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    Posted: 18 December 2013 at 9:00am
I see that Amazon do gift vouchers. They take the amount of the TOTAL which is what everyone wants. Here are their instructions......


To redeem your Amazon.co.uk gift certificate or gift card using the Shopping Basket, follow the steps below.
1.Select the items you wish to order, using your Shopping Basket.

2.In the order form, you'll see a box that says "Have you got a gift certificate or promotional code?".
3.Enter your claim code into the box and click the "Apply" button.

You'll be able to see that the value of your gift certificate/card has been deducted from the total cost in the order summary. When you have successfully placed your order, the following message will be displayed: "Thank you--we have received your order".
To Redeem your Amazon.co.uk gift certificate or gift card using 1-click, follow the steps below:
1.Visit the Your Account page.
2.Click "Apply a Gift Certificate to Your Account."
3.Sign in with your e-mail address and password.
4.Enter your claim code and click "Apply to Your Account".


Next time you place an order with 1-click, the value of your gift certificate/card will be deducted from the total.

If the value of your gift certificate exceeds your order value, any remaining balance is added to your gift certificate account. You will be given the option to use that balance when you place future orders.

If your order total exceeds the value of your gift certificate you will be asked to select a payment card or redeem another gift certificate to pay the balance.


Edited by Keith - 19 December 2013 at 12:03pm
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If you can do it to the order BEFORE adding shipping (like it works now), you can do it to an order AFTER shipping. The logic does not change.

All this talk of tax, paypal integration etc is a red herring, IMHO.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AnnieCov Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 October 2013 at 4:25pm
We just need a gift voucher that can be applied to the whole order INCLUDING shipping please!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rscass Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 October 2013 at 11:56pm
I get it - it's to do with sales tax.

A promo code or coupon reduces the bill and therefore the VAT collected.

A gift voucher is currency.

The goods (including VAT) are charged at full retail. The invoice is then settled with a combination of voucher and other payment method.

When you think it through, it's not the same as simply knocking an amount off the price of an item.

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Don't get that last post by Oliver.

You can already have a promotional code that generates free shipping.

You can also already have a promotional code that reduces the amount to pay by a fixed amount eg £10 off

So why is it so difficult to have a promotional code that does both the above? The code has already been written. And it works......

Andy Rigby
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Support Oliver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 September 2013 at 10:02am
Hello Everyone,

All your concerns are completely justified and it is agreed that vouchers are something that would be a brilliant feature for RomanCart. Obviously a key selling point as well. However as mentioned there are other works that unfortunately take priority.

The priority works are actually Payment Gateway updates. As you know we work with a variety of Payment Gateway Integrations all of which have to be maintained. Unfortunately we get very little notice to do this and it is a constant and when these updates come in we have to drop everything and get them done to make sure you our customers can continue to process transactions through them.

The problem with vouchers are as follows. Although it seems like an easy fix. We cannot adapt Promotion Codes or Coupons to give free shipping. The main reason for this is actually to do with all the tax variations (depending on the shipping method) that occur with shipping. I appreciate this might not be the case for everyone. But when working on a hosted system like ours this has to work for everyone.

Vouchers when we finally get there will have to be configured as a new Payment Method. That is the most practical way to keep tax and shipping calculations all up together.

Where things get really complicated is that we will then have to rewrite every payment gateway to become a "partial payment method" to pay for the remainder of the balance. In a sense itís a more complicated version of the 'zero value order' found under 'Configure/Payment Methods'

This then makes RomanCart Support two payment methods per transaction which in turn means pretty much rewriting most of the core code for invoices and despatch, call back and you name it. And that is just to begin with.
I know this is not the best of news but we feel it is important that you are aware of the real reasons for such a beneficial and maybe even obvious feature to not be prioritised. Please be assured we are aware that this is something that does need to happen but it will be a lot more work than you probably anticipate and the current maintenance and upkeep of RomanCart to keep you all processing your transactions obviously takes priority. I hope that you can all understand this. Also please watch this thread. This is something we all want to see happen.

Kind Regards

Oliver Brason
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Edited by Support Oliver - 27 September 2013 at 10:03am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Red Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 September 2013 at 9:31am
James
re your "We will take a serious look at this after we have completed other projects which must take priority."
can you tell us what the other projects are please as we often get this answer on the forum but never know what it is that you are working on.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote beng27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 September 2013 at 8:10pm
Andy, the problem with the 'work-around' that you suggest is that it is suitable for very few merchants.

Most of us cannot afford to give free shipping to anyone who spends a gift voucher.

We all have our business models worked out, we know how our postage bands work, & we dont want to change it. We just want to be able to use a normal gift voucher, in the normal fashion.

And, seriously, there's no technical reason why doing it properly should take 'several months'. People do need to be clear we are not talking about months of development work here, just a few hours. The fact is that it isnt a priority to RC. That's fine - there are limited resources and thats RCs business decision.

But people need to realise that the amount of coding needed to do either a bodge, or a discount that applies to the total inc shipping is about the same (practically SFA for either). So its not that one could happen quickly while the other takes ages - its simply that you're not going get either in a hurry if you can't convince RC of the need for action.

The actual problem is that Support either do not see the need for this, and/or don't understand the conceptual difference between a coupon and a gift voucher. So it isn't a priority, so it doesn't get added to the roadmap. No doubt we'll be having exactly the same conversation this time next year. . .
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James, many of us would dearly love to have some form of gift voucher facility in place in the run-up to this Christmas, but it sounds like the solution you are thinking of will take several months, so it will not help us this year, and we'll all miss out on valuable gift voucher sales.

I, for one, would be happy to have the easy workaround that was discussed earlier in this thread, to tide us over until a full-blown gift voucher scheme is written. If you remember, all this workaround needed was to allow promotion codes to be set up which give both money off (your existing "Direct" option) AND free shipping (currently we can only have either-or).

Any chance?

Best wishes

Andy Rigby
www.christianbits.co.uk


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Support James Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 September 2013 at 5:56pm
Hi,

Thanks for everyones feedback regarding this. We have looked at your requirements and this is something we would like to implement.

However please appreciate that this is not easy to integrate and simply cant be added overnight. We will take a serious look at this after we have completed other projects which must take priority. However this unlikely to be for a few months.

But rest assured we are keen to add this and will look into this when we can.

Thanks

James
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