Magento Bundled Product Idiosyncrocies – removing “As low as” price

Posted under Blog,Business Tips,Magento,Tutorials,Updates by admin on Sunday 12 June 2011 at 7:27 am

If you want to remove the “As low as” price on the catalog view, then edit:
app\design\frontend\

\template\bundle\catalog\product\price.phtml

If your theme does not have this file, copy it from:
app\design\frontend\base\default\template\bundle\catalog\product\price.phtml

Then, comment out the code surrounding: <p class=”minimal-price”> ….. </p>

Read more about making changes to Magento for your Bundled Product configuration.

<p class=”minimal-price”> ….. </p>

Magento Bundled Product Fix – Eliminating the Quantity Box

Posted under Blog,Business Tips,Magento,Updates by admin on Wednesday 8 June 2011 at 1:23 pm

If your shop is set up anything like the TS shop, you don’t want that pesky quantity box at the bottom of your “Bundled Product”. There is an easy way to fix this – get rid of it in all your “Bundled Product” item pages. This is what aclever magento forum poster, tzyganu, suggested in this post.

 

To do this, you will need to edit your template. Go to this file:
app/design/frontend/”your_interface”/”your_theme”/template/catalog/product/view/addtocart.phtml

Save a copy of this file as addtocart.phtml.bak.

Now, edit the original file. Look for: “<!–?php if(!$_product—>isGrouped()”. Also, find the <!–?php endif; ?–>. In between these two, you should find a <label> and a</label>.

Delete this entire code and insert:
<!–?php if(!$_product—>isGrouped() &amp;&amp; $_product-&gt;getTypeId() != Mage_Catalog_Model_Product_Type::TYPE_BUNDLE): ?&gt;
<label for=”qty”><!–?php echo $this—>__(‘QTY’) ?&gt;:</label>

<input id=”qty” maxlength=”12″ name=”qty” type=”text” value=”&lt;?php echo $this-&gt;getMinimalQty($_product)== null?1:$this-&gt;getMinimalQty($_product) ?&gt;” />

<!–?php endif; ?–>

Now, double check your your work by visiting the product page of your bundle product and place the item in your shopping cart. Is the price coming up correctly? If not, it may be because you have set a minimum quantity greater than 1.

To fix this, go to “System” -&gt; “Configuration”.

Then go to the “Catalog” section on the left side and click “Inventory”.

Under “Product Stock Options” you will find “Minimum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart”. Make sure there is nothing inserted there.

Your Bundled Product should now work without the quantity box in the item page.

Please let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below!


Fixing the Quirks on Bundled Product in Magento

Posted under Blog,Business Tips,Magento,Updates by admin on Monday 6 June 2011 at 1:21 pm

The TS shop is run on the open source Magento platform. I am proud to say that with the exception of one instance, I have been able to fix my shop all by myself. Yes, I am a proud DIYer.

Like any other shop software, I run into problems. When I do, I immediately do a search and sometimes I find the answer. The hard part is figuring out the lingo people use regarding the issue at hand.

Today, for the first time, I tried setting up a “bundled item” to allow my customers to mix different finishes or sizes in one listing and get the bulk rate. I had several obstacles:

  1. No easy way to provide a bulk rate discount. SOLUTION: Set up “Shopping Cart Price Rules” – see below
  2. Input quantity provided at bottom of my product page. SOLUTION: Manually edit the template – see the upcoming June 8 post
  3. “As low as” price displays preconfigured low price. SOLUTION: Remove “As low as” price – see the upcoming June 10 post
  4. No minimum quantity for the “bundled item”. SOLUTION: – coming soon

1. BULK RATE DISCOUNT VIA “Shopping Cart Price Rules”
This is a little tricky. My ideal price rules are such that when a customer purchases 100, they get a price break. Then, 240. Then, 600.

To make something like this, I first had to determine the total price of 100 pieces at the normal price. So if the normal price is $1/piece, 100 pieces would be $100. 240 pieces would be $240. 600 pieces would be $600.

Now, after logging into the admin side of Magento, create your bundled product via Catalog –> Manage Products. Remember to SKU for that product.

Note that because I have three price levels, I will be making three rules.
Look for PROMOTIONS –> Shopping Cart Price Rules.

Click “Add New Rule.”

Fill in the “Rule Information” based on your own parameters.

In “Conditions”, click on the “+” and then choose “Product Attribute Combination”.

Click the “+” directly below and choose “SKU”. Type in the SKU of the bundled product.

A. Again, click the “+” directly below and choose “Price in Cart”. Type in the price of 100 pieces ($100). Then, change the “is” to “equal or greater than”.

B. Again, click the “+” directly below and choose “Price in Cart”. Type in the price of 240 pieces ($240). Then, change the “is” to “less than”.

Now click “Save Rule.”

C. Now, go to “Actions.” I chose “Apply Percent of product price discount”. Then after determining what price you want per piece, you insert the percentage discount.

At the bottom, you will see “Apply the rule only to cart items matching the following conditions (leave blank for all items)”. Below that, click the “+” and choose “SKU”. Insert the SKU of your bundled product.

The second and third rule will be created very similarly. Name each rule with a slightly different name. The difference will be the numbers you include in sections A, B, and C above. For your last and final rule, omit section B.

After everything is finished, make sure to double check by placing the items in the cart at the respective quantity levels.

If you have any questions, please feel free to submit them in the comments below!


Don’t Wait at the Post Office When You Can Do It At Home

Posted under Blog,Business Tips,Updates by admin on Friday 20 May 2011 at 6:00 pm

Plus you save money.

Investing in an inexpensive scale will save you both time and money. With a postal scale handy at home, you can create shipping labels at home by purchasing postage online. If you have a small store, I suggest paypal for postage purchases for no additional monthly fee. If you have more packages to send out you may want to try a monthly service provider like Stamps.com.

With these online post age purchases, you can save on delivery confirmation (costs around 19 cents instead of 75 cents), you can print out a scan form, and you can even save on the base rate.

For example, if you send via priority or express mail, paypal, click n’ ship, and stamps.com will provide a discounted rate with free delivery confirmation.

If you send by first class mail, stamps.com provides a discounted rate and a reduced delivery confirmation rate.

I happened to stumble on a couple of used food scales (weight watchers) which are pretty useful as a postal scale stand in. I am providing them at $5 per scale and sending it priority mail.

Feel free to ask me any questions about paypal, stamps.com, or my food scales. 🙂


Offer Your Newsletter to Paypal Checkout Customers

Posted under Blog,Business Tips,Tutorials,Updates by admin on Friday 13 May 2011 at 1:47 pm

Previously, I shared with you some tips on possible email vendors and ways to gain subscribers. I mentioned that you can ask paypal checkout customers if they would like to subscribe to your newsletter. This is how to set it up.

Should You Do This?

In general I would say, “Of course!” But after reading some etsy posts, I have decided to stop doing this. This is because the new etsy checkout system prevents this information from showing in your details section of your paypal transaction. (See below for information on how to retrieve the information.) Because of this, your customer is always asked whether she would like to receive your newsletter. However, you will not know whether she wants to subscribe.

Say you do set this up. You asked the customer (via paypal) if she would like to subscribe to your newsletter. She says yes but you don’t know it because she purchased via etsy. So then, you later send an email and also include another invitation to your newsletter. She may simply ignore the question because she is thinking, “Duh, I already said yes! Why do you keep asking me?”

I sell on several venues but I’ve decided that that the etsy problem is hampering the results of my paypal subscription option so I’ve deactivated this feature.

If you sell on artfire or zibbet, then I highly suggest adding this option to your paypal checkout.

Setting It Up

Go to paypal and log in.

In paypal, click on “Profile”.

 

Then, if you are in the new profile setup, click on “My Selling Tools”

Then, once you click that, you will find “Custom Payment Pages“. Click on “Update”.

Click on “Options”.

Then, at the bottom you will see “Offer Promotional Emails”. Check mark that.

 

Finding Your Subscribers

This is the more time consuming part. To find your subscribers, you must click on every payment detail.

Then, while in the details screen, you scroll to the very bottom. If you see “Subscribed (email address)” then you’ve got a winner.

If you don’t see any of this at the bottom, that means the customer did not check mark the subscription box.


Running a Newsletter – choosing an email vendor and finding subscribers

Posted under Advertising,Blog,Business Tips,Updates by admin on Wednesday 11 May 2011 at 1:08 pm

I started my TS newsletter just over a year ago so I thought I’d share some business tips on how to choose a email marketing vendor and ways to invite members to your newsletter.

Newsletter Vendors

There are many choices of vendors to run your newsletter. In deciding on one, you need to access your own strengths and weaknesses. For example, can you write and understand HTML? If not, you should make sure that your vendor provides easy to use formats.

Over at the SF Etsy team, members were discussing what they use and why. Some top suggestions were:

I personally use dadamail. Unlike the other email newsletter vendors, dadamail uses your own web space. I highly suggest it to tech savvy entrepreneurs as you need to be able to install it and set it up. You also need your own website.

Many web hosting companies provide a one click install for dadamail, which makes it much easier. I use hostmonster (and have used godaddy) and was able to install it with their simple scripts – simple enough to do.

The best thing about dadamail is that you can keep an archive of your old newsletters. You can see mine here. Although not as easy, you can also move your dadamail to another server or website.

Another great incentive with dadamail is that it is free. It is an open source mailing list manager and provides closed-loop opt-in subscription-based mailing list. After running my newsletter on dada mail for over a year, I decided to support the dadamail project and purchase the pro dada mail forever (Its not required but I love to support projects that have supported me.).

The more difficult thing to do is send out nice looking HTML coded newsletters. This requires a little more patience than is required for other newsletter vendors. For instance, I haven’t spent the time to customize my newsletter archive.

How to Collect Subscribers

To figure out who would actually subscribe to your newsletter, first think about your audience. If you are an independent artisan store owner, then I would suspect your audience to be one that enjoys crafty, unique items and articles relating to the process of making those items.

To that end, I suggest posting a newsletter subscription panel on your website (see here on the left side?).

Also, when sending out shipping confirmation emails to customers, don’t forget to invite them to subscribe to your newsletter.

Lastly, if you customer pays by paypal or google checkout, you can set up your account to ask your customer if she would like to subscribe to your newsletter. I will write a tutorial on this shortly.

Remember to NEVER add any email address without the permission of the email addressee and always provide an unsubscribe link for subscribers that decide they no longer would like to receive your newsletter.


Craft Supplies with Reasonable Shipping

Posted under Blog,Business Tips,Crochet,DIY,Updates by admin on Sunday 8 May 2011 at 5:42 am

I love it when stores ship items at reasonable rates (hence the reason why I do the same). So, when I was looking for some 100% cotton yarn and found Create for Less, I was ecstatic. Their shipping prices are very reasonable and are based on the total price of your order. If you purchase $100 or more, shipping is free.

Shipping and Handling Rates (as of post date)
Amount of Purchase Economy Standard1 2 Day Air Next Day Air
$00.00 to $14.99 $4.95 $6.95 $19.95 $37.95
$15.00 to $29.99 $6.95 $8.95 $21.95 $39.95
$30.00 to $44.99 $7.95 $9.95 $23.95 $41.95
$45.00 to $59.99 $9.95 $12.95 $25.95 $43.95
$60.00 to $74.99 $11.95 $14.95 $27.95 $45.95
$75.00 to $89.99 $13.95 $16.95 $30.95 $48.95
$90.00 to $99.99 $15.95 $18.95 $33.95 $50.95
$100.00 and more FREE! Only 10% of
your purchase!
2
30% of
purchase
45% of
purchase

1Standard shipments to AK, HI and PR add $10.00.

Now, I am crocheting away!

(P.S. I’ve included my affiliate link. Would you mind feeding my yarn addiction 🙂

Free Shipping


Win a handmade prize made by animal lovers!

Posted under Advertising,Blog,CFA,Sales,Updates by admin on Friday 17 December 2010 at 9:34 am

These are beautiful prizes just waiting for a home! One lucky safari contestant will win. All you need to do is find three animals, which can be found in any of the listings here:

Craft Tutorials

I just found an animal wandering around waiting for safari contestants to find him. He doesn’t want to hide anymore so he’s poked his head out here.

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now you just need to find two more animals! its easy and fun 🙂

More info here: http://crafting4animals.blogspot.com/2010/11/cfa-safari-contest_29.html


Free Small Biz Seminar in Oakland

Posted under Blog,Business Tips,Updates by admin on Tuesday 23 November 2010 at 7:00 am

When: Friday, December 3, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Registration & Light Refreshments at 10:00 am
Location: City of Oakland
City Hall Council Chambers
One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Free Alameda County Small Business Tax, Enterprise Zone & Regional Business Opportunities Seminar

Learn about tax compliance issues, small business financing programs and state and local enterprise zone tax incentives.

This is a free event. Travel via public transportation is encouraged. Pay parking lots available adjacent to City Hall. Arrive early for the best parking.

For additional details, please see the attached flyer or call the State Controller’s Office at
(213) 833-6010
(213) 833-6010

RSVP required by phone or e-mail by 12/2/2010.

For more information or to RSVP, please call (213)833-6010 or RSVP to the State Controller’s Office:

RSVP via Phone: (866) 305-9991
RSVP via Fax: (213) 833-6011

RSVP via E-mail: rsvp@sco.ca.gov

———

JOHN CHIANG, California State Controller
SANDRE R. SWANSON, California State Assembly
RONALD V. DELLUMS, Mayor, City of Oakland

In collaboration with the
City of Oakland Business Assistance Center
Alameda County Small Business Development Center
Northern California Small Business Financial Development Corporation
Black Economic Council
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County
East Bay Economic Development Alliance
The Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce
Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
Alameda County Bar Association Business Section


Google Checkout for the First Time Internet Shopper

Posted under Blog,Business Tips,Updates by admin on Tuesday 12 October 2010 at 8:40 am

For customers with little experience purchasing online, I have found that Google Checkout provides the easiest checkout experience. When I refer to “little experience purchasing online” I mean customers who do not regularly purchase on the web. These customers are more accustomed to purchasing directly at a brick and mortar store.

Because of their inexperience with online purchasing, many have never touched Paypal. Since Paypal is no longer the only resource for accepting payments, there is no need to drag your customer through Paypal if there is an easier alternative.

If you have ever purchased through Google Checkout you will noticed the biggest difference is the large form on the left that immediately instructs you to insert your information. Paypal, on the other hand, immediately instructs you to log in and only provides a microscopic link to pay without an account. Because most new customers would never have had a Paypal account, they get immediately confused or refuse to open an account. Many customers who are not regular online purchasers are often skeptical about creating an account and often fail to finish their purchase payment.

Thus, when I have an Artfire purchase that has not been paid by the end of the business day, I usually send them a Google Checkout Invoice. Before I send the invoice, I send them an email stating that I have received their order but their payment has not processed. For their convenience I have provided them a Google Checkout Invoice.

This has worked out very well as the Google Checkout process seems more streamlined and better equipped for a person’s first internet purchase.


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