Shopping cart price rules create discounts for orders at the checkout level, based on a set of conditions. The discount can be applied automatically when the conditions are met, or be applied when the customer enters a valid coupon code. When applied, the discount appears on the shopping cart page under the subtotal.

Once established, the price rule can be used permanently or between a specific set of dates by changing its status and date range.



Accessing Shopping Cart Price Rules


From the Admin menu, select Promotions - Shopping Cart Price Rules



To add a new price rule, click Add New Rule on the right hand side.



Shopping Cart Price Rules explained



Rule Information


Rule name - The name of the rule (promotion). This is for internal reference.

Description - This should explain the purpose and actions of the rule.

Status - This dictates whether the rule is turned on or not.

Customer Groups - Identifies the customer groups to which the rule applies.

Coupon -

        Specific Coupon - This is a coupon code. The rule will not apply unless the code is entered.

                Coupon Code - This is the code that is used during checkout to activate the rule.

                Use auto Generation - Generate multiple coupon codes automatically.

                Uses per Coupon - The number of times the coupon can be used before it expires.

        No Coupon - This means that no coupon needs to be entered in the checkout. The rule will apply automatically.

Uses per Customer - Determines how many times the coupon code can be used by a specific customer. This does not apply to customers who are not logged in. For no limit, leave blank.

From Date - The date from which the coupon can be used.

To Date - The date until the coupon can be used.

Public In RSS Feed - Determines whether or not your promotion is included in your store's public RSS feed.




Conditions


In order for a promotion to activate, a set of conditions may have to be met. Liquidshop Magento offers a wide array of conditions to enable you to create specific promotions and price rules.

Example:

In this example, for the promotion to qualify the subtotal of the shopping cart would have to equal £75 or more.




Actions

Apply - Determines the type of calculation that is applied to the purchase.

        Percent of product price discount - Discounts item by subtracting a percentage from the original price.

        Fixed amount discount - Discounts item by subtracting a fixed amount from original price.

        Fixed amount discount for whole cart - Discounts the entire cart by subtracting a fixed amount from the cart total.

        Buy X get Y free (discount amount is Y) - Defines a quantity of a product that the customer must purchase to receive a quantity free. this only applies to the same product.

Discount amount - The amount of discount applied to the transaction (percentage or fixed amount depends on which option chosen in the apply drop down)

Maximum Qty Discount is Applied To - Sets the maximum number of products that the discount can be applied to in the same purchase.

Discount Qty Step (Buy X) - minimum quantity of items required in order to receive X free (Only to be used when Apply is set to Buy X get Y free)

Apply to Shipping Amount - Determines if the discount can be applied to the cost of shipping (Yes/No)

Free Shipping - Determines if free shipping is included in the promotion (this can be set as a promotion in itself with no further actions)

        No - Free shipping is not available when the rule is used

        For matching items only - Free shipping is only used when specific items are set as a Condition

        For shipment with matching items - Free shipping is available for the entire cart when the promotion is active

Stop further rules processing - Determines if other promotions can be applied in conjunction with this one. (Yes/No)

We have a written article on discounting quantity. This can be viewed here.
please note this requires the Special Promotions extension




Labels


Default label - A default label that identifies the discount and can be used for all store views.

Store View Specific Labels - If applicable, a different label that identifies the discount for each store view.