There are 3 pricing models in ToMarket:
- Cart Pricing (the default on your first install)
- Item Cost Pricing
- Per Store Pricing
(Show Item Cost in Cart and Enable Per Store Pricing are not selected in preferences.)
Cart pricing maintains 2 prices for each item, the item price and the current cart price.
Cart prices and item prices are not kept per store, and is a simple way to use prices in ToMarket. When you move an item to the cart in this mode, the price you enter is the cart price. When you empty the cart, the cart price is moved to the item price. If you remove the item from the cart, the item price is not updated.
Item Cost Pricing
(Show Item Cost in Cart is selected in preferences.)
Item pricing is for a specific audience, usually only selected under special circumstances.
During the edit item screen (or long press price change of item) the price is set for your item in this mode. This mode is handy for fixed price calculations like lets say you are a wedding planner. You would price each item (think $1000 for cake, $250 for flowers, etc.) and move items to the cart that you are quoting to your client. The prices are fixed, and you are using the app to calculate a menu of selected items for your customer.
This is just one example of item cost pricing, but as you can see the use is very specific, and probably not what you are looking for unless you have this specific need.
Per Store Pricing
(Enable Per Store Pricing is selected in preferences)
Per store pricing is the latest pricing model for ToMarket and it is the most advanced. When you enable this mode, the price for each item is stored as it is in item cost per store, and cart cost is ignored. By doing this, you can keep track of each store’s prices and use some of the advanced features like “Best Price Calculation”.
Per store pricing is heavily dependent on the store filter (the top right pull down.) When you move an item to the cart and you have “Wal-Mart” chosen in this mode, the price entered is tied directly to the store, in this case Wal-Mart. If you change stores to say Target you will notice that the items in your cart no longer have the pricing you just entered for Wal-Mart, but the price that you currently have set for Target.
Using Per Store Pricing along with the Best Price (in your preferences under Extra Info to display) and the Price Change Button (same place in preferences – see below) you will find that you can set up a very powerful shopping experience that alerts you of better deals, and lets you quickly change prices on the fly as you move through the store.
Best Price Feature and Price Change Button
To enable both features, open preferences and scroll to the Display Info button and press. Here you find the information that is displayed in your list.
Some information is only displayed when certain item “states” are met. The Best Price Feature is a good example of this, as the best price is only displayed when 1) A store is chosen, and 2) a price at another store is cheaper. Properties are available to force stores with $0 prices to be reported and to also use the “All” store in best price calculations are available.
The Price Change Button is a handy way to quickly change the price of your items right in your list. By default, you must choose a store for the Price Change Button to display, but there is a preference to display the button even for the “All” store if you would like. Remember, if you have a store called “Target” or “Grocery” and you use the button to change the price, you are changing it for that store only. You must switch to another store to change it’s price.