What method do other websites current use (if any) for taking a deposit from customers through the website where the balance would be paid later?
In our case this is particularly issue with products which are recently announced or in very short supply, and therefore we cannot necessarily supply them within the 28 days while a card payment authorisation remain valid (we use delayed settlement with out gateway so that the charge is only applied to a customer’s card at the moment when it is rung through the till with GWO).
Our work-around so far has been to create specific dummy products in a couple of cases, where a customer can pay a significant (but reduced) amount which we settle through GWO, and in our POS this is dummy product is manually changed to the full-price item where the payment becomes a deposit against a layaway.
Has anyone else come up with a different way of accomplishing this which works simply?
Are any other clients interesting in collaborating on a customisation to make an automated deposit / part-payment system part of the Nitrosell platform?