Before doing an in-depth study of these examples, you should visit our setup guide for a primer on how virtualCART® works. That page is also a setup guide, but is great for just "light reading".
Our "classic" implementation is heavily commented with information about each example. It is useful for understanding concepts or just finding a method that matches your product organization.
Our "carpet store" demo illustrates how to sell cloth, carpet, or something similar which needs a shopping cart intelligent enough to understand different widths, lengths, and quality grades of an item. virtualCART® tracks all these, dynamically adjusting the price to meet the product. virtualCART® can sell virtually anything, in any combination.
There exist's the need to be able to put more than one line item into the shopping cart at one time. When a customer will often buy several related items together, we call such items "logical groupings", and they are coded on your site as "multi-item submissions". The html code differs a bit for these, and we suggest that you tackle standard single items first. When you're ready, visit our very simplistic bread store. The page also provides example code outlining the usage for this method.
Direct Catalog Input:
This feature provides support for you to allow internet ordering direct from your printed catalog. The customer just types in your item number, price, a brief description, and they just drop it in their basket.
Membership discounts or special offer discounts: If you wish to offer discounts to existing customers or members, or have a special "coupon" page perhaps, we have a new method for supporting that. You can either give a percent discount or or a flat dollar amount. To use this feature, use either =discount= (percent off), or =discountflat= (flat dollar amount off) in the part number field of the item variable. The flat dollar amount will not reduce the item subtotal below zero.
Information Gathering: If you wish to gather information from your customer, there has never been an easy way to do so until now. If you use the special tag =info= in the part number, you can gather any information and have it passed to the final order without it needing to be an actual product.
Force Customer Selections Before Checkout:
Here's one you've all been waiting for! You offer a default shipping method, and also some other methods, or maybe need for people to select a sales tax item before checkout, and we remind them with messages, but they just don't do it, and place the order anyway. Frustrated? Now you can force them to make those selections. The best part is that it's pretty easy to do it.
Quantity Change Disable:
If you add several items to the cart as a group, or package deal using multi-item submission, you don't want shoppers to be able to remove an item from the group. Until now, a customer could wreak havoc with your system by using the increase/decrease/remove line item function in the cart display. To fix that, we have a special tag which can go into the partnumber field of the items in a group. Just include =NA= anywhere in the partnumber field. Simple fix for a difficult problem.
Image Maps and HTML Links:
Many of you have asked if it is possible to use image maps and links to perform the various cart functions. Of course it's possible, here's how.
(Please note that we do not recommend adding products to the cart with this method as it allows the possibility of price tampering.
Selling in Groups:
This example allows you to give price breaks on similar items that customers can select from a group.
Selling in Lot Sizes:
Here is an example of how to sell in lot sizes without the customer being able to mess up the quantity with the increase/decrease button.
Here is an example of how to change multiple fields in the form tag for adding items to the shopping cart, using only a select menu.
Our "shipping" demo illustrates how to set or modify the shipping cost from within your html.
(Useful when the UPS/FedEx/USPS calculator or Sliding Scale doesn't fit your sales model)
It is strongly recommended that you have successfully grasped the basic concepts of virtualCART® before implementing the following advanced features:
Express Order single page sales. All done securely, and you have full control over the content and the order format. Got a hot product or a single product to sell? Or maybe your friends are helping you sell something on their site? Put up this single page where people can do it all from one page.
If you want, add a hidden variable showing the site where the order form resides and give your friend a commision. This works as an honor system affiliates program.
Soft Delivery - If you wish to sell an image, an on-line report, a midi file, or anything that can be accessed viaURL, virtualCART® now provides support for direct delivery of this URL to your customer 24hrs. a day without them having to wait. Here is a sample page, along with instructions and the set-up form for "soft delivery".