Tagged: coupon limit
October 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm #7609
For the same cart, how can I set up a coupon that applies to a limited amount of items only, then lets the other items at full price?
For example, I want a customer to apply a 30% discount to the first 30 items in the cart, but after that he/she should pay the full price.
I feel that would be an easy fix if a setting like “is less than” would exist, but can it be achieved any other way giving that such a setting is not yet implemented?October 10, 2012 at 5:39 am #50242
Will a category based conditional discount work? This way you can place some of your products in a particular category and then users will only receive discount on items from that category.October 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm #50243
I only sell one single type of product: content, in 100 words units. You can check out my setup at 101content.com.
How would I go about creating a category based conditional discount? Not sure if it would help, but it’s good to know nonetheless.
The entrance level for purchasing my products is very low, but people are still reluctant (read skimpy), so I’d like to lure them in with a lower price then apply the regular price.
How would that work within a single transaction?
Here is a practical example:
I offer a sample review for 1 cent. When I send the sample, it goes out with an email saying “…Please use the coupon code [generic] at checkout to get a 30% discount for your next order, up to 3,000 words.”
Most of them do not read the email, or do not care for the details, and order 10,000 words, then apply the 30% coupon code to the entire transaction. Some of them try to use the coupon later on, to unrelated transactions, which creates a different kind of headache since I’m not set up to memorize who does what, and I lose money eventually.
I have to get back to them and explain that the 30% discount coupon applies only to the first 3,000 words, and that they’d have to pay the regular price for what’s above 3,000 words. It’s not nice, and some of them feel cheated.
How can I solve this problem/s?
Thanks for reading, and for your help.October 11, 2012 at 5:01 am #50244
I see what you mean. Let me think about this for a little… I will give you an update later.October 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm #50245
At “Inventory Control” I noticed a setting called “Quantity Limit Per Customer”.
I thought I could create a workaround by setting, as per my above example, the quantity limit per customer to 30 (30 units x 100 words), but it’s not working.
Then I thought that I needed to set up the total number of available copies first, so I entered a bogus inventory count. It’s still not working, and the bogus inventory shows on the product page.
If the “Inventory Control” would work, combined with the conditional Item ID => Is Equal To for the coupon code, I think that might be okay for now.
Clients would need to go back to the main menu and order the regular product if they need more of it though, which makes this not an ideal solution.
Could you please let me know how can I fix this?October 16, 2012 at 5:45 am #50246
The issue mainly arise from how you are trying to setup the discount. Usually a discount is always offered for buying more. However, your discount is somehow tied to buying less.
Anyway, I think the following option might be a suitable way to handle this:
1) Create another eStore product that has a price 30% less than your normal product. So for your case it will be $0.70 (this is for 100 words).
2) Specify a per customer quantity limit of 30 for this product. So a customer can only purchase a maximum of 3000 words.
3) Now, create a new WordPress page where you will be selling this special priced product. Fill this page with all the details/conditions etc of this product and then place a purchase button for the product you created in step 1.
4) Also, place a purchase button for your normal priced product on this page too (so if someone wanted to buy more than 100, he can add some of this normal priced product to the cart).
5) When you send your special email, tell your users to come to this page (the one you created in step 4) for discounted priced.October 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm #50247
Thank you for your detailed suggestion.
The trouble is, the inventory control limitation does not work at all. I did actually try the same way a couple of days ago (see above my previous post).
Here is the link where I set up a product limiting the transaction to 30 units: http://101content.com/seo-articles-keywords-lsi-embedded-30-percent-discount/
Please take a look and let me know what I might have done wrong.October 17, 2012 at 5:21 am #50248
The quantity limit should work fine. What version of the eStore plugin are you using? Can you try loading a fresh copy of the plugin:
I wanted to share another method of doing something similar while we are on this topic:
You could create a few products with special prices and use “Buy Now” buttons for them. Lets say, your most popular choices are 500 words, 1000 words, 2000 words and 3000 words. You can have 4 Buy Now buttons for 4 products on this page that allows them to buy that specific amount at a discounted rate. So it will look like this:
Buy 500 Words – [Buy Now Button for this product]
Buy 1000 Words – [Buy Now Button for this product]
Buy 2000 Words – [Buy Now Button for this product]
Buy 3000 Words – [Buy Now Button for this product]
This allows them to buy that amount quickly without any messing around with the quantity values.
This documentation explains how to use “Buy Now” buttons if you didn’t know:October 17, 2012 at 11:45 am #50249
I’m running WP eStore v 6.2.2. I made a couple of CSS changes; it will be a pain to backtrack them and update, but I guess it was bound to happen.
The Buy Now buttons do not work well for my products, because there is no way to tell what a client would buy; that’s why I set up units of 100 words so they can purchase any quantity as long as it’s divisible by 100. I still have some asking to purchase, for example, 750 word articles…
Thanks for your help. I’ll update this thread after I’m done with updating the plugin.October 18, 2012 at 2:56 am #50250
FYI – you should add your CSS changes to the custom CSS file of eStore. This way when you go to update, you can just keep that file and reapply it afterwards (we never change that custom CSS file).October 18, 2012 at 3:00 am #50251
Thank you! I did do the css changes in the custom css, but also modded a couple of other things that I have asked here before; small stuff, just have to go through my posting history to remember. Will report back when I’m done updating.
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