Pay What You Want

Looking to accept donations or let your customers name their price? SamCart's Pay What You Want feature has you covered.

If you're selling creative work, looking to accept donations, or want to let your customers decide what your Product is worth to them, SamCart's Pay What You Want (PWYW) feature is going to be one of your favorite tools.

Giving your customers control over what they pay for your Product can help build trust with your audience. You're signaling that you genuinely want them to have your Product, and you understand if they can't pay as much as others might able to.

Ready to give it a try? Follow along to see how it works:

Create A Pay What You Want Product

Start by clicking the + New Product button on your Products page: 

In the New Product window, enter your Product Name and select Pay what you want as the Pricing type

Next, enter a Minimum suggested contribution. This is the minimum allowable price a customer can pay for your Product. If you'd like to leave the pricing entirely up to your customers and allow them to access your Product for free, enter $0. 

In the below example, the Minimum suggested contribution is $25. Customers will be able to pay $25 or more for this product:

If this is a recurring contribution, meaning you would like to charge customers their entered contribution at regular intervals, toggle Recurring contribution to 'On' (1).  Select how often you would like to bill the contribution amount (2), and when the recurring payments will end (3):

Click Create Product and you're done

Customize Your PWYW Settings

There will be a few optional Pay What You Want settings in your Product Details tab. These settings can be left blank. But let's walk through each one individually...

  1. Suggested Price (1): This price will show below the Name Your Price field and is a great way to display your product's estimated value. 
  2. Name Your Own Price Text (2): This is the text that appears next to the price entry input on your checkout page. A colon will automatically be added to the end of whatever you put in. If you leave this blank, the default text is "Name Your Price." 

How PWYW Looks On Your Checkout

Here's what the settings pictured above would look like on a live checkout page...

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens if a customer enters a price lower than my Minimum suggested contribution?

A: When a customer enters less than the minimum price you entered, an error will appear. It will ask the customer to enter a price that is higher than your minimum price.

Q: Can I add a Pay What You Want product as a Payment Option?

A: Yes! If a customer selects the PWYW payment option, the 'Name Your Price' field will appear above checkout:

Learn more about Payment Options here

Q:  Can I add a Pay What You Want product as an Upsell?

A: The Pay What You Want feature can only be used on the primary product or as a payment option at this time. There is no way to connect a Pay What You Want product as an Upsell. 

Danielle is the author of this solution article.

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