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Got a question... What should I be looking for in a iPage web host ? Thanks in advance for any comment. Another question I got... I am looking for a visitor to select a number of items and then send the order through for our sales reps to give them a final quote on. Does anyone know of any modules that will do such a thing. This would also have "msrp" prices for the products but our sales rep would contact them with a final order amount..

Thanks for all of your help..

Alwazup..

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I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can answer it..

Comment #1

THere is a contribution called Hide Price if $0.

WHEn an item is in the system priced at $0 the cart displays a line of text..

I Have mine set to please submit for quote..

Comment #2

May I then ask....

What tools are you using for quoting? Just excel and then manually processing the order offline? How does the customer actually check out once they find what they want?.

Thank you for the info.....

Comment #3

There are set prices for the products, but most of the time, depending on the size of the order, there is a discount for the order. There really wouldn't be a need to process the orders online. I have installed the Purchase Order module and will be using this for this site. We would just like for the customer to pick the products that they want. This will give the customer a "ballpark" price for the products and if they are okay with the ballpark price they could submit the cart contents for final quoted price..

Thank everyone for all of your help!!!!..

Comment #4

The requests for quotes come in by email and are copied via the customer admin to the current order. Pricing and confirmations are added at this time..

Pricing and reservations are done using our in house software...

Comment #5

Hi,.

Actually a quoting system is really not that difficult to implement..

1) modify/disable the shipping and payment modules..

2) add in the edit an order contribution, add in the functionality to put the order back into the cart.

3) (optional) remove the display of pricing.

4) if you need the ability to have custom products, then put in a switch which would send an email instead of a ordered product, and then once the email is recieved, add this to the order system and place into the cart..

Most of this is already available and could be done in a short period of time. I have already done so on several sites and they are quite happy with the results..

Osc is capable of doing what ever you really need as long as you have some vision and can work with the system.

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Cheers,.

Peter M...

Comment #6

Thank you for your advice. I am kind of new to PHP so it is nice to find people that are willing to help. I will try your suggestions and see where it gets me..

I do want the prices to be shown, but more as reference than a final price. The total order price will usually be lower than the price figured on the site. This will always depend on the order..

Thanks again,.

Alwazup.

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Alwazup.

: 05 October 2004, 23:00..

Comment #7

I am looking for a visitor to select a number of items and then send the order through for our sales reps to give them a final quote on. Does anyone know of any modules that will do such a thing. This would also have "msrp" prices for the products but our sales rep would contact them with a final order amount..

Thanks for all of your help..

Alwazup..

Comment #8

There definately isn't anything built into OS Commerce that can do this.. It looks like you would need to modify some tables, and come up with a completely new table with quotes in it. The problem is sevear and complex. Here is the information I have on it so far (as I looked into doing this months ago but never bothered).

1) prices might change, and so do you want quotes to change or to stay the old price? Most businesses need the quote price to be what it was when quoted, and the quotes expire after 30 days. This has the advantage to the customer that the price is "locked in" on that day. Other businessed don't like a locked in price and want the quote to update it's price any time the stor echanges it's price..

2) What about special orders? OS Commerce is unique in that it is the only e-commerce software (that I am aware of) which uses it's products table reference in the shopping cart. Most others have the tables seperated so that way the cart is independant of the products table. When someone adds an item to the cart in osCommerce, it just references that product. In traditional software the products relevant information is COPIED to the shopping cart table and stored. The hproblem is what if you are into quoting custom devices, products, or special order products for customers? Well, osCommerce is not capable of this because the product must exist in the database first in order to add it. - This is probably the greatest limitation to osCommerce and arguable a design flaw..

3) What about user access to quotes? This is another major concern that would need to be implemented for a quoting system. Are you going to give all users access to all quotes, or do you wnat quotes to be specific to the user? Most implementations of quoting systems I have seen (dell, gateway, apple, etc) have a mixture of the 2 (private qutoes vs public quotes) It is a very complex issue and it really depends on your business model to determine wether you want everyone accessing all quotes of ir you want quotes to be user specific..

4) Quoting is the number one required feature for anybody who does business with the government or education. The reason nobody has put it in osCommerce is because nobody in these sectors is using osCommerce, and osCommerce isn't capable of being modified easilly to implement the above features...

I hope you have good luck, but so far there is no way anybody will put in a quoting system any time soon from my perspective... I'm sure it is not too hard to implement but it just doesn't seem to grab anybody's interest as of yet to do the implementation. Core code would need to be modified (though very minor alteratons) and so it makes it very hard for a contribution to add this functionality without breaking compatability wiht the rest of the system...

Comment #9


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.