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#5 – commissions????

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Sunday, 22 September 2013 04:41 AEST
Joomla! version: 2.5.14
BF Auction Plus version 1.3.1

Hi, I have purchased your software with the hopes of making some money with auctions for my specific area. I reviewed your description and it was impressive, and really gave me the impression of it being quite close to the capabilities of E-bay.

Now purchased and set up, and bugs ironed out, I am now trying to configure it. When it comes to commissions, I can enter a percent (I think e-bay takes 10% or so), but there's no where I can enter my paypal for the commissions to be sent to. This is the most important part of the software, and the main reason why I purchased it. your documentation skips right over it, and so I MUST be overlooking something!

Please assist...
and thank you in advance.

- Albert
Sunday, 22 September 2013 07:41 AEST 15'
BF Quiz Plus 3 Years
The PayPal implementation is rather simplistic at the moment. Each auction item has a PayPal email address that you can enter, and all the payment will go to this address, which can be different for each auction item. I do have plans to make this more flexible in future, I'm looking at implementing Techjoomla's common payments API.

I understand that the basic PayPal implementation does not have the capability to pay to multiple accounts, however there is a Mass Payments API that apparently does allow you to have multiple recipients. I'm not sure if this is part of Techjoomla's implementation, it's on my todo list to research this further. Ideally when the buyer pays for the item, it should send the site owner a commission and the seller the remaining funds, but this is not a current feature of the product.

There is currently no easy way to charge a listing fee or get an automatic commission, however some users generate revenue from their auction by charging a fee for users to have an account on their site with permission to create new auction items. This could be achieved using a third party subscription extension such as Akeeba Subscriptions, which can automatically add users to a group when they subscribe, and remove them from the group when their subscription expires.

The original version of the auction software was designed for a single seller to auction off unwanted items to staff members, and all payments were manually done offline. The software has come a long way since then, but it is not yet a complete ebay replacement, however I am working on improvements and am open to suggestions.
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