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How to implement WooCommerce bulk discounts

So, you’re interested in giving your customers a discount if they buy products in bulk from you? Cool! Adding WooCommerce bulk discounts to your store is really easy if you have the right plugin in place. Unfortunately, it is not possible to implement bulk discounts without having a plugin that allows quantity based discounts 🙁

Don’t despair though! There are a number of solutions available for you to choose from. In this guide we’re going to look at them and how to set them up on your own store.

Let’s get in to it…

Step 1: Install WooCommerce Bulk Discounts plugin

To start off with, we naturally need to install a bulk discount plugin. This is where you will need to make a choice as to which plugin you would like to use. We’re actually developing our own in-house plugin for WooCommerce bulk discounts, but for now you’ll have to use another developers plugin.

For simplicities sake, in this guide we’re going to be using the WooCommerce Bulk Discounts plugin plugin from the WordPress plugin repository. The steps that follow will be applicable to any plugin that you use, so feel free to pick another plugin if you prefer.

Now that you’ve picked your plugin, install it to your WooCommerce store and move on to the next step.

Step 2: Choose your bulk pricing parameters

At this point, we need to make a decision around how to implement bulk pricing. How many units should be purchased for the bulk pricing to kick in? Should the special pricing only apply to certain products or all the products on the site?

This is a good time to review your discount strategy. Make the decisions before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Decide on how you want to discount products

Great, we now have our bulk pricing parameters decided on, we need to make one more decision. How do you want to implement the discounting? You have the following 3 options available to you:

  1. Percentage based discount – For example 5% off the total price
  2. Fixed rate discount – Applied to each individual product’s quantity
  3. Flat rate discount – Applied to each product line’s subtotal

Think about these discount types very carefully as they have very different effects on the final price that you offer your customer. Once you’re happy with the type of discount you want to apply, let’s actually set them up on your store.

Step 4: Configure the plugin and save

You’ve now got the plugin installed and the discount strategy in place, let’s do the actual plugin setup. Using the WooCommerce Bulk Discounts plugin, go to your WooCommerce settings page and select “Bulk Discount”.

From this settings page, setup the discounting type as discussed in step 3. Here is a screenshot of what this should look like.

WooCommerce Bulk Discounts Type

Now, let’s actually setup the discounts. To do this, find the product that you would like to apply a bulk discount to. Go to Products on the WordPress sidebar and choose the product to edit.

Scroll down, and you’ll find the Product data meta box which has a tab called “Bulk Discount”. Click it and you can now setup the discounting that we talked about in Step 2. This is what the meta box looks like:

WooCommerce Bulk Quantity Discounts Meta Box

Add the discount that would would like to provide and don’t forget to update the Product after setting up the discount.

You’ve now successfully setup bulk discounting based on quantity on your WooCommerce store. Congratulations!

Do you still have questions? Maybe something didn’t work out as you expected it to? Leave us a comment below and we’ll try help out as best we can!

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