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System for ordering samples of main products needed


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I have asked a similar question about this in the contributions forum, but it occurred to me that it was quite an interesting problem and would be possibly useful as a thread in general support.


Here's the problem...


Customer sells laminate flooring. His shoppers often request samples of flooring by e-mail. Now he has decided he wants to charge for them (at a small price) to cover his costs. He has l;ots of products in his shop and does not want to have to spend ages setting up 'samples' categories. Rather he would like to do one of the below.


Get a 'request a sample' button on each product page that would calculate a price based on a % of the real price - this could perhaps use attributes (problem - can't get a minus % calc as a price option)




The button always goes to a 'samples' product which includes a text box where the shopper can write what the sample required is (problem - how to get the text box in)




another method I haven't thought of! (problem - i haven't thought of it!)


So what do you guys think? has anyone tried this sort of thing before and what solutions have you found. Any ideas appreciated!





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Why not use an option?


Buy full product, buy sample. Sample price can be set as percentage. Think you need a contribution to allow percentage in options (only allows +/-)


You can add the option automatically to all products for him using SQL in the database.

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