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Configuring 'Buy X Get Y' Offers
Configuring 'Buy X Get Y' Offers

Learn how to create and configure an offer.

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Written by Olga Tereshina
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An offer creation consists of adding a new offer and configuring its properties.

Offer Samples

After enabling the add-on 'Buy X Get Y,' in the 'Discounts: Special Offers' section of your X-Cart store Admin area, you will find two pre-configured special offers:

  • Sample: Get 1 of every 3 items with a 50% discount - an offer gives a buyer a 50% discount off the cheapest item in the order, including three or more goods. (This applies to every three items in the cart.)

  • Sample: Get every second item for free - an offer gives the buyer a 100% discount on the cheapest item if an order contains two goods. (This applies to every two items in the cart.)

These offers provide examples of how special offers may work for you. You can remove them or adjust their configuration as you require. Detailed information on the management of special offers is available in Managing Special Offers.

To study the configuration of a sample offer, click on its title.

New Offer Creation

To create a new special offer using the Special Offers: Buy X Get Y add-on, follow the steps below:

  1. In your X-Cart store Admin area, go to the Special Offers section (Discounts > Special Offers)

  2. From the New offer drop-down, select the type of offer you would like to create (Buy N Get M of items discounted/free) and click Create.

    If you are using only the Buy X get Y special offers add-on, this will be the only option; any other options that you may find in this box pertain to special offers add-ons other than Buy X Get Y and are outside the scope of the current article.

    A new page will appear, where you will be able to configure your special offer's settings.

  3. Go through all the settings on the page and configure the offer as you require. See further below for a detailed explanation of all the settings.

  4. Make sure the status of the offer is enabled/active.

  5. Click Create to save your changes.

  6. Ensure the offer is displayed on the storefront in the intended locations and is available to the relevant customer groups (membership levels).

Offer Settings

The settings that need to be configured for each offer are as follows:

  • General settings
    The settings in this section define the most general information regarding your special offer.

    • Offer type: The type of your offer specified at the previous step (cannot be changed).

    • Administrative name: The name by which you will be able to identify this offer; the name specified here only appears in your store's Admin area (in the 'Discounts: Special Offers' section).

    • Enabled: Whether the offer is active and can be used by your customers. Unselect the check box if you do not want the bid to be active immediately after saving.

  • Dates
    The settings in this section allow you to specify the offer start and end times and dates. If the dates are not set, the offer is treated as open-ended.

  • Conditions
    This section allows you to set the conditions that need to be met for your offer to be applied.

    • Number of items to buy: The number of products or product units buyers need to add to their shopping cart to become eligible for the offer.

    • From these categories: The categories from which the buyer needs to add items to the shopping cart to reach the subtotal amount specified above.

      * Subcategories are marked with '—.'
      ** It is possible to select more than one category (Hold down the Ctrl/Shift key.)
      *** For a store-wide special offer, no category selection must be made. In this case, any items added to the shopping cart (including any products on sale, products with volume discounts, and so on) will be counted towards the subtotal amount required to get this offer.

      If you select a specific category, only the SKUs from this category's root will be counted. To include SKUs from the subcategories, you must choose the main category and subcategories.

    • Eligible membership levels: The user memberships to which the offer is available. If not set, the bid is open to all buyers.

  • Reward
    This section allows you to specify the buyer's reward if the special offer is applied to their order.

    • Number of items to discount: The number of products a buyer can get at a discounted price using the current offer. The discount can be as big as 100% if required.

    • Discount: The discount amount your buyer will get.

    • Discount type: The discount type (can be set as a fixed sum discount - specified in the store currency - or as a percentage (%)). If the value is 100%, the buyer will get the item(s) for free.

  • Exclusions
    This section allows you to specify excluding conditions for the special offer to apply.

    If the current special offer must be incompatible with other existing bids, you can specify it in this section. You can select more than one offer. (Hold down the Ctrl/Shift key.) The offers chosen in this section will prevent the current bid from being applied.

    If you have, for example, Offer A and Offer B, and define Offer B as an exclusion for Offer A, Offer A and Offer B will not apply to the same products in an order. The cart will first check the order to meet Offer A's conditions and use the discounts set for Offer A if the conditions are met. Then it will check the same order to meet Offer B's conditions, excluding the products counted for Offer A. If the Offer B conditions are met, the Offer B discounts will also apply to the order but to the different items. If no exclusions are set, Offer A and Offer B's discounts can be used for the same product from the order.

    Offers are applied in the order of appearance on the offers listing page.

  • Description and Promotions
    This section defines how your customers will see the offer in the store.

    • Title: The offer title as it will appear to your customers.

    • Description: Specify the offer detailed description.

    • Image: The image associated with the offer (can be shown on the home page, matching category pages, and Special offers page). You can use JPG, PNG, GIF, or BMP files from your computer or an image URL from the web. The image will be resized to 160x230 pixels when displayed on the storefront.

    • Short promo text: The short offer description (can be shown on the home page, matching category pages, and Special Offers page).

    The latter three settings (Description, Image, and Short promo text) are optional. Other settings in this section allow you to specify the locations in which the offer image and short description will be shown (home page, matching category pages, and Special offers page):

    If you want to exclude any of the locations, turn them off.

    The result will look as follows:

    • Home page.


    • Special Offers page.


    • Category page.


On all the pages named above, the information about the offer can include the offer image and the short promo text:


By clicking on either the image or the short promo text, your store visitors will be able to access the page with the full details of the offer. This page will include the offer title and, if available, the offer detailed description:


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