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Old 12-19-2005, 07:58 PM
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Ive been pouring over the code and tweaking the last few days. Ill have to double check when I get home - however what is going to be difficult is getting each item code, price and quantity.
By the time you are at paypal mode, the order is wrapped up and the lines are not directly availible.
That just looked like the most convenient place to me ...

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In other words, if you buy 2 items, are you supposed to do 2 tracking lines?
It would be helpful ... The code can actually be put in earlier in the order process when items are added to the cart ... but there really needs to be an "order Id" created that early in the process ....

The most critical thing for me is to be able to match up an order ID ... I can match up 2 "add products" tracking lines to one order payment tracking line just fine as long as I have an Order ID ...

For me ... the added value of having an Order ID early ... is that I can setup an affiliate program to pay different commissions on different product items. For example, if we use Geek Products as an example ... we could setup the GMart product ID to have a 75% commission, GAL to have a 50% commission, and GARS to have a 25% commission ...

So if I can put the tracking code in earlier in the order process back when an item is added to a cart ... the affiliate program will be able to track individual items, calculate an individual commission by product ... and then ... when payment is received "approve" the sale ... and pay the appropriate commission ...

I looked at the GMart templates ... I don't know which templates are used earlier in the process ...

Does that help any?

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Old 12-19-2005, 08:02 PM
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hmmm, a bit - sorry for being do vauge - im just trying to get my head around what youre asking for.

The orderid is created when the user buys. Beofr that, there is only a cartid (which I used to use for the orderid, but thats a different story!).
Anyway, im wondering if a module would work for you.

Is is a visible image that has to be displayed or is there some other way to communicate to them?
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Old 12-19-2005, 08:12 PM
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hmmm, a bit - sorry for being do vauge - im just trying to get my head around what youre asking for.
It's always tough to merge programming terms with operational terms with marketing terms with etc etc etc. ... <grin> ...

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The orderid is created when the user buys. Beofr that, there is only a cartid (which I used to use for the orderid, but thats a different story!).
That's not suprising <grin> ...

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Anyway, im wondering if a module would work for you.
Since whatever your definition of "module" is probably has no relationship to what my definition of "module" is <grin>... my answer would be no ...

I've installed this affiliate software is about five shopping carts ... it is one of the absolute simplest integrations I've ever had to do ...

The only real hard part is to figure out "where" to insert the code in the process and "what" the variables are to substitute ...

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Is is a visible image that has to be displayed or is there some other way to communicate to them?
There is no actual image shown ... the image tag is just used as a way to pass the variables to the affiliate software ... its an ingeniously simple solution ...

Customer adds product X to the cart cart ... an image tag is called which passes the order id, the product id, the price, and the quantity to the affiliate program ...

i.e. this:

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<img src="http://www.assoctrac.com/12345/track/sale/

?order=order_id;desc_1=product;price_1=price;qty_1=quantity;commit=0>
If the customer abandon's the shopping cart ... this dead data just sits in the database and nothing gets done with it ...

If the customer checks out through the shopping cart and pays ... then the payment thankyou screen calls an image tag which passes the order id, and the amount to the affiliate program ...

i.e. this:

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<img src="http://www.assoctrac.com/12345/track/sale/?order=order_id;commit=1>
Ingeniously simple ...

Greg

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12-15-2005 , 02:14 AM ill have to pop open the code tonight and have a look during those processes.
Have you had a chance yet to look up what variables you use for:
  • order_id
  • product
  • price
  • quantity

If you can just give me the variable names ... I'll test ...

Thanks,
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The problem is that you cant access them as such there, so I retweaked the code to enable you to.

I have a new update on GM where I added the ability to grab this information at process time. However there are several other additions that require more testing before I can release it - and im investigating a couple other bugs. SHould have something soon.
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