members are allowed to make purchases for guests. In fact, there is no limit on the number of purchases a member can make for guests. Why? 1. A sale is a sale. 2. At some point, the member will tell the guest to “quit leeching off me and get your own card.”
You can already implement this scenario by having 2 eStores, on different WP sites, one that anyone can buy at, and the other with the “Only logged in members can checkout” option set.
The Employee Discount: HP has a generous 50%+ discount program for its employee on computer systems. To prevent employees from abusing that discount, HP only allows 1 employee discount per model computer. 1. Employees will think twice about giving out “their” discount for the hottest system. 2. If an employee is suddenly able to purchase one of every computer HP comes out with, they let the Ethics & Human Resources departments deal with the situation.
Perhaps Amin could add another coupon condition to eStore that would limit coupon use to one per customer e-mail. That way, people would think twice about sharing coupons. It is also analogous to the 1 per customer concept. Now, as for the matter of people using multiple e-mail addresses, unless you are selling heavily discounted iPads, I think that it would be an acceptable risk. Besides, a sale is a sale.
Amin could also decide to implement a “logged in only” condition, as you suggested; but I think the 1 per e-mail option is the more flexible way to go.September 19, 2010 at 12:12 am #24451AnonymousGuest
We definitely can’t stop them in the short term. It’s like a client downloading an mp3 from you and then emailing it or putting it on CD for a friend – never stop that!
Thx.September 19, 2010 at 12:16 am #24452AnonymousGuest
Let’s say a Gold Members level ID was 5 and a Free members ID 2 – can’t the coupon be linked to the ID of the Gold Member, therefore acknowledging that it can’t be used with any ID logged in as 2?September 19, 2010 at 2:35 am #24453
Amin would have to first make a “business decision,” as to whether or not he wants to support a feature that is so tightly coupled between eStore & eMembers, the feature becomes unusable for WishList or any other membership plugins.
The closest thing to limiting coupon use, IMHO without tying the feature to any particular membership plugin, is the idea to have a 1 per e-mail address conditional on coupons.September 19, 2010 at 3:57 am #24454AnonymousGuest
Cool thanks for replying. It’s nice receiving responses.
By the way, would anyone know what code I would need and how to apply it, to allow my Layers Theme to have drop down boxes?
I can use another theme but this one suits my business to a tee and I want to use it and not swap to another theme.
I can’t progress with building my website until I resolve this issue as I have a lot of menus.
Thx againSeptember 19, 2010 at 4:22 am #24455September 19, 2010 at 5:52 am #24456AnonymousGuest
Thx I found the http://jaipandya.com and left a message on the contact form, but I’m not sure if it’s working as the last forum conversations were dated 2009!
Thanks for the other info though. I have left a message at his new blog, thanks to your information.
Appreciate your help.
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