Inventory control question for single, unique items

Great Software!

I had a quick question about a site selling a LOT of one-of-a-kind, single, unique items.

Is there a way to limit the inventory quantity to a single item so that once a buyer adds it to their cart it disappears and is not purchased by a second buyer?

How about timed, pre-scheduled, progressive mark downs ... ie. a fixed % discount per ___ days?
(10% off per 30 days, etc. until item sells)

Could the item appear again in inventory if the buyer later abandons their cart?

Thanks in advance!

Can the price be zero or POR to make an unpriced "want list"?

Can the price be set to zero or POR (price on request) to generate an unpriced "want list" or pick list?

I have a lot of unique items along with some in great quantity. I would like to price some, but set unique items to zero or POR to allow me to check stock before a customer pays.

Thanks in advance,

RE: Can the price be zero or POR to make an unpriced "want list"

Yes, you can set the price be zero or POR to make an unpriced "want list" by using either of the two methods below.

Method 1

You can simply change the Our Price values to POR on the Database sheet. The Ads with the POR values will display a zero ($0.00) price in the shopping cart.

If you do not want to allow the user add the products to the shopping cart, then set the corresponding Display Add to Cart values to FALSE on the Database sheet.

If you want to allow the user to add the products to the shopping cart, and you are using Mal's cart, then you can change the quantity field in the shopping cart to display a check box as shown in the image below. You can do this by following the procedure below. Note, this is a global option that will affect all your ads. Again, the Ads with the POR values will display a zero ($0.00) price in the shopping cart.

The Ads with the POR values will display a zero ($0.00) price in the shopping cart.

Overriding the Show Quantity Values for the individual Product Ads
You can override the Show Quantity values during Publishing of your website for the individual Product Ads by using the Product Ad Display Override Options for Publishing. You can access the Product Ad Display Override Options feature from either the Site Setup or Publish function. The Product Ad Display Override Options for Publishing feature is shown in the dialog box image below.

Show Quantity
The Show Quantity variable setting only functions with the Mal's Ecommerce Shopping Cart. The results of this variable are displayed in the Shopping Cart as shown in the example below. This Show Quantity variable setting is accessable via the Product Design sheet.

You can choose either of the following three variable setting options:

  • Editable = 0, Displays the quantity in an edit box in which the shopper can modify the value. To remove the item from the cart, the user would have to enter a zero (0) value into the edit box.
  • Locked = 1, Displays the quantity as text (no edit box). The shopper cannot modify the quantity value or remove the item from the cart.
  • Check Box = 2, Displays a check box in the quantity field so the user has the option to remove the item from the Shopping Cart. No quantity value is displayed.

Method 2

If you want to display the options available in a drop down list, then you can use the Multiple Price Options Add-to-Cart Form Generator Utility and set the price values to POR. The Ads with the POR values will display a zero ($0.00) price in the shopping cart.

Sam Raheb
XLEcom Program Developer

Thanks Sam!

Thanks Sam!

RE: Inventory Control

What you are seeking requires a "dynamic database driven" ecommerce website.

A dynamic database driven ecommerce website may offer you the time related options you may need, but requires you to "remotely" manage the site and server side database via a web browser.

On the other hand, an XLEcom site does not require a server side database. All XLEcom published websites are composed of just static HTML pages containing HTML and JavaScript code. An XLEcom site will function properly if you publish it to either your local computer or to your web server.

Sam Raheb
XLEcom Program Developer