Charge account feature

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Hi I am using a trial right now. Testing the pos out before I make my decision. We are currently not interested in ecommerce, only pos. However we have many customers that are charge accounts (net 30) and I dont see that feature anywhere even the app store had nothing.  That is the only thing stopping me from moving my business over. Please advise. 

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Hi @Vickk725,

 

Nick here from Shopify. 

 

Would you be able to define and elaborate exactly what you mean by charge accounts, please? I have an idea of what you mean but want to be 100% sure we are thinking about the same thing. 

 

The closest thing I'm thinking there would be in the Shopify App store would be the partial payments apps. You can see some of the top partial payment apps from the app store below:

 

Another app I came across which could be a potential solution or workaround is the Customer Account Page + More app. The reason I think this might be helpful is that they mention in the app description about having credit accounts for customers/members. 

 

Hopefully one of the apps above is useful and points you in the right direction for the next step. 

 

All the best, Nick

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so i would want to be using the ipad shopify pos app. if you see the screenshot i want that button to show up on that payment menu "charge account" so i can see what my credit accounts owe me than send them a monthly statement at the end of the month... like if you check the pos VENDHQ,, they have that feature.. please inform

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Our business has three different "account" types:

 

  • Customer deposits - e.g. from a layaway or special order.
  • Customer "money held" - e.g. a customer's refunded item get placed as a store credit to be used later.
  • Customer in-house charge accounts - e.g. a high priority customer purchases items and pays for them at a later time.

In the case of the first account type, the Shopify POS operator can just handle partial payments. The case of the second and third account types, the Store Credit payment type can be used. Since Shopify POS doesn't really check the back-end balance. Meaning a customer can pay with Store Credit even if they don't have any positive balance. This would be the equivalent of an in-house charge.

 

We have to utilize the Shopify POS API in order to report out these balances, a positive balance meaning the customer has a deposit or money held, and a negative balance meaning the customer owes us in-house charges. 

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i am not to clear what you mean greg by option 3 is what we are looking for so how do we go about that 

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If you test out the Store Credit payment type, I believe you will find that it is allowed even if the customer doesn't have a positive balance. Say I'm a new customer who has never transacted before. I don't have any balance for partial payment, refunded items, etc. But I can purchase something and the Shopify POS operator can select Store Credit as the payment type to pay for an item in full. If the item costs $500 then I essentially have an in-house charge balance of $500 that I owe the retailer.

 

We never found an area in Shopify POS that actually accumulates these balances or reports out on them. So I created some routines using the Shopify POS API that capture daily activity, and this daily activity is piped out to supplementary SQL Server database tables I have locally. That is my report source that plugs this significant gap in Shopify POS that we discovered.

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so its possible to do or no? not to clear sorry 

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Yes, and I specified exactly how I did it. Use Store Credit for all three transaction types, exporting the results to my own supplementary database tables using the Shopify POS API. If you don't have the resources to dig into the API then perhaps see if there are Shopify POS apps that provide similar functionality.

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 It doesnt make sense to use shopify POS for your retail if you have no interest in ecommerce. 

1 year e-commerce, 7 years B&M store. www.shopbraeheid.com
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