I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the right answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I got an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can answer it..
Mibble, would you care to explain exactly or generally how this can be easily done?.
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It is already in the software, send extra order emails to: and then for shipping, you let the customer know on the web that it is estimated only. takes about 10 seconds for the email to setup, letting customer know is just simple placement on certain pages...
I guess there is some option in OsCommerce that you can bypass the credit card processing??.
I guess when the user hits "checkout" we would generate an order email to the storeowner. The order would get stored in the Order table..
Then...hmmmm.....how would the store owner go into that order, and update it to add the shipping costs... Would that be some type of custom mod, or is that easy to do?.
Then finally, we would need to build some sort of interface to email the customer an invoice of the transaction (including the newly calculated shipping costs) and give them a link to paypal. The paypal part would be easy...we would just setup a page on the customer iPage site where the user would enter in his invoice number and the amount, then pres the PayNow with PayPal button, then we could take it from there......
I think Regina, has now got the picture thank you..
If you want osC to handle this fully and to allow the customer to come back and complete the order, including a full 'proper' order history, you need to customize the site, which is not a piece of cake as suggested...
I would do this by:.
1. Make check/money order the default payment module and flat the default shipping module. For bonus points, make this happen automatically, so that the customer goes straight to the checkout_confirmation page..
2. Change the language to tell customer that shipping costs will be emailed to them after checkout but that they will still have to manually initiate billing..
3. osCommerce can be set to email any number of people when the order is placed: admin > Configuration > My Store > Send Extra Order E-Mails To; set to the store owner's email..
4. Ignore updating the order with shipping cost (although you could custom write thisthere might even be a contribution, why bothercustomer is already done with the web part; just send them the email and put the data in from PayPal)..
5. Manually email the customer (since you have to manually create the shipping estimate). Tell them that they should enter the following data on paypal:.
Amount (including shipping, taxes, etc.).
Your PayPal ID.
You may be able to include this info in the URL you send the customer so that they don't have to type it..
This will be clunky, but the part that makes it clunky is the requirement that each shipping quote be customized. If this is an absolute requirement, then the system is going to be clunky. It's a bit of a waste of osCommerce's abilities, but oh, well..
Good Point, Matt!.
Why spend the time & effort customizing the order module...This is such a manual process, why bother?.
I think what is going to happen is that the storeowner will try this process for a few months, then get so frustrated, that they will eventually want to automate the entire process...that would be GOOD!.
And I think we've got everything here with OsCommerce except possibly a highly customized shipping algorithm. I think that's the only thing we're going to have to write to make this work later..
Oh...let me as you...does OsCommerce interface with UPS/FedEx/US Post Office for real time shipping? Would that be hard to do?..
OsCommerce has modules for each of UPS, FedEx, and USPS that interact with those sites (at least in the US; the companies don't provide good tools for most of the rest of the world yet). There is also a contribution to include volume weight in the calculations if that is needed (currently all or nothing, i.e. either all modules use it or none)..
While osCommerce may not have your shipping algorithm built in as a module, you could always write one..
Btw, Greg is definitely correct about the difficulty of integrating this into osCommerce so that everything would be within the system. However, if your client is fine with manually emailing the shipping quotes, then doing the rest manually is not that big a deal. Essentially, in this case, you are using osCommerce purely for browsing and cart storage for the customer. Back end reporting, etc. would be done outside. Presumably the client already has an accounting system for this..
My client wants to have a shopping cart that would total all this products, then generate an order email to him. He would look over the order, then add the shipping costs, and email the customer a final bill, and then he wants the customer to go to PayPal and pay....
The reason why he wants to do this is...He is selling stone cutting tools and sealants...apparently it's a big deal about how certain products get packed and shipped, so he wants to manually calculate the shipping total of each order..
Seems like a pain to me, but that's how he wants to do it.....
Could OSCommerce handle this type of e-commerce?..
Piece of cake if he wants to do it that way..