Items can only be sold if they are part of a membership application, event registration, manual invoice or donation.
Create a store of items that can be purchased individually or collectively (e.g. shopping cart)
We’ve done some initial analysis and design, but it’s not clear yet when we’re going to start development.
Our organization would likely only sell gift certificates, but this would still be a useful feature. Members currently have to mail us a check. The Products tab could be like the Events or Donations tabs, with its own set of custom Product fields. The predefined fields would be Title and Amount. Each item would also have checkbox options to add a charge for shipping (along with the amount), and whether to charge tax. Just like with events, the admin could set a quantity limit. The invoicing and payment process could be the same as for events and donations. Products would need its own receipt and confirmation emails, so admins could include shipping info, return policy, and other details related only to products. Just like events, the sale of products should be able to be restricted to certain member levels. On the admin view of a contact, there would be an additional tab for Products that shows their purchase history, just like with events and donations. Duplicating the same basic structure as Events seems like it would be the easiest way to make a simple shop happen. The only brand new coding would be for the gadget to display the items to the members, and optionally a “cart” that shows what items they’ve already selected before going to payment (just like their event registration details before they pay). I’d also like to add that I agree with other users that this whole “module” should be an optional add-on for those who want it, so it doesn’t slow down sites who don’t want it.
If WA doesn’t want to develop and maintain such a system (because based on the comments, there would be a lot more requests after this), perhaps there’s an open source commerce system out there that could be decently integrated, just like you’ve integrated payment processors.
QETA ADMIN commented
An on-line shop where not for profits could retail various items e.g. promotional items for the organisation, books etc.
Stephen White commented
Since internal development isn't available, is there an integration option or suggestion?
Stephen White commented
An online store for logo'd goods would be great to incorporate. We would want pricing per item, sizing options so a user can select, shopping cart, some type of inventory management and payment to the club capabilities.
On the inventory mgmt, we would have to supply some data on sizes available and a quantity. The system should be able to keep an accurate count based on what is ordered and potentially let us know when something is 'low'. Maybe a report on inventory could be created. We would be willing to help with use case and requirements as well as alpha/beta test.
I would really like this option. I am currently loosing money because I can't sell product with out making it a hassle for my customers to go through a separate site. I would be willing to pay a few extra dollars a month to have the added on feature. I would have to pay 10-15 a month now to add an embedded store. But my invoices wouldn't all be in the same place.
Brian Masters commented
We would like to sell a few logo'd items like polo and rugby shirts. This function would be very useful.
A store gadget would help us sell one-of items like an exhibitor table or advertisement space in our conference programs as well as the other organization merch others have mentioned.
Cam Burgess commented
I'd like to see a very simple e-commerce ability so that clubs can sell a small range of merchandise items, e.g. coffee mugs, lapel pins, etc.
Having an ecommerce section in Wild Apricot would be huge and very valuable for many associations. Please keep us updated as to when this would happen!
Does an online store have to have its own dedicated tab? Can it be shared on a webpage with half text and images and an online store on the bottom half of the page?
Making the online store as marketplace where other members can also sell the there products and services will take WA to a new level.
Member could be charge a percentage of the sold product or member can be allowed to sell based on there membership.
This will be a game changer feature to have on WA.
Natasha S. commented
I just want to be able to sell and accept gift certificates...
You really need your own ecommerce built in. The Ecwid is nice, but reporting etc is horrible. Actually impacting our overall decision.
This would be an awesome addition, we actually run our complete Account Receivable through WA and would appreciate not having to manually enter these sales in manually.
Jeanne Huber commented
Please add a way to create product sales through wild Apricot -- without a cumbersome workaround. We have roadblocks because PayPal uses a single IPN and we have that linked to Wild Apricot.
I think for shopping is better to use external software, like http://www.ecwid.com/
One more thought: The shop should have capability for both physical and digital products.
Talking about digital products, it could work along the new file permission system, so that you can download certain files only after purchasing them.
When this does make it to development, we would like to see the ability to create many associate fields. For example, for gifting a purchase (membership OR merchandise) to a third party, we need to collect full mailing address and email. We would like to be able to make additional custom fields as well.
Also, since one of our services/products is the submission of essays for possible publication, we would like to use a store to sell an existing member a second (third, fourth) submission of new essays for consideration after their initial submission. For this we would need to collect essay title, teacher of course, etc. as well as using the future file upload capability.
Allow members to purchase items. For instance, I would like to add items for sale, and allow members to purchase those items.
option to purchase services that are not memberships or events (add-on membership related items).