Thursday, July 14, 2011

Display Single Item Price When Selling Package Quantities in Big Commerce

We've been seeing a lot of Big Commerce users wondering how to display the single unit price of a product when the product only comes in package quantities. Here's one technique to accomplish this that can also be used to add a setup or handling fee that is not included in the advertised price.
  1. Create a multiple choice Option that contains the package quantities available (or a single choice for the setup fee). Setting a default here will multiply the price automatically as soon as the product page is displayed. It's probably best to have no default so the single unit price displays until the user checks an option - shopping comparison sites may disqualify your products if they audit your site and see a different price on the page.
  2. Create an Option Set and add the Option, making it mandatory.
  3. Here you need to make a decision. We need to set up rules to change the price for each package quantity. If rules can be created in the Option Set that will apply to all products this will keep maintainance simple and is the best choice. If the package quantities cannot be based on a formula then the rules need to be created within each product.
  4. Add the Option Set to each product that is sold in package quantity only.
Here's a video to demonstrate (sorry for the crappy audio):
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