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July 6, 2011

By Kara Heinrichs

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Shopping Cart Price Rule Recipes — Free Shipping Promos

To set up Free-Shipping promotions, go to ADMIN: Promotions→Shopping Cart Price Rules. Set the information in the “Rule Information” tab as desired. All of these Free-Shipping promotions can be set up with and without coupon codes. Use the guidelines below for filling in the “Conditions” and “Actions” tabs. As always, be sure to test your promotion before making it live.

When setting up Free Shipping promotions for the first time, also go to ADMIN: System→Configuration→Shipping Methods and verify that the option to which “Free Shipping” can be applied for each shipping method is the one you want (by default, these are always set to the “ground” option).

NOTE: Shopping Cart Price Rules for free shipping don’t work quite the way you might expect when you use table rates for the shipping method. All the other shipping methods allow you to indicate which of the modes is the free shipping method. Table rates doesn’t for some reason. To enable it for table rates, you need to enable the “Free shipping” method in ADMIN: System> Configuration> Shipping Methods tab> Free Shipping panel. Set the “Minimum order amount” to something absurdly high so that this rule never takes over. However, now that the method is enabled, your free shipping shopping cart price rules can take effect.

Free shipping on all orders

To provide free shipping on all orders, follow these settings.

Conditions: None.

Actions: Use the following settings as guidance:

Free shipping on orders over $XX

To provide free shipping on orders that exceed a certain monetary value, follow these settings. This example shows free shipping on orders over $100.

Conditions: Use the following settings as guidance:

(Why does it show $95, not $100? I’ve had customers call to complain when their order is $99 and they don’t get the free shipping. Honestly, it costs more to take the call than to fudge a little bit on the cutoff values.)

Actions: Use the following settings as guidance:

July 6, 2011

By Kara Heinrichs

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Shopping Cart Price Rule Recipes — Fixed Amount Off Promos

To set up Fixed-Amount-Off promotions, go to ADMIN: Promotions→Shopping Cart Price Rules. Set the information in the “Rule Information” tab as desired. All of these Fixed-Amount-Off promotions can be set up with and without coupon codes.

Fixed amount promotions are identical to percent-off promos, on the “Action” tab, just change the “Apply” dropdown to “Fixed amount discount.” As always, be sure to test your promotion before making it live.

Buy 1, Get 1

Buy 1, Get 1 (BOGO) promos work a little differently than other Buy X, Get Y promos. This example shows buy 1, get 1 for a single SKU.

Conditions: None.

Actions: Use the following settings as guidance:

Buy X, Get Y (when X is not 1)

This example shows buy 2, get 1 for a single SKU.

Conditions: None.

Actions: Use the following settings as guidance:

July 6, 2011

By Kara Heinrichs

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Shopping Cart Price Rule Recipes — Percent Off Promos

This Shopping Cart Price Rule Recipe series is a re-publication of a wiki article I wrote after one of the 2010 Summer Webinars to help people figure out shopping cart price rules. It always felt so lost up there on the wiki, but is great content, so I’ll give it new life here.

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Shopping cart price rules can require a lot of trial and error to get them right. This article captures in one place the recipes (conditions, actions and settings) that successfully implement some common promotions, hopefully to help you avoid some of the experimentation each time you go to set these up. For more background on how shopping cart price rules work, please see this Magento Knowledge Base article–What Are Shopping Cart Price Rules and How Do I Use Them?

To set up Percent-Off promotions, go to ADMIN: Promotions→Shopping Cart Price Rules. Set the information in the “Rule Information” tab as desired. All of these Percent-Off promotions can be set up with and without coupon codes.

Use the guidelines below for filling in the “Conditions” and “Actions” tabs. As always, be sure to test your promotion before making it live.

X% off everything

To provide a set percentage off everything in your store, follow these settings. This example shows the settings for 20% off.

Conditions: None.

Actions: Use the following settings as guidance:

X% off one category

To provide a set percentage off the items in just one category in your store, follow these settings. This example shows the settings for 20% off a single category.

Conditions: None.

Actions: Use the following settings as guidance:

X% off specific products

To provide a set percentage off only specific products in your store, follow these settings. This example shows the settings for 20% off any of three SKUs.

Conditions: None.

Actions: Use the following settings as guidance:

X% off specific products when you order Y or more

To provide a set percentage off only specific products in your store and only if the customer orders more than a set number of those products, follow these settings. This example shows the settings for 20% off two SKUs if the customer orders 10 or more of any combination of those SKUs.

Conditions: Set a condition that triggers the rule only if the cart contains 10 or more of SKU1 and/or SKU2 combined. Use the following settings as guidance:

Actions: Set the actions to do the discount but to only apply it to SKU1 and SKU2 and not other items in the cart. Use the following settings as guidance: