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Offline hartiberlin

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Affiliate commission support ?
« on: January 09, 2010, 02:42:51 pm »
Hi,
I am looking for a Shopping cart for SMF 2.0RC2,
that letīs my forum users sell their hardware via my forum
to other users and I as the forum admin will get an affiliate-percentage
of each sale generated via the forum.

As the sales user donīt have their own shopping cart and I want to have
control over the affiliate tracking, I would like to implement a shopping card
directly into the forum, where the sales user can upload his hardware description
and documentation about the hardware he wants to sell directly into the store or sales page.

Then, when a sale is made, e.g. via PayPal or
Google checkout or simular payment options,
the affiliate percentage should be automatically transfered to me as the admin for each sale.

Is this somehow possible and does and SMF Store support this ?
If not, which other system does support this ?

Please let `me know.

Many thanks.

Regards, Stefan.

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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2010, 03:10:57 pm »
Does not support an affiliate commission yet could look into adding that to a future release. The hard part is splitting the payment and saying x amount goes to this user and y to another user which can be done but it is a little tricky.

Currently the store only allows the admin of the forum setup products but I have thought about developing either another version of store that allows customers to sell their own products as well. This could probably be developed around Feb 2010 if needed.

The system would not allow people to group multiple items from different sellers into one shopping cart since that would get extremely complex on how payment would be handled.
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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2010, 04:07:15 pm »
Hmm,
too bad you did not yet support Affiliate mode.

Okay, I am thinking of implementing this at overunity.com
cause many people just want to sell
some items for instance via ebay,
but if it would be easier to sell this
via my forum and the fees would be less than Ebay fees,
many users of my forum would use this  and
I could get some commission.

Or is there already any fees payment included for the
admin, if forum users use the shopping cart to sell their own goods ?

Many thanks.

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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010, 07:42:35 am »
Maybe I could use SMF classified and use the paid listings,
so the users have to pay fees for list their items in the forum to sell them ?

How many listing fees and sales commissions could be set there ?

Many thanks.

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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010, 10:01:41 am »
Commission are not supported by the Classifieds system only listing fees for auctions/listings and those can be set for each category in the classifieds system.
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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2010, 12:57:14 pm »
I'd just like to throw in my support for this feature.  Currently I have to calculate commissions by hand each month and its a pain in the bum for me and the people I'm re-selling products for.

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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2010, 08:29:40 pm »
Would some kind of report for products with a different paypal address help?
Maybe total sales for each email address with some kind of report date range.
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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2010, 06:57:59 pm »
Well all the reporting is inaccurate.  It doesn't take into consideration different price points based on membership levels etc.  I pretty much have to use Paypal's reporting to get a "true" assessment of where I'm at with money coming in.

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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2010, 02:50:12 am »
Would love for you to pay attention to this feature request.  I'm still having to calculate commissions by hand.  Its driving my wife and I nuts. 

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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2010, 12:27:17 am »
The main issue/thing I would need to change is I would need to store total price paid for each item. Instead of just a global cart total I will check out how hard that would be to do and if it would break anything.
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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2010, 01:24:50 pm »
Well just allowing me to directly deposit their commission right into their paypal accounts would save me a HELL of a lot of work.  I know you were waiting for some papal API thing to get finished but. . . didn't that happen?  Could you just move on to working on that?  How much time would that take you?  pulleeezee!

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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2010, 11:43:28 pm »
That part will take a lot of time splitting the payment kind of putting it off. There was a lot of technical documentation on it and I am waiting for more third parties to build libraries for it. Another stumbling point I found is that PayPal has to review the site in order for it to get approved to use that split payment API so that kind of complicates it a little bit for store owners.

I am hoping that once I have the standalone version of the store that integrates with  forum/cms software that I will get a large enough customer base which would then allow me to spend more time researching/building that api.
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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2010, 02:07:43 pm »
Ok well then in the mean time could you go back to making sure the reports actually reflect sales amounts and figures?  If someone buys something on sale for 50% of the regular price. . . I currently have no way of knowing that.  The store just lists the full amount. 

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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2010, 04:02:30 pm »
Commission are not supported by the Classifieds system only listing fees for auctions/listings and those can be set for each category in the classifieds system.

Hmm,
any news on this ?

How could an admin still make
Affiliate commission on sales when users sell their stuff on the forum ?

Many thanks.

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Re: Affiliate commission support ?
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2010, 04:10:45 pm »
I could add it a a basic feature but it really would be an honor system at this point. After the sale is completed. They would then need to pay the classifieds system owner but there is no guarantee that they would make the payment.

Now if we wanted to to do a guaranteed payment for commission that is harder
Currently there is no easy way to split a payment from paypal. Say x amount goes to user one and the other part goes to user two. There are some apis that paypal has but it requires every instance to be approved by paypal and I would appears to be pretty complex.
I done some reading on it https://www.x.com/docs/DOC-1408  it seems like we have to create our paypal interface collect payment on your own site which may make it harder since requires secure connection, security certificate etc.
Not saying I won't do it just is a lot of work at this point.
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