@TutuRentals Thanks for the additional information. I have added detail below:
Hi Jeff - I checked out your site and your products are amazing! I'd like to understand a little more about your business so I can understand how you want to use Shopify. From what I can gather:
I have begun coding this app and currently this is what I have so far. This is a simple beta version at the moment but there are still more features to be built out.
The current options that I have implemented are:
1. Shop owners can give customers the ability to place a deposit on all products or only some products. (you will be able to create a unique deposit rule for each product if choose to)
2. Deposits can either be optional or required.
3. Deposit calculated either by percentage, fixed amount, or none.
If there are any features or options that you would like please reply and I will put it into the backlog
It's great that you are taking this and running but for myself and I know for a bunch of others that have posted on here over the last couple months we are all looking at Shopify to step up and make this part of the core of Shopify as it should be. This is a basic and core element of doing transactions and should not be forgotten on their end and left to others to write and sell an app to fill in the gap. There is already too much of what should be core features that are lacking that I end up having to pay for apps. I know @Nick has chimed in in the past so maybe this is a good time to get his eyes back on it.
I totally get the need for app developers to get merchants the things that aren't typical, but for a lot of industries, this is just part of doing business and should be part of Shopify, not an app dev.
I couldn't agree more and until such times as this happens, I see no benefit of moving away from my current site. I am tired of paying web developers and for apps in what is a culture of dependency and there is no reason why we can't have a platform that carries out online transactions without the need for monthly maintenance charges for 'updates' and for the proliferation of apps. Until Shopify provides this they are not going to have the breadth of appeal to grow their marketplace. I hope they are listening.
Good discussion here by all. Question for @Capture and @TamaginiLeather - What Ecommerce platforms have you used that have this sort of deposit functionality built-in, meaning not an extension, app or plug-in. WooComemrce requires that you separately install and purchase their WooCommerce Deposits extension. I'd be curious about others.
You are correct - several Woo plugins and whilst functional, are far from ideal. There's little point moving from one set of plugins in Woo to a new set on a different platform where the functionality doesn't natively exist. It is an inditement of the shortcoming of the Shopify platform which is unable to provide for what is a simple transaction.
This has been the only platform I've used. I am new to the whole Ecommerce game since leaving my corporate job last year and going into business for myself, but it's not like I'm new to how commerce in general works. Even the mom and pop hardware store not far from me can take a CC deposit over the phone or through Quickbooks for something and then have the balance paid, just seems like a simple and obvious feature from the brick and mortar world that has been overlooked by Shopify in the digital world.