Julie E (FastSpring)
posted this on February 4, 2012, 1:26 PM
This article will teach you how to create a "pay what you want" or "name your own price" pricing option for your product. This option is used when you wish to allow your customers to set their own purchase price for your product. Please note that there must be at least one preset choice in addition to the custom amount field, but you can have more than one pre-defined price point. The custom amount minimum accepted, which cannot be changed, is $1. Here are two examples of the Pay What You Want Pricing option.
Pay What You Want Pricing Setup
Step 1: Adding the Pay What You Want Pricing Product
The first thing you must do is add your product (the one for which you want to create Pay What You Want pricing, and which will be referred to as the original product). Go to SpringBoard's Store Home » Products and Pages » Create a Product. Enter in the name of the product and set the display price to $0.00. Click Create.
Then click Edit next to General.
Change the Quantity Handling to One Unit Only, and click Save. This will hide the Quantity Box during the order process. Click Save.
Step 2: Adding the Pricing Options as Products
You must also create a product for each pricing value (i.e. a product for $10, a product for $5, etc.) you wish to offer.
Go to SpringBoard's Store Home » Products and Pages » Create a Product.
For these products, the Display should be what you want displayed next to the radio button (e.g. Option 1), the price should be set to a specific value (e.g. $10.00), and there should be no description or image. Click Create. Move each product for pricing value to Active Status.
Step 3: Adding the Pricing Options to your Original Product
Once you have created your original product and a product for each pricing value, select your original product by going to SpringBoard's Store Home » Products and Pages. Click Product Options and then click Add Option Group. Enter in the Display name (e.g. Suggested Prices, Name Your Own Price, etc.) that will appear above the pricing options. Check the checkbox under Selection Required, and click Create.
Then click Edit.
In the Selections Settings tab, change the Selection Type to Customer Specified Value (Donation). Make sure the checkbox under Selection Required is selected. In the field under Optional / Unselected Display, enter in the words (e.g. Other Amount, Your Price, etc.) you want displayed to the right of the radio button and to the left of where customers will enter their own price. Next, click on the Display tab. Choose Use Default as the Presentation and choose Yes as the Force Display. Click the X to close.
Click Add Option.
Under Use Existing Product, select one of your products (e.g. Option 1) that is the pricing value. Click Create.
Repeat this step with the other products that are pricing values. You can change the displayed ordering of these options (the products with pricing values) by dragging the handles next to each item up or down. When you have created all of your options, click Save. An example of what a customer will see during the order process is displayed below.
Note: Since you have set up pricing options as products, you want to make sure that the link from your website is for your original product, rather than the products that are just prices.