Terms and Options
First, the simple ones:
- Begins is when the coupon becomes effective.
The coupon will not be applied, or be accepted, before this date.
This makes it possible to set coupons, especially auto coupons,
up in advance, as is done for sale batches.
- Expires is when the coupon runs through, inclusive.
E.g., if the expiration date is January 31, 2010, the coupon will ring as "expired" starting February 1, 2010
- Limit is the number of times the coupon can be used per transaction
- Member-only coupons can only be used by members
- Department dicates how the discount gets coded by the POS.
If the coupon involves more than one department,
select the first one here, then, after selecting the appropriate
Discount Type, click Save,
to expose the form for selecting more departments.
- Auto if Yes, will be applied automatically,
without the customer/member needing to present or mention it,
[?when the transaction is totalled].
The bulk of features are here.
The settings for minimum purchase quantity dictate which kinds of discounts can be applied.
Many of these have similar options for at least and more than.
The usage is the same for all of them and affects how the minimum is applied.
E.g., if a soda coupon requires a quantity of at least 2, then purchasing
2 sodas is enough to use the coupon. On the other hand, if the requirement was a
quantity of more than 2, then 3 (or more) soda purchases would be needed.
- Quantity (Q, Q+) requires a minimum purchase of specific items.
Quantity is measured by weight or by each depending on the scale setting (yes/no) for the item.
A quantity minimum must have items associated with it.
Quantity is the one of the more flexible minimum types;
it works with every discount type except scaling discount (department)
- Department (D, D+) requires a minimum total purchase across the selected departments.
Purchase is measured in dollars rather than quantity. Applicable discount types are
scaling discount (department), flat discount, and percent discount.
- Mixed (M) is the most complicated minimum type (yet). The customer must purchase
at least the specified quantity of qualifying items and some quantity of discount
items. Mixed discount is the only case where an item's QUALIFIER/DISCOUNT/BOTH setting
should be used. Like quantity discount, mixed discount can be used with any discount
type except scaling discount (department)
- Total ($, $+) discount simply refers to the total of the entire transaction in
dollars. No specific items or departments are associated with this minimum. The only
applicable discount types are flat discount and percent discount
- No minimum (blank) is exactly what it sounds like.
- Q Quantity discount gives a certain number of items free. Fractions are OK, so
this ends up being like a percent discount. A value of 1.0 gives an item for free, a value of
0.5 gives an item for 50% off, etc. The discount is always applied to the cheapest valid item.
- P Set Price discount locks in the coupon price. Regardless of the regular price, the
price with coupon will be exactly what's specified here.
- FI Flat (Scaling) Discount (Item) discounts the chepeast applicable item by the specified amount.
This scales with quantity to deal with by-weight items.
- FD Flat (Scaling) Discount (Department) is the same as above except for an item in the specified
department(s) instead of a specific UPC
- F Flat Discount removes exactly the given amount, once, from the transaction
- Per-Item Discount removes the discount amount times the number of matching items.
- Percent Discounts provide a percentage off all discountable items (e.g., member
- % End of transaction must be applied at the end of the transaction.
- %D Department applies only to items in the chosen department(s)
- PD Anytime can be entered at anytime but may interact with member's percent
discount in unexpected ways depending what order everything occurs.
- %C Capped discount is limited to the first $X of the transaction.
Example: For 5% off the first $50 enter 50.05, i.e. Cap-Amount.Percent-Discount.
- AD All Discount (Department) ?For a Department.