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Subscriptions to add one-time payment with a monthly subscription product.

It is very common for companies to allow a customer to pay up front for a subscription and still receive the product monthly. It would be great to have this option in the subscription plug-in. Payment settings and how often the product ships should be separate settings.

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  • Adam Trickey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We too could use this feature.

    For customers who pay annually for a monthly subscription product, it would be ideal if a monthly order could be auto-generated with a special status such as 'prepaid'.

    Right now the orders are sent to ShipStation for fulfillment, but there's not a means of generating the monthly shipping labels for those customer who pay annually.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be amazing! Trying to realise a discount on a yearly subscription with an upfront payment but monthly shipping... this one feature would simplify things so much!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature would be a real asset to my company.
    I sell my monthly box either monthly or 3,6 or 12 months prepaid.
    Having to renew the order at 0.00 each month is painful.
    Would be easier to just add a new shipment date and it automatically add a new number to the end of the subscription i.e #737.2 for box 2 and create a new order for it

  • Levi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    btw you can use subscription exporter in the meantime that way you get all active and pending cancellation subscriptions

  • DAVID N KRIDLER commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A one-time payment with a monthly (or perhaps even semi-monthly in the case of consumable products dependent on freshness) subscription is highly important. I sell freshly roasted coffee, if someone purchases an annual subscription, I can't send them a year's worth of coffee at once, as the product would deteriorate far too quickly.

    Please implement this solution as soon as possible!

  • Joe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please allow a custom shipping schedule that is not dependent on the renewal. Adding all these customers manually without order details is a pain.

  • PKI commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are selling a quarterly magazine with subscriptions for one year. The current implementation of the Subscriptions plugin simply doesn't work for our use case.

    Please separate billing cyle from shipping cycle and let us generate an order for each shiping cycle.

    Thanks!

  • Edward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Twan, I tried the gifting subscription plugin and it was not ready for prime time. There are many issues. Primarily, it does not update the shipping address when the recipient adds it. It also doesn't let you know when a subscription is a regular subscription or a gifted one. You would have to manually check each order one by one. That said, I'm not sure why you think those plugins would be a good substitute for the issues of having payments and recurring orders processed separately.

  • Ramesh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just wanted to share a good news.

    WooCommerce Pre-paid / Upfront payment plugin now supports shipping cost, synchronised renewals.

    You can take the pre-paid period's shipping cost along with the subscription cost. Example: If a customer pays 6 months upfront for a monthly subscription, you can take the 6 month's shipping cost of the product as well.

    Similarly, if you use synchronised renewals, woocommerce does not charge when customer purchases in a different date. If you implement upfront payment, then the customer will be charged upfront. When his upfront / pre-paid period ends, he will be returned to the normal billing cycle (to the synchronised renewal date).

    Just google for "flycart woocommerce prepaid subscriptions". I am not allowed to share a link here ;-)

    Hope the plugin helps you.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @woocommerce, when is version 2.3 ready of WC subscriptions? In teh roadmap its been in active development for quite some time now and this will solve a lot of customers issues stated below as it will include a way to charge the full recurring payments for a synchronized subscription product at the time of sign-up

  • Derher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A few months ago (or more) they implemented pending cancellation that helped us for this issue

  • Twan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hey! Has anyone looked at Woocommerce Pre-paid subscriptions plugin or Gifting for Woocommerce subscriptions? These might solve some of your challenges. Would love to hear your experience with these plugins

  • Kate commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really need to be able to charge every 4 weeks but deliver every week!!!

    This request is five years old, has nearly 800 votes when it was said 150 votes would get it attention and it's STILL not available!!!

    We want this!!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Today there is an update, but again no solution for this. This one time payment for monthly subscriptions is very important in my shops. Selling physical goods (cheese) and also gifted subscriptions and every week there are the same questions "why can't we pay all in one time?). We are working with table rate shipping plugin from markedplace. A one time payment with 3 time shipment must contain 3 times product and 3 times shipment costs. And with this option a subscription could paid with every payment gateway. The first order contain the full amount and the next orders are just zero.

    But - because there is still no solution - this feature is not possible to build with woocommerce subscriptions.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I need a one payment and multiple posting option. Eg. paid for the product, and the product consist of 4 different postings, each postings are 2 weeks apart

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like a one-time payment option for a lifetime subscription. Since my product is downloadable, there are no recurring costs, and the customer gets the satisfaction of knowing he will get updates for life. Using a sign-up fee with no recurring charge as a workaround doesn't work. It removes the option of a free trial, and it still sends out reminder emails for $0.00.

    Yes, I could add yet another product, but then it won't appear on the variable subscription drop down menu, and it doesn't address the free trial issue.

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