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eCart5 quotes, sales and dynamic selling

Thread began 1/21/2010 7:14 pm by Martin317528 | Last modified 2/10/2010 2:06 pm by Badger | 881 views | 4 replies |

Martin317528

eCart5 quotes, sales and dynamic selling

Probably going to upgrading to eCart5 but: When you say "Allow customers to shop and simply provide a quote" does it give the online shopping customer the choice to buy products or apply for quotes, at the same time? I have a client who wants to add high value items to his eShop but you can't buy them, you can only make an inquiry for the quote. But he still wants to sell other items on line in the same store. Plus he wants his customers to be able to inquire about (IE ask for a quote) more than one item by adding them to a basket. If it's possible, how does that work in one eCart? Does the order my client receives contain two lists (sales and quotes), or one list with both. The alternative would be to have 2 shopping carts. One for sales and one for quotes. But this not only duplicates the work but also slows down cross selling. Which leads me to the last question, is there any provision for ideas such as "last item viewed", "other items you may be interested in" and "inventory control (automatically showing if out of stock)"? I can see how to begin to make this happen using DataAssist, just wondered if this latest version makes it any easier. Thanks...

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

to create a store for both quotes and live sales, you would need to add a Get Quote checkbox to the checkout page:

php:
<input type="checkobox" name="getQuote" value="1" />




the create a hidden form field of the same name in the checkout form of the confirm page to capture the value form the checkout page:

php:
<input type="hidden" name="getQuote" value="<?php echo isset($_POST['getQuote'])?$_POST['getQuote']:""?>" />




Then on the confirm page, add an if statement around the local checkout server behavior so the transaction only goes through the gateway if getQuote was not selected.

php:
<?php if(isset($_POST['getQuote']) && isset($_POST['getQuote']) != "1") { ?>

<?php
...local checkout code...
?>
<?php
else if (($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST") && (isset($_SERVER["HTTP_REFERER"]) && strpos(urldecode($_SERVER["HTTP_REFERER"]), urldecode($_SERVER["SERVER_NAME"].$_SERVER["PHP_SELF"])) > 0) && isset($_POST))  {
  $<
yourcartName>->redirStr "checkout_success.php";
}
?>





as for dynamic cross selling like last item viewed, or Other items you may be interested in and Inventory control, these are not functions built into eCart, you will need to add them manually.

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Martin317528

Understood and thanks. That works if the "customer" wants a quote instead of buying something. We need a situation where the store decides which products in the same store can only be inquired about. IE email for a quote.

Would you agree the best way to achieve this would be to build 2 separate eCarts? One for the online store and one for the "ask for a quote store". I think I'm right that the products for the different carts could sit on the same product page. Then the customer would either checkout with his purchased items in the normal way OR use the other non payment cart to "send for quote(s)" of the item(s). I can't see a way the same cart could do both, or could it?

Ideas please.

PS: now have eCart5

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Yeah, you would have to create two separate stores, one for the Online goods, one for the offline goods to generate the quote.


you could use the same products table, just add a column to denote whether it is available offline or online.

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Badger

Thanks :-)

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