Presale enq - Is it possible to use coupons as a prepaid solution?


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    seyi    
     4 years ago
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    Hi,

    I am looking for a way to create a virtuemart shop that uses a pre-paid account for all purchases (low value frequent transactions mean card processing needs to be kept to a minimum). I am considering the idea of using AwoCoupons (probably modified/hacked) to do this. My initial concerns are;

    Is it possible to apply coupons to a single customers account i.e. "Bob" signs up and buys a £10 coupon which he uses to buy £7 of products. Bob then tops up his account with a £25 coupon. is it possible for this to be added to his remaining coupon balance so Bob effectively now has an account balance of £28 to spend?

    Can the coupon (effectively account balance) be automatically used at checkout. i.e. since bob is logged in can purchases be deducted from his account balance at checkout? Im considering coding a custom payment processor to do this.

    effectively all products on the site will be purchased with coupons (account credit), there will also be a of product(s) responsible for topping up the account by £x which will be handled by a seperate payment processor.

    Finally, probably the most important thing, is AwoCoupon GPL? i..e would it be ok to hack it to my needs?

    Answers or thoughts on implementing this functionality would are greatly appreciated. I would also be willing to pay for necessary modifications if you think AwoCoupons may be suitable for this.

    lastly its a new project so were not 100% tied to Virtuemart if you think another ecommerce solution may be better please let me know.

    Appologies for the long post, I hope its clear?

    Thanks in advance,

    Chris.


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    seyi    
     4 years ago
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    Hi Chris,

    Alot of of questions there. Firstly, you are allowed to modify the code of AwoCoupon to fit your needs.


    Is it possible to apply coupons to a single customers account
    == a coupon can be valid for a specific customer, but not a gift certificate, which is what you would be selling

    Can the coupon (effectively account balance) be automatically used at checkout
    == no, the customer is required to enter a coupon.

    lastly its a new project so were not 100% tied to Virtuemart if you think another ecommerce solution may be better please let me know.
    == I work mostly with Virtuemart so pretty biased in that direction. I think you really need a point system of some sort, so maybe using AlphaUserPoints, which is a base system for collecting points:
    http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/e-commerce/gifts/5949
    There is a plugin for checking out in Virtuemart using the points collected:
    http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/extension-specific/virtuemart-extensions/virtuemart-payment-systems/6599
    I believe there is a buy points plugin for it also (which I cant find right now), in which case you would not need AwoCoupon at all.
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    somethingclever    
     4 years ago
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    Hi Seyi,

    Thank you very much for your detailed response. Your suggestion to use a points system sounds good and is something I hadn't considered. I will look into the plugins you mention.

    Thanks again,

    Chris.