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Posted - March 05 2003 :  10:57:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The xproductmatchcustomer function is practically useless as it stands because you have to either force a login to shop or show everything anyway. What a turnoff to new customers and existing customers.

My suggestion is to set the CustomerProductGroup session variable to some default. Then the anonymous shopper will only be able to view categories and/or products that match that default. This also addresses the administration problem of all the products. Why are you forced into tagging ALL products. If the customermatch field is empty, it should be considered as having some default value. Again a huge admin time saver. Only having to tag part of the 40,000 products!

What this comes down to is customer convienience and admin time saving.

Your thoughts, requirements for your shop and ideas are all welcome, please feel free to add any well thought out points.

VP-ASP New User

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Posted - March 19 2003 :  00:31:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree....

This is needed

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Posted - January 16 2005 :  19:29:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Was there ever a response to this?

Is there a way to set the CustomerProductGroup session to a default value?

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Posted - January 18 2005 :  05:47:49  Show Profile  Visit Cam's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I believe this actually works like this now. If you have customer matching turned on and a product left blank then it will by default display.


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Posted - February 11 2005 :  13:46:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
----------Support excerpt---------------

If a customer logs in and has something in the productgroup, that is all they will see. If they do not login they see all categories.

-----------End Support excerpt----------

Thus in 5.5, products disappear from visitors who login and are not on the matching product list. And for those who match, nothing changes when they login. Seems backwards to me.

I think it would be an improvement if the products showed up ONLY for matching customers. If I have a product for VIP shoppers, I don't want every anonymous visitor to see it.

I should be able to do it like this--

Customers record 1: productgroup=VIP
Customers record 2: productgroup=Bartenders

Product 1 record:
Product 2 record: customermatch=VIP,Bartenders
Product 3 record: customermatch=VIP

Categories record: customermatch=VIP,Bartenders
Shop Configuration: xproductmatchcustomer - Yes

Then my VIP customers would see Product 1, 2 and 3. Bartenders would see Product 1 and 2. Anonymous visitors would see only Product 1.

When I purchased VPASP 5.5, I thought it would work like this and I think this functionality would make the program exceptional.


Edited by - jstablein on April 04 2006 15:43:13
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