Recently in the forums I answered a question that reminded me of a situation I was quite a while back. An avid Zen Cart follower had a question on how to use the attributes quantity discount option within Zen Cart.
The question was as follows:
“Can someone please tell me plain and simple, how do you use the Attributes Qty Price Discount Field?
What is the syntax?
I have a single product and price is based on quantity as follows.
1-4 $35 ea
5-9 $25 ea
10-19 $20 ea
20-49 $12.50 ea
50-99 $7.50 ea
100+ $5.00 ea”
The answer is as follows for those of you looking for it. Keep in mind that there are “2 structural ways” you can use quantity discounts within Zen Cart.
- The first way is to simply offer a quantity discount for a single product based on the number of items the user puts into their cart (like bulk discounting).
- The second way to use them is to offer a Quantity Discount on an Attribute of the product. For example and illustration, the product is priced at $50.00 and you can add-on a “pen” (again, for illustration only) for an extra $1.20. However, if you add-on 5 -10 pens, you get them for $1.00 each. Add 10 or more, get them for $.75 and so on.That is an example of using quantity discounts on an Attribute of the main product (not the main product itself).
Ok, so having explained that, I’ll detail my response to the Zen Cart question presented above. The following is how you would setup Quantity Discount Pricing for Zen Cart using the sample figures mentioned earlier.
Take the following string (adjust to fit your needs) …
And paste it into your “Attributes Qty Price Discount:” box for the product attribute you wish to “discount by quantity”.
If you are doing “Quantity Discounts (not directly related to a single product ‘attribute’)”, follow the same concept as above, except do the following:
1. From within the Admin click on Catalog > Attributes Controller.
2. Find the product for which you want to offer a quantity discount for and once selected, click on the “Display” button
3. Now, the product will be selected. Click on the “Price Manager” button near the top of the page
4. Scroll all the way to the bottom of that page and find the section that says “Preview Only … Current Price Status … Preview Only”. Click on the “Edit” button.
5. Scroll to the bottom of the next screen, and find the area that says “Add 5 Blank Qty Discounts:” and has a “add blank discounts” button under it. (bottom left). Click the button. (If you need more qty discount options, click the button again until you have the required number. Each time you click, 5 more option spaces will be added). As an example, if you need 6 quantity discount options then you will need to click the button TWO times in order to get enough options to fulfill your “6 qty discount levels” needed. (you’ll end up with 10 boxes, just fill in the 6 you need and leave the remaining 4 blank).
6. That will bring up a section that allows you to set your prices and qty discounts accordingly. Set them and be sure to click the “Update” button to save. Viola, ready to go! If there are extra “option boxes”, just leave them blank. After you click “Update” they will “disappear”.
That should do it! Comments? Questions? Post them here.