How can I offer volume discounts?

I am building an e-commerce site to sell my client’s art prints. The prints are offered at a fixed price. However, she also wants to sell notecards of selected prints, and these she wants to offer at a descending price based on quantity. I’d hoped the shopping cart (Mal’s) could be set up to automtically calculate the price based on the quantity, but that doesn’t appear to be an option. I then turned to Freeway’s e-Buy Form, but variable pricing appears not to be an option there, either. Any suggestions?


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Easiest way may be to offer the volume discount as a separate price option on the page ie 10 widgets = $10, 50 widgets = $45 etc

David


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I wish it was that easy. She is offering one card for $2, three cards for $5, and seven cards for $10. But buyers are not restricted to buying in those quantities. They can buy two cards, or four cards, or twelve or any other quantity. I am afraid I will to have to have a selection range (radio buttons?) similar to this:
1 for $2, 2 for $4, 3 for $5, 4 for $6.67, 5 for $8.33, 6 for $9.00, 7 for $10.00, 8 for 11.43 …

To complicate matters, there are seven different cards, and they can be mixed or matched in any combination. I’d have to repeat the same selection buttons for each different card. I just think it would look amateur.


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Yes that gets very complicated…

What if a customer wants 8 cards - is it then 2 x 4@$6.67 ($13.34) or 1@$2 + 7@$10 ($11) or some other combination…

Would it not make more sense for her to implement a more regular pricing structure - there are probably not many systems that can deal with this as is.

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The Mals cart can do this with something they call discountpr. You
pass the price break points and the prices to the cart with the order
and their server works out the discount and presents the user with the
corrected total.

Here’s the documentation on discountpr from the Mals support site;
https://www.mals-e.com/support/tpv.php?tp=2
and here’s a simple example page I put together based on the Mals
example store;
http://www.freewayactions.com/test/mals-discountpr/t-shirt.html

If you add t-shirts to the cart you’ll see that any design will cost
you $35.00 up to 5 units, then $25.00 up to 10 units and then a
bargain $15.00 for each shirt over 15 units.

There are two distinct problems with using this method;

  1. Each product (each t-shirt style) is a separate product and the
    discounts only apply to each product. To get a discount the user would
    have to buy the correct number of each t-shirt style.
  2. Neither the Softpress store actions or my Mals actions support
    productpr natively although both can achieve the correct result using
    a single line of markup.

The solution I think you’ll be able to employ is to use a cart wide
discount. If you log into your secure Mals admin area and look at the
cart setup section you’ll see an area for discounts. It is here that
you can define your multi tier discounts so that the more products a
user buys the more of a discount they get.
Here’s a screen shot of the Mals admin area showing how I would set up
discounts for those t-shirts;

The good news is that you can do this with the e-Buy actions as long
as you are happy to give a discount over the entire store. This
discount scheme works for the whole cart so if you wanted to offer
discounts for prints but not cards then you’d be out of luck. Judging
by your e-mail it appears that this should do the trick for you.
Regards,
Tim.

On 27 Jun 2009, at 09:55, ENauta wrote:

I am building an e-commerce site to sell my client’s art prints. The
prints are offered at a fixed price. However, she also wants to sell
notecards of selected prints, and these she wants to offer at a
descending price based on quantity. I’d hoped the shopping cart
(Mal’s) could be set up to automtically calculate the price based on
the quantity, but that doesn’t appear to be an option. I then turned
to Freeway’s e-Buy Form, but variable pricing appears not to be an
option there, either. Any suggestions?

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Thanks, Tim - this is great input! Whenever I have a problem, I know I can depend on my fellow Freewayers to come through.

My client didn’t intend to offer discounts on the prints, just the cards. Since the discounts apply to the whole cart, perhaps I could find a way to have two carts. Then the notecard orders would feed one cart, and the art print orders would feed another. Which raises the question of whether my client’s web host would permit it… The site’s pages would probably have to be separated into two sites, requiring a multi-site fee structure.

Of course, before I go that far, the rational thing to do would be to take DeltaDave’s advice and try to talk my client into a unified cost structure.

Again, thanks for the help, gentlemen.


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Splitting the products into two (or more) store would work although it
may seem a little confusing to the user when they add some prints and
some cards to their order and only see one or the other depending on
the cart they are currently looking at.
Adding additional Mals stores to your site shouldn’t affect your
account at your web host as you are just telling the product link or
buy form to add the product to a different Mals account.
If you can split the two stores without the user experiencing
frustration when it appears half of their order has gone missing then
I think you should be OK.
Regards,
Tim.

On 28 Jun 2009, at 11:34, ENauta wrote:

Thanks, Tim - this is great input! Whenever I have a problem, I know
I can depend on my fellow Freewayers to come through.

My client didn’t intend to offer discounts on the prints, just the
cards. Since the discounts apply to the whole cart, perhaps I could
find a way to have two carts. Then the notecard orders would feed
one cart, and the art print orders would feed another. Which raises
the question of whether my client’s web host would permit it… The
site’s pages would probably have to be separated into two sites,
requiring a multi-site fee structure.

Of course, before I go that far, the rational thing to do would be
to take DeltaDave’s advice and try to talk my client into a unified
cost structure.

Again, thanks for the help, gentlemen.

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I’m so glad you pointed that out. As a consumer, if some of my purchases didn’t appear in the cart as expected, I’d definitely abandon the sale.


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