1) You can use the SKU. If this option is not available open Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attributes > SKU, set property "Use for Promo Rule Conditions" to "Yes", refresh indexes (System > Index Management).
2) Another option is to create a hidden category, add a product to this category and specify the category as the condition.
The guidance below explains how the rule ‘The Cheapest, also for Buy 1 get 1 free’ of Special Promotions works.
This rule may be advertised as
- ‘Buy 3 and get the cheapest product for half the price’,
- ‘Buy 6 get 2 cheapest products for half the price’.
Please note that customers will get discount for the items from the same categories only and they will never get discount for more than 2 items as the rule has ‘Maximum qty the discount applied to’ set to 2.
Let’s observe the steps of the rule configuration.
Please open Admin Panel > Promotions > Shopping Cart Price Rules (click ‘Add New Rule’ button) > Actions.
Step 1. Choose ‘The Cheapest, also for Buy 1 get 1 free’ action for the ‘Apply’ field.
Step 2. Use ‘Discount amount’ field to indicate discount percent for the cheapest product. You can either leave it empty or type in 100 to give the cheapest item for free.
Step 3. Use ‘Maximum Qty Discount is Applied To’ field to indicate maximum number of items for which the discount should apply. Leave it blank for no limitations.
Step 4. Use ‘Discount Qty Step (Buy X)’ field to specify how many products customers need to buy for the rule to take effect. If you indicate 3 like here, that means that from every 3 items purchased customers will get 50% off for the cheapest one. If you leave ‘0’ (zero), customers will get only 1 free item per order (if conditions are met).
Step 5. You can use all standard Magento conditions with the new actions. If you would like to provide for free or discount items only from a certain category or of a particular brand, etc, please indicate the category, brand, other conditions here.
As you can see from the screenshot below, we have applied conditions to the categories 16 and 17.
This is how the result for the rule above will look like
If you want to create a promo with the help of Special Promotions extension, you should quite understand the difference between 'Actions' and 'Conditions'.
If you have some difficulties with the settings, we suggest a short guidance.
So, what are 'Conditions' and 'Actions'?
'Conditions' define in which case your promo will be applied. 'Actions' determine what benefits a customer will get if he fulfill the promo conditions. Let's look at example:
To set up 'Actions' and 'Conditions', please, open
Admin Panel/Promotions/Shopping Cart Price Rules/
The screenshot below shows how to configure 'Conditions' for the promo.
As you can see on the screenshot, to specify 'total quantity' you need to choose 'Products subselection'.
The next picture demonstrates how to set up 'Actions' for the above considered example.
In the 'Apply' field you can specify any of the numerous promo rules according to your goals, such as 'Percent of product price discount', 'All products after N for fixed price', 'Percent discount for product set', 'Fixed amount discount' and many others.
Combining Conditions and Actions you can create a large number of different promos for various marketing campaigns. If you want to run the campaigns smoothly in your Magento, the user activity log extension will help to control all the settings made by admin users in the backend.
These extensions have an identical set of rules actions, however the Loyalty Program extension has additional features that help to set up loyalty program levels, count user statistics and display it in the user account.