Monday, April 1, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
It looks as though Paypal can now handle osCommerce 2.3.x style discounting modules, although it does so in a very odd way. You can see osCommerce Big Chooser for an example.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
It’s not unusual for customers to not feel comfortable writing PHP scripts to configure their Zen Cart Discounting program – after all, they’re focused on running a business, not on developing software. One customer asked if I couldn’t make Big Spender easier to configure for one particular style of discount – free item with any purchase.
I accepted the challenge! Here’s how I set up Zen Cart Big Spender to be configured from an admin setting.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
A bug was found in BOGO Discount for Zen Cart, which will affect configurations using Discount Basis other than “No Restriction.”
The issue was that BOGO would not continue to other items after granting the first discount in these situations. So if you have “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” with Discount Basis “Same Item”, and you had 2 of item 12 at $10.00 each, and 2 of item 15 at $5 each, it would only discount the item 12 (whereas the correct discount would be the item 12 + the item 15).
Thanks to the good folks at AliensAndStrangersMusic for helping me find this issue.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The marketing text for Zen Cart Big Spender and Zen Cart Big Chooser can be shown on the Product Info page of your Zen Cart; it may also be shown on the Shopping Cart (and Checkout Shipping) page by Big Upsell. And using the new set_support_prod() method of these discounting modules, a direct link to a product can be provided. (This was possible before set_support_prod of course; it just required more coding.)
But if we have a link to a product, and the product does not have attributes, why not add a buy now button? Big Buy Now allows you to do just that! It displays a Buy Now button next to any set_support_prod link, as long as the product does not have attributes and may be added from a listing page.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Most of my Zen Cart mods don’t update the cart contents – there are only two exceptions.
Auto Add, which has the ability to add an item when another item is added using the product info page. It is sometimes used for free items or items discounted using one of my other Zen Cart discounting mods.
Recently a customer asked if he could do a one-time-only auto add for a product which was commonly paired with another product, so I updated the API to permit this behavior.
(Can you guess the other exception? It’s Coupon Auto Add!)
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Zen Cart already has a mechanism to restrict coupons to certain specific items. But what if you want more complex conditions – for example, two specific items (A and B) must be in the cart? The coupon is only applicable to a certain group?
Zen Cart Coupon Restrictions – Big Chooser Style allows you to add Zen Cart Big Chooser style restrictions to specific coupons. Take a look at the examples of restricting Zen Cart Coupons for some ideas of how you can use it to create more targeted coupons for your business. For example, consider these possibilities:
- Creating a coupon that may only be used if have product 1 and product 5 in your cart
- Creating a coupon that may only be used if you have 4 items from manufacturer ABC in your cart
- Creating a coupon that may only be used by one customer (no code)
- Creating a coupon that may only be used by one customer group (no code)
- Creating a coupon that may only be used if you have a mix and match of 3 of products 10,11,12,13,14,15 in your cart
- Creating a coupon that may only be used if you have a mix and match 3 of products 1 and 2 and a product 5 in your cart
- Creating a coupon that may only be used by customers in pricing group 1 or 2
- Creating a coupon that may only be used if five items from category 3 are in the cart
- Creating a coupon that may only be used by non-wholesale customers (using Dual Pricing mod)
- Creating a coupon that may only be used if for carts with no sale or special items
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Zen Cart Checkbox Cross Sell allows your customers to add additional items (cross sells) to their cart when buying another item. It uses the configuration from Better Together to make suggestions from a list of items without attributes. It’s a great way to increase the value of each customer order.
Checkbox Cross Sell is the latest addition to the Better Together World for Zen Cart.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Whenever a customer asks me about Zen Cart Discounting Modules, I point them to the Zen Cart Matrix o’ Discounts on my site. People really like the example style format that the discounts are listed in, because they can find the discounting plan they want to use and determine the software that supports it.