Is this a Global Shopping Cart?

Hi,

I'm a little bit confused about how the multisite / multi-store system is meant to function.

Using Framemarket and Marketpress:

Is this a single checkout global shopping cart where users can add products from various stores across the network and checkout one time?

If global products appear on the main site, how does each store receive the payment for their goods?

I see that each store can setup its own payment gateway, is there an option to allow individual carts, or require a global cart?

Thanks,
MJ

  • Eric G.

    @twicealive

    There is one checkout if you choose global cart in the options. Each person receives payment for their products. You must choose either global or individual. If they checkout from any page it will handle it each the same. There is one checkout but each seller sends separate confirmations for their sales.

    The only way you will get paid for the sales of another site is if you do chain payments or charge for the use of your site (like using Supporter integration).

    Hope that helps!

  • twicealive

    Thanks!

    So basically, the "global" vs "Individual" can be set on each site and is just for display purposes, right?

    When a buyer checks-out, having products in his cart from 9 different shops, then 9 separate orders are processed using nine payment gateways/credentials. But the customer only needs to push the button once.

    You mentioned "chained payments". I see there are a few people who have set this up on their sites. Is there a plugin available for this?

    Thanks Again,
    MJ

  • Eric G.

    So basically, the "global" vs "Individual" can be set on each site and is just for display purposes, right?

    No. You set that Network wide. Either all of the stores work together or they do not. The function will be there if you allow it. But if someone is only visiting one store, it will basically act like an individual.

    When a buyer checks-out, having products in his cart from 9 different shops, then 9 separate orders are processed using nine payment gateways/credentials. But the customer only needs to push the button once.

    Correct. They also get all 9 confirmation emails from each of the sellers.

    You mentioned "chained payments". I see there are a few people who have set this up on their sites. Is there a plugin available for this?

    This has to be done using PayPal X, which if you search the forums can be tedious for some, but WPMU Dev provides great instructions within the plugin itself if you look at the chained payments in settings of the plugin. Basically you have to apply from Paypal and prove to them the legitimacy of your site and how the payments will work and they give you permission to take a cut from the payments on your site.

    Hope that helps!

  • DavidM

    Hi guys,

    I just wanted to clarify that the global cart currently only works with the PayPal Express gateway. When you select the global cart option in the Network Admin > Settings > MarketPress page you'll only have the option to select the PayPal Express gateway option for network wide use.

    Sorry if that seemed unclear in the installation page, we're working on refining the instructions for this big plugin. :slight_smile:

    Cheers,
    David

  • twicealive

    Thanks David,

    Does each store then have its own Paypal Express gateway and collect sales revenues independently, or does the network administrator have a single Paypal Express gateway? If it doesn't use Paypal's Adaptive Payment platform, do the individual site owners collect their revenue from the global cart?

    Is it correct that products from all the individual shops/sites are displayed collectively on the main site, and individually on their own sites?

    Thanks,
    Michael

  • DavidM

    Hiya Michael,

    Does each store then have its own Paypal Express gateway and collect sales revenues independently, or does the network administrator have a single Paypal Express gateway? If it doesn't use Paypal's Adaptive Payment platform, do the individual site owners collect their revenue from the global cart?

    Using the global cart, each store would indeed have its own PayPal Express gateway settings. The global cart essentially handles the purchase as if the items were purchased from each store individually. It takes care of all the labor so shoppers don't have to go through the payment process individually on each store.

    Just to note, there is a current limit where you can only purchase from up to 10 stores in one checkout.

    Is it correct that products from all the individual shops/sites are displayed collectively on the main site, and individually on their own sites?

    It's not setup that way by default, but that's easy enough to setup by using any of the global product widgets, shortcodes or template functions (if you're doing theme customization).

    Cheers,
    David

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