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Installments / Payment plans for events and memberships

Could Wild Apricot users offer their members an introductory trial rate for, say 30 or 7 days, followed by, say quarterly or six-monthly payments to spread the cost over the year?

That is very helpful during a recession, when many WA website users will find revenue dropping as their members cut back. To be able to spread payments looks very attractive to new prospective members: four quarterly payments of $10 is much easier on the budget than one payment of $40.

The introductory trial could be free, or at a pro-rata cost for 30 or 7 days. During the trial the member can cancel and either pay nothing (free trial) or pay just the pro-rata cost (low-cost trial). If he doesn't cancel, the next payment kicks in and is renewed automatically for each period chosen.

So a typical membership trial would look like one of these:

1. Free 7-day trial. Then $10 quarterly until cancelled.

2. $3.00 low-cost trial for 30 days. Then $20 every six months until cancelled.

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    Peter HobdayPeter Hobday shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Charles PenaCharles Pena shared a merged idea: Pay only Deposit to reserve spot  ·   · 
    gsscmemgsscmem shared a merged idea: pqrtail payment schedule for events  ·   · 
    Phoenix Ski ClubPhoenix Ski Club shared a merged idea: Allow for subsequent payments in an event.  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Payment Plans  ·   · 
    Chuck PenaChuck Pena shared a merged idea: Registration cost is broken into 2 components: deposit and Balance due with both have different payment options  ·   · 
    Pam NeidigPam Neidig shared a merged idea: installment  ·   · 
    cheryla.anderson@att.netcheryla.anderson@att.net shared a merged idea: Membership Renewal Online Dues Partial Payment  ·   · 
    KarenKaren shared a merged idea: enable members to pay only a portion of an invoice online using a credit card.  ·   · 
    DavidDavid shared a merged idea: Event Deposit Payment option  ·   · 


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      • RoyRoy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would love to see trial membership at reduced rate that can be upgraded automatically and installment payments through PayPal. People do not know what we do and a trial membership would be great. Let them join at half price for a year with most but not all bennies then to renew they would have to pay full price for renewal. I do this now but it's really screwy they way it has to be done and not very professional. Also PayPal installments will increase membership because I get my cash now and PayPal collects from the payee.

      • Charles PenaCharles Pena commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Break an event payment into 2 parts: deposit and payment balance. Balance would have a different due date.

      • gsscmemgsscmem commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        better accounting/event management so that partial payments can be made for an event.

      • Nick HoweNick Howe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi there. Would like to add my voice to this request. We are also a ski club and run multiple trips each year. As others have said, we generally take an initial deposit and then up to 3 other partial payments. Would be great to have this functionality. So far we haven't gone live on Wild Apricot, but if we had this functionality the board has said we would switch over immediately.

      • Phoenix Ski ClubPhoenix Ski Club commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our trips are offered with payment schedules. We are only able to allow for an initial payment or a full payment. There is no way to go into the event and make further payments. Creating multiple events to handle this is unacceptable. We really need this capability to make Wild Apricot an acceptable solution for our club.

      • LeeLee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My organization is a member-owned photography gallery. There are 100 members. We have annual dues, but we allow those who can't pay all at once to pay half at renewal time and half later. It would be very helpful to allow a partial payment on membership renewals.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are working on developing an event which will require a payment plan.
        The total cost of the event is $375.
        A $100 deposit will be due at the time of registration.
        The remaining $275 will be due by the registration deadline.
        It would be nice to have a payment plan option for this where members could pay any amount until the registration deadline.

      • Chuck PenaChuck Pena commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Need to list in the registration that a deposit of $150 is due and can be paid by paypal or check. But need another line showing the balance that is due say $1500 but can only be paid by check (offline). We need the convenience of paypal when the fee is low but saving of checks only we he fee is now high for paypal.

      • Chuck PenaChuck Pena commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is huge. I currently have to create 2 events for each event to get a deposit first that accepts paypal and then another for the balance that doesn't accept paypal. If I do it in one and tell them to only pay x$ deposit the whole invoice not can be paid by paypal.

      • Pam NeidigPam Neidig commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Could Wild Apricot develop the capability to support installment payments? We are a ski club and want to start offering our trips for sale via our website, but supporting online sales with current capabilities is rather cumbersome. I'm imagining a summary page that could be added as the final step when necessary in an event registration process where the registrant could specify the amount to pay now (with the balance remaining unpaid and to be invoiced).

      • tanishatanisha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My business model includes deposits...it creates a LOT of back office work because my customers are used to putting a deposit down for an event and pay the balance at the door. Financial commitment is CRUCIAL w/o them paying for the full event at one time. Hope this is something that can happen VERY soon...

      • retreatretreat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Allow deposits to be directly applied to events, rather than creating two entries- deposit or paid in full.

      • SamanthaSamantha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Many of our members will pay half of the membership fees on their own and the other half is paid by the agency. So an option or to split or make only a partial payment would be very helpful. Currently, the only option is for the member to make a full payment (via credit card).

      • behiribehiri commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, agreed this is very much needed. We want people to commit to events that cost us a lot of money (such as airline tickets) and the best way to get a real head count is by having them commit financially.

      • KarenKaren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently, partial payments on an invoice can only be made via cash or check and recorded by the administrator. I would like to see members being able to make installment payments online on an invoice using a credit card.

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