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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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  • Todd Johnson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update on this? It looks like we're well over the needed votes to get this on the roadmap (especially if counting the other threads Brent linked below). Would love to see this implemented sooner than later, and I'm sure many of us would be happy to test the update or help however we can. Thanks!

  • John Johnson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I sell tangible products, like a 2 oz. or 5 oz. bottle of oil with discount pricing for frequency. So the variables are one-time purchase, every month or every two months plus the choice of size: 2 oz. or 5 oz.

    I need a one-time option without it saying for one day (month or year)

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just purchased several plugins to move my subscription business from Cratejoy to Woo. This limitation means I just wasted several hundred dollars. Great.

  • Morgan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi development team, is there an update on this?

    Thanks!
    Morgan

  • Christian Eland commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We need this ASAP. Makes no sense having subscriptions order frequency 100% related with payment recurrence.

  • Pam Henkemans commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd love to have this (sooner than a year, please :)) - my client sells daily meals. If you get a subscription for one or more days a week to have dinner delivered at home, you don't want to have to pay every week - it would be so much more convenient to be able to pay per month. But without the orders appearing somewhere (i.e. an order export), it gets really hard for them to get a complete overview of how many meals have been ordered for any given day.

    Also - we'd need shipping costs added for every individual meal ordered, not one time shipping. Not sure if this isn't already in there, just mentioning it to be complete.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes please we have had two customers in the last three months that would have loved this feature

  • Edward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I dread mailing my subscription boxes every month because I have to generate excel worksheets with all my customers that have paid up front for 3 month or 6 month subscriptions (their monthly orders are not generated). Please add this feature, it will save me hours and hours of work each month.

  • Nathan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes please! This missing feature has created endless amounts of work for us the last 2 years!

  • Morgan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a huge challenge for us as well and a major setback each month as we run this manual process via excel spreadsheets and manual email templates. Please consider pushing this to the front of the line, this is common across ALL subscription companies.

  • Dino commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I also need the feature to do a 1 time payment for several period subscription. This feature is needed to gift a subscription. Someone wants to pay up-front for 6 month of subscription. The person who received the gift gets his subscription for the pre-paid duration. At the end of the pre-paid duration, the customer shall have the opportunity to turn his subscription to an automatic renewal to continue his subscription. This feature is mandatory for my business... thanks

  • Henzo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Oh wow - I just assumed this would already be included as part of a $200 plug-in, since it's such a popular way of doing things now! There's no way I can wait more than 12 months for this feature. Hoping there was a money-back guarantee!

  • Brent Shepherd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi folks,

    We are aware of this request and keeping a close eye on it.

    Feature requests normally need at least 150 votes before we guarantee they will make it onto the roadmap.

    In the case of this feature request, the votes have been split across at least 5 different requests, including:

    * 38 votes here: http://ideas.woothemes.com/forums/133476-woocommerce/suggestions/7043649
    * 20 votes here: http://ideas.woothemes.com/forums/133476-woocommerce/suggestions/8506522
    * 9 votes here: http://ideas.woothemes.com/forums/133476-woocommerce/suggestions/7509658
    * 3 votes here: http://ideas.woothemes.com/forums/133476-woocommerce/suggestions/7046166

    Combined with the 57 votes on this request, that means this feature is getting very close to the 150 mark. We also understand the importance of this issue for some stores preferred model for selling so are taking that into consideration.

    At this stage, it's likely this feature will be included in v2.2 or v2.3 of Subscriptions. It's too soon to provide an ETA on either of those versions. That means it's unlikely the feature will be available within the next 12 months, but it will be available eventually.

    We have a pretty good idea of how to implement this, but if you have unique requirements not mentioned already in the comments here or the other requests above, please post them in a new comment.

    Brent

  • Pj Foley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've seen the workaround for this as proposed in the documentation, and it just has too many downsides. I, like I'm sure many others do, would like to be able to charge a discounted rate for a customer that pre-pays for a year, yet received shipped goods monthly/quarterly/etc.
    Furthermore, having the option to generate a pro-rated refund on unused subscription shipments would be required. This extension is very robust and sophisticated, but this is an unfortunate limitation--and was an unanticipated one at that. This is a very common arrangement for retailers to provide.

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