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Working with volume discounts

Volume discounts are applied when customers add an appropriate amount of selected products to their shopping carts. The system automatically calculates and applies these discounts during the checkout process, or while adding new orders or editing existing ones in the administration interface.

For example, use this type of a discount when you want customers to have 10% discount if they buy 5 pieces of selected product.

You can also set up multiple volume discount levels. This allows you to apply different discounts on different amounts of purchased product items. For example, you can provide a 10% discount if customers buy at least 3 Nike Race Day T-shirts and a 15% discount if they purchase at least 5 items of this product.

Adding and editing volume discounts

You can add and edit volume discounts for selected products in the Products application while editing these products.

  1. Edit () a selected product.
  2. Switch to the Advanced -> Volume discounts tab.
  3. For adding a new volume discount, click New volume discount. For editing an already existing volume discount, click Edit () at desired volume discount.
  4. To Minimum quantity, enter a number of product items that customers have to add to the shopping cart to obtain the discount.
  5. In Discount, select percentage if you want to apply the discount in percent or fixed amount to apply the discount in a specific amount of money in the main currency.
  6. To Amount per item, specify an exact value of the discount either in percent or in fixed amount according to Discount.
    Changing a volume discount
  7. Click Save.

The system saves the volume discount for the chosen product. If customers add at least the specified amount of product items to their shopping carts, the system automatically applies the discount.

By repeating these steps, you can create different discount levels. If customers then add at least the specified amount of product items to their shopping carts, the system automatically applies a volume discount based on the amount of inserted product items.

 Examples...

If a product has different discounts for 5, 10, and 15 pieces:

  • customers buy 4 or less pieces, they get no discount;
  • customers buy 5–9 pieces, they get discount for 5 pieces;
  • customers buy 10–14 pieces, they get discount for 10 pieces;
  • customers buy 15 or more pieces, they get discount for 15 pieces.

Multiple volume discount levels

You can combine percentage discounts and fixed value discounts in your multiple volume discount levels.

If you want to allow some other user to add or to edit discounts, see Role management and Configuring permissions.

Permission
Description
Read discountsAllows users in selected roles to access discounts and free shipping offers.
Modify discountsAllows users in selected roles to create, modify and delete discounts and free shipping offers.
Read configurationAllows users in selected roles to access E-commerce configuration, i.e. the on-line store settings, discount rules, etc.
Modify configurationAllows users in selected roles to modify E-commerce configuration.

If you edit or delete a discount, the existing orders stay with that discount. To update existing orders according to the new rules, you have to manually edit the involved orders.

Reference

Property

Description

Minimum quantity

Enter how many products a customer must add to obtain the volume discount.

Discount

Specify if you want to apply the discount in percentage or in fixed amount.

  • Percentage – the discount reduces the total price of the order by a percentage.
  • Fixed amount – the discount reduces the total price of the order by a specific amount in your on-line store main currency.
Amount per item

Allows you to specify the volume discount per one item of the product.

 Examples...

Example 1:

  • The volume discount has percentage in Discount,
  • the price of the product is 50 USD,
  • the amount per item is 10,
  • the customer pays 45 USD for each product item (10 % of 50 USD).

Example 2:

  • The volume discount has fixed amount in Discount,
  • the price of the product is 50 USD,
  • the amount per item is 10,
  • the customer pays 40 USD for each product item (10 USD off 50 USD).