Promotion calculators

Promotion calculators are similar to shipping calculators : they calculate against your preferred amounts, percentages, and currencies. The main difference is that promotions adjust prices as discounts rather than charges.

Solidus includes a number of built-in promotion calculators. Because promotions can adjust orders, line items, or shipping charges, note that some of the built-in calculators can only be used on a subset of promotions.

The rest of this article summarizes the available promotion calculators, grouped by the types of promotions they can calculate (either order, line item, or shipment promotions).

Order or line item promotions

The following calculators are available to use on whole-order or line item promotions:

Flat rate

The Spree::Calculator::FlatRate calculator has the following preferences:

  • amount: The amount per item to calculate.
  • currency: The currency. The default value is your store's default currency setting.

This calculator takes the total of an applicable order or line item and discounts a percentage of it.

Flexi rate

The Spree::Calculator::FlexiRate calculator provides a flexible rate depending on the number of items on an order.

For example, you could sell one t-shirt for $20. But, if the customer buys five t-shirts, the four additional t-shirt only costs $15.

It has the following preferences:

  • first_item: The discount rate of the first item(s).
  • additional_item: The discount rate of subsequent items.
  • max_items: The maximum number of items this discount applies to.
  • currency: The currency. The default value is your store's default currency setting.

To replicate the example above, you could set the first_item to 0.0, the additional_item to 5.0, and the max_items to 5.

Tiered percent

The Spree::Calculator::TieredPercent calculator provides a tiered percent discount. This allows you to charge a percentage-based discount that depends on the order total (or applicable line items).

For example, you could set a base discount of 10%, then give a greater discount on orders over $100 and $200:

Tier Discount (%)
0
Tier
Base
Discount (%)
10%
1
Tier
Orders over $100
Discount (%)
15%
2
Tier
Orders over $200
Discount (%)
20%

This calculator has the following preferences:

  • base_percent: The base discount for any order where the promotion applies.
  • tiers: A hash where the key is the minimum order total for the tier and the value is the tier discount. Using the example from the table above, the hash could read: { $100=>15%, $200=>20% }.
  • currency: The currency. The default value is your store's default currency setting.

Order promotions only

The following calculators are available to use with order promotions only:

Tiered flat rate

The Spree::Calculator::TieredFlatRate calculator provides a tiered flat rate discount. This allows you to charge a rate-based discount that depends on the order total. For example, you could set a base discount of $10, then give a greater discount on orders over $100, $200, and $500:

Tier Discount ($)
0
Tier
Base
Discount ($)
$10
1
Tier
Orders over $100
Discount ($)
$15
2
Tier
Orders over $200
Discount ($)
$20
3
Tier
Orders over $500
Discount ($)
$25

This calculator has the following preferences:

  • base_amount: The base discount for any order where the promotion applies.
  • tiers: A hash where the key is the minimum order total for the tier and the value is the tier discount: { tier=>discount_amount }.
  • currency: The currency. The default value is your store's default currency setting.

Flat percent (item total)

The Spree::Calculator::FlatPercentItemTotal calculator provides a flat, percentage-based discount on an order. In the solidus_backend interface administrators can use this calculator by choosing the whole-order calculator labeled "Flat Percent". It has the following preference:

  • flat_percent: The percentage that the order should be discounted.

Line item promotions only

The following calculators are available to use with line item promotions only:

Distributed amount

The Spree::Calculator::DistributedAmount calculator provides an amount-based discount on all of the applicable line items in an order. The discount amount is distributed across all of the line items.

For example, if your promotion offers a $5 discount and a customer orders a $20 item as well as a $10 item, then the discount is distributed across both items: $3.33 (on the $20 item) and $1.67 (on the $10 item).

This calculator has the following preferences:

  • amount: The discount amount given if the line items should be discounted.
  • currency: The currency. The default value is your store's default currency setting.

Percent on line item

The Spree::Calculator::PercentOnLineItem calculator provides a percentage-based discount for each applicable line item in an order. In the solidus_backend interface, this calculator is labeled "Percent Per Item". It has the following preference:

  • percent: The percentage discount that should be given to each applicable line item.

Free shipping promotions

You can create promotions that negate all shipping charges on an order. This type of promotion does not require a specific calculator. Instead, it uses the Spree::Promotion::Action::FreeShipping promotion action directly.

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