Recurring Subscriptions

SamCart helps you easily create & sell many different types of recurring subscriptions. Subscriptions can be billed monthly, yearly, quarterly, or even according to a custom schedule of your choosing. They can be created with free trials, or paid trial periods. SamCart gives you the flexibility to sell however you see fit. 

Recurring subscription products will bill your clients forever. If you want to create a product that will stop billing clients after a certain number of payments (ex: 3 payments of $50), check out the article for Limited Recurring subscriptions.

Create Your Subscription

Start by navigating to your Products (1) tab and clicking + New Product (2).

You will define your product’s pricing structure in the popup that appears. Let’s take a look at each of the options:

  1. Product Name: This is the product name that will appear in your customer’s receipts and emails. 
  2. Description: Enter a brief description of your product. This section is optional and used for internal use only.
  3. Product Type: Select if your product will be Digital or Physical subscription. You  will then need to select either Recurring or Limited. To create a recurring subscription, select Recurring. A recurring subscription bills at regular intervals and has no end date. If you would like to create a subscription with an end date, check out our Limited Subscriptions article.
  4. Recurring Period: This is how often your subscription will bill - weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, or custom days.
  5. Pay What You Want: Toggle this "On" this if you would like your product to be a Pay What You Want product.
  6. Subscription Price: The recurring subscription price.
  7. Trial Period: Toggle this to ‘On’ if you would like your subscription to include a trial period.
  8. Create Product: When you’re all done, click Create Product to move on to setting up your product page and details!

Recurring Subscription Examples

Below are a few examples of recurring subscriptions, and the settings you would enter to make them happen in SamCart.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I change the recurring price for an existing product?

A: Any subscription-based product that has (or had) active subscribers cannot have its pricing structure changed. If you want to update the price, we suggest creating a duplicate product at the appropriate price and setting up a checkout redirect that points to the newly remade product.

Q: What happens to my Recurring subscription when I close my SamCart account?

A: For Active recurring subscriptions, the subscriptions will only stop if you or the customer cancel their subscription. They will continue to bill normally even when the SamCart account is closed. Stripe manages these subscriptions, so they can be adjusted directly within your connected Stripe account moving forward.

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