1 Click Buy in Zen Cart Checkout Candy for Better Together

Checkout Candy for Zen Cart now includes a one click buy button for products without attributes that are displayed as possible upsells. The principle behind Checkout Candy is simple: if you have created a Zen Cart Better Together linkage where one item is present in the cart and another is not, you are encouraged to buy it on the Shopping Cart and Shipping Pages. For example, suppose you create a PROD to PROD linkage between product 3 and 10. If product 3 is present in the cart, and the customer goes to the shopping cart page or the shipping page, they will be prompted to buy product 10 (and shown the terms of the discount). Naturally, this goes well with Discount Preview.

Have a look at Checkout Candy for Zen Cart and see the how you can promote your Zen Cart store’s cross-sells!

Zen Cart Edit Orders/Super Orders and my discounting mods

If you are using any of my discounting software (Better Together, Combination Discounts, Big Spender, Big Chooser, Quantity Discounts, Frequency Discounts, Military Discounts, Newsletter Discounts) along with Zen Cart Edit Orders or Super Orders please be aware of the following issue.

*** Update 08/20/2012 – updated for Table Discounts, Manufacturer Discounts.

*** Update 03/21/2015 – Please note that this article only applies to older 1.3.9 versions of these mods; the issues described here are fixed in version 4 of both Edit Orders and Super Orders (for Zen Cart 1.5.x).

Running Edit Orders or Super Edit against an order with one of these discounts will improperly change the minus sign in the discount amount to a plus sign.  So a Better Together discount of $15.00 will become a $15.00 surcharge.

The root cause of this bug is that both of these mods, when updating an order, enumerate through a fixed list of classes to see if the order total in question a known native discount (coupons or group discounts), and otherwise, assumes it’s a surcharge.

The fix is to modify admin/edit_orders.php and admin/super_edit.php as follows:  search for

 $ot_class == "ot_coupon"

and add in the classes you are using.   For Better Together, this would be

$ot_class == "ot_coupon" || $ot_class == "ot_better_together"

For Better Together and Quantity Discounts, this would be

$ot_class == "ot_coupon" || $ot_class == "ot_better_together" || $ot_class == "ot_quantity_discount"

“if statements” containing this check occur several times (depending on version) in the two files; make sure you get them all.

A complete list of the classes I have created that require this fix is:

  • Better Together: “ot_better_together”
  • Big Chooser: “ot_big_chooser”
  • Big Spender: “ot_bigspender_discount”
  • Combination Discounts: “ot_combination_discounts”
  • Frequency Discounts: “ot_frequency_discount”
  • Quantity Discounts:  “ot_quantity_discount”
  • Newsletter Discounts: “ot_newsletter_discount”
  • Military Discount: “ot_military_discount”
  • Table Discounts: “ot_table_discounts”
  • Manufacturer Discount: “ot_manufacturer_discount”

If you want a complete if clause that handles all of these plus the built in discounts (including GV), it would look like this:

if ($ot_class == "ot_gv" || $ot_class == "ot_coupon" || $ot_class == "ot_group_pricing" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_better_together" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_big_chooser" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_bigspender_discount" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_combination_discounts" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_frequency_discount" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_quantity_discount" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_newsletter_discount" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_table_discounts" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_manufacturer_discount" ||
                 $ot_class == "ot_military_discount"
) {

Image Display for Zen Cart Better Together

Zen Cart Better Together now does image display in marketing text, Buy Both Now and Checkout Candy. (The Zen Cart Better Together Promotional Page including Add both to Cart already had this feature.) Older versions of Buy Both Now, Checkout Candy and the Marketing Text are forwards compatible with the new Better Together, but if you wish to use the images for Buy Both Now or Checkout Candy, you must get new versions.  Only $10 to upgrade for existing users! Cheap!

Updates to Big Chooser and Big Spender for Zen Cart

Big Spender for Zen Cart and Big Chooser for Zen Cart have both been updated with a new parameter called set_constraint_regprice(). What this does is ensure that any items being counted towards the constraints (for Big Chooser) or the threshold (for Big Spender) are regular priced items not on sale or special.