Zen Cart Per User and Group Specials – Now Supporting Sales!

Per User Group Specials now includes Sales support for Zen Cart 1.5.4 and 1.5.5.

Specials are per-product discounts that show up in the shopping cart as price reductions, whereas Sales are per-category discounts. But neither of these built-in discounts can be restricted to a single user or group by default, which is why I did Per User and Group Specials.

So now you can create a Special *or* a Sale, and keep it restricted to one particular customer or group.

Updates for Zen Cart 1.5.5a

All of my mods have been now updated for Zen Cart 1.5.5a. Here’s the list:

Documentation is Product Management

I have put a ton of effort into marking up my help pages with HTML id tags.  Here’s an example:

<h2 id="installation_problems">Installation Problems: </h2>

Why do this?

So when people ask questions I have seen dozens times before about an issue they are having installing Zen Cart Discount Preview, I send people directly to the portion of the Discount Preview documentation which describes installation problems: you can send them the link


Over time, as you build up your list of tags that you can use in answering questions, you are enabled to not only provide better service (since you can answer more quickly), but also to save time, since you don’t have to explain the answer again and again.  And on top of that, you’ll probably spend time refining the one answer you have written down to the question so that it improves in quality over time.

Pricing is Product Management – $450 Chase Sapphire Reserve sells out

Value-Seekers Warm to a $450 Annual Credit Card Fee – New York Times.

This is really interesting to me. Not because I’m going to run out and spend $450 on a credit card – but as a product manager.

Many product people assume a price sensitivity which is greater than the market actually feels. Chase now has three price points on their rewards cards – free (Chase Sapphire), $100/yr (Chase Sapphire Preferred) and now $450 (Chase Sapphire Reserve). The $450 price is on par with the MasterCard Luxury Card (formerly Black Visa) promoted by Barclays, and significantly lower than the Amex Centurion ($2500/yr). Even more interesting is the fact that Chase has not heavily promoted the card – it has gone viral through word of mouth. And in a world where consumers are saturated with messages, the ability to successfully use word of mouth marketing is gold. Or should I say Sapphire? 🙂


Zen Cart Common Cross Sell Sort Order

Zen Cart Common XSell Sort Order is an add-on to both Extended Family and Cross Sell Advanced that allows the sort order to be used when displaying cross sells to be set in one single place.

Cross Sell Advanced Users: instead of having to go to Admin->Cross Sell and set the sort order for each product’s cross sells, you set it just once.

Extended Family Users: This permits you to specify the order of display of your cross sells.

Zen Cart Common Cross Sell Sort Order is an admin mod which is coded for Zen Cart 1.5.5, but could easily be backported for older versions.

Zen Cart Order Copy updated to 1.5.5

Do you have customers that order the same items again and again?   My Order Copy module for Zen Cart makes it so easy – and it’s now updated for 1.5.5a.  The My Account, Account History and Account History Information pages all offer them the ability to copy an entire order – even one containing products with attributes – to their cart for re-ordering.  Here’s a screenshot of the My Account page:


You can buy Order Copy with or without installation; your preference.

Companion Modules for Zen Cart Default Attribute

Zen Cart Default Attribute allows products with defaultable attributes (such as single format downloads) to be added directly from a listing page, rather than from the product_info page only.

Now, the following modules work with Default Attribute, allowing products with default attributes to be added to the cart.

For example, here’s Checkbox Cross Sell offering a PDF download:zencart_default_attr_ccs

Zen Cart Default Attribute

Zen Cart Default Attribute is a mod which allows items with only single valued defaultable attributes (such as PDF-only downloads) to be added directly from a listing page, rather than from the product_info page only.  This means your customers can add these products from the search page, category listing page, featured products page, or the new and all products pages.

And coming next month: you’ll be able to use my cross selling mods like Checkbox Cross Sell to help sell these products!  Stay tuned …